For many, Kevin Conroy is the definitive voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne, with his performances in Batman: The Animated Series and Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham games earning him legions of adoring fans. However, it sounds like WB Montreal has not recruited the actor to reprise his role in the studio’s upcoming Batman game.
Little is known about this upcoming project, but WB Montreal did share a mysterious teaser on Batman Day that seemed to confirm the company is working on something Bat-related. Gamers who have been following this studio for years will know that this isn’t the first time WB Montreal has made a Bat-game without Conroy.
The team from Montreal previously made Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to Rocksteady’s series. Conroy, who voiced Bats and Bruce in all of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham games, didn’t lend his vocal cords to WB Montreal’s Arkham Origins game. For that prequel title, it was Roger Craig Smith who took on the dual roles.
During an interview with JOE, Conroy was asked whether he is returning to the role of Batman for the upcoming WB Montreal game, which is rumored to focus on a criminal cabal called The Court of Owls, Conroy offered a simple response: “I’m not.”
And when the interviewer noted that this is disappointing to hear, Conroy added this: “I know. I don’t know why.” At this stage, we also don’t know why Conroy isn’t coming back. (If it’s any consolation, though, Conroy will be playing a live-action Bruce Wayne for the first time in the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.)
Our best guess as to why Conroy has been left out of this new game? Perhaps this upcoming title is another prequel, and maybe Roger Craig Smith will be coming back to voice the younger Bruce/Batman that we previously played as in Arkham Origins. The voice of Batman in this new game is yet to be revealed, but we’ll be sure to let you know when that happens.