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We've all seen well known actors bring the city of Gotham to life in the celebrated live action motion pictures and TV series - from Adam West providing us with the infamous 1960's Bat-Dance, the timeless casting of Michael Keaton and Jack Nicolson in 1989's Batman, the unforgettable performances that the Nolan films gave us, to the performances we would all rather forget (but can't!)...cough...Clooney...cough...Bat-Nipples.

However, little is known about the actors behind the brilliant animated movies...

Here is a run down of ten of the most surprising and well known actors who lent their dulcet tones to the animated world of the caped crusader.

  • Bryan Cranston - Jim Gordon

Wait...Heisenberg is Jim Gordon!?!
Wait...Heisenberg is Jim Gordon!?!

That's right! Our favourite meth dealer/comedy dad gave us an outstanding performance as Jim Gordon in the animated version of Batman: Year One! They even look alike!

  • Ben McKenzie - Bruce Wayne / Batman

So... Jim Gordon was Bruce Wayne too? I'm confused!
So... Jim Gordon was Bruce Wayne too? I'm confused!

Yep, this one is a little confusing! Before taking up his current position as Jim Gordon in the TV series Gotham, Ben McKenzie acted alongside Cranston as the brooding Bruce Wayne in Batman: Year One.

  • Bruce Greenwood - Bruce Wayne / Batman

Captain Batman?
Captain Batman?

Shortly after his portrayal as Pike in J. J. Abram's Star Trek, Bruce played Bruce and donned the audible cowl in Under The Red Hood. He also reprised his roll as the Dark Knight in The Young Justice TV series and video game. He can't get enough of being the Bat it seems!

  • James Woods - Owlman

James Woods wood be evil woodn't he...
James Woods wood be evil woodn't he...

James Woods does what he does best - villainy - in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and acts as the villainous Owlman - an evil mirrored version of Batman, real name, Thomas Wayne. Owls prey on bats just incase you wondered why the heck he would be an owl...

  • Neil Patrick Harris - Nightwing

I pledge allegiance to DC, one nation under Bat...
I pledge allegiance to DC, one nation under Bat...

"Suit Up!" - The man who gave us that snappy catchphrase did a different kind of suiting up by giving voice to one of the most popular Batman characters in Under the Red Hood as Nightwing. He also stepped into the booth to give life to Robot Chicken's version of Two Face, in their DC special.

  • Nathan Fillion - Green Lantern

From Captain Mal Reynolds to Hal Jordan
From Captain Mal Reynolds to Hal Jordan

Long after the cult series Firefly breathed its last solemn breath, Fillion took up the green domino mask and all powerful ring to became Hal Jordan aka The Green Lantern and palled up with Batman in Justice League: Doom.

  • Eliza Dushku - Selina Kyle / Catwoman

Eliza Catpoo? Terrible rhyme...
Eliza Catpoo? Terrible rhyme...

During the success of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Eliza began work with renowned Batman fan Kevin Smith on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Maybe it was Smith that piqued her interest in the superhero world? We can only be thankful if that were the case. She's purrrfect as Catwoman.

  • Jensen Ackles - Red Hood

Best known for his portrayal as Dean Winchester in the long-running TV series Supernatural, Ackles starred alongside NPH as the Robin-gone-bad character Red Hood in Batman: Under The Red Hood.

  • John C. McGinley - Metallo

I need these muscles to get into character!
I need these muscles to get into character!

Known to many as the formidable Dr. Perry Cox in the hit comedy Scrubs, McGinley momentarily put down the stethoscope to voice the menacing Kryptonite laden Metallo, in Superman/Batman Public Enemies.

  • Michael Emerson - The Joker

"You're in trouble noooow!"
"You're in trouble noooow!"

Michael Emerson does creepy, and does it very, very well. One look at his character as Ben Linus in the widely acclaimed Lost will prove this no end. It's no surprise that he gave us one of the best (not to mention violent) Joker performances in animated history in The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and 2.

  • Bonus Round: Michael Jackson!

Wanna know how I got these (emotional) scars?!
Wanna know how I got these (emotional) scars?!

Ok, ok, so not that Michael Jackson... It just so happens that the man behind Alfred Pennyworth in the animated Dark Knight movies, is also named Michael Jackson. Born in 1934, England, he has managed to far outlive his bizarro musical dopple-name-ganger.

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