As the title of the freshly released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice implies, there's a rivalry going on between the Dark Knight and the red-caped Kryptonian. Who you're rooting for depends on whether you believe more in the human character, strengthened by experience and protected by top-level gadgets, or in the alien-type, whose power mainly stem from his genes.
If you were betting on the latter category and wondering how Batman, no matter how many gadgets he has, could stand up to someone who can fly without using any technology, the voice behind Batman in countless animated versions such as Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited is here to convince you.
Kevin Conroy Has A Message For You
In a video released on the Facebook page for Batman: The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy, who's been voicing Batman since 1991, explains why Batman is no ordinary man. He says Batman may not be a mutant, but he's got another kind of power:
"He's always had to rely on his wits. He's had to think his way out of things. He's had to create devices, create machines, and he thinks on so many different levels. He's such a complicated guy, and that's why I think audiences relate to him so much, because they know he'll always manage to work his way out of something. Batman can think his way out of things. He can create his ways out of things, and that's power."
Voicing Batman And Bruce Wayne
Conroy, who also voiced Batman in the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight, was the first to use a different voice for Bruce Wayne and Batman in animation. He looked back at this nuance in an interview in 2009:
"In the beginning, it was actually my idea and it was much more pronounced in the first few episodes. I thought dramatically it would just give the story more color, make it more interesting if there was an auditory difference that would make sense why people don’t recognize him when he’s in this mask and this cowl who know him as Bruce Wayne."
A different voice is probably a better disguise than a pair of glasses.