Let's face it, we all know by this point that Kevin Conroy is by far the best voice actor to ever portray the Caped Crusader, but there are plenty of other people who have taken on the role and have done stellar jobs without ever getting the credit that they deserve. Well I'm here to give them that credit so get your Bat-Popcorn, sit back, and enjoy this new top 5 list!
5. Ben McKenzie (Batman: Year One)
You probably know him best as Detective Jim Gordon on Fox's Gotham, but before that, he was that titular character in the animated adaptation of Frank Miller's story, Batman: Year One.
While he was not the focus of the story, McKenzie did pull off a great Batman voice whenever he did appear in the story and I honestly would like to see McKenzie play Batman in other animated movies. Maybe he could replace Jason O'Mara in the next run of animated Batman films, definitely would be an improvement: McKenzie would actually be a good Batman.
4. Jeremy Sisto (Justice League: A New Frontier)
Just like Batman: Year One, Justice League: the New Frontier did not put much focus on Batman, but when it did, Batman stole the show thanks to a deep and threatening voice by Jeremy Sisto, who you probably know from NBC's Law & Order.
It was great hearing Sisto pull off the dark and sinister part of the character (prime example being when he confronts the Martian Manhunter in his apartment) then switch to a more lighthearted Batman with his banter with Superman and Robin. Much like McKenzie, I would have liked to have seen more of Sisto's Batman.
3. Troy Baker (Batman: A Telltale Series)
The new King of voice actors! That's right, Troy Baker's Batman has just recently appeared in Batman: A Telltale Series game and already after one episode, I can definitely consider him one of the greats!
From the suave and sassy Bruce Wayne to the naive yet dark more detective-based Batman, he pulls off the character perfectly! I think Troy Baker could become as famous for the role of Batman as Kevin Conroy. Personally, I still would love for him to keep voicing the Joker in other projects, but if he chose to stick with Batman, I'd be 100 percent OK with it.
2. Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins)
When it was announced that Batman: Arkham Origins would not feature Kevin Conroy as Batman nor Mark Hamill as the Joker, many felt worried about the game, but much to everyone's surprise (including myself) we got two very impressive voices, with the aforementioned Troy Baker as the Joker and Roger Craig Smith as Batman.
While the game did receive mixed reviews when it came out, the one thing that I never saw get critiqued was Baker's Joker and Smith's portrayal of Batman. Honestly, I loved this Batman — Smith did a great job of creating his own voice for the character while sounding like a younger version of Conroy's Batman from previous entries in the Arkham franchise. I enjoyed seeing how brutal and angry this young Batman was, but it was done perfectly by Smith in scenes: His interrogation bits got me to grin, his emotional parts (such as a scene where he defibrillates Alfred, who is close to death) tugged at my heart strings a bit, and the best scene with him is a part where he makes a speech to Alfred about why he must continue this crusade:
1. Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under The Red Hood/Young Justice)
If Kevin Conroy were to ever retire playing Batman (which I hope he never does) there is one person who I would immediately vote for replacing him: Bruce Greenwood.
When the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie came out, I thought I would hate it because it was not Kevin Conroy reprising the role of Batman, but I watched the movie and I loved it thanks to amazing voices like Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood, John DiMaggio as the Joker, and of course Bruce Greenwood as Batman. His acting is phenomenal and his Batman voice rivals Conroy's in my opinion. When Greenwood reprised the role of Batman in Cartoon Network's Young Justice, I was extremely happy to hear him alongside some other great voices like Phil LaMarr's Aquaman, Nolan North's Superman, Kevin Michael Richardson's Martian Manhunter, etc. I say watch Batman: Under the Red Hood or Young Justice if you haven't already and you'll see why I think Greenwood is the best voice for Batman since Conroy.
Warning: Spoilers In Clip Below
So those are my personal picks for the best voice actors of Batman other than the legendary Kevin Conroy. Of course, my opinion is not going to be the same as others so I am curious to know what your picks are and if you agree with any of my choices. Let me know in the comments below and I hope you all enjoyed this list.
Check out all the actors who have played the face of Batman in the Movie Pilot original video below: