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Kevin Conroy Returns To Voice Batmanimatrix PG-13 Direct-To-DVD Movie GOTHAM KNIGHT!!

Published at: March 19, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! Jeremy Sisto as the voice of Batman didn’t fry your burger? Look! Press release!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT VOICE CAST ANNOUNCED, REVISED ENHANCED CONTENT FOR DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE Fan Favorite Kevin Conroy returns to benchmark title role for July 8, 2008 Release; Primetime stars join cast of third DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie; Two-Disk Special Edition & Blu-ray Disc filled with Special Features; Price Point enchanced for Single Disc release BURBANK, CA, (March 19, 2008) – Kevin Conroy, the bench m ark by which fans co m pare all Batman voices, returns to the title role in Batman Gotham Knight, the third release in the DC Universe Ani m ated Original Movie series fro m DC Co m ics, Warner Pre m iere, Warner Ho m e Video and Warner Bros. Ani m ation, it was announced today. The all-new, original m ovie will street July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as OnDe m and and Pay-per-View. The fil m will be available for download on the sa m e date. Batman Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Bat m an m ythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in ani m ation including the E m m y®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal m o m ent in A m erican ani m ation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award-winning producers, and acclai m ed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne’s journey to The Dark Knight, each with stylish art fro m so m e of the world’s m ost revered ani m ation visionaries. Conroy set the standard for m odern day Bat m an voices with his perfor m ance in Batman: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Batman and Robin and The New Batman Superman Adventures. He reprised the role as an aging Bruce Wayne playing m entor to a new Caped Crusader in Batman Beyond. Ani m ation legend and Batman Gotham Knight producer Bruce Ti m m said Conroy was the obvious choice for both widespread fan approval and to provide an overriding sense of continuity within a fil m in which Bat m an appears in so m any new, visual variations. “Any ti m e we initiate an ani m ated Bat m an project, ‘Will Kevin Conroy voice Bat m an?’ is the first question we hear fro m fans,” said Bruce Ti m m , Executive Producer. “To m eet Kevin is to know that he’s not anything like Bat m an, and yet he m anages to perfectly nail that indefinable ele m ent that is Bat m an. He’s got the voice, he’s got the acting chops, and he’s absolutely the best m an for the job.” Conroy provided a central, rallying point for a cast that perfectly m eshes stars of so m e of today’s highest rated pri m e ti m e television series with m any of the m ost popular voiceover actors in the business. Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) are heard in m ultiple seg m ents of the six-story fil m as police detectives Crispus Allen and Anna Ra m irez, key m e m bers of a special unit who learn to trust the Dark Knight’s m otives. Par m inder Nagra (ER, Bend It Like Beckham ) supplies the voice of Cassandra, a m ystical Indian wo m an who teaches Bruce Wayne to endure and m anage his pain. David McCallu m (Navy NCIS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Great Escape) takes on the role of loyal servant Alfred. George Newbern (Father of the Bride) and Alanna Ubach (Legally Blonde) also join the cast. The cast also features popular voice over artists Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Jason Marsden, Ji m Meski m en, Pat Musick, Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Corey Padnos and Crystal Scales. Batman Gotham Knight will be available on DVD for $19.98 SRP. There will also be a 2-disc Special Edition DVD available for $29.98 SRP which contains over 100 m inutes of bonus features plus 4 bonus episodes. All the content fro m the 2-disc Special Edition DVD will be available on Blu-ray Disc for $34.99 SRP. . Batman Gotham Knight 2-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc will feature incredible extras including: “Batman and Me a Devotion of Destiny: The Bob Kane Story” - The co m prehensive chronology of the re m arkable life of the creator of Bat m an. “A Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City” - A stimulating documentary covering Gotham City’s most nefarious of characters, combined with a look into the symbiotic relationship Batman shares with his enemies. “Batman: The Animated Series” Bonus Episodes - Bruce Timm selects his favorite episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. “Sneak Peek: Wonder Woman” - DC Universe animated original movie Audio Commentary - Featuring the filmmakers of Gotham Knight. Widescreen (1.78:1) 5.1 Dolby Digital Batman Gotham Knight was headed by an i m pressive list of directors who have brought their distinctly different ani m e styles to the classic Batman character. The production was divided a m ong three renowned studios – Studio 4ºC, Production I.G and Madhouse – and included the truly ini m itable visions of directors Shojiro Nishi m i, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki and Toshiyuki Kubooka. With stories written by several of the m ost talented writers of fil m , co m ic books, and ani m ation, including Acade m y Award®-no m inated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), David S. Goyer (Bat m an Begins), E m m y®-winner Alan Burnett (Bat m an: The Ani m ated Series), Jordan Goldberg (Associate Producer, The Dark Knight), and award-winning co m ics writers Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello, Batman Gotham Knight presents thrilling new adventures of Batman that spotlight several of Gotham City’s m ost dangerous villains, including the fearso m e Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unnerving m arks m an known as Deadshot. Batman Gotham Knight is produced by E m m a Tho m as (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Michael Uslan & Benja m in Melniker (Bat m an Begins, The Dark Knight), Bruce Ti m m (Bat m an: The Ani m ated Series) and Toshi Hiru m a.
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  • March 19, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The best ever animated Batman um...returns.

    by Reel American Hero

    This is the best news I've heard all day. Kevin Conroy is the voice of Batman. I wouldn't even complain if they dubbed him over Christian Bale when he's in the suit in the new movie.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    About time...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...they started using new animation styles with the DC properties. I'm a little sick of Bruce Timm style they've been using since the early '90s. And what's with the weird spacing in the article?

  • March 19, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    SWEETness.

    by Brians Life

  • March 19, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    FIFTH

    by BringingSexyBack

    That looks pretty good actually.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Hmmm, do you really think they'd consider

    by Manos

    overdubbing Bale. I mean, Conroy is the definitive Batman of our time.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy, hell yah!

    by palewook

    about time

  • March 19, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Best news I have heard all year!

    by Dashl

  • March 19, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    BEST BAT VOICE EVER....!!!

    by greigy just wanted to say

    END OF STORY PERIOD...... FANTASTIC NEWS

  • March 19, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    cool

    by Automaton Overlord

  • March 19, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Only choice

    by waggy

    As long as Kevin Conroy is alive he should be the first and only choice to voice Batman in anything.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    by Automaton Overlord

    Batman appears in so many new, visual variations. Like a Lava-suit?

  • March 19, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    That's damn near unreadable in present form.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Do you hear me? Unre ad a bl e.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I get why it's written that way--

    by ZeroCorpse

    It's how people talk in anime style movies.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    That's awesome news!

    by goodwolf82

    I agree, and would add that animated Batman series are legitimized by Conroy's voice. That is why "The Batman" failed, in my humble opinion.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Good!

    by Super Rabbi

  • March 19, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I L I KE TO R EAD SP A CES!!!

    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 19, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Best news I've heard in my entire life!

    by thebearovingian

    Better than the news of my first child's birth! Better than the news of wife's breast augmentation! I think I just passed out and am now lying on the floor and bleeding from the head! Why is everything spinning?! Why do I feel so cold?! What is that bright, blinding light?! Why do I hear angels singing?! AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

  • March 19, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    This looks more interesting than Dark Knight

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    and sounds like a creative tour de force.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Conroy is Batman

    by CalvinCoolidge

    ...... but I guess you already knew that

  • March 19, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Mark Hamill as the Joker?

    by skywalkerfamily

    I hope Mark doesn't get killed.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Sounds + Looks Good!

    by superduper3000

    Although I wish HOllywood would lay off the anime-style for influences... it really flies in the face of the variable talent with something as deep and intricate as Batman. I know that ALL anime doesn't look the same, but considering that's the 'look' they were going for...well, you know... <BR> <BR> Super Smash! <br> <BR> http://tinyurl.com/38mlwp

  • March 19, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    That's nice, but........

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    .....I'm looking forward to Kevin ConRAN doing a "Sky Captain" style "Batman" movie. (I think the boy has a good grasp of the visuals - he just needs better writing.) Now that "John Carter" is out of his hands, he must be looking for something to do.........

  • March 19, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    More of the same.

    by skywalkerfamily

    More of the Same.

  • March 19, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Eh?

    by 11dayempire

    I thought Bale had already signed on to do the voice...

  • March 19, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    FUCK YES !

    by Fenrisulfr

    Kevin Conroy IS the animated Batman. I will definetly be looking forward to this one now.

  • March 19, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    by Geekgasm

    wo w t hat is s o har d to re ad; I thi nk i t gav e me a he a dac he

  • March 19, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Conroy and Hamill rule!

    by unit1421

    If they do a 2nd live action film with the Joker, they have to let Mark Hamill play the Joker.

  • March 19, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    George Newbern!!???

    by Ky-El

    George Newbern voicing an unnamed role?! Is Superman cameo-ing in one these? He voiced Supes in the JL cartoons.

  • March 19, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "100% Pure West"

    by pokadoo

    *shudders*

  • March 19, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH!!!!

    by hadez

    Th at i s al l.

  • March 19, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    HELL YES

    by Gungan Slayer

    Heard about this the other day. Good to see Kevin back in the role. Recent outings, such as "The Batman" have completely sucked. What's up with this---no Joker in this thing? Being a lead up to Dark Knight that makes sense, but damn I want Hamill back as The Joker

  • March 19, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder, you're thinking of KERRY Conran

    by The Garbage Man

    Kevin ConROY, KeRRY Conran.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy is the Gold Standard

    by fiester

    ...against which all future bat voices will be measured. Happy to see more bat toons. I would like to see some high quality ones based upon classic arcs from the comics--and I'd love to see a faithful adaption of "The Dark Knight Returns" even if (like Watchmen) it's very much a Cold War book.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Didn't WB pull some marketing ploy like this before?

    by SpencerTrilby

    Between Animatrix (mixed bag to me) and Batman: Gotham Knight (which sounds quite good actually) I know they produced a DTV anime-style tie-in for one of their tentpole movies, but I can't remember what it was. Can someone help? It's bugging me.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    fiester

    by SpencerTrilby

    I'm with you here, I think DKR (not unlike Gotham by gaslight)would be much more suited to an anime form rather than the big screen version Frank Miller hopes to direct someday. And I for one, hope they'll keep the Cold War setting and pray for Watchmen to be a hit so the "period" comic flicks will have their chance. I still can't believe they opted for a modern-day Iron Man while the Cold War contained everything the movie needed (great arcs and villains, historical "awareness", cool atmosphere)... except the audience-friendly appeal... Too bad.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    fucking old news

    by robertplant

    I posted this info in talkbacks weeks ago. Fuckin aint it slow as fuck news.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Kevin Michael Richardson?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Oh Christ, here comes Rasta Joker. Le Sigh.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    R eal ly loo kingfo rward tot his

    by gotilk

    Ca n'tw ait !

  • March 19, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    We the talkbackers here at AICN made this happen

    by Han Cholo

    Believe it guys. This forum is visited by all the suits in Hollywood and one of the guys at Warners was listening. Yes, Kevin Conroy IS Batman and his voice, to me goes beyond the animated series. It's there when I'm reading the comics or reading a novel about Batman. I think that all subsequent Batman projects that involve voice work should have Mr. Conroy playing Batman.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Garbage Man

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Yer right, thanks. My Bad.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    P.S.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    KEVIN Conran WROTE "Sky Captain". KERRY Conran DIRECTED it. I'm cookin' with gas now.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    His name is Robert Paulsen

    by Jor-El23

  • March 19, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I was going to say...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    this was weird because Bale's supposed to be young, but FUCK IT! KEVIN CONROY BITCHES!

  • March 19, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Yes, but what about TEEN TITANS???!!

    by Drath

    They must not cancel that DVD movie! They so need to make it so that it erases the memory of the anime-style version (if you don't know, it's not going to be in the same style as the recent Cartoon Network show). Also, this is very old news about Conroy voicing Batman, but hey, I guess better late than never. What is with this site and "new" news?

  • March 19, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    That's GREAT! But...

    by greenstyle92

    I was kinda hoping each Segment would recast. Kevin would sound great in that Vs. Deadshot short, but will it be good coming out of that girly looking Bruce Wayne in the other one?<br> <br> Besides, I thought Bale was gonna voice. Oh well. You can never, NEVER complain about Kevin voicing Batman. But, that said, Jeremy Sisto Batman has proven to me that he's worth exploring a little bit more...

  • March 19, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The spacing.

    by Venardhi

    We get it, there are extra spaces before and after every M in the press release. You can stop with the badly done snark.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    W h a t ab ou t Chri sti an Bale ?

    by TallBoy66

    I li k e C on ro y a l o t, h im a nd Ham m il l are t h e d e fi ni t ive roles, but i f this is set in t he B at ma n B egi ns 'verse , w h y no t use t he man himse lf?

  • March 19, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    I agree greenstyle

    by Warcraft

    Jeremy Sisto would have been fine too. They could have had him do a few of the episodes. I'm happy KC is on board, but as ALL the batman's? that's kinda odd. Especially for the bishounen (effemenite) batman.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by kafka07

    but also old news. As for Christian Bale, I'm sort of glad he won't be voicing one of these anime Batmen. Kevin Conroy is the definitive animated version, while Bale is the definitive live-action version.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I would love if they could dub Bale with Conroy in the suit....

    by RockLobster800

    Bale is a perfect Bruce Wayne but his Bats voice is a bit off....the whole "WHERE WERE THE OTHER DRUGS GOING!!" thing came off a bit silly (not dissing the flick but at the time I was like "whaa?")...however had it been Conroys voice that would have been class....best Bats interrogation scene is still in Mask Of The Phantasm when he's questioning a Jokerised Artie Reeves "why did the Joker meet with you? its something to do with the gang murders-HE THINKS YOUR INVOLVED! WHY?"...gives me chills thinking about it man....although it might be weird hearing the voice coming out of a different toon Bats but I aint gonna complain

  • March 19, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy on all of the segments

    by Multiplex

    You know, he is a voice actor; he might... CHANGE UP THE VOICE for the different segments, to suit the style of each. It's within the realm of possibility...

  • March 19, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    by kenny38606

    Gary Dourdan and Ana Ortiz as police detectives Crispus Allen and Anna Ram irez? What about Renee Montoya?Weren't they partners?

  • March 19, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    P.S.

    by Multiplex

    Between that asinine formatting in the article and all you assholes, I was thinking my browser was fucked up! Thanks a lot! :)

  • March 19, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Spencer Trilby,

    by raw_bean

    are you thinking of that crapfest Van Helsing?

  • March 19, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    by Darth_Nader

    Look, it's made of metal, and full of holes. You know, wholey.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Conroy is NOT the best Batman voice actor..

    by Jobacca

    He's the best ACTOR ever to play the role. Better than Adam West or Michael Keaton or yes,even Christian Bale. Dont believe me? Listen to Conroy's acting in Mask of the Phantasm or Revenge of the Joker and compare that to Bale's performance in Begins. Bales good but he's no Conroy. Kevin Conroy is the one,true goddamn Batman!!!

  • March 19, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Good!

    by LaserPants

    I didn't like Sisto's voice very much.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I Love Batman...

    by Admiral Nelson

    But at the risk of being burned at the stake for blasphemy, I never watched TAS until a few years ago... and I found it amazingly BORING. Yep, I said it -- it was surprisingly dull. Only saw a few episodes of the first season, was amazed at how little I liked it, and gave up on it. Maybe if I'd been 8-10 years old when it first aired, I would've loved it, but this frothing at the mouth over Kevin Conroy is just... bizarre. (And suggesting they dub over Christian Bale's voice with Conroy's is fanboy idiocy to the tenth power.)

  • March 19, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Admiral Nelson

    by greenstyle92

    The first, meh, handful of episodes of BTAS were kind of lacking. But once you get to about, eh, the third disc of the first DVD set, It's brilliant. There. That's all I can say to offer you olive Branch. Because BTAS is just so obviously the best Batman ever, that blows everything, including Begins, out of the water.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Greenstyle

    by Admiral Nelson

    I'll give it another shot, because I *wanted* to like it, but I really found it lacking. (And again, I can't help but feel that the majority of hype over it is from guys who grew up on the cartoon during the original airings, so they'll always kinda-sorta worship it... much like I do with the original Space Ghost, The Herculoids and Johnny Quest.)

  • March 19, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    NICE

    by Dogma_Jedi

    Best. Batvoice. Ever.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Everyone agree that "The Batman" sucked?

    by goodwolf82

    Between the barefooted, dreadlocked Joker and the youthened, non-Conroy Bat-voice, wouldn't you all agree that it had been doomed from the beginning?

  • March 19, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    My G od! That was a noyying to r ead.

    by Yeti

    What's up w ith all the extra s paces?

  • March 19, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Didn't I mail this news in awhile back?

    by Johnno

    And in case anyone else missed it, the official site for the anime is up and has new video content. http://tinyurl.com/3e5may <br><br>It's looking awesome! I'll be picking this up along with batman Begins on Blu-Ray!

  • March 19, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Conroy and Hamill rule!

    by robertplant

    Hamill replacing the Ledger??? Conroy voicing Bale-man when the cowl comes on? What the fuck is wrong with you douche bags? Some would say "What the fuck are you smoking" but I am smoking and feel you should be as well because you're obviously stoned fucking sober.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    This is AMAZING news

    by topaz4206

    I knew nothing of this project -- but one of my favorite characters, interpreted by three of the best animation houses in the business?<br><br>I do believe, good sir, that I have just shat myself.<br><br>Good day to you.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Hey it's out on my birthday...

    by RickSlamu2

    great present!!

  • March 20, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Katee Sackhoff in a skin-tight Harley Quinn outfit

    by BiggusDickus

    Sorry, I don't have a point to make here, I just wanted to share that mental picture with you guys.

  • March 20, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST

    A nn a Ra m ire z is ho t

    by JeffManSixtyFo

  • March 20, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    she's too buff, Harley Quinn should be...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    very girly.

  • March 20, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    they got it right!

    by Judge Briggs

    holy shit, execs got it right for once in their coke sniffing, whore banging lives!

  • March 20, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    The creators of the Matrix thrillogy...

    by Napoleon Park

    ...produced an animated short feature anthology in a variety of animation styles called - wait for it - the Animatrix. When I saw the Batmanimatrix headline I thought this was a crossover. Well, if they can do Batman Alien and Batman Predator and Batman Dracula, why not Batman-i-Matrix?<p>Letting an actor known to be associated with the Batman character return to the franchise is a brilliant idea. When is the Adam West adaptation of Miler's Dark Knight Returns coming out?<p.O h yea h w ould it be to omuc hwork to expect whoe ver pos ted thear ticlet ocle anitup forp ub li c ation? or is editing an d pr oofre ading t oo mu ch l ike wo rk?<p>I agree that Anna Ramirez is a super hotty but I think she spells her name Sara.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks Raw_Bean

    by SpencerTrilby

    that's what I was looking for, except that I think it was Uni and not WB who did (commit?) that.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    This makes me even more excited.

    by rbatty024

    DC animated are firing on all cylinders recently. Maybe they thought that with the strange animation style, a familiar voice might reassure some viewers. I think it's a great idea. <p> Perhaps this will wash the taste of The Batman out of my mouth. What a terrible, terrible show.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    The BEST physical casting for Harley Quinn would be...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...Kate Hudson. I don't know if she could pull off Arleen Sorkin's giggly voice, but damn, I would KILL to see her in the suit.

  • March 20, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy

    by Dazzler69

    Should always be the voice of Batman. I don't see why they can't keep making direct to DVD with his series and storylines. New Batman stuff is ok but does not compare to Conroy's line.

  • March 20, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Season 1 BTAS voice (and best interrogation)

    by JasonPratt

    It should be noted that it took Conroy some time to develop and grow into The Voice. The first season of BTAS is rather meh in that regard; and honestly it happened so slowly that I'm not sure when I would say he finally reached it. Within continuity (as much as BTAS has any), it can be explained as Batman/Wayne being a much younger (and frankly even kinda paunchy!) man. He makes more mistakes in those eps, too, and isn't nearly as über-competent as he comes to be later. Much like Conroy doing the voice acting, the character sort of grows into the Timm/Diniverse Batman most all of us know and love. (However, trying to figure out some kind of ad hoc continuity for BTAS is a migraine inducing project. {g} Not that I haven't done it, but I don't have it posted anywhere; and other people's attempts are likely to vary. It's like trying to come up with the best chronology to the _Prisoner_ series--obviously some eps take place before and after other eps, but aside from that one has to work with subtle and far more debatable thematic clues.) *** Oh, and for best Conroy-Bats interrogation, I vote the episode of Justice League where he prepares to break the little Eastern European ninja-terrorist-wannabe in Part 1 of _Maid of Honor_: "I can. And you will..." {gggg!} (I would have voted for his interrogation of Ghoul in Part 2 of JLU's "Once and Future Thing" but we only see the rampup to it. "Hurry up. My arm is getting tired." "I can't believe I was _ever_ that green. *whap* _This_ is how you interrogate someone...")

  • March 20, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    not to get int another harlequinn debate....

    by RockLobster800

    cos she should never be in the films cos her character just wouldnt fit-BUT if she WAS...Zooey D

  • March 20, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    and by that I mean

    by RockLobster800

    zooey deschanel (damn keyboard!)...but I cant imagine any chick wanting to jump Ledgers Jokers bones-he just too filthy and fucked up looking (yeah I know any Joker is fucked up looking but COME ON look at this guy)...I also find it a testament that while fans will dream about Bales Bats being dubbed by Conroy, nobody wants Ledgers Mr. J dubbed-cos he seem to be perfect thus far...and thats from a guy who LOOOVES his Hamill

  • March 20, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Fairuza Balk Circa 1996-1998 For HARLEY QUINN!

    by LaserPants

    Somebody rev up the time machine! She's teh perfect. She was teh perfect. Now? I dunno. Who's hot and trashy and slutty who fits that kinda East Coast working class gal vibe?

  • March 20, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    This will be better than Dark Knight

    by Sithdan

    This is what I'm really looking forward to, not the Dark Knight. The Dark Knight is a disappointment waiting to happen.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    sithdan...

    by RockLobster800

    hahahahaha.....thats a good one, I must remeber that one for parties....

  • March 20, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    saw the preview for this on JLA NEW Frontier

    by T 1000 xp professional

    Kevin Conroy doing the voice is just perfect. Excellent! This was already a must-have after seeing the footage on JLA , cause the animation and story look amazing and fits the universe perfectly...I accepted JEremy Sisto but with alot of difficulty. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like his voice but it just wasn't right. I guess I was comparing him to Kevin Conroy, hence this news is just icing.

  • March 20, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Fu ck Y ou

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Seriosuly whats with the fucking typing? Too many Red Bulls? Shit now I need a Red Bull and some fucking Advil. There was a view brief moments where your fucking thumbs didnt hit the keyboard and it was orgasmic. I shoulda checked the Post time to make sure it wasnt 4 in the morning so I can give you some sympathy. Ti me to b uy a ne w ke yboar d

  • March 20, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    When do we get an animated Batman: Black & White?

    by Knuckleduster

    That was a great mini-series.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Goodwolf

    by Sithdan

    For a show that targeted a younger demographic, I think "The Batman" was pretty good. It was no "Animated Series," but it was way better than "The Superfriends." It featured simpler story lines for younger viewers. I was surprised it lasted as long as it did.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Before the Nolan Batman came along...

    by Crimson King

    I argued that THE best Batman was Mask of the Phantasm. And as awesome as Kevin Conroy is, I gotta give props to Mark Hammill as The Joker.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Mask of the Phantasm was good

    by Sithdan

    I dug MOTP, but I still love the first two Batman movies (1989 and Returns). Also, Return of the Joker was pretty good, too.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Batman TAS

    by Nabster

    was incredible for its time. It certainly produced atleast a handful of classic episodes. However, I am not sure how the series would hold up now. That is not to say current animated shows have surpassed it (quite the opposite, they seem to have regressed). It is more a commentary on its age, most of us saw the show when we were kids, thus its impact was tremendous. I have been waiting for a mature Batman Animated title for quite a while, i wonder if this will fulfill that destiny. Is the animation based abroad, I am assuming it must be. Its sad the US doesn't possess the expertise to animate their own shows to the quality they want. I feel an american animation aesthetic would suit batman better than Anime does. However, the state of American 2D animation is too meager to handle detailed and intricate animation. I just hope the style isn't too Jading and too obviously Japanime, the Batman is afterall, a western property not a Japanese one.

  • March 20, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Thats some badass news.

    by reTARDIS

    And from the looks of it Marvel really needs to take a look at what DC is doing animation wise. The above screenshots are more fun to look at than watching any of the piss poor Marvel dvd's.

  • March 20, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    This is bound to be better than...

    by poeticwarriorII

    Batman Begins. At least Bats won't be lisping his way through a tough guy routine.

  • March 21, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Ke vin Co nr oyas Batman agai n? C o o l !

    by MrMysteryGuest