Having voiced Batman for over 25 years, Kevin Conroy is something of an authority on actors' vocal performances as the Dark Knight. The veteran voice actor was asked what he thought of Christian Bale's infamous Batman growl at an MCM Comic Con London panel over the weekend.
"It sounded weird! What can I say? It sounded like he had laryngitis." Conroy said. "But he does Bruce Wayne, my god, he nails Bruce Wayne. He’s a terrific actor. Did you see American Psycho? I mean, he’s a wonderful actor. But his voice was weird as Batman."
Conroy's response echoed similar sentiments he had about Bale's performance at a CBR spotlight panel at C2E2 in 2010. While praising Bale's performance as Bruce Wayne, Conroy reiterated at the London panel that he believes Ben Affleck gives the definitive performance as the live-action Batman; a distinction he previously made exclusively to CBR at San Diego Comic Con last year.
"I think he surprised a lot of people." Conroy said. "He really pulled it off. I thought he was really good. So I'm more in his court than a lot of people are, I guess. I think people gave him a hard time before they even saw what he would do with it. There's a lot of pre-judging."
Conroy has voiced Batman since 1992, starting with the iconic Batman: The Animated Series to critical acclaim and widespread fan support. The actor has gone on to reprise his role voicing the popular DC superhero over the years in subsequent animated movies, new TV series and video games, with many fans citing his extensive work as the definitive Batman performance.