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Kevin Conroy Thought Christian Bale Sounded ‘Ridiculous’ In The Dark Knight

Kevin Conroy knows a thing or two about how Batman should sound, having played the Caped Crusader in numerous animated incarnations for nearly twenty years. He also knows how Batman shouldn’t sound — something that Christian Bale apparently doesn’t know, according to the voice actor.

At this weekend’s C2E2 convention in Chicago, I reported on The Kevin Conroy Spotlight panel for Comic Book Resources. Conroy was asked if he was ever approached to redub Christian Bale’s Batman voice in The Dark Knight, prompting a surprisingly honest appraisal of the live action Bruce Wayne.

“Christian Bale is a damn good actor — he’s an excellent actor,” said Conroy. “He just got steered wrong. Obviously someone should have stopped him and said, ‘You sound ridiculous!’ But no one did, so what are you going to do?”

Conroy was quick to put the blame on a lack of oversight for Bale’s performance, stating that it’s the actor’s role to invest himself as deeply into a character as possible — a producer or some other “third eye” should have reeled him in a bit.

Check out video footage from the hilarious moment, courtesy of Mike Eisenberg from Screen Rant.


  • jim rice

    Awesome! I totally agree. He did sound ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as Morgan Freeman.

  • Paul1963

    I thought a dandy bonus feature on the “Dark Knight” DVD would have been an alternate dialogue track without the raspy voice. I honestly thought it was a sound-editing trick until someone told me it was really Bale doing that for the whole film. I’m a sometime voice actor and it makes my throat hurt just thinking about having to sustain that voice for an entire film shoot…