It’s an awkward situation. Basically no animated Joker is going to be “The Joker” unless he’s voiced by Mark Hamill. Doesn’t matter how awesome the performance is, it’s always going to be “Not Mark Hamill.” Those are some difficult shoes to fill. Then, you have to add in the fact that this is the third game in a series that already had Mark Hamill voice the character twice.
So, the solution when casting Troy Baker in the role? Screw it, just do the exact same voice. Like, dead on, don’t change an thing. Just do an impersonation of Mark Hamill voicing The Joker. Avoid the temptation to add your own spin to the character, just give us the same voice we’ve had for the last two decades. So that’s what we’re getting. Here he is performing a monologue from The Killing Joke in the totally just Mark Hamill voice, which I’m sure is super exciting for folks that don’t kind of hate The Killing Joke.
So many people wish this could be a real thing. I don’t, it would make it kind of weird. I haven’t watched the show yet so I’m also trying to figure out the whole symbolism here and why Walt isn’t Batman. Don’t explain it, I like it is as it is: mysterious.
Because playing as your enemy during the crazy random fight modes in the Arkham games is now a thing, we’re doing that with Deathstroke this time. So, here’s that. Looks mostly pretty much exactly like Robin in the last game. So, there’s that. Basically Robin, but a cooler mask. Is that enough of a selling point for you?
Back when we first got wind of Batman Begins, most folks assumed it would be an adaptation of Year One. And while, yeah, they took a couple of bits from that series, it couldn’t really ever be an adaptation of Year One isn’t really about Batman. It’s a story about a young James Gordon, with Batman just happening to be around. It’s clearly Gordon’s story from beginning to end. Even the animated movie recognized this, casting Walter White as Gordon and some dude from the OC as Batman.
So Fox has taken the next logical step, and created a series just about Gordon. Called Gotham, it’s about a young James Gordon fighting against the pure awful that is the standard day to day in Gotham. Batman won’t appear at all, though it’s not clear yet if that means Batman isn’t active yet, or if it means Batman is going to be that mysterious force in the background he was before he started teaming up with Gordon. Though the fact that the series is supposed to include familiar Batman villains implies the latter, since half of them wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for Batman. But either way, we can be certain he won’t interact with Gordon at all. And by “At All” they, of course, mean “Until the first sweeps week.” Cause that’ll give you a ratings bump.
If you’re just chomping at the bit to play as Adam West Batman or Jean-Paul Valley’s ridiculous glowing suit from the Knightfall series, but only own a 360, bad news for you. Those costumes are only available on PS3. You’ll be stuck playing only with the costumes that don’t look ri-goddamn-diculous. Sorry about that. Or, your welcome, depending.
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, Who the Hell Is Jean-Paul Valley?
Presumably to distract people from the fact that they’re still grumpy about Ben Alleck-Man, this little tidbit from The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray has snuck out. Ostensibly it’s just about the casting process for Batman, but you know it’s just going to create a whole new wave of “Listen to his voice there! Why couldn’t keep it like that? Why’d they have to make it all super extra gravelly?” You’ll have to hear all over again how that voice ruined the series. How Batman isn’t even scary anymore because a massive man wearing armor and threatening your life Judy isn’t acai because his voice is more gravely than it should be.
And as an extra bonus: Hear Christopher Nolan act like Christian Bale’s decision to give Batman a different voice than Bruce Wayne was a huge revelation and not what Batmanj The Animated Series had been doing for over two decades when this screen test was done.
No one is going to accuse you of thinking that The Dark Knight is cute. No one. But you make 8-Bit (and really a lot of is 16-bit), then you have an adorable little killing spree. I say that because a lot of people died in Dark Knight. But their sprites here, so its okay.
I don’t know if this is necessary. I mean, this is technically a threat against Ben Affleck. Even if it is a fictional character, somebody had to make it. Will everyone wish bodily harm to Ben Affleck if he messes it up? I think there are some that wish him bodily harm regardless. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe there will be an article that says Batman arrested for threatening Ben Affleck. We can hope.
This is one of the sillier ideas that Pete Holmes has come up with, but it works. Since Ben Affleck is Batman now, why not fix all the movies Ben Affleck is in, and make him Batman. I don’t think he’ll sound like Christian Bale Batman, but we don’t have anything to go on yet. How Will Batfleck sound?
This kick-ass (albeit older) Muse song makes everything awesome. Not that this “animation” or Batman needed any help. A labor of love no way associated with DC, a really quick adventure of Batman saving a little girl from Joker. I saw the ending coming, but it was good nonetheless. A Gotham Fairytale is one of the better fan projects I’ve seen, and I salute you, Mauricio Abril. You belong in the fan art hall of fame. If there was a thing. You could do that, and watercolor the logo.