Christian Bale’s Batman Voice Was ‘Over The Top,’ Says ‘Arkham Asylum’ Actor Kevin Conroy

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of “Batman: Arkham Asylum” around Splash Page HQ, and it just so happens that we’re big fans of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, too.

In fact, that’s why we found this little item so interesting.

In an interview with Wired, longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, who played the character in “Arkham Asylum” as well as “Batman: The Animated Series” and nearly every other animated iteration, was asked what he thought of the controversial growl favored by “The Dark Knight” actor Christian Bale for his performances. His response was, well… surprisingly frank.

“I thought Christian was excellent as Bruce Wayne, but I didn’t understand his choices there,” said Conroy. “I thought it was over the top and distracted from his scenes as Batman. I’m not sure what they were going for there. But, what do I know?”

Widely regarded as the voice of Batman for the modern age, Conroy’s opinion certainly carries more weight than he realizes—but is he right about Bale’s vocal stylings?

The live-action Batman actor’s choice to affect a gruff, almost growling voice for Bruce Wayne’s alter ego was one of the most widely criticized elements of the award-winning 2008 film, so it appears as if Conroy isn’t alone.

What do you think about Bale’s Batman voice? Do you agree with Conroy? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!

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