The Batman of Each Generation
Ben McKenzie (voice/animated)
Back in 2011, Ben McKenzie voiced the role of Batman and Bruce Wayne for the movie Batman: Year One. Based off of the 1987 comic arc of the same name, the movie chronicles Bruce Wayne’s first year as the Batman. McKenzie did an excellent job portraying Batman and Bruce Wayne, while putting his own spin on things.
The funny thing here is that McKenzie now stars in Gotham on FOX as Lieutenant James Gordon. That is quite a shift for McKenzie, but he does an excellent job in that role as well. It looks like Ben McKenzie was destined to be a part of the Gotham City and the Bat Family.
Who would’ve thought that RoboCop himself would’ve lent his voice to the Caped Crusader?
In his only voice role to date, Peter Weller brought his gravitas and deep voice to Batman for two animated movies based on Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. In the movies, Weller plays a battered and bruised 55-year-old Bruce Wayne navigating the role Batman plays in a world that’s moved on without him.
Although The Dark Knight Returns has inspired other movies — namely The Dark Knight Rises and Batman v Superman — to take a stab at a profoundly damaged Batman, nothing can beat the original portrayal backed by Weller’s weathered voice.
Other than maybe Nolan North and Steve Blum, there are few other voice actors more prolific than Troy Baker. The man has done everything from anime to cartoons to video games. If there is a something that needs top-notch voice acting, Baker is on the case.
Known mostly for his haunting performance as the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, it comes as a surprise that Baker has also played the Dark Knight in multiple video games and movies. First starting in the role on Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Baker has gone onto play Batman in all other Lego games and most recently Batman: The Telltale Series.