Everyone wants to be Batman. But only a few get to be them. When Batman is not out there saving worlds in the theaters, he is guarding Gotham in the animated shows and movies of DC Comics. Many Batman voice actors have made their mark in the DCAU. While Kevin Conroy is considered the greatest of all Batman voice actors, these voice actors are not that far behind. They also deserve praise and recognition. They delivered some of their career bests here and we should acknowledge them as well rather than only showering Conroy with love.
Jensen Ackles – The Long Halloween Part 1 & Part 2
Most of us remember Jensen Ackles from his role as dean Winchester in Supernatural. But the guy does have an esteemed career in the field of animated voice overs. He has actually voiced Jason Todd in the DC Animated universe. Ackles was roped in to voice the Batman in Th Long Halloween movies. Throughout most of the movie, we saw one of the youngest Batman voice actors give an epic performance as the Dark Knight. Ackles subtly walked the thin line between arrogance and humility, two traits very common to a younger, bratty Batman. Ackles captured the essence of an inexperienced Batman with his voice.
Jason O’Mara – The DC Animated Universe Movies
One of the longest tenured Batman voice actors, Jason O’Mara is second only to Kevin Conroy in the number of times he has lent his voice for the Bat. Starting from 2014 to 2020, O’Mara’s Batman helped expand the DCAU in the lines of New 52. His Batman oversaw a full-fledged shared animated universe being developed under the DC comics banner. Jason O’Mara is known for easily tuning up the creepiness in his voice to make Batman’s enemies shudder in fear. His last voice over was for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Peter Weller – The Dark Knight Returns
Based on the cult-classic Batman story written by Frank Miller, The Dark Knight Returns tells the tale of an aged, retired Batman. Even though Bruce has retired from active duty, crime hasn’t and still grows rampantly. So Bruce dons the mask and comes out of retirement. Frank Miller was poking fun at the Reagan era politics with this issue and it showed. And DC chose Peter Weller, the guy who played RoboCop, to lend his voice to the Batman. His course, rogged, and aged voice perfectly matched the tone of the movie.
Bruce Greenwood – Under The Red Hood, Young Justice
Probably the only one who can rival the single greatest of all Batman voice actors, Bruce Greenwood’s Batman voice sometimes gives Kevin Conroy’s a run for his money. In Under The Red Hood, we got one of the best animated Batman avatars in the DCAU. Caught between the guilt of failing one of his closest allies and the duty to do what’s right, Bruce Greenwood takes things up a notch, delivering a voice over that would have been tough even for Conroy to nail. It’s because of his epic take on the Batman in Under The Red Hood that he was called to do it again for Young Justice.
Jeremy Sisto – Justice League: The New Frontier
The New Frontier had an ensemble cast for every major role. The Batman was voiced by Law & Order’s jeremy Sisto. But don’t let the ensemble cast fool you. Sisto had some of the greatest, most insane dialogues in the history of the DC animated universe. The way he casually threatened the Martian manhunter is badass enough for him to make it to the list:
“I have a $70,000 sliver of a radioactive meteor to stop the one from Metropolis. All I need for you is a penny for a book of matches”