Here is a viral video going around of Cookie Monster revealing himself as Batman. One of the most commonly recognizable characteristics of him is his gravelly, growling voice. In the first few Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” film series, Batman’s voice was a little more than just rough and gravelly and drew large debate which is what recently sparks this viral video.
I personally do not mind his voice, I enjoy the movie and move on at the end of the day. I am not saying they could have noticed it early and had him change his voice a little, but it is over and done with. It is a good series and Christian Bale is great as Batman too.
Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in the 1990s FOX animation series, discussed the topic at length at Chicago’s pop culture conference C2E2 in 2008 and said the following:
“Christian Bale is an excellent actor, he just got steered wrong,” Conroy commented. “Obviously someone should have stopped him and said, ‘You sound ridiculous.”
While Conroy’s comments were applauded, there was one reader that posted such character direction was inspired by the original comics:
“The growling voice is not an original idea: it is referenced in the comics,” Brad wrote on screenrant.com. “In “Knightfall”, Robin makes a reference to Batman’s “gravelly” voice while talking to Nightwing. Yes, the purpose is two-fold: cover his identity, and to be intimidating. I grew up watching Batman on television, and wondered why no one recognized the voice of well-known Bruce Wayne.”