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Hamill, Conroy Lead All-Star Voice Cast For DC Universe Online

As hype builds in preparation for San Diego Comic Con in North America, we’ll be updating the EU PlayStation.Blog with a raft of DC Universe Online news over the coming week.

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And where better to start than with the confirmation that two fan favorites and top notch VO veterans will provide voices for the upcoming action MMO. Check out the below from SOE:

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that two of animation’s most well-known talents lead a triple-A cast of voice actors in providing their skills for the upcoming online action game, DC Universe™ Online. Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: The Animated Series) will once again voice The Joker, while Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Arkham Asylum) brings to life everyone’s favorite dark knight, Batman.

“We’re excited that not only will Mark and Kevin bring their talent back to the DC Universe as part of DC Universe Online, but we’ve hit the jackpot with a full cast that are veterans of all the movies, TV shows, and games that our fans are crazy about,” said Sony Online Entertainment Vice President of Development John Blakely. “Several of these actors are recognized as the definitive voices for these characters, and will help us in creating an authentic and exciting experience for fans when they get in the game.”

Besides becoming an international pop-culture icon as the protagonist in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed virtually all aspect of modern media available to an actor – stage, screen, television, movies and video games. He has performed in hundreds of TV cartoons: Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, Samurai Jack, Spider-Man, Powerpuff Girls, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Little Mermaid, Phantom 2040, Johnny Bravo, Fairly Odd Parents, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest and Scooby Doo. He’s also provided his voice for several animated feature films: Joseph, Prince of Dreams, Balto II, Wizards, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, for which he received two “Annie” award nominations.

Kevin Conroy is best known to audiences for his role as Batman in Batman: The Animated Series. Conroy continued to voice Batman in the subsequent series The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. His tenure in the role also includes the films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. He also voiced Batman for the character’s guest appearances in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, and The Zeta Project. Conroy has also voiced Batman in the DC Universe animated original movies Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. In a full tally of his performances, Conroy has portrayed the superhero longer than any other actor in either live-action or animation.

The rest of the cast will provide voices for the following iconic characters:

Adam Baldwin (Superman) -Baldwin has amassed an impressive and expansive range of film roles, from large studio projects to gritty independent films. Baldwin has worked with many of Hollywood’s most successful actors and directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, and Richard Donner. In the sci-fi world, audiences know Baldwin for his starring role on Firefly, recurring roles on The X-Files, Angel, and The Visitor, and guest-starring roles on Stargate SG-1 and the new The Outer Limits. He followed up his Firefly character once again in Joss Whedon’s motion picture, Serenity.

Gina Torres (Wonder Woman)—Currently starring in the new ABC Family series Huge, Torres’ most notable television credits are her performances as assassin Anna Espinosa on Alias and Zoe Washburn, the shotgun-toting mercenary on Joss Whedon’s Firefly (and the feature film Serenity), in addition to her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Cleopatra 2525, which earned her an ALMA award. Her film credits include The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded, I Think I Love My Wife, and Hair Show. She has also voiced the characters of Vixen in the Justice League animated series and Superwoman in the DC Universe animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

James Marsters (Lex Luthor) – James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the cult favorite punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then on the final season of the spin-off show Angel. He is a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide honoring the show and sci-fi genre. Marsters currently recurs on the series Smallville, playing the role of Brainiac, an android who causes a rift between Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. He can also be seen in his recurring role on the hit BBC America show Torchwood, playing the ruthless and sexually deviant Captain John. On the big screen, Marsters most recently completed the much-anticipated live action adaptation of the hit Japanese video game Dragon Ball, in which he portrays Lord Picolo, the evil warlord set on destroying the earth.

Michelle Forbes (Circe) – One of the industry’s most prolific actors, Forbes brings an intense quality to every role she tackles. She has appeared in such independent films as Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks. Last year she made her debut in the groundbreaking HBO series True Blood starring as Maryann, a wealthy local who has mysterious intentions. She has also appeared as Kate Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment. In 2005, Forbes received rave reviews when she starred as Admiral Helena Cain in the intelligent and politically charged series Battlestar Galactica.

In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe.

DC Universe Online will be heading to PS3 and PC later this year.

Elliott / iELL

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awesome news. Glad to hear you got the original VA’s! :D

…adam west should make an appearance.

Carnivius_Prime 21 July, 2010 @ 5:12 pm   2

Conroy and Hamill always good choices for those roles plus a nice bunch of Whedon faves too there. Looking like a good cast.

    Elliott Linger 21 July, 2010 @ 5:44 pm    

    Thanks Carnivius_Prime! Plus there will be more DC news to follow later this week!

it just get’s better :)

some great talent there, i’m espicially glad to see conroy and hamill reprising the roles they made their own through years of voice work for the various animated batman series.
it was a shame to see them recast batman for some of the recent dc animated movies, so i’m glad to hear conroy will be back for the game.
and hamill as the joker? absolutely the best choice, when i read the comics and the joker talks, it’s hamill’s voice i hear in my head.
anybody who hasn’t seen it really should watch the mask of the phantasm, one of the best batman movies ever made, don’t let the fact it’s animated put you off.

Braccalone 21 July, 2010 @ 5:54 pm   5

I saw yesterday on gametrailers many gameplay videos and the game looks sooo amazing. i hope i can play as black lantern that would be great:D and i hope the ps+ user become some extra stuff or pay monthly the half price or better monthly free :) oh and how can the ps3 user pay monthly for this game?

JoystickJedi 21 July, 2010 @ 6:06 pm   6

I’m quite interested to see the subscription methods for this game including I hope SOE Station Pass & PSN+ integration.

Also a beta key for a long-time SOE MMO player would be top banana ;)

Ravenblade86 21 July, 2010 @ 6:13 pm   7

Great to see Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy are on board to do the voice work for the Joker and Batman. Really in my eyes there voices are that of the Joker and Batman, they really have made those characters there own over the years.

The other voice talent that is on board looks really good as well. Really looking forward to hearing more DCUO news out of SDCC :)

bllybtsn 21 July, 2010 @ 6:26 pm   8

Great stuff, I had been wondering about the voice actors for this game. In my opinion Mark Hamill is the only person who has ever played Joker how he should be played, pretty much the same thing can be said for Kevin Conroy and Batman actually.

im hoping this is a free mmo as it looks really good but i couldnt afford a monthly subscripstion

zerolaff 21 July, 2010 @ 8:14 pm   10

I. Love. Conroy!

Glitch321 21 July, 2010 @ 10:09 pm   11

It sounds like a good game but unfortunately the monthly fee AND micro transactions have put me off completely.

I used to play MMO’s and don’t mind the monthly fee but I hate the micro transaction crap and it’s just milking the player for more cash which I find insulting and messing with the game balance. Even if it’s just for items that look good. Well the whole point of loot is to get to end game and try hard to look really cool but if someone can do the same thing by only paying some extra money then it kinda defeats the point of end game.

SpiderMike_X 21 July, 2010 @ 10:30 pm   12

My thoughts mirror post 6′s. The game looks great but the subscription charges need to fit the bill and PS+ subscribers need to benefit from this Sony produced product. If it turns out we all have to pay a full charge then I shall question future annual subscriptions to PS+ because the benefits are few and far between so far. I dont count past content I already have purchased as a benefit.

What with this, FFXIV and The Agency all looking to offer subscription based services there has to be a give. And since playing online is free I’d rather support one with the lion’s share of my wallet rather than 2 SOE projects that do not utilise an already established subscription service in play. That just spells greed.

jfontyman 21 July, 2010 @ 10:54 pm   13

Why aren’t subscription based mmo games free of charge? So I have to buy the game first, then pay a monthly subscription to play it? Also I don’t think yearly fees should exceed the price of a full retail game.

I’m sure it will turn out to be a great game, anything which has many players brings about random gameplay elements, unfortunately I don’t see these companies bringing it down to an instant buy price point which would include me.

:(

So see ya.

NightHawk17 21 July, 2010 @ 10:56 pm   14

you guys are lucky, we didn’t even get this update across the sea.

BoH3MiaNRhAPSdY 21 July, 2010 @ 11:52 pm   15

this was my number 1 game to get but im gonna pass subscription fee i refuse to pay even if it offered me the best experience of gameplay :( i knew it was too good to be true

Glitch321 22 July, 2010 @ 5:45 am   16

You being a bit naive to think there wouldn’t be a subscription fee. Most MMO’s have them. The problem now is the growing trend to add micro transactions on top of that fee, which is ridicules. It’s funny seeing the PR people trying to spin it into something good.

When I play an MMO, I want the best looking gear and best stats for end game. It’s a reason to keep playing. When I see a guy with amazing looking stuff he bought then it gives no point in end game loot when the micro transaction stuff looks just as good.

It’s also added cash on a subscription fee that should of covered everything. You either make it free and add micro transactions (which I dislike but some do) or just give a subscription fee. The problem is now they are adding both which annoys people like me that hate micro transactions and annoys the crowd that wanted it free and don’t mind MT’s.

It’s just a terrible idea, worst of both worlds really.