The Batman Arkham games have captivated millions of fans around the world. They are among the very best games of the past decade and for good reason. The story is well constructed, the voice acting top notch, and the gameplay without equal. As we finish up the final game in the series, Batman Arkham Knight, we have a chance to look back on the series and character we love with fondness. But do we know the whole story? Maybe there are some eater eggs you missed. Here are 6 things you might not know about the Batman Arkham Universe.
The character of James Gordon, as portrayed in the four main Arkham titles, is voiced by four different actors. In Arkham Asylum, Gordon is voiced by the great Tom Kane. Kane may be best known as the voice of Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series.
For Arkham City, Gordon is played by actor David Kaye. Maybe best known as Clank, from the Ratchet & Clank series, Kaye also voiced Megatron in Transformers Beast Wars, as well as four other Transformers series.
For the prequel, Arkham Origins, the developer went with professional voice talent Michael Gough. Gough’s voice has been featured in many animated projects including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10, and Winnie the Pooh. He has also voiced Shrek for the Shrek video game as well as characters in Xenosaga II and the Diablo series.
In the newest installment, Arkham Knight, our favorite GCPD veteran is portrayed by veteran actor Jonathan Banks. Best known for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut on both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He also starred in the original Beverly Hills Cop and four years on the TV show Wiseguy.
The Harley Quinn Audio Recordings in Arkham Asylum Came From Batman The Animated Series
One of the many things you get to do in Arkham Asylum is collect audio recordings of inmates and personnel within the asylum. The Harley Quinn tapes, though, are not original recordings written for this game. Instead, they were taken directly from an episode of Batman The Animated Series called “Mad Love”. The episode was written by Paul Dini, comic writer and the same man who wrote the Arkham Asylum game.
Arkham Origins Was Not A Rocksteady Game
Developers Rocksteady, the team behind Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight handed over the reigns of the franchise over to Warner Bros Montreal for the prequel. As we all know, they chose well.
Kevin Conroy voiced Batman In Only 3 Of the 4 Games In The Series
Actor and Batman voicer extraordinaire, Kevin Conroy, played the title character in Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight. For the prequel, Arkham Origins, WB Montreal got Roger Craig Smith. Smith has been Ezio in the Assassin’s Creed games, Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series, and Captain America in the animated Avengers Assemble. He also voiced Batman in the Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate game for Nintendo DS.
Harley Quinn and Twilight Sparkle Are Best Friends With Ben 10
All three characters were portrayed by the same voice actress, Tara Strong. Among a career that started back in the 80’s, Tara Strong has been a lot of characters in a lot of TV shows and films. Some of her more memorable roles include the title character in Ben 10 as well as young Ben in the subsequent series, Twilight Sparkle in current My Little Pony animated show, and Raven in the animated Teen Titans. In 2014, Strong played a “Deranged Squad Female” on the CW’s Arrow episode, “Suicide Squad”.
Batman Faces Off With The Riddler In A Prequel Novel
Batman Arkham Knight: The Riddler’s Gambit takes place before the events of the Arkham Knight game. Batman and Robin are pitted against The Riddler and his maze of traps. Many other villains make appearances but the relationship between the two heroes takes center stage here. There was also a tie-in novelization of the game that came out around the same time.
Are there any good Easter eggs we missed? What are your favorite little tidbits from this great series? Let us know down in the comments.
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