NEWS - Dark Knight Returns Animated Cast Announced
Reported by TylerMirage on Wed May 23 2012

Warner Bros. has just announced the main voice cast of DC's newest animated movie project, The Dark Knight Returns, based on Frank Miller's comic of the same name.

Peter Weller (of RoboCop fame) will be voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne, while Modern Family's Ariel Winter will provide the voice for the Carrie Kelly version of Robin. David Selby, Wade Williams and Michael McKean are also listed in the voice cast. 

Check out these first screenshots.

So, what do you guys and gals think of the voice cast? Let us know in the comments!



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said at 1:44 AM on Sat Jun 2 2012
Kevin Michael Richardson as joker again
Ryan the Game Master
said at 7:28 PM on Thu May 31 2012

Well, this took long enough.
said at 4:30 PM on Tue May 29 2012
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Steven Blum as the Joker Please.
said at 5:22 PM on Tue Jun 5 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 I Think Steve Blum As Two Face
Is Better
said at 4:15 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
@B.A.Alcantra Why not both? XD
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:46 AM on Fri Jun 8 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight This guy's got the right idea!
said at 9:35 AM on Mon Jun 11 2012
@TylerMirage Who Has The Right Idea
said at 8:24 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@B.A.Alcantra TheVengeance Knight does. ;)
said at 3:35 PM on Sun May 27 2012
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Damnit I was hoping Micheal Ironside would come back to do Batman, as he had on that one episode of B:TAS
said at 9:35 AM on Mon May 28 2012
@Curt Unfortunately, The Powers That Be seem to prefer casting new actors as opposed to bringing back the ones the fans want. =(
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:46 PM on Tue May 29 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight "What fans want" is one of the most subjective and vague statements present in any fandom. You and Curt are both fans that want Michael Ironside. I too am a fan, but I didn't want Michael Ironside. So tell me, which "fan" is correct? Which "fan" should The Powers That Be listen to? They, having creative control that you and I lack, have made a decision. It's their decision, not ours. :)
said at 2:44 AM on Sat Jun 2 2012
@TylerMirage ...what about Kevin Conroy?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:45 PM on Wed Jun 6 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Again, it doesn't matter WHO the voice-actor is. Many fans want Conroy back (for obvious reason), and many are happy with getting someone fresh to have a new take on the character's voice. One fan's opinion on who should be cast holds no more or less weight than another fan's. It's the 'producers' choice. Conroy is great as Batman, don't get me wrong. But things get stale when you have the same VA doing the same thing for too long. There's different Megatrons (despite Frank Welker's popularity), there's different Iron Mans, different Optimus', etc..

It goes back to the whole "what fans want"-thing. That statement is holds different value from every. individual. fan. :)
said at 4:13 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
@TylerMirage "But things get stale when you have the same VA doing the same thing for too long."

A lot of people will disagree.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:21 AM on Fri Jun 8 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight And a lot of people will agree as well. Hence why actors play a multitude of characters in their career, hence why authors write different books, why directors try different genres, why people get different jobs after extended periods of time, etc., etc., etc..

What was the original point of this discussion again? Oh yes, "what fans want" is a completely subjective statement based on each. individual. person's. opinions and tastes. If the casting director didn't go with Conroy or Ironside, it doesn't matter. It's THEIR choice. "What fans want" =/= equal "everybody wants Conroy to always be Batman". :)
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:46 AM on Fri Jun 8 2012
*For the record I do thoroughly enjoy Conroy's work as Batman. :)
said at 8:51 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@Curt Unfortunately Michael Ironside is most likely not doing voice-over anymore, seeing how he recently left his claim-to-fame as the role of Sam Fisher. It's a shame, really; he's really awesome and I've always thought he could contribute much much more to the industry.

@TheVenganceKnight,TylerMirage Kevin Conroy IS extremely well-reowned by a vast majority of the DC fanbase and there's no saying that there are only a select few who don't enjoy his work. Still, I'm willing to give a stand-in a fair chance, which is something we've all had to do for the past few decades, given how many different incarnations there are of Batman.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:23 PM on Thu May 24 2012
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Ew look at Batman's chin, he could crack skulls wit that thing. Also based on the last pic this movie will either have Batman calling forth lighting to attack foes or he'll be fighting lighting, either way epic
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 4:20 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Music Meister Well, if Superman can PUNCH FIRE WITH HIS FISTS, then Batman can certainly fight lightning. ;)
said at 8:16 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Music Meister It's based on the cover of the original comic.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:37 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight His chin is bigger than his face
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:56 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Music Meister As TVK pointed out, not only is the image based on TDKR cover, but even Batman's physical appearance here is heavily based on his stocky, 'square-ish' design. He's very buff in the comic. Heck, wait until we see what Superman might look like (if he appears in this movie). He'll have a head built like an office-building. ;)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:18 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@TylerMirage His chin is wider then his head. It's like he injected Venom into it.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:22 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Music Meister Ever seen Transformers Animated? ;) Now *those* are chins.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:23 PM on Thu May 24 2012
Or heck, Bruce Campbell and Jay Leno have similar (if less cartoony) features. ;) It's the particular style of the comic. It's not uncommon to have big, square jaws.
said at 12:56 AM on Thu May 24 2012
RoboCop is Batman! That's pretty awesome!XD
said at 11:51 PM on Wed May 23 2012
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Wade Williams as Harvey Dent hopefully won't sound too much like Black Mask. It's a shame they couldn't get Bruce Greenwood back. I assume he's busy with Young Justice? Haven't watched Robocop in years but am I the only who didn't accidentally read it as Peter Welker and combine the names of two Transformers legends?
said at 12:33 AM on Thu May 24 2012
@pete I'm not a TF fan at all, but I saw that too. XD
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:17 AM on Thu May 24 2012
@pete I wasn't a fan of his Black Mask in Red Hood. He sounded to caricature-ish to me, esp amongst a cast that sounded real and believable.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 4:20 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@pete No offense to Greenwood, but I really don't think Young Justice is taking *too* much time away from his schedule. They probably just wanted a different VA for Batman just to keep things interesting.
said at 1:07 AM on Fri May 25 2012
@Foxwolf Not saying I liked or hatd it but I prefer James Remar as Black Msk. I hope Wade does an original performance no Black Mask voice or going for a Richard Moll inspired voice easier.
said at 10:28 PM on Wed May 23 2012
Ooh, Wade Williams as Harvey Dent! Me likey! =D

A little disappointed that we didn't get Kevin Conroy or Michael Ironside back, or someone who's good at voice-over like Steve Blum or Miguel Ferrer. I have no idea who this Peter Weller guy is, though I could only hope for the best.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:46 PM on Tue May 29 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight The prospect of Steve Blum as Batman is really cool! :D I wonder if that's ever gonna' happen.
said at 2:40 AM on Sat Jun 2 2012
@TylerMirage He voiced both Bats and Joker in the Lego Batman game, though that was just grunts and groans. Maybe he'll get some actual dialogue for both those guys in the second game.
said at 6:21 PM on Thu Jun 14 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight How old are you? Peter Weller was Robocop.
said at 7:23 PM on Thu Jun 14 2012
@Caley 17
said at 6:04 AM on Sat Jan 26 2013
@Caley Way to be condescending.
said at 10:14 PM on Wed May 23 2012
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While I would have preferred Kevin Conroy as the Batman, I can see Peter Weller having that gruff old man Batman voice. I'll give it a shot
said at 11:55 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@Sokka2Me I think Bruce Greenwood would be better. Conroy is awesome and all but he needs to move on. Playing Batman has typecasted him too much.
said at 11:12 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@pete He is typecast, but I don't think it's the producers fault. I think they fans did that successfully. I mean even Hamill has a diversity in the universe. It's probably also the reason he retired from Joker as well.
said at 11:24 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@pete Blasphemy.
said at 1:05 AM on Fri May 25 2012
@Aquafox84 Yeah DCAU fanboys wanting more,more, more of Hamill as Joker must hve wore him down.
said at 3:23 AM on Fri May 25 2012
@Aquafox84 @pete Hamill retired because he wanted to end on a high note (Arkham City), not because of the fans. If anything, the fans are probably what will convince Hamill to return as Joker, because of his interest in doing an adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke.
said at 12:59 AM on Sun May 27 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight really? look at Conroy's page. He has only ever done 2 that AREN'T tied to Batman. Hamill was Ozai, Red Skull, Hobgoblin, Klaw, and a couple other roles BESIDES Joker. He probably did want to end on a high note with Arkham City, but if you read all of that article. he also mentioned not being remembered just for Joker.
said at 1:22 AM on Sun May 27 2012
@Aquafox84 Yes really.
said at 8:22 PM on Thu Jun 21 2012
@pete Greenwood is actually a good batman, I can see that.
said at 6:03 AM on Sat Jan 26 2013

Kevin Conroy doesn't "need" to do anything he doesn't want to. If he wants to keep voicing Batman, let him! And anyone who has a problem with that needs to deal with it.
said at 9:48 PM on Wed May 23 2012
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Wait, Robocop is Batman? Well, I'm sorry to say this production will never be released... it'll spontaneously combust during development due to being way too awesome.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:15 AM on Thu May 24 2012
@ninjinister lol. when we add the ability to "like" comments, I'm totally coming back and liking this one.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 4:18 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Foxwolf Count me in on that 'liking' action too, Fox. :)
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:55 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@ninjinister Well, it appears that I 'Shout This Out!' *does* work, Fox. :D
said at 9:07 PM on Wed May 23 2012
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I'm assuming Michael McKean will be the Joker? He's played him before, but I'm not sure if the Joker will be in this or not.

It does get on my nerves that they can't seem to settle on ONE voice for these characters across all media, and only use somebody else when said voice actor departs or is unable to continue.
said at 10:29 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 I thought the name sounded familiar! XD

And yeah, I hate how they keep changing actors for these characters, especially since we already have people who nail them 150%. If it ain't broken, don't fix it!
said at 11:52 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 The Joker was in the comic if that helps you assume he'll be in this. Not a fan of the comic but his part was pretty good.
said at 8:40 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight If there's one thing that DC animated productions is well-known for, it isn't consistency. Even though both Conroy and Hamill have firmly established themselves in the roles of Batman and Joker, respectively, they've still went through at least a dozen other VAs.
said at 8:55 PM on Wed May 23 2012
Well this looks interesting. I've never read Frank Miller's earlier work on Batman (just the All-Star comics and the less said about that, the better) but I heard much praise. Hopefully the movie will do it justice. At the very least, there might be a voice compare for Robin/Carrie Kelly.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:12 PM on Wed May 23 2012
Eh, I saw a quick glimspe of Batman in the show (I forget if was either a pic or a vid) and he had a very triangle face. Hope that's fixed. Also, the cast seems promising but I'm really not excited for this show.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:32 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@Music Meister I think you might be thinking of the upcoming CG television series, 'Beware the Batman', which has a very stylistic design aesthetic (where Batman has a sort of triangle-face, as you describe). 'The Dark Knight Returns' Batman face is very large and blocky; pretty much a square, as seen in this pic:
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:33 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@Music Meister Darn link. Thought it would hyperlink.

Also, forgot to point out as well, this is an new animated MOVIE, not a series. :)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:58 PM on Wed May 23 2012
My bad
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 4:18 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@Music Meister No worries.
said at 7:49 PM on Wed May 23 2012
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When I heard many batman veterans were involved, I thought they meant more core ones
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:08 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@AMT me too. maybe they'll have cameos.
said at 10:59 PM on Wed May 23 2012
@Foxwolf Well I know Williams and McKean have voiced in at least one batman show, but I wouldn't really call them veterans just yet... They were usually playing minor one-episode characters, but hey, like you said, maybe the more core ones will have cameos! =D
said at 11:15 PM on Thu May 24 2012
@AMT Mckean is a veteran TV actor though. He has had more than a few roles by that route. He should voice atleast one MIB game though. He is a Man in Black.
said at 7:45 PM on Wed May 23 2012
WOOHOOO!!! Not only am I excited about this being batman but PETER WELLER! He hasn't done much in a while ( that I have seen ) so this is very cool!
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