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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Clayface with sound clips and images.
(Lex Lang as the 2nd Clayface is excluded from this Voice Compare since Clayface only did grunts and roars as Clayface himself in the episode.)

Clayface is one of the various members of Batman's Rogues Gallery whom has been around since Detective Comics #40 back in June 1940. Clayface is a huge creature made of clay in which he can use his clay to crush people but also can often do other abilities such as shape-shift with his clay body as well. Over the years Clayface has gone through several alter egos namely different people whom have become Clayface through different means but Clayfaces abilities are generally the same though the adaptations generally use his most known alter egos Matt Hagan and Basil Karlo (though they aren't the only alter egos ever used for Clayface in adaptations though).

Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Oct 27 2011, 34 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Cypo for additional sound clips.
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
ClayfaceLou Scheimer
Lou Scheimer
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
ClayfaceLennie Weinrib
Lennie Weinrib
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Clayface / Matt HagenRon Perlman
Ron Perlman
The Batman (2004)
Clayface / Ethan BennetSteve Harris
Steve Harris
The Batman (2004)
Clayface / Basil KarloWallace Langham
Wallace Langham
DC Universe Online (2011)
ClayfaceBenjamin Jansen
Benjamin Jansen
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
ClayfaceRick D Wasserman
Rick D Wasserman
Young Justice (2010)
ClayfaceNolan North
Nolan North


Today on the Batman VC section we have a big VC for this big pile of clay... CLAYFACE! Since this is another large VC I shall make this short by saying how I think I will go with Ron Perlman and Rick D Wasserman the most here. Granted there is plenty of quality material here (I was pleasantly surprised with those such as Lennie Weinrib and Benjamin Jansen and the like). Overall while pretty much all of these guys did pretty well with the role but Ron Perlman probably does the best "Sympathetic" Clayface while Rick D Wasserman does the best "Monstrous" Clayface.


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said at 6:34 AM on Thu Mar 5 2015
1) Ron Perlman
2) Lou Scheimer
3) Lennie Weinrib
4) Rick D. Wasserman
5) Nolan North
6) Steve Harris
7) Wallace Langham
8) Benjamin Jansen
said at 2:05 PM on Tue Jan 13 2015
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While I did say that Ron was good in the role, am I the only one that really feels that Clayface has never had a definitive performance?

I don't know, each of these guys do their jobs, its just when I think of Clayface, none of their voices are what I think of. Honestly I'd say the closest voice that I can see Clayface having is Steve's voice. I really like what they did with his voice and think it fits the character much more than anyone else that has played him.
said at 2:46 PM on Tue Jan 13 2015
@skeletonking1234 Well, that's probably because Clayface needs effects and Perlman never had any. If he did, I think you'd have your voice.
said at 11:25 AM on Tue May 6 2014
Rick is my favourite with Nolan a close 2nd.

Ron also does a solid performance as Clayface.

Steve does well as does Benjamin.

Wallace is somewhat decent.

Lou & Lennie are... meh.
said at 6:03 AM on Mon Apr 28 2014
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Lou sounds a bit too raspy and high for the role. Not really all that much to say other than it doesn't really sound all that fitting, and Lennie's the same way except it just sounds lower and makes him sound stupider. 3/10

Ron is a fantastic portrayal and one of the best in BTAS. It's one of the most emotional performances in the whole series, yet also one of the most sinister, especially in later episodes, and it's one of Rons best performances in animation. 9/10

Steve is much more heavily vocally effected, and sounds much more like he has the liquid effect on his voice due to the clay, which does fit in the way he was portrayed in that show, and he does a great job at portraying him. 8/10

Wallace is way too high and a bit too hammy for my taste. It isn't bad it just really is unfitting for the character and too goofy. 4/10

Benjamin sounds a bit goofy but his deep voice does work with the role, yet like with Edwin as Croc, he didn't have all that much to work off of so it's kind of sad. 5.5/10

Rick is a much more monstrous and big version of Clayface, and his voice works very well in that sense. His deep rasp fits the more monstrous design and personality. 8/10

Nolan is the same with Rick. It's odd to here Nolan as a character like this but it oddly enough works. 7.5/10

1. Ron
2. Steve
3. Rick
4. Nolan
5. Benjamin
6. Wallace
7. Lou and Lennie
said at 12:12 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
1. Ron Perlman

2. Rick D. Wasserman

3. Nolan North

4. Steve Harris
said at 3:57 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
i like Ron Perlman, Lou Scheimer, and Wallace Langham
said at 2:47 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
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Ron Perlman for the Matt Hagen version of Clayface...for the basil Karlo one...Rick D wasserman
said at 10:27 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@llawliet159 I give props to Nolan North for being second for Matt Hagen, he sounds like Rick D Wasserman LOL
said at 3:33 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
Im going with Rick Wasserman and Nolan North
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
A tie between Lou Scheimer, Ron Perlman, and Steve Harris. Lou is the voice I hear for Clayface in the comics, Ron is the best acted voice, and Steve played my favorite version of the character.
said at 12:35 PM on Thu Jun 20 2013
Nolan North is my favorite voice actor but i'm gonna have to give it to Ron this time
said at 12:17 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Ron, Rick, and Nolan are my faves. I liked The Batman, but i'm not sure if I liked what they did with Clayface.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:07 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
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My vote's going with Wasserman. If I had to close my eyes and picture a villainous actor-turned-clay-blob, that'd be the closest to what I'd picture his voice to sound like. A small pity that his Game Over messages weren't included in his clip since they convey the theatrical part of his persona pretty well.

On a miscellaneous note, North sounds a lot like Kevin Michael Richardson here.
said at 9:38 AM on Tue Sep 3 2013
@CatsTuxedo KMR as clayface would be a good choice
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 10:51 AM on Tue Sep 3 2013
@Comicfan117 Eh, no thanks; a good handful of characters who sound like KMR is enough for me.
said at 10:09 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
@Comicfan117 - Technically he did do Clayface's grunts in one episode of YJ.
said at 4:23 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
Kevin Michael Richardson will be great for Clayface/Basil Karlo!
said at 8:54 AM on Fri Jun 15 2012
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Rick D Wasserman, his Clayface actually scares me. 0_0

Nolan North and Ron Perlman are very good especially Ron.
said at 12:41 AM on Fri May 18 2012
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Steve Harris is what I'm used too and he did a killer job!
said at 5:56 AM on Thu May 3 2012
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Nolan North is awesome at anything he does, and this is no exception, but I'm sticking with Rick D. Wasserman.
said at 2:14 AM on Thu May 3 2012
North is good, Rick D. Wasserman is very good, but Ron Perlman is awesome.
said at 1:44 AM on Thu May 3 2012
Nolan North was good as Matt Hagen, but I'm sticking with Ron Perlman for that version and since I prefer the Basil Karlo Clayface, still sticking with Rick D. Wasserman overall.
said at 1:11 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
Ron Perlman was amazing as Clayface. Obviously in BTAS you saw Hagen as himself and then later as Clayface so more was required. Perlman handles both voices perfectly. The differences are subtle but it works.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:46 PM on Tue Jan 17 2012
1. Ron Perlman/Steven Harris- I like both performaces. Both played the sympathetic side and the villain side (and I hate to be "that guy" but I kinda wished you added some of Harris more evil side). Ron was better at the villain side while Harris was better at the sympathetic side. I like Harris take had a thicker gargle effect, made him seem less human like he was truly changed into something less than human though ROn's effect was more subtle like he had more control over it. I like both the same in different ways and I can't choose over the two.

2. Rick D Wasserman- Doesn't play to the sympathey side but does play to the mostrous and evil side to him. Shame he didn't get a bigger role since he didn't get that many lines.

3. Wallace Langham- A little too high, which is ironic since he was bigger than Harris' but besides that he does really well. Like Rick he doesn't play on a sympathetic version but an evil take and a little hammy (though not in a bad way). Now even with sounding higher he does make up with his performace.

4. Benjamin Jansen- Eh, not bad does an alright performace but nothing really outstanding but not really bad. The effects he has are nice.

5. Lou Scheimer/Lennie Weinrib- Both sound a lot alike but that's not really a good thing. They got a deep gruff voice but could have used some effects and they don't really have anything really rememberable about their performaces.
said at 11:23 PM on Fri Jun 29 2012
@Music Meister Ya know dude , you summed up my thoughts on this Voice Compare perfectly !
said at 12:42 AM on Sat Dec 10 2011
Lou Scheimer & Lennie Weinrib - Just generic villain voices.
Ron Perlman - Ron Perlman is always awesome, so the fact that he does an awesome job here is no surprise; he manages to sound both tragic and menacing.
Steve Harris & Wallace Langham - They both did pretty good too (though Wallace is more villainous).
Benjamin Jansen - Sounds pretty cool.
Rick D. Wasserman - Sounds completely monstrous and badass. Totally awesome.
said at 11:58 PM on Thu Nov 10 2011
Well, that depends on the Clayface now, doesn't it? I mean, they're not all the same guy. Benjamin Jansen is good, but I'm not sure which Clayface he's supposed to be as I haven't played DC Universe Online.

Basil Karlo: Well, he was the progenitor of the identity in the comics, I'm gonna start with him. Wallace Langham is good, though I'm gonna give it to Rick D. Wasserman for this one.

Matt Hagen: Ron Perlman without a doubt.

Ethan Bennett: Steve Harris was good, but then again, Ethan was the creation of The Batman.
said at 1:41 AM on Sun Jan 29 2012
@Anicomicgeek It's unconfirmed what Clayface Benjami Jansen played anyway
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 11:22 AM on Thu Nov 3 2011
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Ron Perlman all the way. He manages to make Clayface incredibly tragic and undeniably terrifying. He freaked my ass out as a kid.
said at 10:20 PM on Thu Oct 27 2011
I'm torn between Ron Perlman and Rick D Wasserman. I'll go with Rick, since he hardly gets any love.
said at 9:57 PM on Thu Oct 27 2011
It's a tie between Ron Perlman and Steve Harris for me. Both are the most dramatic, but I liked how Harris's voice sounded garbled while in Clayface form.
said at 9:52 PM on Thu Oct 27 2011
wheres the Kevin Michael Richardson version from Young Justice and the Lex Lang version from The Batman???
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 9:54 PM on Thu Oct 27 2011
@partymonster411 They both only growled and roared in their takes on Clayface, that's why they are not in this VC.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Clayface voice actors?
Lou Scheimer
Lennie Weinrib
Ron Perlman
Steve Harris
Wallace Langham
Benjamin Jansen
Rick D Wasserman
Nolan North