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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Oracle with sound clips and images.
Oracle is the alias Barbara Gordon, arguably the most well-known Batgirl, took after she was crippled by the Joker. Under this alias she acts as a behind-the-scene computer expert, giving help to her teammates.

Created by AMT on Tue Apr 17 2012, 33 Comments, Add Comment
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The Batman (2004)
Oracle / Barbara GordonKellie Martin
Kellie Martin
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Oracle / Barbara GordonKimberly Brooks
Kimberly Brooks
DC Universe Online (2011)
Oracle / Barbara GordonKatherine Catmull
Katherine Catmull

EDITOR'S OPINION

Kellie Martin did a great job of playing older Barbara as Oracle. She did display a fitting mature tone to Oracle, while still keeping a younger tone than the subsequent two actresses to remind us that Oracle has still got some of that Batgirl spunk! A very nice touch!

Kimberly Brooks does a wonderful job of conveying a mature, level-headed, woman that is Oracle. She was able to be funny, sad, determined through her voice, complimented by her superb acting in the game.

Katherine Catmull as Oracle was not bad at all. Most voice for the game were decent at best, but Katherine was probably one of the few above average voices. Her acting was not so over the top; it was steady, grounded and believable for the most part! While her voice may be a little older for Ol' Babs, she still did a great job!

All in all, all 3 women did a great job, but my vote goes to Kimberly, with Kellie being second and Katherine as a good third!


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chaosincarnate
said at 6:16 PM on Mon Sep 15 2014
....Has Kimberly Brooks been recasted for Arkham Knight???

Ah well, there goes another fantastic Arkham series VA. Her replacement sounds like a bit of a downgrade, but I hear Tara Strong at certain points (which would be, quite frankly, pretty dang cool.)
Lpfan120
said at 10:32 AM on Tue Sep 16 2014
Yeah, sounds like Tara to me. To be honest, I'd be perfectly fine with that. (Not saying Kim is bad in any way. Don't misunderstand that.)
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:37 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@chaosincarnate - Wait, they're replacing Kim? Where was this?
chaosincarnate
said at 8:17 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@HyperVoiceActing Watch any Arkham Knight gameplay footage, Oracle sounds completely different.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:29 PM on Thu Oct 9 2014
@chaosincarnate - I'm having trouble finding a video with her in it. A link if it's not too much trouble?
chaosincarnate
said at 5:22 PM on Fri Oct 10 2014
@HyperVoiceActing Will do. Here's the E3 gameplay footage (same video that revealed Scarecrow, coincidentally with a different VA as well.) Notice how much light and younger Oracle sounds this time around? That strikes me as a sign of Kimberly Brooks being recast for whatever reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBgpv0MPZ_E
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:45 PM on Sat Oct 11 2014
@chaosincarnate - I see. Thanks again for the link.

STILL wondering why Crane has a radically different voice.
chaosincarnate
said at 3:00 PM on Sat Oct 11 2014
@HyperVoiceActing It bothers me too that Scarecrow has been recast. Dino Andrade was just so perfect for Crane in every single way, and he doesn't seem to get enough work.

I've gotten used to whom I believe is John Noble taking over, though. I think he'll fit fairly well for being the big bad, it's just that the transition between Dino and his voices happens to be very jarring.

Consistency with The Arkham Series voice cast hasn't always been stellar (Gordon has been voiced by a completely different VA in each game, but I'm hoping on David Kaye making a comeback), but as performances on their own, they work just fine. I'll just give Rocksteady the benefit of the doubt and hope they know what they're doing replacing them.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:03 PM on Sun Oct 12 2014
@chaosincarnate - Oh I'm not complaining about the quality of the replacement. I'm complaining that it's, like you said, a jarring difference.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 7:27 AM on Mon Oct 13 2014
@chaosincarnate - Yeah I can hear the difference. The voice itself isn't terrible by any means, but I can tell the difference.
Ross123
said at 9:57 AM on Sat Sep 13 2014
Kimberly Brooks is HANDS DOWN the best voice for Oracle. I pretty much agree with what editor AMT had to say about her on this 1.

The other 2 were great as well.
Archerboy58
said at 11:31 AM on Tue Jul 15 2014
I'd like to see Alyson Stoner voice Oracle once
Archerboy58
said at 11:31 AM on Tue Jul 15 2014
@Archerboy58 I meant hear
D.A.V.E.
said at 11:59 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@Archerboy58 If she had actually voiced her in the YJ/Gargoyles/Spidey Radio Play, you could have. :/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggu7lSMXOnM
llawliet159
said at 6:49 PM on Sun Mar 16 2014
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I wonder what would happen if Tara Strong voiced Oracle with her Batgirl voice?!
Tupka
said at 9:18 AM on Mon Mar 24 2014
@llawliet159

Wait for more Beware the Batman. She's already appeared as Oracle in the tie-in comic, and the new eps apparently feature a foreshadowing.
Lpfan120
said at 9:00 AM on Sat Mar 29 2014
In the game Batman: Vengeance, there's a lot of time where Batgirl's talking to you over comms. So i guess that's the closest Tara got to playing Oracle
chaosincarnate
said at 7:18 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
I really hope Tara Strong gets the chance to voice Babs as Oracle one day.

That said, out of all the VA's here, Kimberly Brooks is the most fitting, and easily gets my vote.
D.A.V.E.
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Jan 25 2014
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I hope that Beware the Batman starts airing again so we can see more of Oracle
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:52 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
Gotta agree with the editor's opinion: Kimberly Brooks nailed this role, having a nice balance of maturity, intelligence, sarcasm and mischief in her voice. Kellie is somewhat more youthful but very smart and plucky. Katherine is okay, but a bit too old sounding. Not bad, though.
rephead
said at 1:49 AM on Mon Jun 17 2013
Kimberly has my vote.
coolgeek176
said at 3:00 PM on Sun Dec 2 2012
They'rae all good but I think Kimberly Brooks is the best. The voice from Batman Dark Tomorrow wasn't the best.
coolgeek176
said at 9:49 AM on Mon Dec 3 2012
@coolgeek176 I meant to say They're all good
Sarge Ray
said at 8:38 PM on Thu Jul 19 2012
I gotta agree with the people here. Brooks has this one.

If I had to give credit to someone, though, Laura Post did a good job in an audio dramatization of "Batman: No Man's Land".
EmpireGrotesk
said at 12:49 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
Kimberly Brooks hit it on the nail for me. Would have been interesting to hear her Batgirl. But I would also love to hear Tara Strong's Oracle as she was my favourite Batgirl Barb.
AMT
said at 12:33 AM on Mon Apr 23 2012
@EmpireGrotesk I agree, Id like to hear Kimberly as Batgirl, and Tara as Oracle
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:28 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
Kimberly Brooks, though they're all good.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 3:09 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
I'm definitely going with Kellie Martin here, though Kimberly Brooks wasn't bad. Considering all the bad performances in the DC Universe Online (*COUGH*Wonder Woman*COUGH*), Katherine Catmull wasn't too bad!
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:10 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
Kimberly Brooks for Oracle, though Kellie Martin was also good.
GothamRed
said at 1:07 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
What about her VA from batman dark tomorrow? I posted a link a while ago on the batman forum page with it.
Beaux
said at 10:42 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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Kimberly Brooks was amazing as Oracle. You could definitely hear all the little inflections in her voice and her character shined through even in seemingly dry dialogue such as the clip here. Kellie Martin was also superb, but a little less nuanced, though that's only in comparison. Catherine Catmull did a decent job, but it's not really how I imagine Barbara Gordon to sound. Still, it was a good performance even if it was the least of the bunch.
D.A.V.E.
said at 9:16 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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Wow! They are all pretty good! I'll go with Kimberly, but Kelly and Katherine (triple Ks) are good as well.
UltimateCharm (Moderator)
said at 9:52 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
@D.A.V.E. I love alliteration.


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