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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Scarecrow with sound clips and images.
(Note: While Jeff Bennett did voice Scarecrow in the episode "Over the Edge" Scarecrow did not actually have any lines in that episode as Jeff only did an evil laugh.)

Scarecrow is one of Batman's various enemies and has been in the Batman comics since the 3rd issue of Worlds Finest Comics that came out in the Fall of 1941. Scarecrow was formerly known as Jonathan Crane whom was quite fixated on fear due to his terrible childhood and was once a physician at Arkham Asylum until he was fired for testing his fear gas on his patients. Soon afterwards Jonathan Crane became the Scarecrow in which unlike most of Batman's Rogues Gallery his physical capabilities are lacking but is still very dangerous on how he more goes for psychological damage with his fear gas.

Created by Pokejedservo on Tue Jul 19 2011, 130 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
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Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneTed Knight
Ted Knight
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDon Messick
Don Messick
Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneAndre Stojka
Andre Stojka
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneHenry Polic II
Henry Polic II
Batman Begins (2005)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneCillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
The New Batman Adventures (1997)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneJeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDino Andrade
Dino Andrade
DC Universe Online (2011)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneChristopher S Field
Christopher S Field
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneJohn Noble
John Noble
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneBrian T Delaney
Brian T Delaney

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Batman VC section we have a big VC for this Fear gas loving fiend from Gothan... THE SCARECROW! The Scarecrow has a rather large VC here so I will keep this brief by saying that I am not sure who to pick as there is plenty of quality material here. The weakest of the Scarecrow voices here would probably be Ted Knight's work as Scarecrow here as I suppose its kind of okay by its own merits but seems rather generic compared to the others. Cillian Murphy and Don Messick were okay though (in retrospection Don's voice for the role wasn't bad but its a shame that Super Friends series didn't give him much material to work with.) However I was pleasantly surprised with Andre Stojka (whom is easily the best of the "Old" Scarecrow voices) and Dee Bradley Baker though.) But still most of these guys did some awesome work for Scarecrow in their own way.


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DeadpoolFool
said at 1:25 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
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John Noble. For a few simple reasons, he's scary without needing digital enhancements to sound scary. The monotone voice, the religious obsession with fear, the slow but calculating delivery. Sure, it's not original or unique. It's basically stock villain. But at least I'm hooked on what he's saying and believe he is a danger.

When I listen to Dino Andrade, Henry Polick, or pretty much anyone who isn't John Noble and Jeffrey Combs....I'm not scared. They sound more like a weak man, compensating by using drugs. Which isn't scary, it's pathetic.

John Noble 's portrayal is still a weak man, he's not a fighter. But he's still a danger. He's intelligent, he's obsessive, and borderline sadistic. He's almost like a preacher with all his speeches and you can see some of the logic. There's nothing more terrifying than understanding a person you know to be crazy, because what does that say about yourself.

Scarecrow may be a weak man, but many voice actors emphasize this too much. Scarecrow is bottom-line, supposed to be scary. John Noble although stock and simple, is scary. And scary without digital enhancements. So bonus points awarded for that.

John Noble get's my vote.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 2:55 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@DeadpoolFool "Scary" is not a character that comes out organically, it's an image to be artificially engineered. The Scarecrow uses his fear gas to generate a scary facade, because the character behind it, Jonathan Crane, is organically not scary; he's a weak, over-educated blowhard and a dirty coward.

It occurs to me that the Arkham Knight writers may've had to conjure up this shallow, fake persona for the Scarecrow themselves to cover up the fact that they don't know the character at all.
DeadpoolFool
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@CatsTuxedo I've read my fair share of comics and Doctor Crane started off as a weak, over-educated, blowhard, and coward. This is true. But after he adopted the Scarecrow persona, he became a threat and more a force than a character. The comics always plays him off as like a Hannibal Lecter kind of threat. He may look weak, but he's always thinking four or five steps ahead. I recall he once drove two Arkham inmates to suicide, and pretty much had the whole asylum scared without once using his fear gas.

Scarecrow may look like a weak, cowardly, dweeb. But in reality, he's a dangerous psychopath and that's something I don't think many adaptions have gotten right because they exaggerated his more dweebish tendencies and made him more dependent on his fear gas.

At least the Arkham Knight version of Scarecrow made him a danger even when he's not using the fear gas. He's manipulative, cunning, sadistic, and obsessive.

The Scarecrow I know, doesn't need fear gas to be a bad guy. John Noble's is the closest to that.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 7:02 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@DeadpoolFool Jonathan Crane's Scarecrow persona is just that: a persona. The reason the Scarecrow comes off as such a smug, power-tripping evil genius is because Crane knows he can get away with it holding the kind of power he has. When that power is cut through and the potency of his outward persona dissipates, more likely than not his true colors are exposed.

The issue with Noble's Scarecrow is that he's all persona and no character; there's no extra layers that give nuance to why he acts and behaves the way he does.
loredragonmaster
said at 7:23 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@CatsTuxedo If you follow the Arkham games (or listen to mook dialogue in Arkham Knight), you'll find that Scarecrow's the way he is because of what happened ALLLLLL the way in Arkham Asylum, particularly when his body was mangled by Killer Croc thanks to Batman activating his shock collar. So it's no exaggeration to say that he's doing everything in his power to make Batman's last night a living nightmare. And since it took him the better part of about two years (Arkham City=one year after Asylum, Arkham Knight=nine months after City) to recollect himself, his obvious obsession with outing Batman and the fact that he was willing to nuke Gotham with fear definitely shows that he's gone off the deep end.
pete
said at 12:13 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@CatsTuxedo Isn't saying that casting John Noble means you don't understand the character essentially the same as fans who like him don't? These guys came up with pretty good defenses for the voice, and if you can come up with reasoning like that, then you do understand the character somewhat, not sure what the writers said if anything, but Scarecrow or any comic book villain doesn't have to be a copy/paste from the comics to work.
pete
said at 12:14 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@DeadpoolFool congrats dude you worded your defense way better than I could.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:33 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@pete Most of the praise/defense I've seen of Noble's Scarecrow goes solely toward how "creepy" and "menacing" he is, with the occasional "intelligent" here and there. I've hardly seen any note of his personality, of which there is minimal, as other detractors have brought up.
pete
said at 3:29 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@CatsTuxedo I think that's more the voice direction than anything else. Not of the others are my ideal Scarecrow though, and others I've mention, can probably be as creepy and menacing as Noble but have personality.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:34 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
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You know, after listening to Noble as Unicron, I think I understand why people would consider his Scarecrow to be uninspired. It sounds almost exactly like Unicron.
loredragonmaster
said at 8:17 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
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At last, John Noble has popped up here, AND Brian T. Delaney. Permit me the opportunity to go over my top 5!

1) Jeffrey Combs- Combs' revamp of the Scarecrow on B:TAS (or TNBA) was definitely for the better. All respect to Henry Polic II, but as one of the producers said, Scarecrow should live up to his name, as in "scary." And his performance really fits the new zombie look. Combs' performance with the whispery and raspy tone really gives the character new life and while not up there with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, definitely was one of the better performances in the show. In fact, I would've liked to have seen Combs come back as Scarecrow in Arkham Knight had they not cast John Noble (as another "BRING BACK ACTORS FROM THE ANIMATED SERIES" like they did with Conroy, Hamill, and Sorkin for the first game). I'll get more to him later, but Combs is easily my favorite Scarecrow performance since it can be scary even without the ghostly effect (refer to Rise of Sin Tzu).

2) John Noble- Ah, easily one of the most divisive performances of Arkham Knight. Personally, I think it served its purpose. While everyone says that Dino should have come back for the role, sometimes there comes along a character design that can only go with one voice, like with Jeffrey Combs. As for me, when I look at the Arkham Knight version of Scarecrow, I don't immediately hear Dino's voice coming out of that zombified, walking corpse. In fact, I rarely ever do. John's "monster" voice (or his "Unicron" voice, as I like to put it) really fits the character this time around. He doesn't sound as frightening to me as Combs, but he still brings an ambience of intelligence, spitefulness, and an overall sinister personality. Also bear in mind that the Noble/Dino Scarecrow's character evolved over the course of the games, so the voice could logically follow. Speaking of Dino...

3) Dino Andrade- One of Arkham Asylum's most memorable performances, period. Dino isn't the perfect Scarecrow, but as John Noble served the "mastermind" Scarecrow design, Dino's voice fit the "recently escaped Joker lackey" part. It would have been interesting to see Dino return, as while his normal voice (without the modulation) brought out the intelligent and analytic part of Scarecrow, he sounded like a bit of a wimp when going up against Batman in his final scene before he was mauled by Croc. I can't really imagine Dino's Scarecrow to sound menacing without the effects, which now that it occurs to me was probably the intention. Still, as I mentioned, he was definitely one of the more memorable performances of Arkham Asylum, and I give him credit for at least that.

4) Dee Bradley Baker- I know what you're thinking. "Why are you putting a performance from TBATB here?" Simple: it works. No, seriously, out of the voices here for the Silver Age Scarecrow, Dee's probably works the best. He speaks in a soft and whispery tone similar to Combs'. Of course, to most of us it doesn't sound creepy but it definitely fit that version of Scarecrow. And besides, Dee's one of those actors who doesn't really need voice modulation all that often, he played almost every alien in Ben 10: Alien Force! As for a more modern Scarecrow, I think he could do an alright job. In fact, yeah! Why don't we do some trial and error with him to see if he makes a good modern Scarecrow? It's worth a try, danggit!

5) Cillian Murphy- Carrying his performance from live action, Cillian really gives the Scarecrow a creepy vibe. Not entirely scary, mind you, but still creepy. Every time he talks, he almost sounds like he's about to get off his rocker each time, with that subtle trembling tone. I don't know about you guys, but as an aside note I think Cillian's Scarecrow was the Loki of the Dark Knight Trilogy. Seriously, did he have to show up in every single movie? Sure, he was entertaining as hell, but was it necessary for him to be the hanging judge in The Dark Knight Rises? Regardless, though he's at the bottom of my top 5, I still enjoy his performance.

Now for the runner-ups:
Corey Burton- I genuinely wonder what kind of voice Corey put on under all that modulation. I think he's the most modulated voice in this comparison! The weirder thing is, this is supposed to be Cillian's Scarecrow. Why does he sound demonic? Is there fear gas running through his sewer lair, too? And if so, why is his mouth FULLY VISIBLE? Noble's Scarecrow at least has the excuse of the gas tubes. But a demonic performance is still a demonic performance, and Corey Burton never fails to impress.
Brian T. Delaney- Since the film was meant for kids, I don't think this portrayal was meant to be too scary for the younger viewers. With that aside, it was...alright for me.
Christopher S. Field- I honestly lost my composure when I got to the part where he yelled. I don't think I could take this Scarecrow seriously after that line.
Henry Polic II- While there's no doubt that Polic was going for the "professor" approach with Scarecrow, he didn't seem all that scary to me. Intelligent? Of course. Scary? Not so much. Still, wouldn't consider it a bad prototype performance, even though it's a voice that went with a character that underwent four designs (counting Combs, who was the apex).
Anicomicgeek
said at 10:17 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@loredragonmaster

Regarding Corey Burton's Crane and your theory about fear gas, maybe, but also Batman was somehow infected with fear toxin when got bitten by Croc. There's also the fact that the closest anyone got to sounding in Gotham Knight is KMR as Lucius Fox.
loredragonmaster
said at 11:04 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Anicomicgeek Yeah, I only watched Gotham Knight in passing, so please pardon me if I didn't get a few details right anywhere else :P
HyperVoiceActing
said at 8:14 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
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Anyone who thought John Noble was a great Scarecrow clearly doesn't get the character.

Actually, a LOT of voices from Knight seem to have this problem: they're terrible performances that don't capture what made these characters so distinct to begin with.

So yeah, sticking with Dino
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:57 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
@HyperVoiceActing

That's actually pretty rude to people who liked the performace.
pete
said at 11:52 AM on Wed Aug 12 2015
@Anicomicgeek Thanks fir saving me the trouble of ranting about it.
pete
said at 1:18 PM on Thu Aug 13 2015
@pete for
HyperVoiceActing
said at 5:36 PM on Thu Aug 13 2015
@Anicomicgeek - I guess it just bugs me when people praise the more generic run-of-the-mill voices just because it came from something they liked.

I'm not saying Noble's performance was bad by any means. I'm just saying it's a voice that could be slapped on any generic villain. It doesn't scream "Scarecrow" no matter how many fear analogies he makes. It makes me feel that people want Scarecrow to be a very generic main baddie instead of the unique and interesting character he is.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 5:46 PM on Thu Aug 13 2015
@Anicomicgeek - BTW I am aware my statement contradicts my saying "terrible performances" earlier. I kind of jumped the gun with that. Greene's Barbara is the only real terrible performance IMO. Everyone else who was recast was fine, but still generic
The Doctor
said at 3:40 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Anicomicgeek Guy was just telling his opinion on Noble's performance. He didn't say anything about people who liked the performance, so in my eyes he wasn't rude at all.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:10 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@The Doctor "He didn't say anything about people who liked the performance"

But he did.

"Anyone who thought John Noble was a great Scarecrow clearly doesn't get the character."

I don't even like John Noble's Scarecrow, but this is kind of rude.
The Doctor
said at 12:09 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Nightmare Crusher My bad. Tired after school and just little time for myself before going to work, so my mind wasn't at its sharpest. Sorry.
pete
said at 2:45 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@HyperVoiceActing Well from what I understand when he was badly mauled by Killer Croc, his mask was damaged so there was no reason to use that voice so Scarecrow created a new one.
pete
said at 2:45 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@HyperVoiceActing Kinda guessed the second part though.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:59 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@pete - What does that have to do with what I just said?
pete
said at 3:03 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@HyperVoiceActing It's all your comments as a whole, not saying that's why it's generic, but the whole "not getting the character" thing, IMO he changed the voice for those reasons.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:07 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@pete - But I never even brought up how he sounded different from Asylum.

That has nothing to do with how one note he was
pete
said at 3:13 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@HyperVoiceActing It's a theory I had, just my way of defending the voice.
pete
said at 1:09 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
Regarding John Noble, he doesn't have his mask anymore as it wore out and fell apart, and I'm guessing the voice Dino Andrade used is just a voice Crane created to sound more scary and frightening, and without the mask, Crane will altered his natural voice voice in this game. I honestly found it more frightening then most voices here and am going with him.

skeletonking1234 said it better than me, so I'm going quote him, so one has to scan through.

"Dino...oh Dino...I never understood. I really never did. this is a role that everyone adores in the Arkham games, but to be honest, is probably one the most overrated supervillain performance I've ever seen. I never thought it sounded that fitting, it sounds way too young, the vocal effects don't sound all that good, and to be honest, from playing AA, he always sounded really bored in his portrayal".

I quoted it because aside from the bored part, I agree. My ideal voices are Peter Macnicol, Robert Englund, Tobin Bell, and Brian Drummond.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:03 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
@pete The problem with Noble isn't just the voice. All of the other Scarecrow voices can be described in ways that set them apart.

Dino Andrade sounds more like "the coward who tries to act tough". Henry Polic puts more of a pompous sneer into it. Corey Burton is buried by weird vocal effects.

Cillian Murphy's is interesting because he actually sounds creepy in a way that's unexpected. The tone of his voice and the rhythms of his lines are unusual and off-putting. Jeffrey Combs' tone is pretty straightforward, but his naturally creepy voice manages to make him stand out.

John Noble's just a straightforward "villain" performance that's been done so many times.
chaosincarnate
said at 11:50 AM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@pete the whole "this is what Crane sounds like without the mask" defense used to justify Dino Andrade's recasting with John Noble really doesn't hold water for two reasons, though.

1: You actually get to hear Crane's normal voice in Arkham Asylum on numerous occasions, whether it be in patient interview tapes or certain cutscenes, and he couldn't sound further from John Noble as possible.

2: does it really make sense for a person who has John Noble's voice make themself sound radically different and high pitched with the mask on? Much as I don't like his voice for Scarecrow, John Noble's voice is still pretty cool.

There really isn't much of a way to justify the voice change in-universe, just to retcon in your head Scarecrow had John Noble's voice in Asylum, just like how Oracle sounds 10 years younger going from Kim Brooks to Ashley Greene, haha.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:31 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@chaosincarnate
Or how Gordon has had four very different voices.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:35 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@Music Meister I think Gordon's constant changing of VAs is the one that gets me rustled the most, ha ha. They're all great VAs who all make great Gordons...but...all four to portray a single version of Gordon? I can let Gough slide since he was an "origins" Commish, and they re-cast both Batman and Joker to portray their younger selves, too.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:44 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@TylerMirage
I joke about it being just tradition that Gordon gets a new VA every game but yeah, no real good reason that they got VAs who almost sound nothing alike.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:39 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@TylerMirage

Yeah, the fact Gordon keeps getting recast is ridiculous, especially considering in City, Tom Kane did come back as Sharp. They should've just picked one voice and kept it as best as they can.
chaosincarnate
said at 3:30 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
@TylerMirage It's a shame too, because while I don't agree all of them were great Gordon's, most of them were or had the potential to be.

Tom Kane was probably one of the worst Gordons due to how gravelly and forced his voice was, so I was totally fine with David Kaye taking over in Arkham City. Sadly, he barely got much to do in that game despite being a huge step up from Kane.

Gough was totally fine in Origins, but it'd be nice if they could pick a change and stick with it. By the time Rocksteady announced Jonathan Banks taking over for Arkham Knight, I just threw my hands up in the air and said screw it. Banks is a good enough performance anyways, probably the only recast in Arkham Knight I could honestly get behind.

Trying to reconcile voice recasting in canon is pretty stupid. You can't really justify in-universe how Scarecrow goes from Dino Andrade to Jonathan Banks, Oracle from Kim Brooks to Ashley Greene, or Michael Gough all the way to Jonathan Banks, haha.
Zillah
said at 9:03 AM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@chaosincarnate Dino Andrade to Jonathan Banks?
chaosincarnate
said at 4:04 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@Zillah Typo, obviously meant John Noble.
Zillah
said at 4:25 PM on Mon Aug 17 2015
@chaosincarnate I know, I was just being silly :p
pete
said at 12:24 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
@chaosincarnate Faur enough was trying to say that without the mask, he changed his regular voice to be more threatening, but I guess Yeah going from high to deep to be threatening doesn't work, but that's from the original trailer. A mic in the mask is a another guess but I just like this because I always enjoy John Noble, and have trouble picking a definitive Scarecrow out of these guys.
pete
said at 11:56 AM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@pete Fair
Zillah
said at 10:08 AM on Tue Aug 11 2015
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Well I guess I'm gonna be on the unpopular opinion side and say John Noble was fantastic in this role. And yes, he gets my vote.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:57 AM on Tue Aug 11 2015
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Listening to a couple of people's thoughts on this compare & I feel inclined to agree with Music Meister & CatsTuxedo. And I've decided to change my vote back to Dino.
Troodon2
said at 7:06 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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i feel John would have been better as Jeremiah Arkham. That guy should have been the main villain in Arkham Knight.
coolgeek176
said at 6:02 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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John Noble and Brian T Delaney are simply okay. I'm sticking with Dino Andrade.
chaosincarnate
said at 4:21 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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I agree with Music Meister and CatsTuxedo, John Noble is a disappointment. It's not that he was even a bad choice, and I understand the recast since Scarecrow is the big bad of Arkham Knight, but I'm sorry... his take is just boring to me, with hardly any presence to his performance. You could literally take that voice and put it onto plenty of Batman villains. Take away "Fear" from his ramblings and you basically get Hugo Strange.

It's a shame, because he actually sounded pretty damn creepy in the E3 2014 Scarecrow reveal, but he leaves no impact whatsoever at all in the actual game.

Dino Andrade seemed to just get this character better. Jonathan Crane is a character who is a complete and utter wimp, while the Scarecrow persona is one giant power trip, complemented by the demonic vocal effects. Thus, my vote stays with him.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:16 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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People already kinda said my opinion but I'll say mine anyways, John Noble is a good villain performance but that's all he has. No personality or anything special. It's menacing but really, that's it.

I still prefer Dino, he sounds scary but under it all he is a coward.
spidey1994
said at 12:48 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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I'm giving it to John Noble. I love the methodical, creepy, mastermind characteristics he gave to Scarecrow.
Weirdperson31
said at 11:08 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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Let's be honest, some of these are only "great" because of the filters and effects.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:57 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
@Weirdperson31 Not that I disagree with your point, but your comment sort of opens up a big ol' can of worms regarding the oft-debated "voice vs. performance"-thing.

What matters in a voice-over role? Is it the original, unedited voice? Or is it the final performance/end result?

While it's mostly subjective, some characters are better without alterations, and some are better *with* alterations. Frank Welker's Soundwave is one of the most iconic voices in the franchise, yet all it is is his Dr. Claw growl with a vocoder effect thrown on top. The original voice is nothing special as Soundwave, but you put that vocoder effect on it and BAM you've got something that fans instantly fell in love with.

Is it really that big of a deal if someone's voice needs some artificial tinkering to make it a little deeper or growlier? Or lighter? Or most ghostly? Or whatever? If they can achieve the end result naturally, good on them - but needing some help in post isn't necessarily a *bad* thing. Fiddling with a voice in post in like putting an actor into make-up on a live-action shoot. It can enhance or inhibit the performance, but it's just one part that goes into making that final result of "the character". The concept of gestalt, if you will.

You can have great ingredients that go into making a cake (the voice actor's original, unedited performance), but sometimes you still need to put a cherry on top and display it on a nice platter (add filters or effects). Doesn't mean the cake was bad, that just means they chose/needed/wanted to do a little bit more with it. So I think it all depends on the character, the voice actor, the voice director and overall direction that they wish to go with the character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:05 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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John Noble's just a one-note villain performance. Dino Andrade's putting some actual oomph into it.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:33 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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Honestly, Arkham Knight Scarecrow just felt like a generic bad guy to me. The great thing about Scarecrow in Asylum was that he stayed in the background and came up when you least expected it. Dino's performance gels with that potrayal very well and my vote stays with him.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 10:19 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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Noble as Scarecrow just feels kinda meh. It's a decent villain performance, but there's hardly anything about it that stands out as specifically Scarecrow.

Meanwhile, Polic is too deep and Combs' delivery is rather monotonous; all his lines feel the same as each other and the voice itself isn't even that formidable. It almost feels like the favor for his version is based more on the superficial design than the actual voice or personality.

From my point of view, Scarecrow is a character who should be plenty intelligent and might seem intimidating in particular circumstances, but is ultimately a dirty coward who lets his fear gas do the heavy lifting. Since Dino fits that character the most, I put my vote on him.
Smarttamarr94
said at 1:43 PM on Mon Aug 10 2015
@CatsTuxedo Yippie we agree on something for once! Happy day! :D
Shaun Ince
said at 10:03 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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John Noble as Scarecrow is perhaps one of the best performances I've seen in a Batman game. I think I'll be retracting my vote from Dino & voting for John instead.
shadowlord
said at 9:33 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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Finally I've been planning to change my vote to John for awhile.
Lpfan120
said at 9:30 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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Yes! John sounds like a force to be reckoned with. This sounds like someone to actually be afraid of!
Aussieroth
said at 3:58 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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................ WHOA John Noble is creepy!
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:45 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
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I'm gonna change my vote to John Noble as he was very creepy as Scarecrow. That said, Brian T Delaney was kinda meh in the role.
Starscreamsfan
said at 3:30 AM on Mon Aug 10 2015
1) Henry Polic II
2) Andre Stojka
3) James Goode (BBC DC radio dramas)
4) Don Messick
5) Ted Knight
6) Jeffrey Combs
7) John Noble
8) Dino Andrade
9) Dee Bradley Baker
10) Corey Burton
11) Cillian Murphy
12) Christopher S. Field
13) Brian T. Delaney
Troodon2
said at 10:17 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
Brian T Delaney was... meh! Not bad, but not very good either just... meh! Kind'a generic, though I don't really blame the casting itself.
llawliet159
said at 5:46 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
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I'm gonna vote for John Noble when he comes up
Fulgore2005
said at 12:18 AM on Sun Jun 28 2015
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I gotta go with Dino Andrade. I found the Arkham Asylum version of the character to be interesting. He comes off as quite wimpy compared to the other super villains, but under the fear gas, he becomes really, really menacing.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:53 PM on Sat Jun 27 2015
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Bit late to the party, but I'll be voting for Dino Andrade. Most of the other performances are pretty solid as well. Dee Bradley Baker's especially.

I have seen gameplay of Arkham Knight & John Noble as Scarecrow is awesome.
RenoRebirth
said at 1:08 AM on Thu Jun 25 2015
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Gimme dat John Noble, ANYday of the week. He is always what I imagined Scarecrow would sound like.
Darker
said at 8:52 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
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10.Cillian Murphy: He sounds too normal, too calm and too human.
9.Ted Knight: He's more fit to voice Joker over Scarecrow in my opinion.
8.Don Messick: Sounds a bit creepy, but also really childish, which makes it less creepy, therefore a not very good voice for Scarecrow.
7.Corey Burton: Burton... Why the hell aren't you trying here?
6.Andre Stojka: Not a very fitting one, but still good voice for the Batman villain.
5.Christopher S Field: Kinda corny but still alright for Scarecrow.
4.Jeffrey Combs: Not a very interesting voice. Creepy, but also really boring.
3.Dee Bradley Baker: Pretty fitting overall, and it suits him even if this is a parody of the character.
2.Dino Andrade: An upgraded version of Combs' performance.
1.Henry Polic II: Such an awesome voice. Given how Scarecrow was portrayed in that series, this voice commands more respect, and the appearance gives enough spooks to anyone.
DeadpoolFool
said at 10:54 AM on Sat May 30 2015
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I haven't even played the game, and I know that John Noble is going to be my vote. Even just listening to the guy in casual interviews creeps me out. The dude just naturally has a creepy tone in his voice. But it's also intelligent, and suave. It's the perfect Scarecrow voice.

In a close second place is Jeffery Combs, it's a bit more intelligent than creepy. If it wasn't for the echo sound they added in post, it probably wouldn't have been as scary. Where-as John Noble doesn't need any post production work done to naturally sound scary.
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 8:09 AM on Wed Apr 29 2015
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No Matter If John Noble Comes, Dino Will Always Be Scarecrow To Be.
Zillah
said at 1:49 PM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1. Jeffrey Combs
2. Dino Andrade
3. Corey Burton
4. Dee Bradley Baker
5. Cillian Murphy
6. Henry Polic II
7. Don Messick
8. Christopher S Field
9. Andre Stojka
10. Ted Knight
weaponxoxo
said at 7:28 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
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I think Cillian Murphy is a fantastic actor and I loved his take on Crane, but I don't think it translated as well to voice over. Jeffrey Combs has a similar portrayal but works better with the medium, so my votes goes to him.

The rest of them sound either "cartoon crazy" or demonic, which doesn't mesh with how I see Crane's character –- as an emotionally detached intellectual who took his research way too far.
NoxiousSludge
said at 10:31 PM on Tue Feb 10 2015
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1. Currently Unknown (John Noble?): Yeah, he's not listed here at the moment. Yet, just going off of the Arkham Knight trailers alone I can already place this guy as my favorite. The way he delivered his "How many more bones will you crush? How many lives will you destroy in pursuit of what you call justice?" speech was absolutely perfect, and I love how his voice is equal parts gravely, menacing, raspy, and intellectual. I can tell that when Arkham Knight releases, I'm going to love this guy.

2. Dino Andrade: Out of the many great performances put on in the Arkham series, Dino's is among my favorites from Asylum. His slimy, high pitched voice never fails to send shivers down my spine, and the added filter enhances the creepy factor rather than takes away from it. He did good at making Scarecrow a fearsome adversary, and while I do like John Noble(?) even better, I'm still a bit sad that Dino isn't reprising his role.

3. Dee Bradley Baker: Dee's is another fantastic take, I can see him doing fantastic as Scarecrow in a more serious adaptation since his voice is fantastically quiet yet fearsome.

4. Corey Burton: The effects added to his voice make him a bit hard to understand at times, but I like it nonetheless, mainly because this is the way I picture Scarecrow sounding whenever the person listening to him is under the influence of fear gas. The demonic reverberation added to his hoarse and rough voice make him sound absolutely nightmarish.

5. Cillian Murphy: He's not my favorite take on Jonathon Crane, but Cillian was good nonetheless. I like that he has more of a sleazy, slimy tone that is laced with a hint of subdued menace, it's very fitting for the movie's amoral scumbag version of the Scarecrow.

6. Henry Pollic II: I'm not too big on either him or Combs, but I do prefer him at the end of the day. I don't know if I consider him scary, but the deep voice and arrogant tone are pretty fun to listen to. His performance isn't one of the DCAU's best, but it's still a good one regardless.

7. Christopher S. Field: His delivery sounds a bit off, but I feel that he has a ton of potential to sound great. His tone while inconsistent does sound genuinely intimidating at times, and the gruffness of his tone reminds me almost of a slasher movie villain.

8. Don Messick: I kind of wish that Don had more material, because his Scarecrow I feel is actually pretty decent for an earlier adaptation. Not that it's perfect mind you, but I like that whispery tone he used.

9. Jeffery Combs: I hate to say it, but I agree with the user who finds Jeffery incredibly overrated. He sounds a bit creepy during the clip used on this site, but outside of a few lines he sounds absolutely boring and lifeless.

10. Ted Knight and Andre Stojka: I feel Andre edges Ted out, but neither are all that good. Especially Ted who sounds incredibly screechy and way too high pitched.

I personally want to hear Robert Englund take on the role some day. It's a bit of an easy casting choice to make, but he'd make it suitably creepy and sinister.
SiRenfield
said at 8:07 AM on Sat Jan 10 2015
Is it me or does the clip from DCUO remind me of the Dr. Destiny arc from Sandman (those who read ti might know what I'm talking about)?
RenoRebirth
said at 9:47 AM on Wed Jan 7 2015
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I'm not sure if that really is John Noble as Scarecrow in Arkham Knight. But whoever it is, once they are added, they get my vote.
It is, to a "t" what I've always imagined Scarecrow sounding like.
allthingsuper
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Dec 29 2014
Who is playing Crane in Arkham Knight? I know it's not Dino Andrade.
Zillah
said at 9:21 PM on Mon Dec 29 2014
@allthingsuper I'm pretty sure it's John Noble.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:55 PM on Sat Dec 27 2014
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So, a couple of months ago I finally watched the episode of TNBA with Jeffrey Combs in it... and to be honest, I found him incredibly dry and boring. I don't see how he's so scary, AT ALL. The only scene in the entire episode where I thought he sounded kinda creepy and intimidating was the part in this clip, and even then, it didn't do much for me. In the other scenes where he wasn't in a position of power over Batman and trying to psychologically toy with him he sounded even more bland. When Robin and Batman were foiling his plans and he needed to express more desperation and emotion... he fell flat. His take was a real downgrade in comparison to Henry Polic II, IMO. Henry wasn't very scary, but at least his performance was passionate and emotive and helped make Scarecrow an interesting character.

Sorry, I hope I don't sound like a jerk. I loved Jeffrey as Ratchet and Question, and I think he could have been a lot better if the character hadn't been so stinking bland in that episode, but I had to say something after watching his whole performance.
Axem Red
said at 3:37 PM on Sun Oct 12 2014
Corey Burton gets my vote!
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:47 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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Armin Shimerman for Scarecrow?
chaosincarnate
said at 12:51 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
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1: Dino Andrade- Holy hell was this guy just absolutely terrifying in every way. The effects on his voice in the dream sequences really hammer home the point that you're in an insane fantasy, and his true natural voice for the character sounds like he's truly enjoying his work, albeit still capturing Crane's wimpy persona under the surface. Without a doubt the best voice actor to come out of the Arkham series, it's a shame he won't be returning to the role.
2-: Corey Burton: I'm kinda conflicted ranking him above Jeffrey Combs, but in the end, he captures the insanity and frightening persona of the character a little more.
3-: Jeffrey Combs: A very spooky version of the character he pulled off well that goes perfectly with the new design. Very chilling and subdued while still making Crane sound like he's the one in control. So yes, a very intimidating voice for the role.
4-: Henry Polic: A fine take on the character that works well. Over confident yet wimpy sounding, and I found the British accent to be a nice touch that worked well.
5-: Cillian Murphy: The effects are cool, and while I enjoy him for what little screen time he had in the films, the guy just sounds too young to make it entirely believable.
6-: Dee Bradley Baker: He plays Scarecrow more tongue in cheek, but he works well for his version. I think he could do even better in a more serious portrayal.
7: Christopher S Field: Not bad in the slightest, and he sounds fitting enough. I just think the delivery was a little off, and he didn't capture the intimidating nature enough.
8-: Don Messick: His take hasn't aged well, but I still sense that he could've done a pretty bang up job with that whispery voice, if he deepened up a bit.
9-: Ted Knight and Andre Stojka: Don't fit the role in the slightest.
chaosincarnate
said at 8:24 PM on Mon Jun 9 2014
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Well then, it appears that Dino Andrade has been recasted for Batman: Arkham Knight, going by the E3 footage. It's a real shame, as I thought he was a perfect fit, but the new VA isn't bad. The significantly deeper voice compared to Dino's does fit the new design well, and while I find the change jarring, I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.
chaosincarnate
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
@chaosincarnate And now it appears that John Noble is Scarecrow's new VA in Arkham Knight... that's a damn good casting choice, I have to say.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:47 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
@chaosincarnate Has there been proof of that
chaosincarnate
said at 2:55 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
@Music Meister Well, since my only real sites to provide crecedence are IMDB and Wikipedia... at the moment, no. But hearing him in the E3 footage is a dead ringer for him, I'm almost positive.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:44 PM on Tue Sep 2 2014
@chaosincarnate - The new voice is good, but I'm still a bit startled by him sounding completely different than he did in Asylum
pete
said at 12:37 PM on Tue May 27 2014
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Robert Englund, Tobin Bell, and Brian Drummond are my ideal Scarecrow voices.
pete
said at 12:46 PM on Tue May 27 2014
@pete Oh and Peter Macnicol.
Ross123
said at 11:06 AM on Tue May 6 2014
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Dino is my favourite with my other favourites being Dee, Corey, Jeffrey and Christopher in that order.

Ted, Don & Andre are not scary, just annoying really.

Henry is decent as is Cillian.
Ross123
said at 11:08 AM on Tue May 6 2014
I wonder who will be voicing Scarecrow in Arkham Knight. I would like Dino to reprise the role but I really doubt that.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:42 PM on Thu May 1 2014
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I like Jeffrey Combs the best. His voice is so very eerie and I love the design Scarecrow had in that series. It was suitability eerie for the character and the voice. Dino sounds pretty good, but I've never played the game so my knowledge is limited.

Henry Polic II was pretty good and I think he sounds like Rene Auberjonois. Rewatching that series on the Hub I thought it was Rene.

I would like to hear Corey Burton take a crack at him without the effects added.
skeletonking1234
said at 5:19 PM on Sun Apr 20 2014
You know there's one person I think would be both fitting as Johnathan Cranes normal voice, and a great scarecrow.

I know this would be a bit weird since he usually on guest stars on other Batman shows since he is most well known as a certain Clown, but I think Mark Hamill would be a pitch perfect Scarecrow when I think about it.

He has the right calm yet sinister tone which could fit Johnathan when he talks normally (Muska is a great example of this), and we all know he can do great creepy, and raspy voices which would fit the scarecrow just perfectly.
skeletonking1234
said at 5:25 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
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Ted Knight sounds much more like he should've been the Joker using a voice like this than the Scarecrow. I mean it's a good voice, it's just completely unfitting for Scarecrow. 3/10 for a scarecrow voice, but a 6 out of 10 for being different.

Don sounds very fitting here but he has barely anything to go off of here which is very sad because his high pitched kind of sound could work very well if given more material. 6/10

Andre sounds...okay, it's nothing spectacular but I just think it sounds bizarre and, some of his delivery does feel a bit awkward. 4.5/10

Henry works extremely well with the role here, and sounds creepy, while it sounds weird hearing the scarecrow that deep it oddly works and didn't come off as a generic thug which I do like. RIP 7.5/10

Cilian sounds fantastic here, as he was in the film as well, though I do wish he was able to use this voice more in the film, but I'm happy to see him use it here, and is given a decent amount of dialogue. 7/10

Jeffrey...oh GOD Jeffrey how I love thee. Jeffrey is not only extremely fitting in the role, but is downright CHILLING. The voice matches the design perfectly, and is hands down one of Jeffry's best performances, if not his best. 9.5/10

Corey is bit too heavily vocally effected, and is a bit hard to understand at points, but he does sound good, but a bit too demonic with all those effects. and is it me or at a couple lines does he sounds like Dwight Schultz? 7.5/10

Dee was a natural choice for Scarecrow in Brave and the Bold, and he works very well with the role, being much more quiet and reserved in the role, but the rasp he adds to the role works very well, and the vocal effects add this fantastic creep factor to the performance. 8.5/10

Dino...oh Dino...I never understood. I really never did. this is a role that everyone adores in the Arkham games, but to be honest, is probably one the most overrated supervillain performance I've ever seen. I never thought it sounded that fitting, it sounds way too young, the vocal effects don't sound all that good, and to be honest, from playing AA, he always sounded really bored in his portrayal. 5/10

Christopher sounds decent at first, but the further he goes, it starts to sound a bit awkward. He starts slwoly adding this rasp to his voice, which to be honest sounds a bit odd in general, not really what I picture when I see the scarecrow. It's a better performance than many of the other DCUO performances, but that's not saying much. 6/10

1. Jeffrey
2. Dee
3. Henry
4. Corey
5. Cilian
6. Don
7. Christopher
8. Dino
9. Andre
10. Ted
facundo guerra 4
said at 5:23 PM on Wed Jul 23 2014
@skeletonking1234 Did you already heard John Noble,if you did what do you think of him?
Archerboy58
said at 4:44 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Dee Bradley Baker
Jeffrey Combs
Henry Polic II
Don Messick
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 8:57 AM on Fri Oct 25 2013
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Dammit, I know Dino is perfect as the scarecrow, but.... Jeffrey is just so frigging terrifying in his role, I begin to doubt my own sanity.

....Yeah, I think I prefer Combs. Andrade comes a VERY close 2nd. Cillian and Corey would be my other choices.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 10:45 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
I really liked Dee Bradley and Dino Andrade Scarecrow voices.

And of course, Cillian Murphy is the perfect live action Scarecrow.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Dee Bradley Baker, Jeffrey Combs, Cillian Murphy, Dino Andrade, and Christopher S Field all nail this part. The rest of them just don't work.
chaosincarnate
said at 8:32 PM on Mon Jun 9 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I'm curious as to what your issues with Corey Burton and Henry Polic are. I'm so used to seeing them held in such high regard, and while I disagree with you, your comment does feel like an admitted breath of fresh air.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:50 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
@chaosincarnate Corey Burton is actually pretty good in the role now that I listen again. But Polic I just think was a miscast. He sounds way too stereotypically "professor-like" but not at all scary.
Xymor
said at 12:45 PM on Sat Sep 7 2013
Im going with Jeffrey Combs,Dino Andrade and Corey Burton,since they all sound chilling and sadistic.Dee Bradley Baker is also decent but a little forced.
Henry Polic II jsut sounds generic
Finister2
said at 10:18 AM on Tue Aug 27 2013
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Henry Polic II, you were the Master of Fear.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:46 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
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RIP Henry Polic II.
BatDevilSpawn
said at 9:06 AM on Tue Jul 16 2013
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Ted Knight: 3/10
Don Messick: 4.5/10
Andre Stojka: 4/10
Henry Polic II: 6/10
Cillian Murphy: 8/10
Jeffrey Combs: 10/10
Corey Burton: 9.5/10
Dee Bradley Baker: 8.5/10
Dino Andrade: 10/10
Christopher S Field: 7/10
Both Combs and Andrade are fantastic and creepy, I have to give my vote for Andrade, as I felt he had more range.
bumblebeebug
said at 9:04 PM on Mon Jun 17 2013
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I like Jeffrey combs best because he manages to sound creepy and chilling without having any added effects. The calm tone actually sounds MORE scary to me.
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:43 PM on Sat May 4 2013
I really loved Andre Stojka. He really fits the character and I really loved his delivery. Messick was very inconsistent and that's the reason why I prefer Stojka.
VctrBnsn
said at 3:40 PM on Sat Mar 23 2013
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Jeffrey and Dino FTW. I really wish in BGK they got a guy emulating Cillian Murphy instead of Corey Burton, but he still did a good job.
Silence
said at 8:51 PM on Tue Mar 19 2013
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Ted Knight: It's as if someone took the Joker's voice and gave it to the Scarecrow. Not a very good combination.

Don Messick: though I like Don Messick as a voice actor, I'm not a fan of his Scarecrow voice. I don't know, it made him sound a bit like a witch.

Andre Stojka: Meh..

Henry Polic II: A pretty good performance, I like the maniacal feel he gives to it.

Cillian Murphy: Like the movie Batman Begins, Cillian gives a very good performance as the Scarecrow.

Jeffrey Combs: Just chilling...

Corey Burton: The vocal effects were a bit distracting, but it's still a good effort nonetheless.

Dee Bradley baker: I'm normally not a fan of some of the voices in Brave and the Bold (namely Batman's and the Joker's) but Dee made the Scarecrow one of the best performances in that show.

Dino Andrade: HO-LY SH*T! After playing Arkham Asylum's Scarecrow levels, I was blown away by Dino's performance. How he delivered his lines were perfect, the voice was perfect, the performance was just plain perfect! We have a winner!

Christopher S. Field: meh.....
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Mar 3 2013
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I don't like how dry and nonchalant Jeffrey Combs sounded. Sometimes sounding nonchalant and dry works, but I don't think it does with this character and that voice. Dee Bradley Baker worked well too, my second favorite. However, I am indeed going with Dino Andrade.

I would like to see him reprise the role in the next Arkham game. I like how arrogant yet small he sounds in the interview tapes and how creepy he sounds when he's scarecrow and they throw the filters on.

I don't think he's perfect, at least not yet, but he is my favorite for the time being.
Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
said at 3:38 PM on Thu Jan 10 2013
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In my opinion, I would say that Dino Andrade is the best with Jeffrey Coombs as a very close second. Likewise, Dee Bradley Baker would be a very close third.
Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
said at 3:55 PM on Tue Feb 26 2013
@Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
Please disregard the previous post, in the intervening month since I posted that comment, I have chosen instead to cast my vote for Mr. Jeffrey Coombs in lieu of Dino Andrade.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:49 PM on Thu Nov 22 2012
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Lot's of good choices here. I think I'll go with Dino Andrade with Dee Bradley Baker as a close second.
coolgeek176
said at 9:00 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
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I'm gonna go with Dino Andrade. He was pretty creepy in Arkham Asylum.
DeeBradleyBakerRules
said at 8:56 AM on Mon Oct 29 2012
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I'm going to give this one to Dee Bradley Baker. He made the Scarecrow sound creepy and menacing . . . especially when he does that crackle.
Torak
said at 9:00 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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1. Dino Andrade - After hearing his performance in AA, I must say he did a very good job: his Scarecrow really crept me out especially with the voice modulator, and even sounded threatening too at some points.

2. Jeffery Combs - An interesting take, but very effective: sounds creepy and unpredictable. The reason he isn't my number one is because he sounds a little too soft and quiet making him seem less threatening as a villain.

3. Corey Burton - Granted of course it was a little too modulated but it still had a creepy feel to it, it still fits though.

4. Cillian Murphy - Another interesting take, he really nails that maniacal and threatening side of Scarecrow which is what he needs IMO.

Others I'm afraid don't fit the bill for Scarecrow personally.
Sokka2Me
said at 2:41 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
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Jeffery Combs has that sadistic, calm tone in his voice. THAT is scary.
Azrael99
said at 12:49 AM on Sat Jun 30 2012
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1 . Dino Andrade - Soft , creepy , raspy and yet wimpy . The perfect blend of Jeffrey and Cillian`s equally brilliant performances .
2 . Jeffrey Combs - Raspy , creepy , intellectual . The only real complaint I have is he sometimes spoke almost too softly to hear .
3 . Cillian Murphy - Brilliant , subdued and complex as Crane and a total maniac as Scarecrow . Of course , you can occasionally hear Cillian`s Irish origins subtly slip through when he emotes and his American accent sounds more New York ( Specifically Christopher Walken-style Queens ) than New England but as he`s portraying a Nolanized reimagining of Crane he may be a native Gothamite in this version so I`d hardly count that against him .
4 . Corey Burton - Basically Cillian`s performance in The Film with more of a New England/Mid-Western accent . Impressive if a bit overly modulated .
5 . Dee Bradley Baker - Creepy , raspy . Truly one of BTAB`s stand-out performances .
6 . Henry Polic II - Underrated performance , IMHO . His Crane was creepy when he needed to be while not forgetting what a coward at heart the man was . He also gave a very convincing New England intellectual accent .
7 . Christopher S. Feild - Pretty damn creepy if average overall .
8 . Andre Stojka - Probably the best of the older Scarecrow performances and the first to actually sound creepy rather than campy .
9 . Don Messick - Not bad though his attempt to sound creepy comes off as more campy . Still a valiant effort . But meh , I`ve seen better .
10 . Ted Knight - Okay , I know Crane`s supposed to be from New England and all but really ?
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:56 AM on Fri May 4 2012
Dino Andrade Was just damn Scary, but terrific. Now if they Get John Kassir to voice him in the Arkham Sequel, That would magnificent.
AMT
said at 8:58 PM on Sun May 27 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 I thot I was the ONLY one who thought John Kassir would be a GREAT Scarecrow!
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 3:13 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
@AMT
It's a win win.
EmpireGrotesk
said at 1:21 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
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Jeffrey Combs is pretty much the perfect Scarecrow although it largely depends on how Scarecrow is being portrayed. If you want a genuinely creepy Scarecrow, Combs all the way. Subtle, not forced, but chilling. However if you want Scarecrow to be slightly ridiculous but obviously educated then I'd go with Henry Polic II.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:22 AM on Sat Jan 28 2012
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1. Jeffery Combs
2. Dino Andrade
3. Corey Burton
4. Henry Polic II
5. Dee Bradley Baker
6. Cillian Murphy
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:00 AM on Mon Oct 24 2011
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I'm giving this one to Jeffery Combs as I felt the raspy whisper was pretty creepy. That said, Dino Andrade, Henry Polic II, Corey Burton, Dee Bradley Baker, and Cillian Murphy were good, too.
RabidSonicFan
said at 7:47 PM on Thu Sep 15 2011
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Ted Knight - ...
Don Messick - He's okay, I guess. But he's still definitely much better than... THAT...
Andre Stojka - I agree, he's definitely best of the classic voices. It is a bit high, but it's not bad.
Henry Polic II - Finally a deeper voice. And he does a great job too. Now's when we're getting to the good stuff...
Cillian Murphy - Very nice, especially for a movie-liscensed game.
Jeffrey Combs - I know most everybody likes him, but to me, it sounded more like he was just speaking quietly rather than being scary.
Corey Burton - HOLY CRAP THAT IS SCARY. Really good!
Dee Bradley Baker - Like poke said, this is a pleasant surprise. It's hard to imagine Dee doing a menacing voice... but here we are. XD
Dino Andrade - He does a great job of sounding both scary and meek when he needs to. Probably my favorite out of them.
Christopher S. Field - Eh...
Blue Paratroopa
said at 11:32 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
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I'd say Jeffrey Coombs. His voice reminds us that despite the Scarecrow's frightening appearance, he's still a human behind the mask. That's important to remember.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:03 PM on Tue Aug 9 2011
Scarecrow is number three on my top 5 favorite Batman villains

Ted Knight's version was annoying, way too high for my taste.
Messick was pretty generic just nothing outstanding about it.
Stojka was, like what Pokejedservo said, best of the golden age voices. Is still a little high but not too high I guess.
I grew up with Henry Polic's version of Scarecrow and he does do a very good job. He gives Scarecrow a sinister and creepy sound to it and can easily show off his cowardly side.
Normally actors in video games are pretty bad (Toby from SPiderman is a good example) so I was very surpirzed with Murphy's performance. A good creepy voice that fits the character very well.
Although I like Scarecrow's design in Gothan Knights I thought Combs wasn't so perfect in the role. Don't get me wrong, he does a good sinister and intellgent voice but not all that creepy. I just think he could have been a little better.
I know it wasn't 100% Burton on the voice but wow was it scarey. I know it was Batman under his scare gas so it was suppose to sound disfigured but still a nice creepy voice.
Now I know Dee Bradley Baker is a man of many voices but damn was this unexpected. Creepy and a nice touch of voice modulator (or whatever it's called). A nice unexpected change for Baker.
Dino Andrade is the winner. Terrorfying, sinister, good amount of voice modulator, can go to a cowardly and sound threatening. A great example of the voice work in the game.
Christopher S Field is...well pretty generic. Nothing really standing out in it. However his delivery of the lines are outstanding, so he gets a pass just for that.
So my ranking is
1. Dino Andrade
2. Cillian Murphy
3. Henry Polic
4. Corey Burton
5. Dee Baker
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:01 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
@Music Meister On second thought I switch Burton and Polic
MG1988
said at 7:31 AM on Sat Jul 23 2011
Combs for sure? Effortlessly creepy.
Staplerman
said at 11:29 PM on Fri Jul 22 2011
Jeffery all the way!
Curt
said at 1:31 PM on Thu Jul 21 2011
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Jeffery Combs, it's a shame Scarecrow didn't appear more in that series/season
Joop
said at 4:02 PM on Wed Jul 20 2011
I'm not a big fan of the Batman Begins film, and I'm not usually a sucker for big screen actors performances in video games, but I think Cillian Murphy gives such a unique sound to the Scarecrow. That makes him the first batman character voice that, in my eyes, surpasses the Batman: TAS voice.
D.A.V.E.
said at 2:17 AM on Wed Jul 20 2011
Dino Andrade for me. Managed to sound both like the wimp Crane is, and the creepiness he wants to emit as the Scarecrow. Cillian Murphy in second.


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