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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Spellbinder with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Batman

Spellbinder is one of the various members of the Rogues Gallery in the Batman Franchise whom made his Comic Book Debut in Detective Comics #358 in December of 1966. Spellbinder has had a few alter egos over the years (though there were certain stories where Spellbinder had no known alter ego) but they all have one thing in common is that Spellbinder is an illusionist. To be more precise Spellbinder's only power is to make his (or in certain stories her) victims to have hallucinatory visions in which Spellbinder can take advantage of this in various sorts of ways (though how Spellbinder got those powers depends on which alter ego we are talking about). While Spellbinder is primarily known as an enemy of Batman he has occasionally been a foe of the Justice League as well. 
Created by Pokejedservo on Apr 19 2012
Batman Beyond (1999)
Spellbinder /  Ira BillingsJon Cypher
Jon Cypher
The Batman (2004)
SpellbinderMichael Massee
Michael Massee


Today on the Batman VC section we take a look at another one of Batman's lesser known foes... SPELLBINDER! Let us begin...

Jon Cypher- Jon plays the role of Spellbinder as a disgruntled high school psychologist whom became a super villain since he hates being underpaid. (Though it does raise some questions on how if his salary is so meager than how was he able to afford the hypnosis equipment that he uses?) Jon's attempt at a German accent is alright but his performance suit Spellbinder's arrogant nature in the show rather well. Basically Jon's work as Spellbinder is another good example of the voice work in the show.

Michael Massee-  Michael seemed to be trying to go for a creepy and raspy voice for the role which is a very good idea (especially considering how Spellbinder was designed in this show) but Michael's voice for the role was okay. Granted Michael does try to give Spellbinder a creepy and ominous voice but it is a bit too light, I mean its not bad per say but its not quite creepy enough to me. But other than that Michael's performance for the role is pretty good as he plays Spellbinder as a rather enigmatic foe rather well. So in other words its a pretty good example of Michael's work and of the voice work in the show at best.

Overall neither one of these guys are "perfect" per say but while I liked them both I will go with Jon Cypher a bit more here. 



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8000 Saiyans
said at 10:12 PM on Tue Jan 9 2018
Jon is the best here.
HK-47 master
said at 2:36 PM on Tue Jul 4 2017
Does anyone else think that Jon Cypher sounds like Ron Perlman?
said at 5:48 PM on Thu Jun 22 2017
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1. Jon Cypher
2. Michael Massee
said at 7:50 PM on Tue Feb 7 2017
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Jon's smooth yet sinister voice is very well done. I also like the subtle echo effect added to the voice adding this otherworldy sound to it.

Massee also does a great job. I like his more quiet and malevolent sound to his voice, though I feel it doesn't have the same mystical presence as Cypher.

I'd say for a future VA, Quinton Flynn
said at 12:55 PM on Wed Mar 16 2016
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Michael seems more interesting
said at 11:23 AM on Sat Nov 12 2016
1. Michael Massee (RIP)
2. Jon Cypher
said at 7:05 AM on Thu Mar 5 2015
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1) Jon Cypher
2) Michael Massee
Polyester Funk
said at 12:44 AM on Wed Aug 6 2014
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I prefer Jon Cypher. His voice is more soothing, it's more of what I expect someone who was trying to hypnotize you would have.

To be fair this is all I've heard from Michael.
said at 6:57 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Michael sounds more ominous and creepy. Jon works for his take, but it's clearly just a frustrated therapist we're dealing with. XD
said at 4:54 PM on Sun Jan 6 2013
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I'm going with Michael Massee, he sounds more mysterious. Jon Cypher is good but he lacks the mysterious and raspy tone that Michael has, he sounds too Zen Master-ish.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:43 PM on Fri Jan 4 2013
THeir both good, I don't know who to choose
said at 9:33 PM on Tue Oct 23 2012
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I'm going with Michael Massey. Jon Cypher was also good.
said at 5:43 PM on Sun Apr 29 2012
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Wait, so Spellbinder existed BEFORE Batman Beyond? And here I thought he was another one of the original villains created for that show.

Anyway, seeing as how his appearance in Batman Beyond is the only version of the character I knew of, I guess Jon Cypher gets my vote.
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Apr 27 2012
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Jon Cypher's voice sounds so mesmerizing like he's actually trying to hypnotize his victims. THat and he's my favorite Beyond villain.
said at 12:48 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
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I'm leaning more towards Jon Cypher surprisingly. Something interesting about his version.
said at 7:23 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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They're both good, but I think I'm gonna go with Michael Massee for Spellbinder.
said at 3:21 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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They're both good, but I'm leaning towards Michael Massee.
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Jon Cypher
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