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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Beetle with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Mon Nov 22 2010, 30 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Jackson_H for additional sound clips.
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
BeetleChris Latta
Chris Latta
Iron Man (1994) (1994)
BeetleJohn Reilly
John Reilly
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (2001)
BeetleDaran Norris
Daran Norris
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005)
BeetleTucker Smallwood
Tucker Smallwood
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
BeetleSteve Blum
Steve Blum

EDITOR'S OPINION

Alright folks here is a VC for another one of Spider Man's enemies namely... THE BEETLE! Granted while there are characters whom are far more obscure the Beetle is not exactly one of the most known super-villains in Marvel History (which is a potential reason why his roles in adaptations are generally secondary at best to brief cameos at worst) but he has his history as well ever since the 60's. However Beetle's VA debut was in the early 80's where he was voiced by the late great Chris Latta in Spiderman and his Amazing Friends. I admit I was surprised to hear how Beetle's high pitched voice sounded, granted I know that to anyone whom is REMOTELY familiar with Chris Latta's work is not surprised at the thought of him doing a higher voice. But still while its not too hard to tell that Beetle has the same VA as the likes of Cobra Commander and Starscream its not too obvious as well. To make a long story short not one of Chris' best works but a somewhat interesting change of pace nevertheless.

Oddly enough the only time Beetle ever appeared in 90's animation was when he had a bit cameo in the Iron Man series where he was voiced by John Reily. And I suppose that John's voice for the role is not bad by its own merits but it is kind of strange to hear on Beetle. Granted I do realize that the show thought it would be funny to use Beetle's cameo on the show to give him a English accent as a gag reference to the famous music band "The Beetles". I suppose its kind of amusing but while it is kind of odd at the least show did try to be creative with the fact that Beetle is only going to get a brief cameo instead of just giving him a rather generic voice.


During the 2000s Beetle did not appear in any animated shows in fact he appeared in a couple of games such as for example in the early 2000's he was voiced by Daran Norris in Spider Man 2 Enter Electro. Daran's voice for the role is rather nasally which is a decent fit I suppose as it does work with what his performance was going for the role namely a good old fashioned Super Villain whom is just doing his job. Basically its not one of Darran's best Spidey performances but its not his worst either. And during the mid 2000's namely the Ultimate Spider Man game he was voiced by Tucker Smallwood, in which Tucker is going for a lower and more professional sounding voice which did sound pretty cool. While Beetle's role in the game was not really small however Beetle didn't exactly say all that much. But still aside from the lack of lines Tucker's work is an interesting change of pace for the role nevertheless. Overall I am going with Chris Latta and Tucker Smallwood the most with Darran Norris at 2nd with John Reilly at a decent third.


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Starscreamsfan
said at 6:12 AM on Fri Nov 14 2014
My Top 5:

1) Christopher Collins
2) Steve Blum
3) Daran Norris
4) John Reilly
5) Tucker Smallwood
Hugmebrotha
said at 10:13 AM on Sun Aug 24 2014
Ps, DAMN Norris sounds like 60's Joker!
Hugmebrotha
said at 10:13 AM on Sun Aug 24 2014
Tucker is kinda cool!!
Blum is so over used LOL but he's an epic voice actor xD I'd say my vote is... Gaaah cant decide.
I love Tucker, Steve AND Norris as Beetle! :/ lol
Finister2
said at 7:24 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
I wonder if Nolan North would make a good Beetle?
webmastersage
said at 6:46 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
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I nominate Daran Norris as The Beetle
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:51 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
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I love Chris Latta in this role, mainly because he adds a snort to his high-pitched voice.

That aside, does anyone notice a pattern here?? Steve Blum playing a Chris Latta role??? It's not the first time :O
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:58 PM on Wed Oct 23 2013
@Starscreamsfan I think the reason Steve Blum plays a lot of roles like Chris Latta's is because he's great at that kind of high, slithery kind of voice while giving a comedic performance. He also has the benefit of being able to make those characters sound VERY menacing at the same time. I guess you could say that he's following in his footsteps with these characters, even if he is doing something a little different with it.
metalsonic655
said at 12:57 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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1.Tucker Smallwood. For once I'm throwing my nostalgia out the window and going with Smallwood. His delivery and performance was the best, and he sounds very badass.
2.Daran Norris. A very fine choice for the role, and he does a fine take. I'd imagine classic Beetle having this voice.
3.Steve Blum. Steve does fine, if a bit high-pitched, he does a better job later on, but it's still not as good as the top two.
4.Chris Latta. Beetle, more like Cobra, amirite? Seriously though, Latta's just using his Cobra Commander voice without the hiss, it's not very fitting.
5.John Reilly. The only thing I can say about this role is "I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE!"
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:12 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
Tucker has the most fitting and original take on Beetle. I recognize Latta, Norris, and Blum in the role too much, and John Reily...oh, BEETLE, like THE BEETLES. HA-HA.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 3:49 PM on Sat Aug 17 2013
Tucker Smallwood sounds a bit like Ron Perlman. Anyway, my vote is going to Daran Norris. He sounds entertaining, arrogant, a little goofy, and his laugh is pretty amusing. It's a quirky and fun voice that still sounds a little mysterious.
Ross123
said at 2:28 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
Steve & Chris really pull it off.

John, Daran & Tucker were all pretty good too.
allthingsuper
said at 4:19 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
Steve, but for his performance in the second episode, not the clip shown.
LordofEvil96
said at 6:30 PM on Thu Apr 4 2013
For the Classic Beetle I have to go with Daran and For Ultimate Beetle I'm going with Tucker. Everyone else sucks. Chris Latta is too hammy, John's accent sounds flat out comical and makes him sound like a 5th member of The Beatles (no pun intended), and Steve's Chris Latta impression is grating as hell.
Metabad
said at 12:17 AM on Thu Oct 3 2013
@LordofEvil96 I think they meant for John to sound like a member of the Beatles.

Or at least, that's what it sounds like.

Not defending the performance at all, I'm just saying that the similarity was most likely intentional.
pete
said at 5:21 PM on Thu Feb 28 2013
Daran Norris for both Classic and Ultimate.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:22 AM on Mon Feb 4 2013
Just an FYI, the voice Steve used for Beetle in his second episode is lower, and closer to his normal voice.
RevolverRikochet
said at 12:40 AM on Wed Nov 7 2012
tucker's clip is too short but hes defiantly the best here.
coolgeek176
said at 12:24 AM on Sun Oct 21 2012
I'm going with Tucker Smallwood. John Reilly's accent made me laugh though.
Patrick
said at 2:40 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
Chris Latta
Autovolt
said at 4:13 PM on Sun Aug 5 2012
Steve's take on Beetle sounds more like Voltar from the League of Super-Evil. Am I right?
I_am_onlive
said at 7:57 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
Hmm... I think Steve's Beetle should have a bigger dialogue for better understanding and review and I don't think Steve was trying to imitate Chris Latta's voice here.
Anicomicgeek
said at 5:37 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
Like Music Meister said, Steven Blum's versions sounds like Chris Latta. It's okay, but I'm gonna stick with Tucker Smallwood.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:09 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
Steven does a really good Latta impression, as good as Scott McNeil, though I don't think that's such a good thing especially since in the show they were making him such a badass.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:32 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
After rehearing it maybe it's not as good as Scott's impression but it's still not his best work
Blazer5robot
said at 3:01 PM on Wed Jul 11 2012
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I'm going for Norris!!!!
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:50 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
Tucker Smallwood for Beetle, though I would be lying if I said that the accent that John Reilly did didn't amuse me. Daran Norris was good, too.
BlankSlate
said at 6:13 AM on Sat Jan 14 2012
The sound quality is bad but Latta's Beetle really stands out for me.
Scorcher56
said at 8:19 PM on Tue Dec 20 2011
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Norris is an Awesome Beetle... very creepy and Sinister!!!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:49 PM on Sun Jun 12 2011
I like all four, each completly different. It's surprizing to Beatle in a more serious way and Tucker's voice does it justice but for the classic Beatle I'm at a toss. Chirst does a great high voice and still sound threatening. Norris has a good nasally voice but a couple times it got annoying. With Reilly...I can't hate it. It was a good idea to make him a reference to the beatles and it's a pretty good impression. It's not enough to get my vote but still not bad
I rank each as:
Smallwood
Reilly
Latta
Norris
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:32 PM on Sat Nov 5 2011
@Music Meister
Now that I think about it I'm gonna switch Norris and Latta


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