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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Darkseid with sound clips and images.
Darkseid is a God and the lord of Apokolips. He is an enemy of New Genesis, The Guardians of the Universe, the Justice League and all who oppose him. Darkseid's ultimate desire to to obtain the Anti-Life Equation; a thought that can be used on others that life, hope and freedom are all pointless and therefore would allow him to dominate anyone or any race.

Darkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe. Some of his abilities include: Omega Beams, Super Strength, Invulnerability and Genius-Level Intellect. Darkseid has a ruthless nature and instills fear in allies and foe alike.
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Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
DarkseidFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
DarkseidMichael Ironside
Michael Ironside
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2003)
DarkseidKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Justice League Heroes (2006)
DarkseidDavid Sobolov
David Sobolov
Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe (2008)
DarkseidPerry Brown
Perry Brown
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
DarkseidAndre Braugher
Andre Braugher
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
DarkseidMichael Leon Wooley
Michael Leon Wooley
Smallville (2001)
DarkseidUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Justice League: War (2014)
DarkseidSteve Blum
Steve Blum

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Slick
said at 5:03 PM on Wed Aug 20 2014
I know Frank Welker can improve his performance! He's the Voice God!
Slick
said at 4:56 PM on Wed Aug 20 2014
I bet Rick D. Wasserman and Corey Burton would be great as Darkseid.
Ross123
said at 10:44 AM on Thu Jul 17 2014
To me personally, everyone of these VA's does a really good job. It's very hard to pick. Most of you would expect Michael Ironside but I find him simply just average.

I suppose Michael Leon Wooley is my Top pick with David 2nd. And then Michael Ironside 3rd in case any1 wondered where I'd place him.

The rest like I said do good jobs even if some of them are just using effects to add to their voices.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:17 PM on Tue Jun 3 2014
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Frank Welker: Just his Claw voice, not even a great version of it. No real emotional range.

Michael Ironside: It's hard to disagree that Michael's delivery wasmagnificent as Darkseid, every line he says just sounds scary. He could say "Do you want bubblegum" and it would sound badass. A major problem is his whisper like voice could easily be overpowered by background noises and music, he just needs to be a little louder. I'm not as in love with it as others but I can say that it is an honestly enjoyable performance.

Kevin Michael Richardson: It's basic KMR voice, I'd give it a pass at least if he had a raspier or gruffer voice but it is pretty forgettable.

David Sobolov: Listen to that voice, that's the booming voice of someone large and powerful. And his delivery, while not Ironside good, was awesome, really love that ending line. An honest shame he hasn't gotten to reprise.

Perry Brown: Eh, not bad but I think he would have fit a different villain a little better. I don't hear 'Darkseid' I think more Atomic Skull or something that level.

Andre Braugher: Was he in a hurry doing this line? He sounds rushed and lacks any real menace in the voice. Andre's well known monotoned voice does not work for Darkseid.

Michael Leon Wooley: Not a bad voice, deep and gruff enough but has a nice calmness to it, fits perfectly. His performance on the other hand...it's not bad but compared to David or Ironside, doesn't quite hold. I think he needs a little bit of a slower pace and he would have worked a little more.

Unknown Actor: Sounds like evil Zordon, and not in a good way.

Steve Blum: Eh, I'd be beating a dead horse with my complaints.

Overall, I actually like David Sobolov more. I love Ironside's delivery, don't get me wrong, but I remember a couple times rewinding a line because I couldn't quite make out what he said and that kinda ruins the moment. David's voice would never be overpowered by anything (not even bad overpowering TMNT: Out of Shadows techno music) and that fits Darkseid a little more. I'd go with Ironside if he had more of a boom like David had.
MLW would be my third, the others I don't really have rankings for the others as they are just bland and forgettable in different ways.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:29 AM on Fri Jun 6 2014
Also my choices for a new Darkseid voice would be Bob Joles or Christopher Judge
Archerboy58
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Jun 6 2014
@Music Meister Teal'c as Darkside? That would be AMAZING
Polyester Funk
said at 12:01 AM on Fri Jul 18 2014
@Music Meister Christopher Judge would be great as Darkseid. I was hoping that he'd play him on Smallville, but alas, that didn't happen.

I'd also like to hear Jonathan Adams and Keith David.
Archerboy58
said at 3:24 PM on Sun May 25 2014
Garry Chalk for Darkside anyone?
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:43 PM on Sun May 18 2014
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1. Michael Ironside
2. Michael Leon Wooley
3. David Sobolov
4. Andre Braugher
5. Kevin Michael Richardson
webmastersage
said at 2:53 PM on Wed May 7 2014
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What about Tony Todd or Kevin Grievoux???
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 11:39 PM on Thu May 1 2014
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Michael Ironside is perfect, but David Sobolov is also great.

Also, does anyone else think that Christopher Sabat would make a good Darkseid?
Zillah
said at 12:10 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
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Steve Blum should get another shot as Darkseid, but without the overdone effects.
Netherman14
said at 1:33 PM on Mon Apr 28 2014
@Zillah How Steve sounded here is perfect!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3F9ASSsHUk&list=WLNTY8fFVhkj5WLKWETYLqyg&index=6
chaosincarnate
said at 3:42 PM on Mon Apr 28 2014
@Netherman14 Disagree, that's WAY too light for Darkseid, which is my exact same reason for disliking his Ocean Master voice.
Zillah
said at 6:44 PM on Mon Apr 28 2014
@Netherman14 Eh, not deep enough for Darkseid.
Though I think the voice he had for Grunt from the Mass Effect games would've been perfect for Darkseid.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:18 AM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@chaosincarnate Yeah, I think some people just have a difficult time grasping that Steve just doesn't make a good Darkseid period. Believe it or not, not every role of his is going to be a winner.
Zillah
said at 4:35 AM on Wed Apr 30 2014
@CatsTuxedo idk, I personally think he has potential in this role. For me it was mainly the voice he had for Grunt in the Mass Effect games (like I mentioned before) that made me think he could do well here (though I'm not sure if an effect was used to deepen if voice or not). Don't get me wrong there are roles that he just wasn't meant for... *cough*Goku*cough (I know this isn't the only one, but just an example), but I do still think he could pull it off with Darkseid under the right direction.
I could be wrong about this, and I might be a bit biased since Steve is one of my big favorites, but I still see a good amount of potential for Blumseid.
chaosincarnate
said at 6:30 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
@CatsTuxedo I'll have to respectfully disagree, if the effects weren't overdone and his voice didn't come out as robotic, Steve would have done fine. I doubt he could have sounded as natural as Michael Ironside or David Soboliv, but there's no denying from me Steve was an inspired casting choice that just turned out to be a missed opportunity.
webmastersage
said at 2:54 PM on Wed May 7 2014
@Zillah Steve Blum was actually good, since Warner bros added some effects
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:33 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
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You know, Steve Blum would've made a good Darkseid if they'd actually had him go deeper in the actual recording instead of doing a voice that'd fit a lot of character expect Darkseid and adding a crap ton of effects to the voice. I get the idea was to make him sound deeper, but why didn't they make Blum just go deeper himself in the booth instead of adding effects to his voice?
Lpfan120
said at 8:30 PM on Fri Apr 4 2014
Or at least pitch him down JUST a little bit.
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 7:31 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
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They had him.... they had Blum, a guy that could've been SOOOO excellent in the role!.... .... ....and they ****ing blew it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZohusSS72NQ
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:10 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@DreamMaster08X http://youtu.be/m5RtlpXsl8k
http://youtu.be/mdjkLIEtVl4
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 6:14 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Not really an Adam Sandler fan, but that's pretty much the summation of things.
WoodstockProd
said at 3:14 PM on Fri Feb 7 2014
Waaaaaay too vocal effects for Steve
WoodstockProd
said at 12:57 PM on Wed Feb 26 2014
@WoodstockProd *too much
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:11 AM on Fri Feb 7 2014
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I'm updating my earlier comment with a ranking and more in-depth points.

Michael Ironside - He's the closest to perfect we've gotten for this character yet. His voice is deep, but smooth and human. Not only is his voice and delivery imposing enough to fit a character like Darkseid, but it has a grizzled, gritty sound befitting a being who has enslaved entire worlds. It's the voice of a warlord who could lead the armies of Hell. On top of that, he speaks with a sense of tranquility and intelligence that captures your attention whenever he speaks, and he can be quite scary when he wants to be.

There is one problem I have with his performance: his voice doesn't carry well. On some of his lines, his voice often gets very quiet to the point that it's practically a whisper and it makes him a little hard to hear. If he spoke a little more loudly then this wouldn't be an issue, but as it is, it's the one little thing that holds it back from being an A+ performance.

David Sobolov - I considered voting for him when I first joined the site, but I liked Ironside's sound more than his. In my opinion, he's close to perfect as the character as well, but there's something about it that makes him sound more like just a huge, evil video game boss and sorta of misses that cold, intelligent, tyrannical warlord sound Ironside has. The thing he has over Ironside is that his voice DOES carry. It has a big, rumbly sound and it lacks the problem of breaking off into hard-to-hear whispers like Ironside. The thing holding him back is that his voice doesn't sound as if it holds the appropriate amount of grit, age, and wisdom to it. The voice is powerful, but I feel Ironside's voice naturally reflects who Darkseid is better than Sobolov.

Michael Leon Woodley - He makes him sound more like a brutish monster than the others, but it works pretty well. It still has the intelligence to it that I like, as well the grit, the right amount of age, and the tranquility that makes him sound like a powerful, unmovable being. I think he sounds a little too monstrous, but other than that it's a near perfect fit.

Steve Blum - I sorta like what they were going for with this, but the effects are so heavy that it's kind of hard to follow his inflection. Like Pete said, it sounds a little like he's burping a little and the echo is so thick that it sounds like it's coming from loudspeakers. This would work reasonably well if Darkseid was a robot, but since he isn't, it's REALLY out of place, and the effects effectively erased personality from his performance. Rather than enhancing his voice it muddied it instead. I think his standard voice would have been better than this, and I wasn't even excited about that to begin with. I just wish they would have asked him to do the deepest booming voice he could and set him loose. We could have gotten something really awesome if they had been more smart about this.

Andre Braugher - I'm just going to come out and say it: I thought he was underwhelming to say the least. The voice he uses isn't distinctive, he speaks his lines too quickly, he sounds awkward and unfocused with a good deal of his delivery, and to top it all of: he's just boring.

Kevin Michael Richardson - Nothing special for a Kevin Michael Richardson character in the slightest, and he makes Darkseid sound fat and bored rather than intimidating.

Perry Brown - Too hammy and kind of boring.

Frank Welker - Not terrible, but this voice is all in the throat and it's severely lacking in range.

Unknown Voice Actor - Absolutely boring and indistinct. It sounds just like some random dude who was standing around and they just shoved him in front of the mic and turned down the pitch.
RabidSonicFan
said at 3:54 PM on Thu Feb 6 2014
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Well, considering how it was just the basic Steve Blum voice in the trailer, which imo doesn't really fit Darkseid, I think the vocal effects are an improvement.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:30 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@RabidSonicFan I, for one, was looking forward to Amonseid. X_X
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:20 PM on Wed Feb 5 2014
That is not Steve Blum, that is a ####load of unnecessary vocal effects! X_X
coolgeek176
said at 7:42 AM on Wed Feb 5 2014
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Steve could have done so much better. The effects are unnecessary and he was a generic villain.
bumblebeebug
said at 2:28 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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Bad writing was the only true villain in Justice League: War.

Steve could have been great with better material and fewer vocal effects.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:07 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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If you want Darkseid to sound deep and powerful then have your actor do a deep and powerful voice, something Steve is perfectly capable of. Don't have him use a normal voice and then drown it in effects.
pete
said at 12:33 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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Steve sounds like he's burping his lines with those effects lol.
pete
said at 12:34 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@pete Also the UVA sounds familiar.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:28 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
Steve's voice makes me think of Sovereign from Mass Effect.

Anyway, even though his material was rather meh, the voice itself is pretty cool in spite of the lack of range. However, my vote's still on Sobolov.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 11:07 AM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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They put him in a vocal filter? Ugh.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:04 AM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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Well almost everything has been said about Blum's take, however I think the voice could have worked if he was given an actual performance and wasnt reduced to "ME EVIL" type of lines.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:02 AM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@Music Meister Considering that Michael Ironside's Darkseid had some of the greatest dialogue for an animated villain I've heard, EVER... I couldn't agree more. In my opinion it just plain sucks that Steve was given such crappy material and had his voice drowned in effects.
Archerboy58
said at 5:21 AM on Tue Feb 4 2014
Blum's not bad not Ironside but not bad
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:21 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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I think it's funny that poeple think Darkseid in War's major problem was the thick effects. It wasnt his 4 lines or comical size, it was that his voice had too much of a filter.
Whether Steve's voice was with or without the effects he would have still had very limited dialog and had a version that was just awful so the effects wouldn't really matter in the end
llawliet159
said at 7:37 AM on Mon Feb 3 2014
@Music Meister Like Owlman would say: I would be against those people changing Steve Blum's Darkseid voice in War, but even if I did, there would be another alternate reality where I was for them changing his voice instead. So in the end, it doesn't matter #nihilismFTW
GothamRed
said at 8:58 AM on Mon Feb 3 2014
@Music Meister Yeah, like I said on VengeanceKnights comment thread on this page, Darkseid sucked in general. Though I do feel the voice was distracting enough to add to the problem even if it's not the main one.
Lion's Edge
said at 8:29 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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...Gotta say it...

I HATE what they did to Steve Blum's Darkseid! Especially since I actually defended him not using a deeper, more monstrous voice since Mike Ironside and David Sobolov, the dominating Darkseids, did not need deepening effects to make themselves more menacing!

Steve himself could have been a frigging AMAZING Darkseid. Maybe deepen his voice a bit, but only a bit. Something more like the Judicator or Grunt in terms of deepening... not completely drown it in special effects! I mean... WHY?! What were they thinking?!

I stand by my belief. Steve Blum, if given a proper incarnation of Darkseid to portray, would NAIL IT. Not quite to Mike Ironside-level, but he would NAIL IT.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:55 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@Lion's Edge

It's like they heard all the bitching and moaning about Blum's voice being too recognizable and "not fitting the character" that they decided to process it in the last minute.

...at least that's my conspiracy theory.
Lion's Edge
said at 8:58 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight But then completely missed the point of "voice acting" and drowned most of the performance in effects and vocal processes.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:35 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@Lion's Edge Mmm-hmm.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 9:48 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@Lion's Edge But did they truly drown out his performance? His voice was heavily altered, yes, but does that necessarily affect the *performance*?

I'm not questioning your opinion of Blum's take. It's just that this is where the whole "voice vs. performance"-argument comes in.

Just because a voice is altered - even beyond the point of recognition - doesn't make it inherently bad. A character is created by a team of people. Writers, directors, character designers, animators, voice actors and sound designers. One person alone cannot create the whole of a character's performance. The voice is *part* of the character, but not the entirety of it. Obviously, for the purposes of this site/our interests, we'll only focus on the "voice/performance"-thing (and not delve into design, how the character is written, what they did on screen, etc.).

With or without that heavy modulation, Blum's *performance* would've been the same. His *voice* was different. The *acting* is still there, it's still the same. Blum is still giving it his all in that performance, whether he swallowed an autotuning mic or not. General Grevious' voice was heavily altered, but no one is complaining that we've suddenly lost Matt Wood's acting. Welker's vocoded Soundwave voice was great, despite not being instantly recognizable as Welker's natural voice. But they affected it such because that's what they needed for the character.

It's not about the individual steps taken to achieve the performance. It's about the end goal. It's the end product that matters for them. Gestalt. They want a certain performance, a certain portrayal, and if that means processing the s**t out of Blum's voice, that's their choice.

Again, I'm not YAY-ing or NAY-ing Darkseid in "War", just trying to point out how the creatives see things.
GothamRed
said at 9:18 AM on Tue Jan 28 2014
@TylerMirage I get what you're saying here and I do agree with it, but in this particular case I do think it's fair to say that effect did hinder the acting. Every time he spoke the garbled sound of the effect keep drowning him out so it was hard to tell how he was saying each line, which was doing any favors to Steve or the voice director for the time they put into the role. That's just how I feel about it anyway, there are some cases where an effect can work fine with a role, but this one almost made it a non-performance.

Also thanks for the swallowing the auto mic shout out!
Lion's Edge
said at 9:31 AM on Wed Jan 29 2014
@TylerMirage I must admit, you do make some fair points... but, in this case, I still feel that the auto-tuning really DID ruin Blum's performance. They tried too hard to make Darkseid sound monstrous (which I don't even think is all that necessary...), which really did mean you couldn't hear so much of Blum's performance as you did the processing.

I know the man is a magnificent voice actor, and my personal favourite, and I still have faith he can do a great Darkseid... just... they overdid the vocal processes and really dragged the performance as a whole down.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:03 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
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Whose bright idea was it to vocally process Steve Blum's voice to the point of unrecognizability? Ugh.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:40 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight I just saw a clip of him... what were they thinking?! Is it like this through the whole movie now? It sounds absolutely horrible!
GothamRed
said at 10:47 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yes, Darkseid in general sucks in War, more than just his after effects voice.
Silence
said at 11:43 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight
I agree, I HATE Darkseid's voice in War! The effects are extremely unnecessary (in how they're used that is) and the voice is just SO GENERIC. It's not the least bit intimidating and utterly fails at trying to make him menacing!
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:45 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@Silence Especially since Steve could've been an awesome Darkseid.
Silence
said at 5:29 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight
Couldn't agree with you more there.
llawliet159
said at 9:25 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight The worst part of it is......Darkseid was basically a video game boss in the movie...I mean, c'mon, while the JLA is fighting off Parademons, he just shows up outta nowhere without introducing his origins >.< I HATE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

But I thought Steve Blum would've made an awesome Darkseid if this movie wasn't really messed up :/
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:29 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
It's like they heard all the bitching and moaning online over Steve being too recognizable/"doesn't fit the character" and decided to change it at the last minute.

I hope those people are ####ing happy. *shakes angry fist*

/endrant
llawliet159
said at 8:58 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight I agree that his voice is too recognizable but that doesn't mean that people should bitch about it online...that's like complaining about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman....when they don't even give him a fat chance -_-
Archerboy58
said at 4:51 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
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Ironside is the best, but i liked Frank Welker, Kevin Michael Richardson, David Soblov, Perry Brown and Andre Braugher too
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 11:43 AM on Tue Dec 17 2013
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Ironside was the only one of all eight actors who could so much as make Darkseid huff or even just simply breathe, and I would legitimately soil my pants. Sobolov came very close, but for me, this one goes to Ironside.
llawliet159
said at 11:48 AM on Mon Nov 18 2013
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Michael Ironside should just voice Darkseid in a live action Justice League film...because he IS Darkseid...
Polyester Funk
said at 12:56 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
I like Michael Ironside best. But, most everyone save for UVA and Perry sound good, too.
Patrick
said at 11:12 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
Frank Welker
Finister2
said at 11:41 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
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I wonder if Tony Todd would make a good Darkseid?
WoodstockProd
said at 4:05 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Finister2 i could see that
Polyester Funk
said at 11:55 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@WoodstockProd That would be cool. I'd like to hear that.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 4:52 PM on Sat Nov 9 2013
@Finister2 That would be amazing.
Tyler Reznik
said at 11:33 AM on Tue Dec 17 2013
@Finister2 You've read my mind.
T-Flow
said at 5:34 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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I think a lot of people forget that evil doesn't necessarily equate to "deep voice." In Michael Ironside's case he went for a calm yet commanding voice and it absolutely works for Darkseid. David Sobolov gives a strong performance as well.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:05 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@T-Flow EXACTLY. When you LOOk at Darkseid, you imagine a deep voice would come out of him. When a voice that's NOT so deep and almost tranquil sounding, like Ironside's or Sobolov's, comes out instead, it actually makes him ALOT scarier! Extra points for the evil menace being captured perfectly by Ironside and Sobolov.
Lion's Edge
said at 10:46 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@T-Flow It is for this reason that I defend Steve Blum's Darkseid. It is similar to Ironside in terms of his direction of choice--deep and commanding, but also calm. Not booming or demonic... And that is how I like my Darkseid.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:48 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Lion's Edge Yeah, that's what I was thinking, too.
Lion's Edge
said at 10:56 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Amon!Darkseid... it works remarkably well. ^^

And it is nice to know someone agrees with me on this for a change. Thanks man!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:05 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Michael Ironside - Just perfect. Very intimidating and sinister. I think what works is that he doesn't have a very deep voice. A more tranquil sounding voice coming from that design makes him that much more terrifying.
2. David Sobolov - Takes after Ironside's take, and does it almost just as well.
3. Andre Braugher - This voice and delivery just has power and charisma in it.
4. Michael Leon Wooley - A very scary voice and performance, but veers on the generic side too.
5. Kevin Michael Richardson - Works very well for Darkseid. A great fit.
6. Frank Welker - Dr. Claw rules Apokolips?
7. Perry Brown - That voice and that acting...just laughable.
8. UVA - I can barely make out the words! So deep, garbled, and generic.
facundo guerra 4
said at 9:43 AM on Sat Jun 7 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus "Dr Claw rules Apokolips?" LOL
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 9:50 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
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My vote's on Sobolov. He comes off as a comic book supervillain better than Ironside, who simply seems too much like an ordinary human character.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:06 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@CatsTuxedo I think that's what makes Ironside's take so great. Putting a human sounding voice to a comic book supervillain creates an uncanny and frightening effect. His acting is perfect too.
pete
said at 12:26 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@CatsTuxedo Darkseid is/was human at one point.
Lpfan120
said at 5:33 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
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Kinda surprised that we haven't gotten Jonathan Adams as Darkseid yet.
LordofEvil96
said at 1:44 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
Apparently in the upcoming movie Justice League: War, Steve Blum is going to voice Darkseid. This is either going to turn out really, really good. Or really really bad.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:07 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
@LordofEvil96 It's certainly different, but in the end, I have a feeling it just might work.
LordofEvil96
said at 12:00 PM on Wed Sep 11 2013
@VctrBnsn I think if he uses his Judicator voice from Darksiders 2 it might work for Darkseid.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 8:29 PM on Sun Sep 15 2013
@LordofEvil96 Honestly I don't think the voice he used for Darkseid works as well as the others.

Then again I may just be use to Darkseid having a real deep voice
LordofEvil96
said at 12:01 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Wait, you've heard Blum's Darkseid voice already?
Lpfan120
said at 12:12 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@LordofEvil96 On the Flashpoint DVD, there's a "Sneak Peek at Justice League: War" trailer, and in it you can hear one (short) line from Steve's Darkseid. and it's not that bad. I've heard better, but I've also heard worse
LordofEvil96
said at 6:12 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@Lpfan120 Aw. And here I was thinking he'd use his Judicator voice. Oh well.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 8:28 AM on Thu Sep 19 2013
@LordofEvil96 - Actually it sounds more like his Starscream voice
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:12 AM on Thu Sep 19 2013
@HyperVoiceActing It sounds closer to Amon, actually, from what I remember.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 10:55 AM on Thu Sep 19 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight - I suppose. Regardless, I just don't think Blum is the best choice for Darkseid.
LordofEvil96
said at 11:57 AM on Thu Sep 19 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Ugh. I figured Steve was a terrible choice for Darkseid right when I learned he was cast. My god, what was he thinking when he chose the voice for Darkseid?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:28 PM on Thu Sep 19 2013
It's one line people. I don't think anyone can make a good judgement at this point.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:44 PM on Thu Sep 19 2013
@LordofEvil96 - To be fair, it's not like the voice itself is terrible. It just doesn't fit Darkseid
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Sep 21 2013
There's always the possibility it's just scratch dialogue; the BTS for S/B: Apocalypse had a different actress do WW's lines synced up to storyboards, while the movie proper had Susan Eisenberg reprise her role.
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:04 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
@LordofEvil96 Exactly.
Lpfan120
said at 1:30 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
Another thing to keep in mind is that Justice League: War is the first DC animated movie to based on the New 52
HyperVoiceActing
said at 5:47 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Lpfan120 - Not sure what that has to do with Blum's Darkseid voice but okay

@TheVengeanceKnight - I never knew that. Neat
SLEDGERAID
said at 11:38 AM on Tue Aug 27 2013
Jim Cummings woulda been cool as Darkseid that's the only dude I could imagine voicing him in Young Justice!
Comicfan117
said at 5:29 PM on Thu Aug 15 2013
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Keith David as Darkseid anyone
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:07 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Comicfan117 That's probably who Greg Weisman had in mind for him for Young Justice. Unfortunately, we never got to hear it.
Comicfan117
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I heard Khary Payton wanted to play him, and I hear rumors that the show is coming back in 2014
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:19 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Comicfan117 Khary would be good, but Keith would be better. And don't get your hopes up.
Comicfan117
said at 3:24 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus K
Comicfan117
said at 3:01 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Comicfan117 Yeah Keith would be better
Polyester Funk
said at 12:59 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@Comicfan117 Keith was already Mongul on Young Justice so it probably would have been someone else for Darkseid. David Sobolov did play Lobo so he may have reprised. I think Jonathan Adams would be a good choice.
Comicfan117
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@Polyester Funk I know I was just saying for future projects
Polyester Funk
said at 12:21 AM on Sun Nov 3 2013
@Comicfan117 Oh, OK I think I misinterpreted what you said. I agree Keith would be a fantastic Darkseid.
pete
said at 12:27 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@Polyester Funk You probably meant that for Galactic Cyrus, who said Keith may have been casted.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:41 AM on Wed Feb 5 2014
@pete I think I did. Sorry I replied to the wrong person.
skeletonking1234
said at 8:09 PM on Tue May 21 2013
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Frank Welker- While basically his Dr.Claw performance, it works well for Darkseid but a little too hammy for the character in later interpretations. 7/10
Michael Ironside- Just a perfect choice. Not only is Ironside creepy, but sounds both demanding and powerful, and just gives Darkseid the most hatable voice but just so awesome sounding at the same time and makes it one of my favorite superhero villain performances. 9.5/10
Kevin Michael Richardson- While it is richardsons regular badass deep villain voice, Richardson always does a fantastic job as these characters. 8/10
David Sobolov- Very similar to his Shockwave voice, and if you know what I think of his Shockwave voice you know what I think of his Darkseid. 9/10
Perry Brown-It's okay but it's on the same level of Welkers hamminess just without Welkers charm. 5.5/10
Andre Braugher- I never thought of this as a fantastic performance. It's not bad it just doesn't have the same power or creepiness as Sobolov, Ironside, or Wooleys performance. 6/10
Michael Leon Wooley- Wow, just Wow. Not only is this just as good as Ironside, but I think this tops Ironside. Wooley sounds both creepy, deep, powerful, demanding, and badass, and quickly became one of my favorite villain performances. 10/10
Unknown Voice Actor- It's okay, but if he had more to work with I could give a better rating. 6/10
skeletonking1234
said at 8:48 AM on Fri Mar 15 2013
from all the info I've found it always tells me that Michael Daingerfield hall did the voice of Darkseid, and I even sped up the voice to check and it does sound a lot like him
LordofEvil96
said at 5:28 PM on Mon Mar 18 2013
@skeletonking1234 Says what?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 10:03 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
@skeletonking1234 If you're especially determined to confirm this, Daingerfield has a personal website at which he can be contacted: http://michaeldaingerfield.com/
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:01 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
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Michael Ironside. However, David Sobolov is an absolutely fantastic runner up.
pete
said at 10:47 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I thought David was Michael at first.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:50 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
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What I like about Michael Ironside is that he didn't go for a deep, brutish voice. It was as smooth as iron, with a bit of venom in it. He was perfect. Andre goes to much into a big brute voice, and it doesn't sound as natural. That being said, I also really like David Sobolov and MLW.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:07 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@VctrBnsn Agreed!
coolgeek176
said at 7:15 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
I'm going with David Sobolov. Michael Ironside and Michael Leon Wooley are amazing too.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:33 PM on Thu Feb 7 2013
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1.) I don't think anyone can compete with Ironside (almost typed "Ironhide", ha ha) as Darkseid. He IS Darkseid.

2.) I'm going to be one of the odd men out here, but I think that Andre Braugher was almost as awesome in the role. I thought he fit it quite well.

3.) Michael Leon-Wooley would probably be tied for second place. There's an almost (deep) ghostly-quality to his voice that I like.

4.) David Sobolov/KMR/Frank Welker. They all did well. Nothing too special, but not awful either.

5.) Perry Brown/UVA. Meh...
LordofEvil96
said at 10:08 PM on Wed Jan 16 2013
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Does anyone think that T.C. Carson (Kratos from God of War) would make a good Darkseid?
SLEDGERAID
said at 10:05 PM on Thu Jan 24 2013
@LordofEvil96 I think so that or Keith David
LordofEvil96
said at 1:55 PM on Fri Jan 25 2013
@SLEDGERAID Huh, weird. I also think that Keith David would be a good actor for Darkseid.
Lion's Edge
said at 6:40 AM on Sat Jan 26 2013
@LordofEvil96 You know, replaying God of War III, I fully approve of this suggestion. Either him or, as others have suggested, Keith David.

I wouldn't mind seeing Clancy Brown having a shot at Darkseid (yeah, Lex Luthor as Darkseid... dun-dun-dun!) after listening to his voice for characters like Hades in God of War III and The Dark Dragon on American Dragon.
LordofEvil96
said at 8:38 AM on Sat Jan 26 2013
@Lion's Edge Ah yeah you're right Clancy Brown would also make an excellent Darkseid voice. They could have him go all Hades on Darkseid.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:46 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@LordofEvil96 To me, Tony Dodd would make an excellent Darkseid.
LordofEvil96
said at 3:20 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@VctrBnsn That's something I never thought about. Tony Todd would make a kick ass Darkseid, both live action and in animation.
VctrBnsn
said at 3:56 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@LordofEvil96 A lot of people say his speaking voice sounds a lot like Michael Ironside. Although I do see it, thats not why I thought he would be good. I always thought he could do Darkseid in both ways, as the calm, sinister talker Michael made him, or that big tyrannical brute.
LordofEvil96
said at 4:45 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@VctrBnsn Yeah you're right. Especially if you look at how he voiced Astaroth and The Fallen.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 3:49 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@LordofEvil96 Or Maybe, Peter Cullen. Think of it as a Cross between Venger & a Sinister Optimus Prime.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:07 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 That would be pretty cool, actually.
pete
said at 10:54 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 Or Frank to more up to date take and use his modern Megatron.
LordofEvil96
said at 5:51 PM on Mon May 6 2013
@VctrBnsn I also think that Christopher Judge should voice Darkseid using his Magneto voice from X-Men: Evolution.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:25 PM on Mon May 6 2013
@LordofEvil96 He would be a great Darkseid, but I thought he was a kinda odd Magneto.
LordofEvil96
said at 4:21 PM on Tue May 7 2013
@VctrBnsn The reason his Magneto was odd is because the character was deaged like most of the characters on the show. I think the voice would work better for Darkseid though.
VctrBnsn
said at 4:32 PM on Tue May 7 2013
@LordofEvil96 His voice still didn't seem right to me. Hearing a cool African American voice coming from an old white guy seemed strange to me. It did grow on me however.
LordofEvil96
said at 4:54 PM on Tue May 7 2013
@VctrBnsn Although you can agree that his Magneto voice would fit Darkseid right?
VctrBnsn
said at 6:37 PM on Tue May 7 2013
@LordofEvil96 OH YEAH!
pete
said at 12:30 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@LordofEvil96 He was Darth Vader, anyone who was him can be Darkseid as well IMO.
Damolisher
said at 7:09 PM on Sat Jul 28 2012
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On that picture of Michael Ironside... Which one's him, which one's Darkseid? :p
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:19 AM on Sat Aug 18 2012
@Damolisher LOL, that's nothing. The previous pic of Michael Ironside they used looked A LOT MORE like Darkseid. O_O
Cheesyfeet106
said at 4:50 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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Frank Welker: Good deep voice, for the first Darkseid, Frank did not really do to bad.

Michael Ironside: I felt that he was more iconic than Welker. Very sinister, very nice.

Kevin Michael Richardson: Him playing Darkseid was kind of inevitable, was it not? Good performance anyway.

David Sobolov: He really sounds both evil and as if he is having with it and enjoying himself.

Perry Brown: Not an overall fantastic performance; not particularly memorable, pretty meh.

Andre Braugher: He has a good voice, but I just do not feel that he gave it his all. I also agree that he could have slowed down a bit.

Michael Leon Wooley: Simply awesome. Need I say anymore?

Unknown Voice Actor: Ok, I guess. Nothing special.

I like them all; the best are easily Ironside, Wooley, then Sobolov, KMR, Frank Welker and finally Braugher, Brown and the UVA.
B.A.Alcantra
said at 7:50 PM on Tue May 15 2012
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My Overall Is Michael Ironside Not Because He Looks Kind Of Like Him Because He Sound Bad Ass
B.A.Alcantra
said at 8:07 PM on Mon May 14 2012
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I Pick Michael Ironside Not Because He Looks Kinda Like Darkseid The Reason I Pick Michael Is Because He Just Sounds Bad Ass
sailoryaoimoon
said at 9:57 PM on Wed May 2 2012
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Michael Ironside. There honestly is no equal.
BigBDawg
said at 12:08 AM on Sat Apr 14 2012
My picks for big bad Darkseid is this;
Frank Welker
Michael Ironside
David Sobolov
Andre Braugher
and Michael Leon Wooley
SalaComMander
said at 9:17 PM on Mon Feb 20 2012
I'm starting to notice that Kevin Michael Richardson ends up voicing a lot of the same characters as Frank Welker.
pete
said at 4:18 PM on Wed Dec 5 2012
@SalaComMander So is Megatron next?
SalaComMander
said at 12:00 AM on Mon Feb 18 2013
@pete

That would be completely awesome. I can even picture it happening.
Patrick
said at 11:38 PM on Wed Feb 15 2012
Andre Braugher who voices Darksied on Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

sounds like the voice of the Marine Comander of the Video Game Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Librety. I wonder if it was him..if not them someone else sounds a lot like him.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 10:57 PM on Thu Feb 16 2012
@Patrick No that is not him but Kevin Michael Richardson whom voiced Darkseid in the Shadow of Apokolips games was the one whom voiced the Marine Commander Scott Dolph in MGS 2.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 6:56 PM on Tue Feb 7 2012
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John DiMaggio should be the Next voice of DarkSied.
pete
said at 5:45 PM on Fri Jan 27 2012
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My General review of this VC

Frank Welker just added deepened his Megatron voice some growls to it but it still fits the role quite well. Ironside was original and is the inspiration for the rest of the VA'S. Kevin Michael Richardson is by far the worst complete unoriginality even if it was one of his earlier roles. David Sobolov is my second favorite on here and like said about Ironside, he clearly is using Ironside's performance is inspiration. Perry Brown sounds okay and did alright but he sounds closer to Welker than Ironside. Andre Braugher is alright but I also agree with Foxwolf that he should have slowed down a little. Michael Leon Wooley is probably my 3rd favorite on here. He is very menacing and again without Ironside's performance we wouldn't have his. Unknown VA sounds too much like Kevin Michael Richardson and doesn't suite fit. So in order

1. Michael Ironside

2. Avid Sobolov

3. Michael Leon Wooley

4. Frank Welker

5. Perry Brown

6. Andre Braugher

7. Unknown Voice Actor

8. Kevin Michael Richardson
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:54 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@pete Wow, you really stuck it to KMR there! I have to agree though, there's typecasting, and then there's freaking KMR being cast as practically any character that requires a deep booming voice. I feel that the studios hiring him for these parts have gotten extremely lazy. Sure, there are a few that he's been really good at, but I think with most of these character he just ends up giving exact the same voice, and the exact same performance. It is so devoid of personality at this point all I can really do is shake my head and sigh.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:07 AM on Mon Dec 19 2011
Andre Braugher's doesn't bother me very much. Michael Ironside's still the best, though.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:13 AM on Tue Nov 22 2011
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Personally, I'm gonna side with OptimusSolo and bryon on this one: David Sobolov was the better Darkseid. Oh, don't get me wrong: I do think Michael Ironside is good as Darkseid, but I think Sobolov nailed it better. Michael Leon Wooley was also good, too, as is Kevin Michael Richardson. Personally, I thought Andre Braugher was all right as Darkseid, though I do agree with Foxwolf that maybe he should've slowed down a little.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:59 AM on Sun Apr 22 2012
@Anicomicgeek On second thought, while I do think David Sobolov was good, I do think that Michael Ironside was indeed better, so changing my vote to Ironside.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:24 PM on Sat Aug 6 2011
If anyone knows (and provide proof) who voiced Darkseid in the series finale of Smallville let me know and I'll update the VC asap.
pokemastanumba1
said at 1:07 PM on Tue Jul 19 2011
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#1 Michael Ironside
He was perfect for this role. His Darkseid sounded exactly like his Sam Fisher but much more menacing and intimidating, both of which define his performance and makes his more unique. I hope he reprises the role in a future incarnation of the lord of Apokolips, as he's still voicing Fisher yet displayed so much potential with this role.

#2 David Sobolov
Very good as well, retaining Ironside's traits but still quite unique. I hope he gets more to work with in the future, and he might even become my favorite once so!

#3 Michael Leon Wooley
Same thing here, and I also have to give him props for being arguably the best performance in BTBB (which is certainly not saying much, but hey, it's something). His was one of the few voices from that show that didn't make me cringe.

#4 Kevin Michael Richardson
His voice/performance is nothing special here, but as usual, it works out very well for the character nontheless. KMR is getting very overused and overexposed as a VA, so he just gets too generic.

#5 Frank Welker/Perry Brown/Andre Braugher
All of these three didn't do so well here. Frank and Perry both sound even more generic than KMR, and even though Andre's is more unique, he also falls flat (though it certainly wasn't bad and it may mostly do with trying to mimic the mouth movements properly).
moonarcher (Guest)
said at 5:24 PM on Sun Dec 5 2010
"I am many things Kal-El but here i am god"
TFG1Mike
said at 4:17 PM on Sat Dec 4 2010
you of course are entitled to your opinion solo.... but Ironside all the way.... He IS Darkseid end of story lol
aMaster Caboose
said at 12:49 AM on Thu Mar 10 2011
@TFG1Mike couldn't have said it better myself
yoo (Guest)
said at 9:56 PM on Sat Nov 20 2010
Braugher's voice as darkseid is not so perfect. Quality is to lame. I wish Tony Todd did Darkseid because his voice would really fit the character.
bryon (Guest)
said at 1:08 AM on Fri Oct 8 2010
I think one of my favorites here is David Sobolov. He really portrayed Darkseid's arrogance with impressive skills.
moonarcher (Guest)
said at 4:41 PM on Sun Sep 19 2010
They should have used Frank Welker in Apocalypse he would have been a lot better, or even Michael Ironside.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:34 AM on Sun Sep 19 2010
Andre's voice wasn't the issue with me. The speed in which he talked bugged me the most. It made him less menacing.
elitef50 (Guest)
said at 11:21 PM on Sat Sep 18 2010
I think Andre did a great job, but Ironside is still Darkseid.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:35 PM on Sat Sep 18 2010
Andre Braugher now added!
markmarino (Guest)
said at 12:01 AM on Tue Aug 3 2010
I like Ironside because his voice was better sinister than the rest
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:23 AM on Mon Feb 15 2010
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Welker's Darkseid sound to mutch like some of his other characters IMO. I actually like Sobolov's version on this one with Ironside a close second and Perry Brown's as the worst.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:12 PM on Sat Feb 13 2010
well, there were a lot of cutscenes and gameplay and I was a little lazy to watch all of them to try and find a shot with his face :P
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:51 PM on Sat Feb 13 2010
I personally like Michael Ironside's voice the most.

Little off topic and no big deal but is it possible to get a front face shot of Darkseid from the Apokalips video game? It's just his backside.
dtemplar
said at 11:58 AM on Sat Feb 13 2010
Three words: Welker IS Darkseid!
Aquafox84
said at 9:57 PM on Tue Nov 8 2011
@dtemplar sounds too much like Dr. Claw to me.


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