Olan Soule

Olan Soule

Date Of Birth: Feb 28, 1909
Birth Place: La Harpe, Illinois, USA
Date Of Death: Feb 1, 1994
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer

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said at 4:05 AM on Wed Feb 28 2018
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Happy birthday and RIP Olan Soule!!!

My favorite roles from him are:

1) Professor Stein (SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
2) Batman (Challenge of the SuperFriends)
3) Percival J. Twillingham (Calvin and the Colonel)
4) Master Taj (Fantastic Planet)
5) Jonathan Kent (1973 SuperFriends)
said at 7:15 AM on Sun Nov 24 2013
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Doesn't fit Batman but did not bad as Alfred. RIP Olan.
said at 9:14 AM on Mon Mar 30 2015
@Ross123 I kinda agree.

I don't think Olan was bad as old, campy Batman (he does seem to be having a lot of fun playing the role), but yeah, he sounds a lot more fitting as Alfred and Professor Stein (though I still prefer Ken Sansom as Professor Stein). I think he would have been a much better Superman, though.

But even then, hearing him as Batman was a real treat for me (especially since Olan was in a lot of old time radio shows).

I don't know if you knew this, but Olan made an appearance in an episode of the 1966 live-action Batman show. Here's a screencap of his brief appearance:

said at 7:23 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@Starscreamsfan Olan appeared on just about every TV show there was from 1950 till 1980
said at 7:31 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@Archerboy58 Not only that, but he was also on a lot of old time radio shows. So, yeah, he has done a lot of work.
said at 7:37 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@Starscreamsfan his photo on this page is taken from one of my favorite movies: North by Northwest. in which he played an assistant to the auctioneer played by another radio great Les Tremnayne
said at 7:46 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@Archerboy58 Yeah, I've seen that flick. It's pretty awesome. I should watch it again sometime.
said at 10:52 AM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan You're right, I didn't know he made an apperance on the 60s live action Batman show but I do now.

And to be honest, I never thought he was bad as Batman but to me his voice doesn't really fit. But yet again, neither do a lot of the VAs that voice Batman.
said at 11:21 AM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Ross123 Yeah, as I said, I kinda agree with you there. Especially if you compare Olan's voice to Adam West. I think Olan would have been a pretty cool Superman, though (or maybe just when he's Clark Kent).

But, yeah, that's something that was pretty common in the early 1973-1977 Super Friends cartoons... Almost every voice was interchangeable (the only exceptions were Robin and Wonder Woman). The dialogue was also interchangeable.

They stopped being interchangeable in Challenge of the Super Friends, though.
said at 2:40 PM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan I was thinking that over at the time about whether or not he'd be good as Superman. And I think it's quite possible he'd be rather good though we'll never know for sure, unfortunately.

I believe that they had to stop being interchangeable because people get rather tired of seeing the same thing over & over again.
said at 2:51 PM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Ross123 Another thing I noticed, is that Soule looks a lot like Clark Kent with those glasses. And the fact that his voice is slightly higher than some of the other superheroes, makes me think that he would have been a pretty cool Clark Kent.

Yeah, but even though the voices were interchangeable, a lot of people say that it was part of these early Super Friends cartoons' campy charm.
said at 3:21 PM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Hey you're right. Maybe he could've been good as live action Clark Kent.

I personally prefer the serious superhero stuff (as I've stated many times) although there times were I don't mind campy humour.
said at 4:24 PM on Thu Apr 2 2015
@Ross123 Yes. Both the serious superhero stuff and the campy superhero stuff are different takes on the characters we know and love.

However, there are shows which actually managed to find the balance between campy and serious. The last two Super Friends cartoons and the 1992 Batman cartoon managed to do this very nicely. The Super Friends' Super Powers era cartoons had a lot more complex stories, but they also had a lot of fun stories in some episodes (the Mxyzptlk episodes and the Penguin/Felix Faust team-up episode). The same goes for the 92 Batman cartoon (most of the Joker episodes offer a lot of priceless entertainment).
said at 8:04 AM on Fri Apr 3 2015
@Ross123 I also forgot to mention that Olan's voice has a pretty big disadvantage.

As I said before, if you compare it to Adam West, there's already a disadvantage. But if you compare it to West, Kevin Conroy, Peter Weller, Troy Baker, Diedrich Bader, Roger Craig Smith and the three Batman voices from the Superman radio show (Matt Crowley, Stacy Harris and Gary Merrill) you'll notice that Olan has an even bigger disadvantage (especially since his voice is a lot lighter than these other Batman voices).
said at 11:53 AM on Sat Apr 4 2015
@Starscreamsfan Yeah, I noticed that when I listened to the sound clips on the Batman VC when I voted on it.
said at 12:30 AM on Sat Mar 21 2009
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Everybody think Kevin Conroy is the best voice for Batman, but Olan will ALWAYS be the original voice of Batman.
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Who's your favorite Olan Soule role? *
Batman / Bruce Wayne
83.3% (5 votes)
Professor Stein
16.7% (1 vote)
6 Total Votes
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