Created by TylerMirage on Jan 12 2018
EDITOR'S OPINIONThe year is 1997. A simpler time. Hits such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Batman & Robin, Titanic, and Air Force One dominate the theatres and media alike. It is a time before the world was inundated with a half-dozen superhero movies every 12 months. A big-budget adaptation of the fan-favourite anti-hero Spawn is released. An ambitious film, perhaps a product before its time, is released to unfortunately negative reception. In it, a raging fire monster, with gaping jaws and a flaming throne growls orders at Michael Jai White's Spawn. The voice eminating from this creature is a familiar one: Frank Welker. His monstrous Dr. Claw/Soundwave/Cave of Wonders voices shakes the theatre seats. In the day-and-age of most big-budget movies casting celebrities or famous on-screen actors in voiceover roles, I commend Spawn for bringing in Frank, who was pretty much the go-to actor for any creature role in Hollywood from the 1980s to the 1990s. Despite Frank's talent and the overall intimidating nature of his voice, I felt like something was missing. While he did trade in some of the bass for a lighter 'wheeze', it needed a little extra enhancement to make it more than just his Dr. Claw voice. Not a bad performance, but just not outstanding, either.
A few years later, Spawn: Armageddon hits the video game shelves, where David Sobolov lends his gravitas-laden voice to Malebolgia. David's suffers from the opposite problem of Frank's. While Frank's should've had some more enhancement, David's has too much. David's naturally deep and gravelly voice is a perfect fit for this character, but they pitch it down so much that I feel as if some of David's performance is lost.
All in all, I'm actually going to vote for David on this one, though I still think the perfect Malebolgia voice has yet to be tapped.