We have written previously about why it’s a very unhealthy thought to assume that live-action actors are the identical as voice actors, and why casting celebrities for animated motion pictures hardly ever works (the ball’s in your court docket, Chris Pratt).
Completely different media requires totally different expertise. Jack Nicholson was an important live-action Joker, however it’s onerous to argue in opposition to the enduring work Mark Hamill did through the years. Similar factor with Kevin Conroy, Tara Robust, George Newbern, Clancy Brown, and numerous others DC animated voice actors.
We have seen characters like Batman reinterpreted again and again the previous few many years, from video video games to animation. Every one presents one thing new and distinctive, whether or not it is Kevin Conroy’s emotion and wonderful gravitas and Benjamin McKenzie’s naive but hungry Caped Crusader, to Diedrich Bader’s mild enjoyable tackle the character, or Troy Baker’s chameleon-like means to voice each creature and particular person on the planet.
Hiring live-action actors only for the sake of being recognizable is a detriment to the animation trade and an insult to the voice actors’ means to do the identical work, however it additionally could also be a foul omen for the way forward for all the DC animation division.
That is as a result of, even within the darkest moments of the DCEU, animation stored the franchise afloat with some implausible animated tales, together with a mix of authentic and moderately trustworthy diversifications of basic comedian e-book storylines.