I’ve been living in Japan for over seven years at this point, but there are still times when the language catches me off guard. Take this little gem of a trailer for example. Change windows and listen to just the vocals, and it sounds just like any other generic action anime. Flip back and actually see what you are watching, and it is Batman: Arkham Knight!
Warner Bros. is dubbing Batman: Arkham Knight into Japanese for this upcoming release, a first for the popular Batman video game series. The trailer debuts the voices of both Batman and Poison Ivy, equipped with the stereotypical anime voices required by their character’s archetypes. I knew what Batman was going to sound like before he even opened his mouth!
Warner Bros. insists that this is a famous voice actor who has worked on Batman dubs before. Siliconera points out that the actor who dubbed Batman in The Dark Knight passed away in 2013 though, so is it possible it is digging back into the Warner Bros. cartoon?
The main star of this trailer is Scarecrow, who speaks over a montage of action and chaos in the streets of Gotham. However, he doesn’t actually show his face.
In Japan, Batman: Arkham Knight will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but in the States, it will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on June 2.