With the recent release of the second episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, titled "Children Of Arkham," many gamers have been thrilled with the voice acting capabilities of frontman Troy Baker (also known for other popular games such as The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite). Not only has Baker been providing us with a brilliant Batman, the whole cast of Batman: The Telltale Series have been on point with creating the fantasy of Gotham City and luring us into the scandalous adventures of the Caped Crusader.
But what do these amazing actors do in their spare time, besides entertaining us? What makes them tick? Here's little titbits of information that you might not have known about the cast of Telltale's Batman.
Troy Baker, Batman
1) Before His Voice Acting Career, He Was A Rock Star
Before Troy pursued his current career as an amazing voice actor, he was originally a singer and guitarist for the band Tripp Fontaine, which released an indie-rock album in 2004.
Some of the games Troy has worked on took advantage of his musical background, for example Resident Evil 6; Baker agreed to sing the ending theme of Jake Muller's campaign. Baker also sung for Bioshock Infinite's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" sequence.
2) The First Comic Book He Owned Was A Batman Story
Troy plays Bruce Wayne by day and Batman by night in Batman: The Telltale Series. In an interview with Blast Magazine, Baker reveals, "That’s my first graphic novel that I bought as a kid. I'm probably more invested in that DC storyline, the true DC Detective Comics line, than anything else."
Laura Bailey, Catwoman
3) You Are DEFINITELY Familiar With Her Work
Laura has voiced Black Widow in various Marvel games, Gotenks and Kid Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII, Olympia Vale in Halo 5, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft and Chun-Li in Street Fighter V and many other roles, from Star Wars: The Old Republic to the Resident Evil series. (And she'll be Supergirl in 2017's Injustice 2.) Just check out her IMDB page and realize that she's been a part of your gaming existence for years!
4) She's A Proud Geek
Some actors and actresses might look at voicing a superhero game as a job, but to Laura, it's part of her lifestyle. When she's not in the studio, this is what she does for fun:
You get the idea. One of us! One of us!
Travis Willingham, Harvey Dent
5) From A Family Of Proud Gamers
Travis originates from a family of proud gamers, perhaps this was the key to his success in motion capture and voice acting for many games we all know and love. Travis has worked on many blockbuster video game titles such as; Halo 4, Skylanders Giants, Call of Duty: Black Ops ll, Resident Evil 6, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Grand Theft Auto V. That's some resume, huh.
6) Another Fellow Geek
Similar to his wife, Laura Bailey, Travis is a self confessed nerd. In his spare time, he co-stars on a live streamed weekly Dungeons and Dragons show called Critical Role, a show proven to be very popular on Twitch. Critical Role has been enlightening D&D fans since 2015 and manages to accumulate over 10,000 live views at a time. Other stars who devote time to this show include; Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Liam O'Brian, Sam Riegel, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer and of course his equally geeky wife, Laura Bailey (did somebody say match made in heaven?)
Here you can see him playing with A-list star Vin Diesel, who knew he could play D&D?!
Jason Spisak, Penguin
7) Legendary Online Presence
Jason's underrated Twitter page is actually a gold mine for both nuggets of inspiration and highly entertaining photos of his life and work.
If you want more quality content like this, make sure to follow him! I know I'm going to...
Enn Reitel, Alfred Pennyworth
8) Who Is He?
Enn once claimed that his stage name, Enn Reitel, is actually an anagram of his real name. But what is his real name? I guess if you put pen to paper, you'd eventually figure it out. I'm getting bad Shutter Island vibes from this.
Richard McGonagle, Carmine Falcone
9) Goofs On Set
When Nolan North did an interview for the Telegraph, he stated that during the recording for Uncharted 4 (in which Richard played character Sully), Richard unintentionally ruined a take by making everyone on set break out in hysterics. Nolan stated;
“[Mcgonagle] wanted to give himself a different facial expression, so this scene was serious and tense, and we looked up and Richard had hunched himself over like an ape, and did this expression,” North frowns, scrunches his face up and does the least menacing smile in the world, “and we all burst out laughing and ruined the scene. We got the case of the giggles and had to cut for lunch early. It was just one of the funniest faces, and he was being serious.”
We must remember that voice actors are people too, therefore finding out weird, fun, and interesting facts about them makes them all the more human. Although, the next time I hear Alfred Pennyworth in the third episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, I'm going to remember that Enn Reitel isn't his real name, and I must figure out the anagram!