The pop culture stars have aligned and now I can legitimately tie my obsession with Batman into "CSI."
Gary Dourdan lends his vocal talents to multiple segments of the six animated adventures in the July 8 DVD "Batman: Gotham Knight" as Gotham Police Detective Crispus Allen. Warner Home Video considers Allen and Anna Ramirez (voiced by Ana Ortiz of "Ugly Betty") "key members of a special unit who learn to trust The Dark Knight's motives."
I wouldn't have thought of Dourdan doing voice work, but I now realize he has a great baritone chest voice. He's incredibly easy on the ears. (Ladies, would you care to chime in on Warrick's sexy vocals?)
Warrick is a complete bad--- on "CSI," so I can't wait to see what he does in Batman's world.
I've been jazzed about this "Gotham Knight" DVD, which links "Batman Begins" to "The Dark Knight" (which comes to theaters 10 days after the DVD), ever since I heard about it.
Batman will be taking on The Scarecrow (who I'm sure will be in TDK also), Killer Croc and for the first time in animated form, one of my favorite B-list villains, Deadshot. Having Dourdan involved just makes it even more tantalizing.
The behind-the-scenes talent is impressive; comic book writers Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the remaining scribes: Alan Burnett ("Batman: The Animated Series" producer/writer), TDK associate producer Jordan Goldberg, "A History of Violence" writer Josh Olson PLUS David "The Man" Goyer, who co-wrote "Batman Begins."
If it already weren't blatantly obvious this Japanese anime-style approach to the Caped Crusader and his city were in good hands, you'll be blown away by and ecstatic to hear the list of producers: "Begins"/TDK producer Emma Thomas (who happens to be married to director Christopher Nolan!), Michael Uslan (who helped the live-action Batman film franchise get going in the first place) and "Begins"/TDK executive producer Benjamin Melniker.
Best of all, Bruce Timm, the legendary visionary behind B:TAS, its related series and other DC animated projects, is the executive producer.
But it gets better (Geez, I sound like a commercial!): Kevin Conroy is once again "The Batman Voice."
Warner Home Video's press release from Wednesday had this to say about Timm's and Conroy's involvement: "Conroy set the standard for modern day Batman voices with his performance in 'Batman: The Animated Series,' 'The New Adventures of Batman and Robin' and 'The New Batman/Superman Adventures.' He reprised the role as an aging Bruce Wayne playing mentor to a new Caped Crusader in 'Batman Beyond.'
Animation legend and 'Batman: Gotham Knight' (executive) producer Bruce Timm said Conroy was the obvious choice for both widespread fan approval and to provide an overriding sense of continuity within a film in which Batman appears in so many new, visual variations.
'Anytime we initiate an animated Batman project, 'Will Kevin Conroy voice Batman?' is the first question we hear from fans," (Timm) said. … 'To meet Kevin is to know that he's not anything like Batman, and yet he manages to perfectly nail that indefinable element that is Batman. He's got the voice, he's got the acting chops, and he's absolutely the best man for the job.'"
I couldn't agree more, Mr. Timm.