With all of the TV shows and movies coming out based on comic book nowadays, we’re starting to see a lot of crossovers from actors/actresses who have played characters in both the DC and Marvel Universe, and even in some cases like Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans, multiple characters from the same universe. The examples are pretty few right now in the live action space, but in the voice acting world it happens all the time, so much that I had difficulty narrowing down just ten actors and actresses for this feature. I could go on for forever if I looked at a performers full portfolio, but as this is a website about comic book video games, I’m of course only looking at actors/actresses who have played characters in Marvel and DC video games. I’m not ranking them as they’re all phenomenally talented people who I’d love to meet some day, so I’ve removed the “top” from the top ten in the article title.
10) TARA STRONG
YOU MIGHT KNOW HER FROM: Powerpuff Girls, Fairly Odd Parents, Teen Titans Go!
Fellow Canadian Tara Strong has a resume that I could write a full article on, but in the video game world she’s famous for being the actresses who inherited the Harley Quinn role after Arleen Sorkin retired from it after Batman: Arkham Asylum. Strong first appeared as Harley in Batman: Arkham City, but has since played her in Batman: Arkham Origins, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Injustice: Gods Among Us and the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. On the Marvel side she played the Doctor Octopus in the 2099 era in 2010’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, X-23 in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and multiple roles in the Marvel Super Hero Squad games including Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch and H.E.R.B.I.E who she also provided the voice for in Lego Marvel Super Heroes along with the voices of Wasp, Polaris, She-Hulk and Mary Jane Watson among others.
9) GREY GRIFFIN (FORMERLY GREY DELISLE)
YOU MIGHT KNOW HER FROM: Star Wars: Rebels, The Spectacular Spider-Man
Like Tara Strong, Grey was also introduced in the second chapter of the Arkahm series, Batman: Arkham City, where she played the second playable character in the story campaign, Catwoman. She returned to the role two years later in the handheld spin-off title Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate that detailed Batman’s first meeting with Catwoman. Also similar to Strong, Griffin provided multiple voices to the Marvel Super Hero Squad games: The Enchantress and the Black Widow, a character who also shares a common thread with the next performer on the list.
8) LAURA BAILEY
YOU MIGHT KNOW HER FROM: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Dragon Ball Z
After the unfortunate demise of the excellent Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Disney introduced its new follow-up, the underwhelming Marvel’s Avengers Assemble where Laura Bailey took over the role of Black Widow from Vanessa Marshall. As Disney is always keen to keep things uniform across their brands, Bailey provided the voice for Black Widow not only in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, but last year’s Disney Infinity 2.0 as well. Laura also took on the mother of DC roles in 2014 when she performed as Wonder Woman in the third Lego Batman game, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
7) FRED TATASCIORE
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Fred Tatasciore was the only performer who got to keep his job after Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as he continued to play the Hulk in that show along with a new Hulk team-up show Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Not only did he get to keep his role as the Hulk in those two shows, but also in Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Infinity 2.0. In a part like the Hulk, Tatasciore played the hulking zombie Solomon Grundy in Batman: Arkham City, Injustice: Gods Among Us and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
6) ROGER CRAIG SMITH
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: Assassin’s Creed II-Revelations, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Colors onward)
After doing a bit part as Captain Mar-Vell, Roger Craig Smith graduated to full on Avenger on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble where he now voices Captain America, a character he voiced in Disney Infinity 2.0 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes where he also voiced the Human Torch for one of the best trophies/achievements to date. 2013 was the year when Craig became the sole voice of Captain America, but it was also in that year where he played quite possibly the biggest role that DC has to offer when he performed as Batman in both Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.
5) JENNIFER HALE
YOU MIGHT KNOW HER FROM: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Mass Effect 3, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Wolverine and the X-Men
Hale has something in common with screen actress Halle Berry as both were associated with the 2004 fiasco Catwoman and both played an X-Man. Jennifer voiced Catwoman in the game based on the film of the same name where Berry played the role and she voiced Jean Grey in the short-lived Wolverine and the X-Men and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. More recently she played the role of a quest giver in Disney Infinity 2.0 as Captain Marvel. Over the years Jennifer has taken on the role of Silver Sable across many Spider-Man games including Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. In 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us she played two characters: Hawkgirl and Killer Frost and also went on to voice Killer Frost in the direct-to-DVD film based in the world of the Arkham universe: Batman: Assault on Arkham.
4) JOSH KEATON
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: Transformers Prime, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man
Two roles from animation led to follow-up video game roles in the Marvel and DC Universe for Josh Keaton. After playing as Peter Parker/Spider-Man on Spectacular Spider-Man for two seasons, he went on to provide the voice for the Ultimate universe Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and the 616, or standard Marvel universe version of the character in the sequel, Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Keaton had a history to the Spider-Man video game world before that as he was supposed to debut as the character in the first Spider-Man movie game before Activision secured Tobey Maguire. This led to Josh getting recast as Harry Osborn in Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. He played other characters in the Marvel universe when he voiced Cyclops in X-Men Legends II and the Human Torch in Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Upon the cancellation of Green Lantern: The Animated Series he reprised the role of Hal Jordan in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. He also became the second actor to play Robin in the Arkahm series of games in the Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer mode.
3) STEVE BLUM
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars: Rebels, Wolverine and the X-Men, Transformers Prime
Chances are if you’ve played a video game the features Wolverine in the past ten years you know who Steve Blum is, if you didn’t know already: X-Men Legends 1 and 2; Deadpool; Avengers: Battle for Earth; Lego Marvel Super Heroes; X-Men: Destiny and when he couldn’t play him because of Hugh Jackman, he still managed to snag a role as Jason Stryker in X-Men the Official Game and Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Blum is no stranger to the Spider-Man universe as well, playing multiple roles across sequels: Hobgoblin 2099 in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Anti-Venom in Spider-Man Edge of Time: Curt Connors/The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man and Kraven the Hunter in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Before the Lego games starting using voice acting, Steve Blum provided the grunts for Batman in the first Lego Batman and two characters in the Arkham series: Killer Croc in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Electrocutioner in Batman: Arkham Origins.
2) NOLAN NORTH
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: Uncharted (series), Assassin’s Creed 1-3, Wolverine and the X-Men.
Nolan North entered our lives in a big way when he voiced the treasure hunter Nathan Drake in 2007’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune in 2007. Since then North can be heard in just about any video game you play, including some Marvel and DC roles. Most famously he played the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, in his first and only solo game in 2013 and again in that same year in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. He played another Marvel merc of sorts last year as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Disney Infinity 2.0. He continued as the voice of Cyclops from Wolverine and the X-Men in the infamous X-Men Destiny in the same year he brought the Penguin to life in the Arkham universe for the first time in Batman: Arkham City, a role he would also move forward with in Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate and this year’s Batman: Arkham Knight. Nolan took a both the side of good and evil in the Kryptonian conflict as DLC character General Zod in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Jor-El and Bizarro in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
1) TROY BAKER
YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: EVERYTHING, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Troy Baker is in many ways the new Nolan North, eclipsing his output in a very short time and taking on the starring role of most every AAA video game on the market: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, InFamous: Second Son and The Last of Us to just name a few. He can also be heard on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble where he not only voices Hawkeye, but the villainous Loki, playing these dual roles in Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Infinity 2.0. Baker was also the first ever Batman to have lines in a Lego game when he voiced the Dark Knight in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, a part he continued on with in last year’s Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. A role not undertaken lightly where Troy truly showed his talent was when he took over for the legendary Mark Hamill as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Batman: Assault on Arkham. We’ve associated The Joker with Mark Hamill for over a decade and instead of merely doing an imitation of Hamill’s performance, he made the role truly his own with a very chilling performance. It’s a shame that unfortunately The Joker will be nowhere to be seen in Batman: Arkham Knight later this year, given the conclusion to Batman: Arkham City.
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