DC universe to use same actors for games and movies - criticized by former Batman Arkham developers
James Gunn is the relatively new CEO (along with Peter Safran) of DC Studios. He has previously said that future DC games will be part of the same DC universe as upcoming movies and TV series. Now the plans are further fleshed out and in a presentation regarding the company's future (thanks, VGC) plans to use the same actors, regardless of the medium concerned, are confirmed.
"DCU is connected in film, television, gaming, and animation. Characters are consistent, played by the same actors, and it works in one story.
However, Gunn adds that "DC Elseworlds", where the movie Joker is included, for example, is not included in this.
We don't yet know which game will be included in DC's rebooted universe, but Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League likely won't. The Rocksteady title will be released in May and is part of the Arkham universe. It probably counts, if we're going to follow DC logic, as part of DC Elseworlds.
Speaking of Rocksteady: Del Walker, formerly Rocksteady and now Naughty Dog, tweeted (his account is now protected by some reason, source instead: Gamesradar) criticizing the fact that voice actors who have worked on characters for years are potentially out of work. He cited the example of Tara Strong, who played Harley Quinn in a series of Arkham games and animated Batman series.
His tweets can thus no longer be read, but they are preserved:
"These writers and voice actors do 100 versions of everything. They are in the booth doing 600 lines of dialogue just to end up with 20 of the best in the game. You think you're going to get Robert Pattinson to outwork a VA actor? And for a budget that makes sense? Good luck.
(It should be added that Robert Pattinson's The Batman counts as a DC Elseworlds movie.)
Walker says he "never intends to work on a DC game again" if the plans go through. Worth mentioning is, again, that his tweets are no longer public so exact position is somewhat vague.
James Gunn walks through some of the plans in the video below.
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