For many Batman fans out there, their Batman is not Christian Bale or Michael Keaton but Kevin Conroy. Same thing can be said about the Joker, not Jack Nicholson or even Heath Ledger but Mark Hamill. These are some of the names of actors that brought the characters of Batman: The Animated Series to life.
Some other notable voice actors on the show were Loren Lester, who voiced Robin, Arleen Sorkin, who voiced Harley Quinn, Tara Strong who voiced Batgirl and Diane Pershing who voiced Poison Ivy. For some fans out there these will forever be the definitive voice of these characters. But for one voice actress her role on Batman: The Animated Series came by accident.
During this year’s New York Comic-Con, The Comic Source’s Jace was able to sit down in a round table interview with Pershing, who shared with the group the way she got the role of Poison Ivy. She stating that was was not familiar at all with Pamela Isley when she got the role and that she didn’t do any research before. So how did she end up with it?
“I showed up for an incidental couple of lines for that particular one, it was called Pretty Poison, and the person who was supposed to play Poison Ivy, whoever she is, bless her heart, didn’t show up for whatever reason,” Pershing explains, “Sick, I don’t know what the story is, and Andrea Romano, our esteemed voice director said, ‘Would you like to try out for this?’ And I said, “Sure.” And I looked at the script and I immediately knew what the voice would be because when you do a lot of voice overs, which I had been doing for many, many years, you get a voice in your head. It starts talking to you, and I knew what it was and I auditioned for it and I got the part. It was that. There was no research. There was no anything. I got, I showed up, and I did it.”
It’s interesting to think that the voice I hear when reading a comic that has Poison Ivy could have been completely different if not for an illness. Besides Conroy or Hamill, who is your favorite voice on Batman: The Animated Series? Let us know in the comment section below!
You can watch Batman: The Animated Series now on the DC Universe’s streaming service.