Meet the man behind the voice—or, that is, voices—of some of the biggest characters in video games and animation: Troy Baker.
Speaking to EW at New York Comic Con, Baker discussed his unique opportunity to play both the Joker, which he did in Batman: Arkham Origins, and the Caped Crusader himself, his latest role in the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which is out on Nov. 11. Baker described his reverence for those who inhabited the roles before him and how he works to bring his own spin to such famous characters. But when he’s not inhabiting superheroes or their arch nemeses, Baker also lends his voice and motion-capture acting to a number of other memorable games.
Whether it’s as Joel in The Last of Us, Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, or even Hawkeye and Loki in Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes, there’s a good chance that if you’ve played a recent game, you’ve heard Baker playing a part in it. Baker even proves he can keep things cool when a producer throws an unexpected twist his way during the motion-capture process.
Baker has also been able to live out his childhood ambition to be a musician: He just released an album, Sitting in the Fire.