Batman: Arkham City’s Penguin voiced by Nolan North (aka Nathan Drake and 500 other voices)

Remember that that really great Arkham City trailer from Comic-Con? You may have been too distracted by the shocking appearance of Solomon Grundy, but something that’s both surprising and predictable was happening right before your ears. The Penguin in that video is voiced by none other than the inexhaustible Nolan North, most famous for portraying Nathan Drake, but also appears in approximately one of every three games. Just listen here and see if you can tell it’s him...

Above: Can tell the Nolan difference?

Above: Roughly five percent of the characters Nolan played in the last two years 

Some rumors swirled that the Penguin was Nolan after the trailer appeared (you can hear more of Penguin in this viral interview tape), and today the developers confirmed it to CVG. To be honest, we’d have been more astonished if North wasn’t involved in the game, though it’s nice to see him playing something other than the roguish hero. Already this year North was in Portal 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, SOCOM 4, and Marvel vs Capcom 3, with appearances later in Uncharted 3 and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. We wouldn’t put it past him to have recorded dialogue for Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, and Skyrim as well. If he weren’t so good at his job we’d be sick of it by now, but casting directors for games know there are other actors out there, right?

Aug 5, 2011


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  • Zeb364 - August 8, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Nolan North, what a man. He's in everything.
  • Flashinthepan - August 8, 2011 2:08 a.m.

    Nolan North still has a lot of catching up to do if he wants to be at a Fred Tatasciore level of voice acting, but he's still one of my favorites. (I don't think he should have been the hero in the Prince of Persia game, though.)
  • ElderGamer101 - August 7, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    Penguin has the bottom of a glass bottle in his left eye
  • Yeager1122 - August 7, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Wow i couldnt tell that was him at all.
  • Revanofsith - August 7, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    Skyrim with Nolan North would be a 10 on its own. The other stuff, it would be worth like, what, 13? 14? Can scores go that high? Screw it, with North, anything is possible.
  • Pocotron - August 7, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    I was surprised when I found out North voiced the Nazi character in the Zombies mode on Black Ops and World at War.
  • Fuzunga - August 7, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    I didn't think he was capable of not sounding like Nolan North. So the man really IS a voice actor...
  • karamsoul - August 6, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Nolan has quite the range. Watch him do an ace Christopher Walken impression below. Hilarious:
  • CommandantOreo - August 6, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    I didn't even know he voiced Rictofen in the Nazi Zombies.
  • NanoElite666 - August 6, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    Never would have guessed had I not been told. In my mind, something that makes a voice actor really good is if they can take on a multitude of voice roles and have none of them sound anything like the other. In North's case, the ones that stand out to me are him playing Sigmund in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Dr. Richtofen in Nazi Zombies, and now Penguin in Arkham City, none of which sound even remotely close to his voice for Nathan Drake. Mr. North, I applaud your vocal versatility.
  • Cruddi - August 6, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    I don't care who does the voices so long as Mark Hamill does the joker again and Kevin Conroy does batman... they made the Cartoons for me.
  • Sleuth - August 6, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    That should be great and I hope he get an award this year.
  • TriforcePlayer - August 6, 2011 2:14 p.m.

  • jackthemenace - August 6, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    So, the Voice of the Companion Cube's going to be the Penguin?
  • JohnDagger - August 6, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    You make it sound so dirty.
  • fetalspray - August 6, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Wow couldnt tell much like I couldnt when he played the black guy in ODST. I like it when he does voices that are different because I really dont like his classic Nathan Drake/Desmond voice, I cant put my finger on it but theres a certain quality to that voice that makes me want to punch the characters in the face.
  • Baron164 - August 6, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    He's doing a good job of it so I can' complain. As long as it's not like Dark Void where he basically plays Nathan Drake with a different outfit :-)
  • ReasonableFanboy - August 6, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    I can see this being North's best job yet, and that's saying something since Uncharted is still on a roll.
  • GOD - August 6, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    Undeniably the best voice actor I know of, though to be fair, I don't know the names of many because he plays nearly every character I like.
  • Bantha_Fodder - August 6, 2011 7 a.m.


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