What’s The Deal with Batman’s Voice?

Is it just me does Christian Bale go a little overboard in his Batman voice?

I know we already talked about Dark Knight a few weeks ago, but something has been bugging me about the new Batman movie a bit… What’s the deal with his voice?

Don’t get me wrong, I think the movie was amazing. Well acted, directed, and written…a major accomplishment on all fronts. All the special effects looked great. Heath Ledger gives an electrifying performance. I think they did a great job of keeping the last third of the movie out of the commercials. Harvey Dent/Two Face looked amazing. The positives are countless in what will probably be the first Superhero movie that gets so real attention at the Oscars.Still, what’s the deal with that voice? Why does he get all hoarse sounding and even worse add a lisp. There’s a confrontation between The Joker and Batman towards the end of the movie in which he really, really goes for this extreme underbite, lispy I’m scary I’m “The Batman” voice that I just can’t get on board with. I suppose with all the craziness of the Joker, Harvey Dent and the special effects, Christian Bale kind of plays the straight man so maybe he needed to kick it up a notch?

In a review for MSNBC, Alonso Duralde wrote in “Batman Begins” Bale “sounded absurdly deep, like a 10-year-old putting on an `adult’ voice to make prank phone calls. This time, Bale affects an eerie rasp, somewhat akin to Brenda Vaccaro doing a Miles Davis impression.” I think this review is a little highfalutin for a Batman movie…especially for those of us who have no idea who Brenda Vaccaro is.

It could have been been based on Kevin Conroy and his respected version of Batman’s voice. Apparently the director and sound editor had something to do with the voice sounding weird, but for the most part its just pure Bale.

Batman has a long history of talking ridiculously serious…

So, the Dark Knight…great movie…terrible voice.

One more thing, is it just me or was Maggie Gyllenhaal not really hot enough to be the only girl in the movie?

The Origin of Cuil, and Other Ridiculous Web Names

Search engine company Cuil.com launched last night. Wupeee, another search engine. Is it me, or does it seem that a new Web 2.0/Internet/Social Media company (which I am hereby coining as WISMs) pops up every single day hour? And apparently they all got the memo stating the more ridiculous the name, the more venture funding investors will throw at them. Drop a vowel…have another million. Create a brand new homonym that violates the rules of phonetics…that’s worth an easy five mil.

In order to understand what is up with these ridiculous web service names, we decided to do a little research to uncover the origin of some of these bizarre names. The truth may shock you (but we can’t promise you’ll find it here)…

Cuil

Little known fact about search engine mistress and Cuil founder Anna Patterson – she’s a blackjack junky. Hoping to cache in on a fraction of the success Google had, Anna plans to take her millions straight to the tables. Her favorite saying “See You In Las Vegas” is immortalized in the name of her company. Unfortunately, cuilv.com was taken. On weekends, Anna and co-founder Russell Power can be found in Vega under the pseudonyms, Max & Hootie McBoob.

google

Money is money and that is all that matters for Google founder’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who disliked each other from the get go. Their first argument – the correct spelling of Googol, which is the huge number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Their second – why the company shouldn’t be called Ten Duotrigintillion. Interestingly, Google recently announced that they’ve indexed their 1 Trillionth web url. They were all stoked until they realized that 1 Trillion is only 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000001 percent of 1 Googol. Looks like they still have a long way to go.

ubuntu

Zulu for “humanity”…or Swahili for “stupid idiots think they can make money giving away free software.” Although in business since 2004, the Linux support company, Canonical Ltd., is looking forward to the initial release of their business plan, code named “Panhandlin’ Pete“. The primary component of the plan is asking people how they should make money.

twitter

Twitter is the popular microblogging platform that is known for being extremely addicting, and extremely unreliable. The bizarre thing is that no one seems to care that it goes down more than a $2 hooker at a truck stop. Although the word “Twitter” is commonly mistaken as being derived from the sound of a little birdie that sits on your shoulder and tweets sweet messages in your ear, the real origin of Twitter’s name is far more technical than that. It is the sound made by the rusty hard disk spinning on the ancient 386 server running the application.

Plurk

Canada’s answer to Twitter. This one is simple – its just another f***ed up Canadian word. Similar to words like tuque, mukluk, and canuck, Plurk is a word of Canadian origin that refers to a flying reptile indigenous to the the subartic region of Canada’s Northwest Territories. While Twitter has a little birdie that tweets sweet messages in your ear, a Plurk is more likely to chomp your ear off in one bite. Oh…and apparently Plurk was developed by the A-Team. So if you have a problem, if no one can help, you can find them in Mississauga, Ontario (I’m talking to you Twitter).

Flickr

Flickr was accidentally founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Caterina Fake and Stuart Butterfield, while developing tools for an adult oriented online game called Licker. Realizing that the game was incredibly stupid, but users loved the photo sharing capabilities, the duo decided to append the “F” and rebrand the photo tools as Flicker. Unfortunately, the domain name was already taken by a site devoted to nose picking. Fake and Butterfield decided to drop the “e”, forming Flickr.com, starting this entire craze of messed up company names. Flickr was started in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Summary: We blame Canada for all the messed up company names.

This post was originally published by BuzzPirates.com