If, tomorrow, I got a news release telling me Nolan North was the new play-by-play man for Madden NFL I would not bat an eye. He has lent his voice to just about every major video game release imaginable in the past five years. Now he will voice, of all characters, The Penguin, in Batman: Arkham City.
In Arkham City, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot isn't some laid back assassin-bartender type. He has a cockney accent. But in a video interview on CVG, Rocksteady's Dax Ginn says "none other than Nolan North!" is voicing The Penguin. Put another notch in North's vocal-range bedpost, I guess.
Ginn's declaration of North's role is a noticeable cut in the audio, spliced in, and we don't see North himself speaking the lines. Honestly, I still am not sure that Ginn isn't making a joke about North's celebrated ubiquity—he's appeared in games from Portal 2 to Prince of Persia to Mafia 2—and the specialty press didn't get it.
I followed up with a Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment rep just to be sure, but heard nothing at publishing time. Take it at face value, folks. Nolan North is The Penguin.
Additionally, an EA Sports spokesman told Kotaku they have "no plans" to use North in Madden.