5. Brooks Gardner
The New Batman Adventures brought back the world of Batman: The Animated Series through a new lens, redesigning and revamping the majority of the show’s characters for the new series.
Croc had one of the most significant redesigns of all. The original animated show’s grey skin look was replaced with a more traditional green skin, while his features were redesigned to give him a more reptilian look. Like the rest of the revamp characters, he was illustrated in a sharper manner, which particularly stood out when it came to his claws and teeth. His eyes were also more snake-like, making him look even more frightening.
While most of the voice cast reprised their roles for the 1997 sequel show, Brooks Gardner replaced Aaron Kincaid as Killer Croc. That made for a rather different portrayal on many levels. There were some similarities between the two, but Gardner’s approach was more human in a way. Croc may have looked more reptilian here, but he had more humanlike dialogue, making the different approach necessary.
It’s not as chilling as Kincaid’s echoed tone, but Gardner understood the assignment, offering up a portrayal that worked in The New Batman Adventures that also loosely paid tribute to his predecessor. And his work in the episode “Love Is A Croc” is outstanding.