Tara Strong Slams AI Acting With a Very Personal Batman: Arkham City Story

Batman: Arkham City Actor Tara Strong recounted an emotional moment from the game’s recording to point out the problems with AI.

On her official Twitter page, Strong recalled when she broke down in tears in the recording studio. The renowned voice actor used this moment to highlight that AI is incapable of replicating genuine emotions, which renders it insufficient to replace real human actors. “When I recorded Arkham City I literally CRIED in the studio when Joker died,” Strong said. “Can AI cry? Can it pull at your heart strings & authenticate real human emotion? Maybe one day it’ll get scarily close, in the meantime I ain’t gonna be the one to teach it.”


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AI Technology’s Impact on the Entertainment Industry

As AI technology advances, artists have already started to feel the impact of its presence in the entertainment industry. Several Chinese studios have started using AI image tools to replicate the works initially produced by hired artists. Amber Yu, a freelance artist making video game poster art, explained that work opportunities have decreased significantly since studios started utilizing AI to automate art creation. According to Yu, many artists now have to get by with contract work correcting the minor errors that AI sometimes makes when generating images.

In addition to taking jobs from career artists like Yu, AI has also been used to generate art that is heavily derivative of existing works. One prominent example is Cyberpunk: Peach Johnan AI-created manga that closely resembles Sui Ishida’s tokyo ghoul, mimicking the artist’s distinct portraiture style in several instances. The tendency of AI-generated art to be derivative of existing properties has even caused several major video game studios like Capcom to ban its use outright on the grounds that it could potentially infringe on copyright law.

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AI Tech Takes Acting Roles

Although many artists and actors stand with Strong in their condemnation of AI, others are more open to the potential merits of its use. The Mandalorian star Katee Sackhoff stated that she would not be an object to Bo-Katan Kryze’s voice being replicated with AI after Sackhoff passes away, allowing for the actor’s vocals to be used in future installments. However, Sackhoff also pointed out that artists should always be compensated for their work on a production. “…I do believe that the original artist should always be financially paid and to sit there and say that they’re not working anymore is fine,” Sackhoff explained, “but you don’t see people out there copying Picassos and being Like, you know, it’s fine. Someone’s getting paid for that. There’s a trust somewhere.”

Tara Strong’s current voice acting projects include Marvel’s Loki, Teen Titans Go! and Rugrats (2023). Batman: Arkham City is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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