Kevin Conroy passed away on November 10 at the age of 66.
Well-known for voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne in numerous animated features.
Diane Pershing paid tribute to him on Facebook.
We are heartbroken to learn that voice actor Kevin Conroy passed away on November 10 at the age of 66.
Conroy is well-known for portraying Batman/Bruce Wayne in numerous animated features, TV shows, and video games. His career started with the cult favourite Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990s.
Conroy’s passing was announced on Facebook, where voice actress Diane Pershing from Batman: The Animated Series paid a heartfelt tribute to the greatest actor to play the Dark Knight.
Conroy “has been sick for a while, but he actually put in a lot of time at the cons, to the delight of all of his followers,” Pershing claims.
He will be sadly missed not only by the cast of the show but also by his throngs of admirers around the globe. The news was also confirmed by DC in a formal obituary.
Conroy helped increase the popularity of the Dark Knight mythology by taking up the role of Batman in the 1990s animated series.
Numerous animated features featuring Conroy as the voice of Bruce Wayne were produced by DC after the animated series, which is fondly regarded by millions of fans as the perfect TV rendition of Batman.
Conroy was the sole voice of Batman in animated media for more than 20 years, from 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm until 2019’s Justice League vs. the Fatal Five. In Batman Beyond, the BTAS’s spirtual sequel, he also played Bruce Wayne.
Conroy’s work as Batman was not limited to DC animated films. Conroy also made a comeback as a voice actor for the NetherRealm Studios and Rocksteady’s Injustice fighting game series and the Batman: Arkham video game franchise.
In particular, the Batman: Arkham series was influenced by BTAS and is regarded as one of the best comic book game adaptations ever made.
Conroy returned as Batman and Mark Hammil was cast as the Joker, a role he also has for BTAS, which contributed to Arkham’s success.
Conroy recently transitioned from live-action to live-action, appearing in the CW’s sixth Arrowverse crossover event as a version of Batman in Batwoman and Crisis Aftermath.
Without Conroy’s voice, an animated Batman is difficult to fathom. Any other voice actor who dons the cape and cowl sounds off unless they try to imitate Conroy’s style, in my opinion as someone who grew up playing the Batman: Arkham games and watching BTAS.
Conroy gave Batman a personal definition that makes it difficult to separate the actor from the role. Even though the voice actor enjoyed a successful career spanning several franchises, he will always be remembered as the best Batman outside of comic books, regardless of the medium.
Check out DC’s documentary The Story of Batman The Animated Series | The Heart of Batman to learn more about BTAS and Conroy’s contribution to the development of the show.
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