Kevin Conroy, 66, passed away recently. He was one of the most recognisable voices of the DC Comics hero Batman. Conroy “lost his short fight with cancer,” said a Warner Brothers Discovery statement.
So sad to hear about Kevin Conroy. He was THE voice of Batman for generations, including our INJUSTICE games.
So iconic. What a loss. RIP 🙁 pic.twitter.com/JpgRwIGDAh
— Ed Boon (@noobde) November 11, 2022
On November 5, 1955, Conroy was born in Westbury, New York. The legendary Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams were among his teachers at New York’s Julliard School, where he finished his study.
The actor provided his voice for Batman in various DC Animated Films and Video Games, as well as the Animated Series that ran for 85 episodes from 1992 to 1996. He animated around sixty different works with the character.
Once the actor’s death was announced, tributes began pouring in. In the press announcement, Mark Hamill, who portrayed Batman’s adversary, The Joker, in “Batman: The Animated Series,” referred to Conroy as “wonderful.”
This year, in the live-action “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event on The CW, he played Bruce Wayne from the future for the first time. According to Warner Bros. Discovery, Conroy made numerous appearances at fan gatherings, where he “greeted fans with the same love, respect, and passion they reserved for him.”
In the history of the Batman franchise, Conroy is the only actor to portray the role. Conroy published “Finding Batman,” a DC Pride comic about his coming out as gay while describing Batman, in June 2022. Conroy expressed gratitude to readers for their “overwhelming” support in a video posted to Twitter soon after the comic’s release.
“The Dark Knight” will follow me forever,
In the Warner Brothers Discovery statement, Hamill added, “He was one of my favorite people on the globe, and I loved him like a brother.” He was concerned about those around him, and his integrity shined in all he did. Hamill’s mood was always lifted after spending time with him.
An outstanding performance, according to Hamill, who saw it live. For several generations, he has been everyone’s hero as, Batman. Because the ideal performer was cast, the story ended happily for everybody concerned, like something out of a fairy tale. His reputation as “the Dark Knight” will follow me forever.
Warner Bros. Animation expressed “sadness” at the passing of a “valued companion” in a statement to CBS News.
The business has stated that “(Conroy’s) classic portrayal of Batman will always live” and that it is one of the “best portrayals of the Dark Knight in any media.” All his fans worldwide share our deepest condolences for his family and friends, and we are here to honor his life and legacy.
“Irreplaceable” and “eternal”
Paul Dini termed Conroy “irreplaceable” and “eternal.”Dini observed Kevin, “He carried a light everywhere.” “Kevin was constantly shedding light on the world, whether in the recording booth or feeding 9/11 first responders. “You’re a hero everyone should follow.
Tara Strong, Batgirl’s DCAU voice actor, paid homage online. She posted a photo of herself and Conroy with the words “Never again.”
— tara strong (@tarastrong) November 11, 2022
Conroy voiced several other characters over his career, but Batman is probably the most well-known. His IMDb page lists roles as Batman in animated programs, including “Scooby-Doo!” and “Guess Who?” as well as the “Masters of the Universe” series. Conroy dabbled in acting and made several theatre appearances.