The famous voice actor Kevin Conroy, known for being the voice of Batman in the 90’s animated series, passed away at the age of 66 on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Conroy is famous because he is considered by fans of Batman as the best actor who has brought this iconic DC Comics character to life.
Over the years we have seen various versions of this hero but this actor managed to successfully establish it across several generations thanks to his voice and, on at least one occasion, in live action. The news was reported by various media, although at the moment the cause of his death is unknown.
Conroy studied at the famous Julliard School, a private institution where he majored in drama and met actors like Robin Williams and Kelsey Grammer. As such, his career began in the late 1970s with plays and bit parts on TV shows like Cheers and Matlock. What really launched him to fame and defined the rest of his acting career was Batman: The Animated Series where he first brought Batman to life. Unlike other voice actors, he was the first to decide that the character should have two tones to show the true distance between Bruce Wayne’s public persona and Batman himself.
The series is considered the best adaptation of Batman in all of history and in large part it is because of Conroy, who well understood the theatrics of the character. His work became an inspiration for other actors voicing superheroes and even for other actors who brought the character to life and came a little closer to his version. With this unprecedented success, Conroy became the official voice of Batman and was involved in other works such as The New Batman Adventures series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, the animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and video games. like Batman: Arkaham City, Injustice 2, Infinite Crisis and Multiversus.
The public also fondly remembers Conroy’s actions after the September 11, 2001 attack on New York, for in addition to using his image and reputation as Batman to raise relief funds, he was one of those few celebrities who really they were close to those affected and showed up to help in other ways. The actor volunteered to cook for the police and firefighters who were still working in the ruins, and in several interviews he talked about being recognized and asked to say a few lines as Batman.
Diane Pershing, Kevin Conroy’s colleague and actress who played Poison Ivy in the classic animated series, wrote about her friend’s passing and shared images with him, as well as other actors who worked on the animation:
Incredibly sad news: our beloved Batman voice Kevin Conroy passed away yesterday. He was sick for a while, but he really put in a lot of time at conventions, much to the delight of all his fans. He will be missed not only by the cast of the series, but by his legion of fans around the world. Below I show some images of Kevin with Loren Lester, who plays Robin, another with me and Tara Strong, who appeared in the last episodes of the Batman cartoons. And finally, one of Kevin and I in front of the huge audiences we used to have when we did our panels. RIP, friend.
Although Kevin Conroy is considered the voice of Batman, he also had the opportunity to play him on one occasion within the Arrowverse. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, where several of DC’s series on The CW such as Supergirl, The Flash and Batwoman came together, Conroy appeared as a resentful and badly hurt Batman for so many years of fighting. The fun for the fans was to see a version of the hero that was already closer to villainy, since he did kill criminals and they give us to understand that Superman was also considered a potential danger to humanity.
It cannot be forgotten that an important part of Conroy’s legacy in the world of superheroes and comic book adaptations was that he always presented himself as openly gay, even in a context in which that was still frowned upon and could put the anyone’s career Kevin Conroy participated in DC Pride 2022, DC’s anthology to support the representation of sexual diversity, for which he wrote Finding Batman, a story that portrays his own path within the industry.
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Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in the acclaimed animated series of the 90s, dies
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