Kevin Conroy, best known for his portrayal of Batman for Warner Bros.’ long-running television show “Batman: The Animated Series,” passed away after an in-depth fight with cancer. He was 66.
“Batman: The Animated Series” first aired over 85 shows on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995. Conroy’s rich gritty Batman voice is widely appreciated by comic book critics and fans, with many describing Conroy as the most convincing Caped Crusader. The series included Mark Hamill’s memorable performance as Joker. Joker.
“Kevin was perfection,” Hamill stated in an announcement. “He was among my most loved people I’ve ever met which is why I love him as an old friend. He was genuinely concerned for his family and friends – his compassion was evident in every action he took. Every time I met him or spoke to his family, my mood was lifted.”
Conroy was so loved for his Batman voice-over that he continued to voice Batman in a variety of additional DC projects, such as”Batman” and the “Batman: Arkham” and “Injustice” video games franchises. Conroy also appeared in a variety of DC Universe Animated Original Movies which include “Batman: Gotham Knight” (2008), “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” (2009), “Justice League: Doom” (2012), “Batman: The Killing Joke” (2016) and “Justice League vs. the Fatal Five” (2019) as well as other films. “Justice League” is the 2019 “Justice League” animated film is the last film credited to Conroy as Batman as Batman, the most recently video game credits for the role of Batman can be found in Warner Bros.’ “MultiVersus” that was released earlier in the year.
“He’s such an iconic character,” Conroy stated to DC in an interview from 2014. “He’s so integral to the American popular culture. It’s an incredible thing to be part of and contribute to.”
In the live-action world, Conroy made his feature film debut in the 1992 romantic comedy “Chain of Desire,” written and directed by Temistocles Lopez. Conroy also played an ongoing role on”Another World,” an NBC soap drama “Another World” and appeared in classic shows like “Dallas,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Cheers.”
Conroy’s voice acting wasn’t restricted to Batman. Conroy also contributed his voice talents to other franchises like “Scooby-Doo” (he had a voice part in the 2019 show “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?”) as well as “Masters of the Universe.” In the latter show the latter, he was featured in the shows on Netflix’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” (playing Mer-Man in 2021) as well as “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (playing Hordak earlier in the year).
“Warner Bros. Animation is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved close friend Kevin Conroy,” WB Animation released an announcement. “His iconic portrayal of Batman will always be a part of the best renditions of Batman the Dark Knight in any medium. We send our heartfelt wishes to his family and friends and join with fans across the globe to honor the legacy of his work.”
Conroy was the most recent writer of “Finding Batman,” which was featured as one of the events of DC Pride 2022 in the year. Conroy was gay and open about it which makes him the only actor who is openly gay to play Batman. “Finding Batman” recounted the actor’s experiences playing Batman as the Caped Crusader while also coming to terms with his sexuality.
Conroy was born November. 1955, in Westbury, N.Y., and was trained in acting under John Houseman at The Julliard School along with the likes of Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy and Robin Williams. Conroy was survived by his spouse Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and Tom Conroy. Tom Conroy.