Batman Forever – Remembering Kevin Conroy

J1 fans. As we all know, we have lost another great one. Kevin Conroy was an incredible actor, especially for his portrayal of one of the most iconic heroes in comics, The Batman. He is loved by fans all over and we are saddened by his sudden passing. Many of us who were kids and teens in the 90s were there to hear that now familiar gravelly voice he gave to the Caped Crusader in “Batman: The Animated Series.” Kevin would hold the role for nearly 30 years, portraying Batman in several DC animated media and for the first time in live action on the CW’s Arrowverse crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” He also reprised the role for video game featuring he Dark Knight, most notably Rocksteady’s “Batman Arkham” series. Conroy was not only known for his acting, but also for his humanitarian work. After the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Kevin volunteered as a cook for the firefighters and police officers. At the behest of one of the cooks, Kevin recited the now iconic line, “I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!” from the kitchen which was greeted with cheers and applause.

Best of friends. Over the years, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill formed a friendship working together on several DC projects as the voices of Batman and Joker respectively.

Kevin Conroy was a frequent guest at numerous comic book conventions over the years, sometimes joined by fellow cast members including Mark Hamill. In a 2016 interview with The New York Times promoting the animated adaptation of The Killing Joke, Conroy revealed that he was gay. As part of DC Comics’ 2022 Pride anthology, Conroy wrote “Finding Batman”, a story that recounted his life and experiences as a gay man. It received critical acclaim upon release. He was married to Vaughn C. Williams at the time of his death. Conroy made an effort to conceal his homosexuality throughout most of his career. He spoke in Finding Batman about the discrimination he faced once potential collaborators and employers found out about his homosexuality. Conroy has said that on multiple occasions he had been removed from consideration for acting jobs due to his sexual orientation. Nevertheless, he soldiered on to become an icon beloved by Batman fans young and old.

Cosplayer Andonia GameGoddess had the honor of meeting Kevin Conroy at Comic Con Philly in 2015.

To me he is always Batman. When I think of Batman, I think of Kevin Conroy. When I read any comics whether it’s Batman comics or any comics that has Batman in it, I read it in Kevin Conroy’s voice. He has left a fond memory in my childhood while watching the Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Justice League. He will be deeply missed, but his voice will forever live through our cartoons, and video games. ~ Cosplayer Andonia GameGoddess

Cosplayer Eric “The Smoke Moran had the honor of meeting Kevin Conroy at a comic convention.

Kevin was a very humble and down to earth person and very grateful for his fans and his career. He will be sadly missed. ~ Cosplayer/Actor Eric “The Smoke” Moran

“The passing of Kevin Conroy has left a void in the Batman universe that most likely will unfortunately never be truly ever filled… His commanding voice and portrayal of Batman has been an inspiration to so many including myself, not only in my love for the Batman and DC Universes but also in my own personal portrayal as a Batman cosplayer… I unfortunately never had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kevin personally but from what I have seen and read he was an amazing person and human being!!! The Batman Universe will be a bit smaller and darker now … Kevin may be gone now but his impact will always be felt!!! Rest in peace Kevin!!! With the greatest of regards, love and appreciation… Jason Sean Hettel AKA Steampunk’d Batman

BEST Batman voice actor ever and over person as well! ~ Cosplayer Anthony Chancey

Kevin Conroy’s talents do not lie only with his work on DC animated projects. Early in his career, he has appeared on television as gay lawyer Bart Fallmont on Dynasty from 1985 to 1986. He was a series regular on Ohara in 1987, and as the company commander on Tour of Duty from 1987 to 1988, before starring in a series of television movies. Conroy also guest starred on shows such as Cheers, Search for Tomorrow, Matlock and Murphy Brown.

I was waiting for the train to go home after work November 10 when I came across the news feed announcing Kevin Conroy passing away while looking at my phone. I opened one of the articles and began reading. My reaction was pure shock as I exclaimed, “What!?” out loud. I knew I drew attention, but I didn’t care. It was just a shock that one of my favorite voice actors from my childhood is now gone. I remember watching Batman: The Animated Series in the afternoon during the week (Yeah, cartoons came on during the week, believe it or not) and becoming immediately hooked on it. Conroy was fantastic as Batman / Bruce Wayne. That well-known gravelly voice for Batman was a perfect match for the series’ dark, gritty overtones and from that grew into something legendary.

Kevin Conroy passed away at age 66 on November 10. His final role as the Dark Knight was in the DC Animated 2019 film “Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.” He was an incredible actor with amazing talent, a decent human being with a lot of heart and, most importantly, he will be missed. We shall never forget you.

WatchMojo recently honored Kevin Conroy with a video of his crowning moments as Batman.

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