I think it is very close to say that one of the most prominent symbols of Batman is his voice. The iconic monotone, deep and scruffy voice, of one of the most known superheroes in the world, was provided by the amazing raw talent that Conroy was able to bring to most media of Batman (excluding live-action movies). He is the voice that I, and many others, have grown up with; making Conroy’s voice one of the most iconic portrayals of the Dark Knight.
Kevin was an American Actor, and Voice Actor, whose rise to fame was the VAing he did beginning in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series. After this he did a bunch of other roles that you might remember! He voice Batman within a lot of the DCAU (DC Animated Universe), these are some of the TV shows his voice was featured in; The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999), Batman Beyond (1999-2001) which he plays an elderly Bruce Wayne who retired from being Batman, Justice League (2001-2004), and Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006).
He was also in a lot of movies that were released in the DCAU; Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), DCAU Original Movies: Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010), Justice League: Doom (2012), Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014), Batman: The Killing Joke (2016), Batman and Harley Quinn (2017), Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019), and some guest appearances on Teen Titans Go! (ew) and Scooby-Doo and Guess who?
We can totally not forget the video games, in which he donned the cowl; The Arkham Trilogy!! (consisting of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Batman: Arkham City (2011), and Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) respectively). I have played all three of these games and they are honestly some of the best video games I have ever played, so much fun and nostalgia. Arkham City will forever be my favorite game, 5/5 CHLOE STICKERS!!!!
With the pure amount of time that he was performing Batman, he has portrayed Batman longer than any actor has!! But this Isn’t the only amazing thing he has done/accomplished; he also was super active during the September 11th attacks of 2001 and volunteered for relief efforts and helped out the firefighters and police officers (he also cooked for them lol and did it all in his Batman voice!!). In 2016, Conroy opened up in an interview with The New York Times, coming out as gay, then later in 2022 releasing a story called Finding Batman, a story that told of his experiences of being a gay man. The story received critical acclaim upon its release (yay!) and he was married to his husband, Vaughan C. Williams. Sadly he had to hide the fact that he was gay for a long time, he was around 60 years old when he came out in 2016. So not only was he arguably one of the best “Batmans” out there, he was a very kind person who always gave back to the community that he was apart of, ANNDDD he’s a gay icon!! We have no choice but to stan #ThisIsMyBatman #Slay #Rainbows #JokerXBatmanCannon
Sadly, Conroy passed away due to a battle with cancer at the age of 66. If anything I hope we can still celebrate the life of Conroy and cherish the legacy that he left and all that he has done for the DCAU and so many people around the world. The superhero of Batman has shaped so many people's lives, including my own, and it feels like we lost a piece of him. But time heals all wounds and we should welcome the next Batmans to come, it’s what Kevin would have wanted :)
Behind the brooding detective was the real caped crusader, Conroy himself, RIP.
Kevin Conroy (1955-2022)