This is sad news to report, but it’s been revealed that the legendary Batman voice actor, Kevin Conroy, sadly passed away at age 66. He was and always will be a legend and, for many, including myself, was the voice of Batman, and there won’t be won’t be another who’ll be able to bring the character to life the way he did.
The actor’s publicist revealed that Kevin died Thursday following a “short battle with cancer”. The news was announced in a statement from the actor’s co-star, Diane Pershing (via The Daily Mail), who provided the voice for Poison Ivy, who wrote: “Sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday.”
“He’s been ill for a while, but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world.”
Batman voice actor, Kevin Conroy, has passed away
The actor’s co-stars spoke fondly of their friend in an obituary released by publicist Gary Miereanu. Mark Hamill, who played The Joker opposite Conroy’s Batman, honoured his friend, saying, “Kevin was perfection.”
He continued: “He was one of my favourite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated.”
He was the definitive Batman
The Star Wars star declared his friend was “the definitive Batman… the exact right guy for the exact right part.” He added: “He will always be my Batman.”
The actor started providing the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 1992 in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series and continued to play the part in various spinoffs in the DC Universe pretty much until his death. He also provided the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Rocksteady’s Arkham video games.
He continued working to the end. He will next be heard in the animated Relatively Super as Wade Brewster/Eclipse. The TV movie will examine the lives of the relatives of the world’s greatest superheroes. He was also cast to provide the voice of Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Batman: The Caped Crusader, which is currently in production. It seems as though they might have to recast him in that Batman series.
I agree with Mark. Conroy will also be our definitive Batman, and I am devastated to learn he passed away. He was only 66, and it’s so sad when such a talent is taken from the world far too early. I suppose the only think to do now is to rewatch all of the Batman shows and TV movies in which he played the Caped Crusader. I will also be replaying the Rocksteady Arkham video games, which still hold up to this day.
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