Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman, dies at 66.

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman, dies at 66.

Kevin Conroy, the guy behind Batman’s gravelly bass voice, has died, according to his rep Gary Miereanu. 66-year-old

DC Comics verified.

Miereanu said Conroy died Thursday after being diagnosed with cancer.

Conroy’s portrayal of Batman inspired every version since. He played Wayne and his superhero alter persona on TV, notably “Batman: The Animated Series,” and his impact can be heard in Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson, and others’ portrayals.

Conroy has portrayed Batman more than most: He portrayed the Dark Knight in 400 TV programmes.

Batman to Broadway

Conroy played Shakespeare before becoming Batman: Conroy, a Julliard graduate, adapted Shakespearean works from “Hamlet” through “King Lear” at the Old Globe in San Diego. “Lolita” and “Eastern Standard” were on Broadway.

Conroy is renowned for The Bat. DC says he played Batman in 60 films (which shares parent company Warner Bros. Discovery with CNN). “Batman: The Animated Series” is his first and most enduring Batman work, per DC. In 15 animated shows (totaling 400 episodes) and 15 features, including “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” he played the Bat and Bruce.

Mark Hamill voiced the Joker in animated productions, including “Batman: The Killing Joke.” Their vocal chemistry mimicked Joker and Batman’s tug-of-war.

Hamill told DC, “Kevin was perfect.” “He’s been Batman for generations.” “They found the right person for the right part, and the world was better for it.”

When Conroy started his job, all he knew about Batman was Adam West’s campy 1960s version. In a 2014 interview, he revealed he auditioned for the role blind. He used his Shakespearean skills to discover the character, stating Bruce Wayne was like Hamlet.

“I animate the character.” “I gave the character passion,” he stated in 2014. “I approached it acting-only. Many fans approach it from Batman’s “bible” I’m humbled.”

Conroy eventually played a live-action Batman in a 2019 crossover episode of “Arrow,” “Batwoman,” and “Supergirl.” Conroy’s Bruce Wayne from another planet relied on a cybernetic outfit after a “lifetime of injuries.”

Conroy found confidence to come out in Batman. He disguised his fears beneath a mask like Bruce Wayne because of homophobia in his business. In a DC comic, he said becoming Batman helped him find inner strength.

“I frequently wondered how I got this part. As a homosexual guy growing up in the ’50s and ’60s in a devoutly Catholic home, I hid pieces of myself, Conroy wrote, according to Kotaku.

According to DC, Conroy later married Vaughn C. Williams.

Batman also given others joy: Conroy, a native New Yorker, felt called after 9/11 to help first responders. One of his clients recognised him, but a coworker didn’t think he was Batman. Conroy said, in his trademark bass, “I am retribution.” I’m nighttime. Batman!”

He then convinced first responders he was Batman.

Fans love his Batman.

Voice actors mourned Conroy online.

Clancy Brown, who voices Mr. Crabs and Lex Luthor in animated series, named Conroy his “idol.” Liam O’Brien, who voices “Naruto” and video games, stated Kevin Conroy encouraged him to become a voice actor.

Tara Strong, famed for her voice work in “Rugrats” and “Loki,” uploaded a snapshot of Conroy smiling on her lap. She wrote, “He’s #Batman.”

Hamill agrees. Bale, Pattinson, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney have played Batman, but few have explored the superhero’s emotions and traumas across decades. Conroy was the first Batman for many fans.

Hamill called him “my Batman.”

Conroy released a video of himself reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 from his garden during the epidemic. Conroy’s 45-second, off-the-cuff short is a sorrowful contemplation on departed loved ones and time past.

“If I think of you, my buddy, all losses are restored and sorrows disappear.”

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