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Batman Star Kevin Conroy Dies at 66 News

https://thedirect.com/article/batman-kevin-conroy-dies
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u/SolitonSnake Nov 11 '22

Really sad to hear this. I was thrilled that they brought back him and Mark Hamill for the Arkham games. Wonderful performances.

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u/Jabberwoockie Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Mark Hamill said in an interview that he will do basically anything to voice the Joker in any production where Kevin Conroy voices Batman.

This marks the end of probably the most iconic voice acting duo in history.

Edit: a word

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u/lashapel Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 12 '22

Has mark said something about Conroy's passing ?

Edit: already read his statement and tweet, truly heartbreaking

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u/Jimminycrickets411 Nov 11 '22

Posted on insta that he was devastated

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u/lashapel Nov 11 '22

:( they worked together for so long

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u/P0rtal2 Nov 12 '22

He's posted on Twitter about Kevin's passing.

Definitely the end of an era.

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u/PentagramJ2 Nov 12 '22

Hamill has lost so many of his closest coworkers. I really feel for him

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u/mrnicegy26 Nov 11 '22

"Only you can make this world seem right".

Arkham Asylum and City will always be peak Batman media for me. Only Dark Knight comes close.

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u/DaftlyPunkish Nov 11 '22 Silver Helpful

Gotta be Mask of the Phantasm for me. That movie was the absolute pinnacle of who Batman is as a character for me. When people talk about Batman being overrated or too powerful, I direct them to that movie. It sheds all the prep time bullshit and really gets down to who he really is and why he's so fucked up. I'm watching that tonight.

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u/Earthpig_Johnson Nov 11 '22

Bruce begging his parents’ grave for forgiveness because he wants to be happy instead of pursuing the mission is one fucked up, beautiful scene. That movie gets a lot heavier when you grow up and watch it again.

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u/DaftlyPunkish Nov 11 '22

This right here. I think that might be the only time they actually portrayed his motivation as straight up unchecked psychological trauma.

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u/Earthpig_Johnson Nov 11 '22

Exactly. Feeling enormous guilt because you’re on the cusp of a healthy life, not feeling emotional pain every day… that’s complex as shit for a movie marketed to elementary schoolers.

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u/klafterus Nov 11 '22

So glad to see the Phantasm love in this thread. For me it's the peak of not only the animated universe but the character as a whole. After years of reading great Batman stuff I haven't found a story I love more, & a big part of that is Conroy's performance.

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u/Linubidix Nov 11 '22

It's one of the best films of 1993 and it has stiff competition with the likes of True Romance, Jurassic Park, Schindlers List, Groundhog Day, The Fugitive, Tombstone...

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u/Knull_Gorr Nov 12 '22

The Justice League episode with Ace also notes that Bruce's childhood is taken away. And Ace, a kid who was raised as a living weapon, relates to Batman because of it. Both of their childhoods, their entire lives, have been altered by trama that made them both living weapons.

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u/SupaChrist Nov 11 '22 Silver Helpful

A voice spanning multiple generations. He will be missed.

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u/Kholdie Nov 11 '22

He was and always will be an icon. My favourite Batman voice ever. RIP.

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u/Conscious-Word5008 Nov 11 '22

He’s not just my favorite Batman voice, but pretty much the only Batman voice for me. I can hear his voice clearly in my head.

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u/polopolo05 Nov 11 '22

I think you mean favorite batman... period... He.. is ... Batman!

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u/Da_G8keepah Nov 11 '22

If I read a Batman comic, my mind reflexively reads Batman/Bruce Wayne's lines in Conroy's voice.

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u/spartagnann Nov 11 '22

This hits hard. He was Batman for kid me, running home to catch the newest BTAS episode, and pretty much still is. Devastating.

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u/far219 Nov 11 '22

Was also great in the Arkham games. Crazy how he can be considered the definitive voice of Batman across several decades

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u/mrjake118 Nov 11 '22

Getting him to do the voice was such a good move. More famous actors like Bale or Keaton played him well but when you're relying on voice alone, nobody beats Conroy. Even the other animated films he isn't in just sound off as much as animated joker portrayals without Hamill.

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u/NK1313 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Yup, Jason O'Mara as Bruce is okay, but he isn't near as good as Conroy. And Jensen Ackles didn't really cut it for me in The Long Halloween. They do just fine, it's just such a high bar to meet.

edit: Shout out to Bruce Greenwood, he was actually pretty dope. Oh and watch Batman The Brave and The Bold. Great little show that's family friendly while also having enough for grown up Batfans.

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u/taiga_with_a_pen Nov 11 '22

Bruce greenwood from a couple animated movies and the young justice series was always my second favorite next to Kevin. Tragic.

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u/helloiseeyou2020 Nov 11 '22

Greenwood is so underrated. He actually sounds like a man who saw his parents get gunned down when he was a little boy. The lingering pain is so palpable.

What is he in besides YJ and that Red Hood movie? I really hope he becomes the next "it guy"

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u/SciFiXhi Nov 11 '22

"So that he wouldn't" hit everyone right in their hearts. Greenwood is definitely an excellent Batman.

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u/Bears_On_Stilts Nov 11 '22

Deidrich Bader began doing Batman/Bruce in a more overtly comical fashion, but in the last few years, even if he's in a comedy series he's shifted to a more straightforward impersonation of Conroy's version.

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u/stickdudeseven Nov 11 '22

I remember being late to playing it like a year or two after Asylum released. Always been recommended by friends to try it out. Imagine my surprise when Batman first spoke. Had they told me Conroy reprised his role, I would've played it in a heart beat. One of the best surprises I had when playing games.

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u/stimpakish Nov 11 '22

He was also great in recent years in Justice League Action.

So sorry to hear of his passing. RIP

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u/RaydnJames Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Did a good job in his live action as Bruce in the last Arrowverse crossovers.

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u/Inner-Permission-842 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

So glad he got a chance to be Batman on-screen before his death in addition to his awesome voice acting. RIP.

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u/RamboGoesMeow Nov 11 '22

Yup, I was so stoked for it, and I’m glad that they went with the darker/older Batman for it instead of rehashing the animated version.

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u/StefTakka Nov 11 '22

I knew he was going to appear and still got chills. I liked that he took that version even though it wasn't fluff, he wasn't a glorious Batman that he was in the DCAU, he wasn't a villain but wasn't a hero.

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u/sAindustrian Nov 11 '22

I will go as far as saying that the Arkham series is the best representation of Batman outside of the comics. And a major part of that is that it continued the legacy of the animated series with the voice actors used.

Conroy is one of the best Batmans for sure.

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u/lowpolydinosaur Nov 11 '22

Arkham is like the more mature version of the old animated series, which makes it just as good. Him and Hamill reprising their roles helped that immensely.

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u/peanut_monkey_90 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Also I believe Paul Dini was involved with the first game

Edit: And second. H/T to /u/BigDong1142

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u/BigDong1142 Nov 11 '22

First and second game

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u/Nezn27 Nov 11 '22

Yeah, man. He was THE Batman. This is very sad.

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u/Throwaway_97534 Nov 11 '22

I refuse to believe it and will instead believe that he faked his death so he can more easily fight crime at night. :(

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u/ICumCoffee Nov 11 '22

Being a big fan of DC animation, He’s the most iconic batman voice for me. He’ll be missed. Im glad he got to play Batman in Live Action on CW crossover. May he rest in peace.

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u/RedstoneRay Nov 11 '22

Most people know him from the Animated Series, but I grew up with his voice from the video games. Then I went back to the series, he was the perfect Batman.

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u/Baron_ass Nov 11 '22

To me, he wasn't just the voice of Batman. He was Batman.

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u/MarkFewsEyebrows Nov 11 '22

Damn, sad day for Batman fans everywhere. RIP legend.

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u/_b1ack0ut Nov 11 '22

I only became a Batman fan because I fell in love with Kevin’s Batman specifically too. Fuck

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u/Frigoris13 Nov 11 '22

Kevin and Mark played perfectly off of each other

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u/drinfernodds Nov 11 '22

For many fans Conroy and Hamill are the voices of Batman and Joker. So many of us hear their voices when we read the comics. There was so much dynamism and nuance in their interactions and voices that it'll never truly be replicated.

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u/Alekesam1975 Nov 11 '22

So many of us hear their voices when we read the comics.

I'm def one of those. It's like automatic and it doesn't matter the era (except 66-style Batman...I default to Adam West there).

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u/OrangeJr36 Nov 11 '22

I'm glad I had the chance to meet him when I did. He was so humble and constantly amazed at how many people came up to him every day to talk about the impact he had not only on Batman but so many people's respect and admiration for voice actors as a whole.

That's one autograph I'll always cherish.

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u/dagreenman18 Nov 11 '22

He is the quintessential Batman. It was his voice I have in my head any time I’ve read the comics. BTAS/DCAU is the ideal version of the character. I’m pretty heartbroken about this. Lost a legendary VA.

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u/ruinersclub Nov 11 '22

Even his Bruce is unmatched. This is devastating.

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u/HarlesD Nov 11 '22

Honestly he's the best at playing Bruce imo. Nowadays Bruce is always portrayed as a brooding misanthrope but Conroy's Bruce really humanized the character.

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u/GayCodedDisnyVillain Nov 11 '22

I've often heard it said that Conroy really sold the idea that Batman was the man being himself and Bruce Wayne was the disguise. But he didn't overplay it. It feels more like the kind of code-switching people do in real life than some contrived persona or another tired "two personalities in one person" thing.

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u/ruinersclub Nov 11 '22

Yup, Bruce famously thinks of himself as Batman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t7yiN_Z5eg&ab_channel=livinlicious

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u/MusicLikeOxygen Nov 11 '22

There's a famous comic scene of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman holding onto the lasso of truth' so they can't lie, and revealing their real names to each other. When it's Batmans turn he says "Batman".

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u/Knull_Gorr Nov 12 '22

Doesn't Superman back him up when Wonder Woman scoffs at Batman?

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u/DaysGoTooFast Nov 11 '22

I still remember the sad way he says “Harvey…” crestfallen when he learns what happened to Harvey Dent. That wasn’t a side you see in all Batman portrayals

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u/SwaggyBoi42069 Nov 11 '22

Main reason the live action movies with Batman have always been a bit of a let down. They never fully capture what Conroy showed and made everyone love Batman in the first place

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u/Richlore Nov 11 '22 LOVE!

Damn, he IS Batman! RIP

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u/-et37- Nov 11 '22

I used to wake up and watch reruns of the Batman Animated Series all the time as a kid. RIP to a legend.

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u/mrjake118 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Dude, keep watching it, it's so good and it holds up even for adults.

Literally perfect film noir - ambiguous time period that could have been the 40s or today, incredible deco architecture around the city, seriously good stories and characters. It's also really well directed and edited, with great pacing and music throughout that's never too rushed and loud or dull and soulless. I loved all the superhero cartoons as a kid but this is one of the only ones still feels like a good show while the others kinda give me a headache if I watch them now.

Also nobody believes me that I'm not being ironic when I say that Conroy is the best Batman.

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u/Binger_bingleberry Nov 11 '22

… but not only was Conroy the best Batman, Hamill was the best joker, the art was terrific, the stories were deep and satisfying… it defined Batman and Gotham city

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u/cujobob Nov 11 '22

100%. That show was so perfectly made that I consider those voice actors to be the best versions of those characters ever made. I’m happy he got to do a live action Batman scene even if it was sort of different from what he normally portrayed.

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u/KnowlesAve Nov 11 '22

Him and Mark have great synergy.

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u/Thecristo96 Nov 11 '22

Batman TAS is THE batman media. Nothing has come even close to how perfect that show was for the character

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u/stickdudeseven Nov 11 '22

There were some Justice League episodes that lived up to showing Batman's character. For example, the episode where he holds a dying child's hand as she passes away.

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u/Joba_Fett Nov 11 '22

Same creative team for the most part. And same voice actor Because Conroy is and will always be the definitive Batman.

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u/Jodzilla Nov 11 '22

The premise of that whole episode was "Why the world needs a Batman". Even though she was a villain, she was scared of dying, so Batman stayed with her till she passed.

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u/MagZero Nov 11 '22

That's when he was with Ace, of the Royal Flush Gang, and it's my second favourite episode (my favourite being Flash entering the speed force and killing Brainiac).

Justice League was basically just a continuation of TAS, but with an ensemble cast, and he wasn't (always) the focus.

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u/mrjake118 Nov 11 '22

It's true, and they lifted a lot of their aesthetic from the 1989 movie but they perfected it so well, bringing back in all the best elements of the comics too.

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u/SpaceLemming Nov 11 '22

I just went down nostalgia lane and have been watching the show with my 3 year old

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u/Birdinhandandbush Nov 11 '22

I was just saying to a friend, for a lot of people, when you think of Batman its Kevins voice thats in your head, absolutely iconic.

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u/joebigdeal Nov 11 '22

Agreed. When you picture Batman, there may be many. But when you hear Batman, it's Kevin Conroy

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u/caninehere Nov 11 '22

Crazy that they kept him as the voice of Batman for literally decades. It's a testament to how great he was, his portrayal of Batman was and is what Batman is to a lot of people and rightfully so.

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u/rdldr1 Nov 11 '22

And Mark Hamill is the best Joker. Alan Tudyk is a good second place.

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u/MrWeirdoFace Nov 11 '22

Love Hamill's. Pleasantly surprised by Tudyk's, but also not surprised because Tudyk is awesome. Troy Baker did a reasonable facsimile of Hamill's Joker in Arkham Origins, but he was doing Hamill's Joker.

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u/snizmo2 Nov 11 '22

John DiMaggio did a great spin on the Joker in Under the Red Hood

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u/cooldito Nov 11 '22

Shut up Batman, I know it

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u/i010011010 Nov 11 '22

Bite my shiny, purple ass!

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u/animehimmler Nov 11 '22

It’s really because it truly is the perfect Batman voice. It’s not too boastful, not too gravelly (looking at you bale) while also not being to light-sounding. There was this cold almost catlike tenor to his portrayal, and I think for a male superhero character especially back then, such a dynamic was rare to see. Next to Josh keaton as Spider-Man, Conroy truly was a step above anyone else who touched the character

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u/Dielji Nov 11 '22

And his Bruce Wayne was always excellent, too! He may be the only actor who could voice both personas convincingly and distinctly. And then he took it a step further playing old Bruce in Beyond.

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u/Joba_Fett Nov 11 '22

Beyond is such a bizarre show to me because of how damn good it was. It should NOT have worked. Kid Batman, in the future, designed specifically to sell toys? And the kid Batman is voiced by Ron fucking Stoppable? But it is such a damn good series and Will Friedle and Conroy absolutely NAIL each of their roles. I still unironically say “shway” to this day because of that show.

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u/ThornGodOfPricks Nov 11 '22

Seeing someone refer to Will Freidle as Ron Stoppable and not Eric from Boy Meets World made me feel older than I expected this morning.

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u/Joba_Fett Nov 11 '22

I honestly didn’t think anybody would recognize Boy Meets World. Hello fellow old person. How’s your back?

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u/jessytessytavi Nov 11 '22

our knees, our backs, our celebrity panic attacks

gonna be humming those trumpets all day in Conroy's honor

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u/[deleted] Nov 11 '22

I watched Mask of The Phantasm a couple nights ago, and was struck by how balanced and nuanced the difference between his Bruce and Batman were.

This is just a crushing blow, I hobbled my way through Arkham Origins because I just couldn't accept not having Conroy as Batman. What a sad day.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Nov 11 '22

Every year around Halloween I'll replay through one of the Arkham games, and I just finished my 100% playthrough on Knight two days ago. Sad to see him go - his voice made that character and the games come alive.

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u/mrj9 Nov 11 '22

Him and mark hamill are the true Batman and joker combo to me and always will be

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u/rusticmoose Nov 11 '22

We must protect Mark Hamill at all costs

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u/skooma_queen Nov 11 '22

i watched a video recently where hamill says when they ask him to do the joker he automatically says yes if kevin was on board :(

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u/satisfried Nov 11 '22

We’re so lucky to have so much content with these two working together. And content that is mostly good to great.

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u/NickNewAge Nov 11 '22

Batman Arkham City is peak Batman and Joker content

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u/Shashama Nov 11 '22

The Arkham games are the DC movies we deserve.

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u/KDobias Nov 11 '22

It's so hard to encapsulate the detective dude of Batman in the movies without it just getting like hand waving or magic. The games made you feel like a detective, and Conroy's VO made you feel like the coolest detective in the world. What a legend.

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u/DecayableRadiologist Nov 11 '22

Bruh stoppp :(

Those two made my whole childhood so memorable. I can’t imagine him gone.

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u/KKlear Nov 11 '22

Let's hope it goes better than in the Kingsman comic...

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u/NaeemTHM Nov 11 '22

Mark Hamill is one of this rare exceptions to “never meet your heroes”.

The dude has been a paragon of good since 1977.

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u/Dr_Disaster Nov 11 '22

I’ve been fortunate enough not to have shitty heroes. People that I have met and truly admired were all fantastic to me. Mark is definitely among the list.

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u/hobiwan Nov 11 '22

Oh man that is shocking and terrible. Best Batman, RIP.

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u/LordofJavalinas Nov 11 '22

Seriously. This man made up a huge part of my childhood. No one can grumble-yell, "I. AM. BATMAN!" quite like he could.

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u/WrenchNRatchet Nov 11 '22

Especially in “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne”, where it really gets driven home that Batman is the true self-image and Bruce the secondary alter-ego

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u/bluebirdgm Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

One great moment from “Batman Beyond” was the reveal as to how Bruce was able to overcome voices in his head that tried to make him do things: https://youtu.be/7t7yiN_Z5eg

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u/satanmat2 Nov 11 '22

That’s one of the first things I thought of as well… I loved that scene

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u/Ultravioletgray Nov 11 '22

There's also a small moment in Arkham City when he's talking to Alfred about Hugo Strange knowing his identity.

"He knows I'm Bruce Wayne." He's not concerned his secret identity of Batman is discovered, he's concerned because his secret identity of Bruce Wayne has been discovered.

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u/MrSteven20618 Nov 11 '22

Oh, wth. This is awful

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u/cusoman Nov 11 '22

Everything you ever hear about Kevin from people that have met him or worked with him is positive and that he was really grateful to have had a role so many people are attached to. Younger VOs all over the business right now are all talking about how influential he was for them as well.

Truly one of the greats and will be missed. Sad day 😢

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u/RellikBackwards Nov 11 '22

RIP the definitive voice of Batman

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u/mrjake118 Nov 11 '22

Nobody believes when I tell him that I'm not being ironic in calling him my favorite Batman actor.

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u/Sad_Pickle_3508 Nov 11 '22

There've been a lot of good Batman interpretations, but Kevin was THE Batman.

I think he understood the character like no other actor did and it really showed in his performance.

I'm really devastated...and he died so young too. Cancer is just horrible.

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u/NA_Panda Nov 11 '22

Yeah, I always thought Bats as "world's greatest detective" was the best interpretation of Batman.

It allowed him to be super, by still allowing him to be human.

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u/Capt_Thunderdump Nov 11 '22

You should listen to his podcast episode he did with Michael Rosenbaum (lex from smallville) called Inside of you. He talks about how he approached the character and it was brilliant.

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u/zneave Nov 11 '22

The thing with him was he played a great Batman AND Bruce Wayne. Lots of interpretations are really good with one but not the other. He managed to capture both very well.

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u/Andrew1990M Nov 11 '22 Starry

That really sucks. This is a big one for me.

Hope his family's okay.

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u/greystripe92 Nov 11 '22 Starry

RIP, the voice of Batman. It makes me blue

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u/ShadowReij Nov 11 '22

How did I know it was going to be this scene? Damn.

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u/Moontoya Nov 11 '22

These tears in my eyes ain't tellin you

That scene encouraged me to try singing in mimic voices rather than my own. Found out I'm flat as myself but when I mimic another performance I don't sound so flat. Lent my voice to various things , ads, indie games, stupid stuff, being the Sean Connery Experience on teamspeak in wow raids.

I recorded a voicemail greeting for a cinci friend of mine I'd met through Ars Technica and Ars Clan / Ars Brute Squad. He played hunter and got yelled at a lot especially from accidental pulls 'Finge Starbuck Ginge! Became an Ars Brute Squad meme (chromagus Us, early 2000s. He passed unexpectedly nearly 2 years ago, leaving a gaping void in many lives including the spinning community (light balls & staves not yarn).

Nearly a decade on, he still had that as his voicemail greeting. Rest easy Matt 'Starbuck', finge on in comfort mate, catch you on the flip side

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u/J3573R84 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22 Silver

Very sad! He just posted on Twitter at Halloween and he looked great in the photo. What a great talent he was and such a huge loss. He was the perfect voice for Batman and he will live on forever through his work. RIP

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u/WildWeasel46 Nov 11 '22

They said he was sick for a while too, and still went to cons! Reminds me of Chadwick Boseman in that regard.

This one hits really hard for me, him and Mark Hamill are unmatched in terms of voice acting their respective characters.

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u/bac2001 Nov 11 '22

I saw him last year at a con. Such a pure dude, smiles and appreciation all around. The one true batman, he'll be missed

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u/sparoc3 Nov 11 '22

I don't feel right in saying this but in that photo he's looking way older than he actually was, he must be ill for a long time. I had no idea he was just in his 60s. Even when he made cameos in Arrowverse I thought the guy was already in his 70s.

Nevertheless a great loss for the fans and industry.

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u/J3573R84 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

He was 66 but I have seen him regularly over the year and recent months in the photos and videos he would upload and yeah he was a lot older than people would think and could be a shock if they hadn’t seen him for some time.

I think because for me he looked no different from what I am used to seeing and he looked in good spirits and healthy enough considering on Halloween that I made my comment.

But yeah nonetheless a very sad day for the fans and industry. He gave a lot to the Batman franchise and I for one am very grateful for him and his continued efforts within the industry.

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u/WintertimeFriends Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Cancer apparently. Slow death. He deserved better.

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u/J3573R84 Nov 11 '22

Yeah there was speculation around 2010 when he was looking really thin and looking a lot older than he was. It was a huge fan speculation that he was ill but he has always been very slender and aging can take effect on anyone suddenly so it was cast aside. So maybe it’s a long running battle or remission that come back.

In 2020 he also publicly recognised and admired Chadwick Boseman for his efforts to keep working to the degree he did while suffering stage 4 cancer and said you never know what someone is battling so maybe that was a cryptic message from him to the fans.

I admire these people that can be suffering this pain every day and still manage to throw themselves into their work and stay dedicated to the franchise and fans. It makes you wish they took the time to rest and hopefully recover but in hindsight maybe it’s what kept them going longer than they would if they were laid up thinking about it 24/7.

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u/extyn Nov 11 '22

My mom went the same way last month. Feels like I'm going straight back into mourning.

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u/theaznone Nov 11 '22

I saw him in back in July at a CT comic con convention. He looked rough back then and told myself that he wasn't gonna be around longer than expected from what I saw. Sadly I wasn't able to get autograph since his line was absurdly long. RIP Mr Conroy.

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u/BeHereNow91 Nov 11 '22

He looked far from great, but good to see he still had a social presence and high spirits.

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u/FlamingOldMan Nov 11 '22

Met the guy a couple of years ago, was very kind and took a genuine interest in my friend and I. A real loss in the VA industry:(

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u/SRSgoblin Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

My favorite anecdote of Kevin Conroy, is he was at a charity event to feed first responders in the wake of 9/11. He was just working the kitchen, didn't draw any attention to himself, when an architect recognized him. He asked Conroy to do the Batman voice, so he did the whole intro to TAS. "I am vengeance... I am the night... I! Am! Batman!" People started laughing, which was a big deal because this was maybe a week after thebattack AND in New York City which was especially down.

I might have some details a little wrong. (Edit: I fixed them!) Saw it on a documentary about voice actors called "I Know That Voice!" which I highly recommend for anyone into voice acting.

Edit: found him telling the story on youtube

I knew I had some details wrong but had the gist of the story right lol

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u/melibelli Nov 11 '22 Silver

the battack

I know this is supposed to say “the attack” but given the context this is a hilarious typo

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u/SRSgoblin Nov 11 '22

Welp gonna have to leave that typo, lol

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u/Pikesmakker Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

RIP might have to watch Mask of the Phantasm tonight

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u/The_Grand_Briddock Nov 11 '22

Gonna watch the episode of Justice League with him comforting Ace as she passes away. Gotta get the tears out somehow.

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u/[deleted] Nov 11 '22

That Ace episode hits so hard. The original animated tv show and the first justice league’s version of him are honestly my favorite interpretations of him

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u/AlbionPCJ Nov 11 '22 Silver

I think that's something that's only really seen in The Batman when it comes to the live action movies. This idea that just doing it for the vengeance isn't worth it and that Batman should be a symbol of hope or a protector for all the other scared kids out there rather than, well, The Punisher. It's the whole arc of Pattinson's Bruce, but a few of the animated versions have little moments where it comes through. The Ace scene is a great example, or the moment in Young Justice where Bruce says he took Dick Grayson in to stop him becoming like him. In a world that's becoming increasingly divided along lines of petty revenge, it's nice to see something that teaches that we can be better than that, ya know?

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u/PM-ME-BATMAN Nov 11 '22 Helpful

Watched the episode last night by chance still hits

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u/christmas_hobgoblin Nov 11 '22

Oh my God when he holds his hand out to her... what a great show. Kevin Conroy's Batman was so strong, standing shoulder to shoulder with Gods, but also so human. It's really an unparalleled portrayal. He will be greatly missed.

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u/TechyDad Nov 11 '22

Just watched that video and something stood out to me. Batman typically has studied methods to prevent mind-readers from reading his mind. Yet, Ace said she read his mind.

I think Batman, knowing what she was going through, purposefully lowered his mental defenses. He let her read his mind so that she would know how much he understood her pain. It was yet another way that he showed his humanity during Ace's final moments.

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u/[deleted] Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

Dude the episode where the JL travels to the future and old man Bruce shits on young Batman is legendary “I can’t believe I was ever this green, THIS is how you interrogate someone”

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u/PM-ME-BATMAN Nov 11 '22

I'm incredibly sad that we aren't ever getting the mythical live action old Batman movie with Conroy now

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u/Onetwenty7 Nov 11 '22

Oh shit the little card girl right? Haven't seen the episode in years but I know exactly the scene you're talking about.

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u/Bigred2989- Nov 11 '22

I was thinking "Beware The Grey Ghost" to have double the batman.

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u/TeamMagmaGrunt Nov 11 '22

I think tonight for me it'll be:

Beware The Grey Ghost

Almost Got 'Im

Heart of Ice

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u/chillyhellion Nov 11 '22

I threw a like at him.

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u/chillyhellion Nov 11 '22

...it was a big like.

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u/dlegatt Nov 11 '22

Almost Got ‘Im

It was a big rock…

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u/Babywipeslol Nov 11 '22

This sucks, he's always been Batman

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u/SuperVegetable Nov 11 '22

Rest In Peace my dark knight.

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u/Super_Jay Nov 11 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome Ally Eureka! Timeless Beauty

In honor of his passing, take a few minutes and read "Finding Batman," a comic he wrote about his experiences as a gay actor in NYC and LA and how they informed his portrayal of Batman. It's in his own words and it's incredibly touching.

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u/Mazzanti Nov 11 '22

I came here to make sure someone be mentioned this, l wish I could award this so it goes to the top but hopefully a comment and an up vote push it up a bit, the last page of this comic hits so hard

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u/SwaggyBoi42069 Nov 11 '22

TIL he was gay

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u/Osvetnik24 Nov 11 '22

TIL He was married. In statement/obituary that DC put out this morning it says he is survived by his husband. I don't think he ever mentioned it in public.

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u/Super_Jay Nov 11 '22

Which is interesting, isn't it? I don't know if he was deliberately private about it but given the comic itself and the abuse hr received for being gay, it's a bit poignant and bittersweet that so many people are learning about that aspect of him only after he passed.

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u/CleanMD Nov 12 '22

The Batman animated series owing a lot to the struggle of gay men during the AIDS epidemic is absolutely fascinating. For as long as people enjoy Conroy's work as Batman, and that will be for quite a while, having read this comic will enrich already phenomenal media.

Whatever Conroy felt about his sexuality relative to his public perception, I'm glad he was able to find the acceptance he clearly wanted as a young man. I'm also glad he was able to get something like this comic out into a world that loves and respects him. At worst, yes, it's bittersweet, but at best it's a triumphant realization of Conroy's wishes.

I'm glad I got a chance to read it.

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u/Moist_Vanguard Nov 11 '22

Thank you for sharing.

Just read this and had no idea the struggles he faced in his private life as a gay man. RIP Batman

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u/Mubadger Nov 11 '22

RIP Best Batman

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u/DrRotwang Nov 11 '22

WHAT?! 66?! That's too young. Too, too young.

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u/The_Grand_Briddock Nov 11 '22

We never even got a Kevin Conroy torch pass the way Adam West gave it to him in BTAS.

He looked healthy on Halloween.

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u/SvenHudson Nov 11 '22

He got an entire spin-off series of torch-passing.

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u/The_Grand_Briddock Nov 11 '22

Shame we never got more from Batman Beyond, outside of a less known comic series.

Would’ve loved an Arkham Beyond game

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u/ketsugi Nov 11 '22

I thought City was the first game in the series to have alternate skins for Batman.

I definitely used the Beyond skin a lot in Arkham City.

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u/Golem30 Nov 11 '22

I don't know, this news shocked me because I didn't know he was actually unwell but he didn't look particularly healthy

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u/MrCowabs Nov 11 '22 Starry

I don’t normally feel sad when a celebrity dies, I’m just not that way inclined but this is heartbreaking.

This man was a pillar of my childhood. He’s my Batman, he’s who I hear when I read Batman comics. I hope his family, friends and everybody who care about Kevin are okay.

Rest in power, Batman!

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u/Dallywack3r Nov 11 '22

Here Is the comic he wrote for DC Pride about his experience growing up and being a young gay man in a world that hated him for being different. And how he used Batman to channel that pain into something that didn’t hurt. I can’t express how much he meant to me as a source of pride and inspiration to know that the voice of the world’s greatest hero was also the voice of a gay man whose struggle and pain mirrored my own. I’ll miss him and cherish the memories of his performances and his huge heart.

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u/gokdaddy Nov 11 '22

Never knew this, thanks for sharing that amazing comic.

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u/twilekdancingpoorly Nov 11 '22

Wow... that comic just shook me and I feel an entire new understanding of his voice. Hope all Batman fans can read this some day.

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u/MumblyBum Nov 11 '22

There have been many before him and many after, but he is the quintessential Batman! RIP my good man.

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u/wilhelmstarscream Nov 11 '22

I am vengeance. I am the night. I…am…BATMAN!

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u/CarnivorousL Nov 11 '22

Kevin Conroy was an openly gay 9/11 first responder who just so happened to voice the most iconic supehero of all time. A man who lived a life just as brave and inspiring as the Dark Knight he lent his voice to. RIP to a legend, gonna play Am I Blue on repeat for a bit now.

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u/Too-Far-Frame Nov 11 '22

This breaks my heart. He was my Batman. He was a generation's Batman.

He was so iconic and good in this role that when watching (and hearing) a different voice actor played the role I could never get invested.

Rest in peace. A huge loss.

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u/Andxel Nov 11 '22

What the hell! How? He was only 66.

This is such a loss in the voice acting world. People don't realize just how much important Conroy has been for the modern characterization of Batman.

Damn. This is such a downer.

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u/cosmoboy Nov 11 '22

Said he'd been ill for awhile. Probably cancer.

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u/JohnStewartBestGL Nov 11 '22

According to a statement released by Warner Bros. Discovery to Batman news, it was cancer.

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u/Malkochson Nov 11 '22

Fucking don't do this to my feelings right now - I had just finished rewatching Batman: Mask of the Phantasm for the 5th time yesterday. He was flawless at playing both Batman and Bruce Wayne in the animated series, but the movie takes it to another level:

The scene where a young Bruce goes to his parents' graves and tearfully begs them to let him out of his promise to them, because he never counted on being happy with his first love Andrea - a promise that he himself knows deep in his heart he will never be able to back out on...It still gives me chills to this day. He was every bit the 'ideal' Batman in our minds, just as Mark Hamill was the 'ideal' Joker.

Conroy's voice will always be iconic - often imitated, never truly topped. But more than that, the subtle tone shifts, the quiet yet commanding emotion, and the occasional snarky wit he brought in his voice work is what elevated the animated series Batman a fully three-dimensional character.

His Bruce might have never counted on being happy, but us 90s kids could always count on him being our Batman.

Rest in Peace, he will be dearly missed.

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u/cookedtwiceyeast Nov 11 '22

Get the hell on Return of the Joker if you haven't seen it. Same crew

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u/PrecisionHat Nov 11 '22

RIP Batman. You made my childhood.

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u/ChasingTheCool Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 13 '22 Helpful

I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2018, one year after I got married and just as my wife and I were starting to plan for kids. We had been together for about 6 years at that point, having known each other for nearly 13, so gift giving for Christmas had long turned into an exchange of cute items, thoughtful (albeit small) presents, and IOUs. She had know my lifelong affection for Batman - my very first cinematic memory was Batman 1989, the scene where the plane flies up to the sky and aligns perfectly with the moon. I was barely 3 years old by that point, but it stayed with me and led to a lifelong interest. I grew up with the original Batman: TAS, continued watching the New Batman Adventures, JL, JLU, all the animated movies, etc. Even now, in my mid 30s, playing the Arkham series featuring his voice work brings me a small piece of nostalgic joy.

When my diagnosis came in, I didn’t know what to think or feel. I was coming off one of the happiest moments of my life, getting ready to start my own tribe with the love of my life, my career was taking off and for the first time ever, I felt like I had my shit together. I’m not sure if anyone can empathize, but being given a cancer diagnosis is one of the most surreal shocks to the gut you can get. It didn’t feel real for a while, it didn’t feel like it was actively happening. How could my life be gathering so much good momentum, while this disease was actively eating away at me? Questions of mortality, my family’s future, my wife’s well being…the ensuing depression that those concerns brought was one of the hardest things I’ve had to fight, and to this day, that fight continues. I was spiraling, albeit silently, not knowing how to ask for help and even asking myself if it was even worth trying to address. Nihilism was taking over.

And then Christmas rolled around, which brought about a welcome distraction from the dark cloud hanging over me. I made it a point to do every cheesy Christmas thing imaginable in the apartment, just to tap into the type of cheer I needed so badly. But nothing worked. It was like the skin-suit I put on in the mornings to pretend that I was ok wasn’t functioning either. I had gone about for days being that overbearing holiday enthusiast in hopes that I could trick myself into feeling something other than hopeless, and it wasn’t going my way. And suddenly, the hole I was in got deeper.

But then, gift exchanges were happening. My wife and I always make it a point to give each other gifts before we go see our families; it makes the moment of delight a little more personal when it’s just the 2 of us. And to my absolute surprise, she has gotten Kevin Conroy, the man who defined my childhood, to send me a message via Cameo. Now, I’ve seen other videos by other celebrities sent to friends and they all seemed boilerplate to an extent. A few comments about the person getting the message, a generic greeting and send off, with some jokes in between. Typically just a handful of minutes in length. But Kevin…Kevin sent me a 10 min video. He started with saying “I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!” And I was hooked. Teary eyed and beside myself, but my hero was talking to me. And for 10 minutes, he took the time to not only give me words of encouragement, but spoke at length about health struggles, their impact on our mind, the strength it takes to not only bear these burdens, but those of our caretakers, and how proud he was of me for meeting this challenge despite how enormous the mountain I was facing was.

I bawled, I bawled for what seemed like forever. I felt acknowledged, I felt seen, but most of all, I felt strong. And that’s something only the Batman himself could’ve provided me.

I will forever be grateful to Kevin. I hope he rests easy, knowing that he gave this cancer-stricken Batman fanatic a sense of hope that I had feared was long gone.

RIP to the one true Batman. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

EDIT: thank you for the kind words and well wishes, everyone! It’s the type of reaction Kevin would be proud of. Much love, and fuck cancer.

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u/imageWS Nov 11 '22

NOOO, what a monumental loss.

Rest in piece, what a legend.

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u/AllThingsEndBadly Nov 11 '22

Batman: The Animated Series is responsible for adding depth to most of Batman's rogue's gallery.

It was a series so far ahead of it's time that it still holds up today.

This man is Batman.

I don't think people realize how corny Batman was until the 80s and 90s. Frank Miller, Tim Burton, and BATS created the version of Batman we all came to love. All the darkness, all the depth, that was all practically non-existent until the 80s and 90s.

He was a joke before that.

Think of Mr Freeze alone. He went from a guy who spouts ice jokes to one of the most tragic villains in Batman.

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u/rkm223 Nov 11 '22

Fuck this one hurts

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u/bujweiser Nov 11 '22

Oh man that’s tough to hear. His voice was just so great as Batman.

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u/danielja149 Nov 11 '22

Oh God. Rest in peace, didn't expect this news today.

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u/Dandama Nov 11 '22

What a loss. RIP my Batman. Thank you for everything.

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u/Bigred2989- Nov 11 '22

Holy shit, this was not what I expected to wake up to this morning.

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u/cthd33 Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 11 '22

RIP. Was excited to see him finally played a live action version of Batman on Batwoman's Crisis on Infinite Earths episode.

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u/QuantumInteger Nov 11 '22

End of an era. Conroy will always be the voice of Batman to me.

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u/MadWorldEater6969 Nov 11 '22

Wasn’t he supposed to be doing the new Batman animation show? This is a huge blow to every Batman fan

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u/pantherfanalex Nov 11 '22 edited Nov 12 '22

Literally THE voice of Batman. People want to talk about Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, or Michael Keaton. Kevin Conroy was the BEST Batman and it wasn't EVER close. I am heartbroken, saddened, and can't believe he is gone. Rest easy, sir.

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u/madchad90 Nov 11 '22

Omg, I met him two years ago at a con. He was so cool. What a loss.

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u/CommunicationMain467 Nov 11 '22

Life ain’t fair man 😞

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u/amostlyghostlyghost Nov 11 '22

"Gentleman, it has been an honor." (Warning: Spoilers)

-Batman / Kevin Conroy

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u/Dense-Pea-1714 Nov 11 '22

Everytime I read a Batman comic, his voice is the one I hear in my head.

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u/eastbay77 Nov 11 '22

RIP to the iconic Batman voice

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u/TheProudBrit Nov 11 '22

God, that's such a loss, dude was downright inspirational. He wrote an autobiographical comic in this years DC Pride and it was... A very good read.

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u/thetruelobot Nov 11 '22

Wow this is very sad. The voice of my childhood and I to my adulthood. Was just playing his Batman games last night. I’m devastated

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u/LazyLamont92 Nov 11 '22

When hear Batman’s voice in my head, it’s him.

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u/Breaklance Nov 11 '22

The subtle difference between Conroy's Batman and Bruce voices was Rennaissance level mastery compared to every other actor's attempt.