In a sad shock for legions of Batman devotees, Kevin Conroy died Thursday, November 10, 2022. The beloved voice actor passed at age 66 after a short battle with cancer. While he is best known as the eponymous star of Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1996), Conroy continued to play the role of Batman and Bruce Wayne for the intervening 30 years. Across multiple mediums and decades, Conroy spoke through Batman’s voice to countless fans.

The Animated Series

Many of Conroy’s fans were introduced to his work through Batman: The Animated Series. The mid-90s animated adaptation, developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Mitch Brian, is considered by some to be the definitive onscreen adaptation of the DC comics source material.

Batman: The Animated Series banner, featuring Batman (Kevin Conroy) against a backdrop of his villains, including Joker (Mark Hamill) and Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin).

Batman: The Animated Series.

In addition to Conroy’s legendary performance as the eponymous hero, the cast included Mark Hamill as the Joker. The official obituary quotes Hamill on acting opposite Conroy:

“It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.”

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After playing the role in Batman: The Animated Series, Conroy would again appear as the character in 15 animated films, 15 animated series and 24 video games. In the CW’s 2019-2020 “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event, Conroy played the character in live-action.

Conroy Beyond Batman

But Conroy wasn’t just a hero onscreen. The actor helped feed first responders after September 11, 2001. Plus, in recent years, he became a fixture at conventions. There he earned a reputation for reserving time and respect for his fans.

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Earlier this year, he penned a comic in the 2022 DC Pride one-shot. In “Finding Batman,” drawn and colored by J. Bone and lettered by Aditya Bidikar, Conroy shared his experiences as a gay man in Hollywood. Recently, on October 31, 2022, the actor sent his final tweet. He shared Halloween wishes and a picture of himself beside a pair of bat decorations.

Conroy is survived by his husband, Vaughn C. Williams, and his siblings, Trisha and Tom. He leaves a legacy that will continue to speak to fans of the caped crusader for generations to come.

Batman: The Animated Series is currently available for streaming on HBO Max.

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