Kevin Conroy, the legendary Batman voice actor in over 60 productions has sadly passed away.
Warner Bros, announced on Friday that Conroy at the age of 66, died following a battle with cancer.
Conroy shot to fame for his gravelly delivery of the Caped Crusader on Batman the Animated Series. This ran from 1992 to 1997. Mark Hamill played Batman’s nemesis The Joker. Following the series he became almost the exclusive voice of Batman in numerous films, series and video games.
Mark Hamill said in a statement: “Kevin was perfection. 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 added.
“Kevin was a brilliant actor,” Hamill continued, “For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman.
“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,” he concluded.
Conroy’s Batman was husky, brooding and dark. His Bruce Wayne was light and dashing. His inspiration for the contrasting voices, he said, came from the 1930s film, The Scarlet Pimpernel, about an English aristocrat who leads a double life.
More recently Conroy portrayed Bruce Wayne in a 2019’s Batwoman crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”
In recent years, Conroy had been a regular fixture at various Cons, ready to give and receive love for the role he had so reverently voiced all these years.