Kevin Conroy – the man who, for a generation of fans, is the undisputed voice of Batman – has passed away. He was 66.
The news was broken by Diane Pershing, who voices the DC character Poison Ivy, via her Facebook account:
Very 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.
Conroy began voicing the character in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series, which lasted for three years. His other Batman-related credits include The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Tales of Metropolis, Batman and Harley Quinn, Justice League Action Shorts, Justice League Action, Justice League vs the Fatal Five and Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?. When taking into account performances in TV shows and animated movies, Conroy portrayed the iconic character longer than any other actor.
He also voiced the Dark Knight in several video games, including the highly-rated Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham Knight and Arkham City. He also voiced the character in 1994's The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega CD), 2001's Batman: Vengeance and – most recently, MultiVersus.
He also lent his vocal talents to non-Batman titles, including Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and Lords of EverQuest.
Tributes to Conroy have been appearing across social media since the news was made public.
He’ll be remembered for generations to come
This is so sad. When I think of Batman Kevin Conroy's voice is the first thing to pop into my mind.
Great voice actor that will be sorely missed.
Very sad news, RIP
Aww that hurts. I’m not a Batman fan but TAS and Michael Keaton Batman were the versions I grew up with. RIP Mr. Conroy. Thank you for your hard work.
Devastating. My favourite Batman. TAS is the perfect animated series. RIP Kevin.
Wow very sad. This is the voice of Batman I’ll always remember. His work was legendary.
Very sad news. His voice is the one I associate most with the character. Gruff but compassionate, intelligent and driven with just the right amount of humour. RIP 🦇
Horrible news 😕 Loved him as Batman in just about everything. I was pondering playing through the entire Arkham Trilogy just a few days ago. I guess this settles it. RIP Kevin and thank you for all your work.
Oh no! The best Batman voice ever. He pretty much made the character his own through his brilliant voice acting. My condolences to his friends and family...may he rest in peace.
The best Batman ever. As good as some of the live action actors who played Batman, Keaton in particular, Conroy just nailed the voice, and the attitude not just for Batman but for Bruce Wayne as well. May he rest in peace. Thoughts to his family and friends.
Such sad news. May he Rest in Peace.
This is truly sad news - I enjoyed his work in a few of the animated shows over the years, and in Arkham City. Just the quintessential Batman voice, and perfect foil to Mark Hamill’s manic Joker.
Rest In Peace.
That's an incredible loss. He was quite talented, and his work helped improve the lives of many.
He was a legend, he will be missed, he did the best Batman voice I have ever heard, I loved him, and he was always who I thought of when I thought of Batman.
Wow... Big part of my life gone, just like that. RIP and thanks for the memories.
RIP Kevin Conroy, best Batman voice ever.😭
That’s very sad news, and still pretty young too. 😥 I happen to be replaying Arkham City at the moment and Conroy’s Batman voice just feels like the definitive take on the character.
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