Kevin Conroy, the voice actor who played Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Animated Series and a wide range of other animated media, passed away at the age of 66 this week. The Empire State Building, one of the most iconic landmarks of New York City on which DC's fictitious Gotham is based, was lit up with a Bat Signal this week to honor Conroy, and his death prompted many of his fans to reflect on his legacy, with some describing having grown up with his voice as a constant presence in their lives, and others calling him the definitive Batman of their generation.
Actor Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, said that he was "stunned by the loss of this brilliant actor," adding: "I loved him like a brother."
RIP, Kevin Conroy. You will be missed
📷: nycnikon/IG pic.twitter.com/II4Dk3qkxk
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) November 11, 2022
Earlier this year, Conroy authored a story entitled Finding Batman for the DC Pride anthology, in which he recounted his own experiences of having a "secret identity" as a gay man, and how losing friends and loved ones during the AIDS crisis shaped his performance as Batman.
"I often marveled at how appropriate it was that I should land this role," he wrote. "As a gay boy growing up in the 1950s and '60s in a devoutly Catholic family, I'd grown adept at concealing parts of myself. Of putting aspects of myself in a separate box and locking it away... Better to wear a mask, I thought." After Conroy's death, DC Comics made Finding Batman free to read online.
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) November 11, 2022
So sad to hear about Kevin Conroy. He was THE voice of Batman for generations, including our INJUSTICE games.
So iconic. What a loss. RIP :( pic.twitter.com/JpgRwIGDAh
— Ed Boon (@noobde) November 11, 2022
Heartbroken at the passing of my decades-long friend from the early days of our careers—both amazed at finding ourselves closely identified with superheroes - the late great Kevin Conroy. Much love to Kevin’s family and friends. You are honored, Kevin, and missed already. 🙏🏼♥️🖤 pic.twitter.com/d8v4FjsOZC
— John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp) November 11, 2022
Rest in peace, Kevin Conroy. You were and will always be *the* voice 🖤 pic.twitter.com/P2khzJrx65
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) November 11, 2022
In the documentary I Know That Voice, Kevin Conroy tells this unforgettable story about working at a food relief station in Manhattan in the days after 9/11. It’s one of my favorite stories he told about the power of his talents. Rest In Peace Mr. Conroy pic.twitter.com/CVb6vLQlEb
— Henry Gilbert (@hEnereyG) November 11, 2022
Kevin Conroy recounts being recognized during his volunteer work serving food to 9/11 responders. pic.twitter.com/4L1jBQ9TBg
— DC Animated (@DC_Animated) November 11, 2022
Every time Kevin Conroy voiced Batman [A Thread] pic.twitter.com/D0sXAcVfry
— Frank (@Frankussy) November 11, 2022
Every hero has an origin story, this is his.
As a tribute to the incredible Kevin Conroy, we've made his personal FINDING BATMAN story from DC PRIDE 2022 free-to-read on #DCUNIVERSEINFINITE: https://t.co/wz7WBdJCOl pic.twitter.com/hP6uHAXxXx
— DC (@DCComics) November 11, 2022
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