Art For Art’s Sake #182: Kevin Conroy R.I.P.

by Richard Bruton

Another week, another Art For Art’s Sake both celebrating and mourning a life. I’m sick of losing people this year, as I’m sure you are. This week it’s the sad loss of THE voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy.

We received the news earlier in the month that Kevin Conroy, the actor who is, for so many viewers, their definitive Batman, passed away at the age of 66 from intestinal cancer.

Since first providing the voice for the Dark Knight in the classic Batman: The Animated Series that first aired in 1992, it’s been Conroy’s that’s defined what Batman sounds like in our heads – such was the quality of his portrayal.

Since first voicing Batman in 1992 and the debut of Batman: The Animated Series that would run until 1995, Conroy has gone on to voice the Dark Knight in 15 animated series, 15 films, and multiple video games, including The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and many more. He brought so much to the character and his vocal talents were simply perfect casting.

Conroy was born in 1955 in Westbury, New York, and studied at The Julliard School. A career on the stage and screen followed that included many acclaimed performances on Broadway, and parts in films and on television. But of course, it was Batman: The Animated Series that made Conroy’s name; a part he made his own, and a part he loved playing as much as we all loved hearing him play.

Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, his sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy.

Kevin Conroy – November 30th, 1955 – November 10th, 2022

 

 

Earlier in the year, Conroy’s story ‘Finding Batman’ was included in the DC Pride anthology issue. It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking, yet ultimately powerful story drawn by J. Bone that tells of Conroy’s experiences as a gay man in Hollywood over the years and how this all tied in to what he brought to the animated Batman… it’s the perfect way to celebrate the man and what he brought to comics…

And as a further celebration of Kevin Conroy’s life in comics, we wanted to present some classic moments from Batman The Animated Series

Watch them, seek out more, do yourself a huge favour and enjoy…

And to end, a little from Mike Parobeck’s spectacular work on The Batman Adventures, my favourite Batman and another artist lost to the world of comics way too young. Just look at the amazingly smooth storytelling with such style on show in these examples… and always, absolutely always with Kevin’s voice in my head.

 

 

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