During his Clerks III “In Convenience Tour,” filmmaker Kevin Smith took the time to take the stage to talk about the passing of Kevin Conroy, the voice actor behind Batman: The Animated Series and a host of other animated projects (plus The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”). Calling Conroy the “finest incarnation” of the character, Smith broke down in tears, recalling stories of his interactions with Conroy and praising his performance as the Dark Knight as well as his personal character.
Conroy passed away last week at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. Since then, tributes have poured in from all over pop culture.
“It sucks to lose someone who is exceptional at their job,” Smith said. “It sucks when you lose those who are beautiful people. That guy was such a good guy…So yeah, I’ll miss him forever.”
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“That voice, the voice of Batman as played by Kevin Conroy – and of course Bruce Wayne, he also does Bruce Wayne – became the voice, very quickly, within a year, became the voice I heard whenever I read a comic book, because he became the definitive Batman.”
Conroy is widely known for lending his voice to the Caped Crusader in the 1990s animated series Batman: The Animated Series, along with other Warner Bros. projects. Animation. The actor quickly became the definitive voice for the Dark Knight, while also making a live-action appearance in The CW crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” portraying an elderly Bruce Wayne from Earth-99. Kevin Conroy was also a fixture on the convention scene, connecting with fans and other professionals that made his loss even more acute.
One of Kevin Conroy’s last contributions to DC was writing a story in this year’s Pride anthology. Soon after, he took to social media to thank fans for their support.
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the response I’ve gotten to the story I wrote for. DC prideConroy said. “It has been overwhelming and it is so appreciated. You know, when you share something personal, you take a risk, and you all made that risk so worth it because the support and appreciation has been extraordinary.”
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