Kevin Conroy On Voicing BATMAN For Over 20 Years
Batman: The Animated Series debuted on prime time Fox back in 1992 (gulp) and Kevin Conroy has been lending his voice to the animated and video game adventures of Gotham's Caped Crusader ever since. "I had absolutely no expectation that this job would turn into what it became."
DC Comics recently posted an interview with the legendary Kevin Conroy about a number of topics including his work on Batman: The Animated Series, working with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano and originally wanting to audition for a different part on Batman: TAS. Here's a few quick hitters before we dive into some direct quotes:
- Conroy originally wanted to audition for the Joker before Andrea Romano convinced him that he should be trying to land the role of Batman.
- After numerous fake Twitter accounts, Conroy confirmed that @RealKevinConroy is indeed his actual account.
- It was Conroy's idea that Batman and Bruce Wayne should have separate voices to further emphasize the separation between the false image Bruce Wayne projects while out in public and the grim, no-nonsense vigilante scrambling across Gotham City rooftops.
When asked to sum up his thoughts about landing the role and voicing Batman for all this time, Conroy stated, "I had absolutely no expectation that this job would turn into what it became. I started recording it in 1991, and it went on the air on Fox in 1992 as a prime time series. Then over 23 years, it just evolved from Batman: The Animated Series to The Adventures of Batman and Robin to Justice League and then Batman Beyond. Since then, there’s been the direct-to-video movies and now the Arkham games. He’s such an iconic character. He’s such a part of the American cultural landscape. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of and to have contributed to. Like all actors, you never know where your career is going to go. You plan for things and you train for things, but you never really know the direction you’re going to go. So I had no idea that I was going to end up doing voice acting for animation and that I’d be voicing Batman. But it wound up working really well. The show is just a really good marriage of what I brought to the character and what Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and all the people putting the series together were looking for."
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