Batgirl voice actress Tara Strong has chosen to celebrate Thanksgiving by remembering her late The New Batman Adventures co-star Kevin Conroy.
“[Happy Thanksgiving] everybody. We are missing an important family member this year[.] [H]ug the good ones you got,” Strong wrote in Twitter next to a picture of new batman adventures characters Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Alfred and Robin enjoying a meal together. The image is captioned, “You don’t have to be related to be a family.” Strong and Conroy had previously worked together on numerous DC animated projects, including The New Batman Adventures, Justice League Action, Batman: The Killing Joke Y Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.
Conroy died on November 10 at the age of 66. He began his tenure as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Serieswhich originally aired on Fox Kids between 1992 and 1995. He went on to voice Batman in various DCAU projects, including batman of the future (1999-2001), League of Justice (2001-2004), justice league unlimited (2004-2006) and the movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) and Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). In all, Conroy has played the Caped Crusader in 60 different DC projects, longer than any other actor to have picked up the slack. He was also the first voice actor to use two distinctive voices for Bruce Wayne and his Batman alter ego.
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Independent filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was close friends with Conroy, recently praised the actor, declaring him the definitive voice of Batman. “That voice, the voice of Batman played by Kevin Conroy, and of course Bruce Wayne, he plays Bruce Wayne as well, became the voice, very quickly, within a year, it became the voice that I heard every time I played. read a comic,” said a tearful Smith. “It sucks to lose someone who is exceptional at his job,” he continued. “Sucks when you lose beautiful human beings. That guy was such a good guy, man. Really good guy. So, yeah, I’ll miss him forever.”
Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker alongside Conroy’s The Dark Knight in Batman: The Animated Series, also paid tribute to the late interpreter. “Kevin was a brilliant actor,” Hamill said. “For generations, he’s been the definitive Batman. It was one of those picture-perfect scenarios where they got exactly the right guy for the right part, and the world was better for it. His timing and subtleties, tones and delivery: that’s all they also helped inform my performance. He was the perfect partner – it was such a complementary and creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.”