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Batman: TAS Star Mourns Kevin Conroy With a Heartfelt Thanksgiving Post

CBR 11/25/2022 Lee Freitag
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Batgirl voice actor Tara Strong has chosen to celebrate Thanksgiving by remembering her late The New Batman Adventures co-star Kevin Conroy.

"[Happy Thanksgiving] all. We’re missing an important family member this year[.] [H]ug the good ones you got," Strong wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of New Adventures of Batman characters Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Alfred and Robin enjoying a meal together. The picture 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 Adventures of Batman, Justice League Action, Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.

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Conroy died on Nov. 10 at the age of 66. He began his tenure as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, which originally aired on Fox Kids between 1992 and 1995. He continued to voice Batman in multiple DCAU projects, including Batman Beyond (1999-2001), Justice League (2001-2004), Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006) and the films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). In total, Conroy portrayed the Caped Crusader in 60 different DC projects, longer than any other actor who has taken up the mantle. He was also the first voice actor to use two distinctive voices for Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego Batman.

The Definitive Voice of Batman

Indie filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was close friends with Conroy, recently eulogized the actor, declaring him the definitive voice of Batman. "That voice, the voice of Batman as portrayed by Kevin Conroy -- and, of course, Bruce Wayne, he does Bruce Wayne as well -- became the voice, very quickly, within a year, became the voice that I heard whenever I read a comic book," said a tearful Smith. "It sucks losing anybody that's exceptional at their job," he continued. "It sucks when you lose the ones that are, like, beautiful human beings. That guy was such a good guy, man. Really good guy. So, yeah, I'll miss him forever."

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Mark Hamill, who voiced The Joker opposite Conroy's Dark Knight in Batman: The Animated Series, also paid homage to the late performer. "Kevin was a brilliant actor," Hamill said. "For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman."

Source: Twitter

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