“That still remains the best representation of Batman in any media”: Kevin Smith Pays a Tearful Tribute to Late Kevin Conroy After Legendary Voice Actor Passed Away at 66

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Filmmaker and commentator Kevin Smith joined the list of personalities who paid tribute to the late Kevin Conroy, the voice actor of Batman. Conroy passed away at the age of 66 due to intestinal cancer, which left the pop culture community devastated.

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Kevin Smith pays tribute to Kevin Conroy

The actor landed the iconic Bruce Wayne role in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series and continued to lend his voice to the character on several projects, such as video games and spin-offs, including the top-selling Batman: Arkham series.

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith Honors Kevin Conroy In A Heartfelt Video

Kevin Smith, a friend and supporter of Conroy, worked with the voice actor numerous times. Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, Yoga Hosers, and Masters of the Universe were some of the films and series they collaborated in.

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Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman

The passing of Conroy was deeply felt all throughout the industry, leaving a legacy that is unparalleled and has influenced many generations. Smith posted a video on YouTube paying tribute to his long-time friend after his passing. The filmmaker could not help but shed tears as he recalls his favorite moments with the actor. This beautiful ode to Conroy echoed all throughout the community.

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Watch Kevin Smith’s message to Conroy below:

As a comic book-loving kid, as we all know, that still remains one of the absolute best representations of Batman and Gotham in any media across all forms. 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 because he became the definitive Batman.”

Many actors have donned the iconic black cape and rode the Batmobile, but no one ever played the character as long as Conroy did. Gotham’s favorite caped crusader has become a huge part of everyone’s childhood, a hero and a vigilante, and it was Conroy’s deep and husky voice who first brought Batman to life.


Fellow Artists Pay Tribute To Batman’s Voice Actor

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Batman: Caped Crusader animated series

Apart from Kevin Smith, many fellow actors have also paid their tribute, including Mark Hamill who voiced Joker opposite Batman in the series. DC Studios CEO James Gunn also shared a heartfelt message. Fans posted their messages online, thanking the actor for being the Batman they have known and grown up with.

People will remember Kevin Conroy as the man who dedicated his life and passion for the arts to bring one of the most iconic characters of this generation.

Source: Screen Rant


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