With the tragic news of Batman’s voice actor, Kevin Conroy passing away because of cancer, DC fans have been rendered grief-stricken and desolate. But they’re not alone, for this is something Marvel fans can especially associate with, given the unfortunate demise of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman due to the same, gnawing illness.
In what seems to be a rare moment of unification, Marvel and DC fans are mourning the losses of those talented actors who portrayed their favorite superhero characters as they march on Twitter to express their sorrow with regard to Kevin Conroy’s death whilst simultaneously paying a tribute to the late actor, Chadwick Boseman, who too, was taken away from this world because of the very same illness.
The news of Kevin Conroy’s death has left DC fans miserable
The voice artist who portrayed DC’s character of the Dark Knight for almost 20 years, passed away at 66 on Thursday, November 10, 2022, after a short fight with cancer. And naturally, the DC fandom is beyond distraught.
Kevin Conroy first played Batman’s role in the WB animated show during the 1990s, Batman: The Animated Series, and has depicted the superhero character in countless other animation spin-off projects, films, and even video games.
Before his career took as a highly revered and renowned voice artist, Conroy had also worked on various projects related to theatre and soap operas and even partook in some of the most famous plays like those of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in association with the Old Globe Theatre. And besides his legendary contribution to the DC Animated Universe, he has also appeared in a number of films, including the 1988 drama, Killer Instinct, and the sci-fi movie Island City.
DC and Marvel fans unite in the wake of tragedy
Fans of the comic book legend are taking to Twitter to mourn the loss of Conroy as they also express their agitation and rage towards the way cancer renders people so utterly helpless to the point of death. And it looks like DC fans are not alone, as the MCU fandom happens to share this exact emotion of anger and sadness after witnessing the loss of one of the greatest Marvel actors of all time, Chadwick Boseman.
The actor who plays the character of Black Panther in MCU films was diagnosed with cancer way back in 2016 with the illness slowly slithering its fangs into Boseman’s life completely before he passed away in 2020. No Marvel fan has truly recovered from the shock of his departure from this world, and it looks like DC fans seem, more or less, to be sailing on the same boat as the former.
First I watch a film mourning the loss of Chadwick Boseman to cancer and then the very next day I learn that Kevin Conroy, THE definitive voice of Batman has passed away because of cancer? I'm at a loss for words pic.twitter.com/iKvXhabTbv
— Ricky Prickles🌀 (@photogen_nick) November 11, 2022
The death of a celebrity hasn’t really impacted me since Chadwick Boseman. This one hurts. Kevin Conroy was one of the greatest Batman voices and he even played a live action Bruce Wayne in the CW DC Shows. Kevin Conroy has impacted my life so much.
— Marvel and DC (@Marvel_DC_3000) November 11, 2022
With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever having released just a day ago, fans are already quite emotional as they’re recalling Boseman, their idol and favorite actor who couldn’t make it to the film’s sequel. And now that Conroy has died, people are feeling even more shattered as they grieve the loss of two of the most heroic actors.
Between Kevin Conroy passing, and watching the amazing tribute to Chadwick Boseman that was Wakanda Forever, this weekend gonna be rough.
— The Nemo Θf Night (@Nemo19089) November 11, 2022
Like Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Conroy battled cancer and still captivated audiences all over the world. It’s ironic that he passed away after I watched Wakanda Forever!! Rest in Light @chadwickboseman @RealKevinConroy LEGENDS!!!! 🙏🏾🐐🐐🙏🏾
— Chris ³³³ (@imsmoove_) November 11, 2022
It’s been more than two years since Boseman was taken away from this world, and yet the legacy he left with his work remains to play a significant role in the hearts and minds of fans still. And from the way Conroy left a vivid impact on his audience during his career, his work will continue to live on even if he is no more between us.