Next week will unbelievably mark the first time since 1992 that Kevin Conroy will make the leap from voicing Batman in animation to portray the character in a live-action medium during the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.
DC television’s annual crossover event is set to be the biggest crossover event in TV history as it will not only bring together characters from the five current shows comprising the Arrowverse, but also hotly anticipated returns from DC alumni cast and characters including Smallville’s Clark Kent and Lois Lane, 1960s Robin Burt Ward and the most iconic Batman voice artist in history Kevin Conroy.
However, while Conroy’s portrayal of Kingdom Come Batman is currently exclusive to the crossover event, the actor himself has stated an interest in reprising the role with future Arrowverse appearances.
Conroy will portray the Kingdom Come version of the Dark Knight opposite Brandon Routh’s Kingdom Come Superman, which will also be a milestone marker for Routh who once portrayed a version of Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns, while more recently being known to portray Ray Palmer aka The Atom in the Arrowverse.
The pair will appear alongside Smallville alumni Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprising their old roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane during the Batwoman episode of Crisis on Infinite Earths dubbed “Hour Two”.
Promotional images of the upcoming crossover event have already given fans a first look at Kingdom Come Batman’s suit as well as a shot of him interacting with Earth-1’s Batwoman Ruby Rose.
Conroy has been voicing the Dark Knight on and off for the past 27 years ever since the beginning of 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. His casting in the crossover as “an elderly Bruce Wayne” led some fans to speculate he would fill a similar role to that of the character’s mentoring role in Batman Beyond to new Batman Terry McGinnis, however, no plans to bring in McGinnis have been made nor have any future plans for Conry post-Crisis.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will air Conroy’s debut as Kingdom Come Batman on December 9, 2019 in the second part of the five-episode crossover event beginning with Supergirl on December 8 and ending with the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 on January 14, 2020.