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Good Knight sweet Bat-Prince: RIP Kevin Conroy

BucketmanBucketman Call meSkraggRegistered User regular
edited November 2022 in Social Entropy++
I have bad news everyone, it is being reported that after a brief bout with cancer, Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman, has passed away at 66.

https://gizmodo.com/kevin-conroy-dead-obituary-batman-dc-comics-rip-1849772917

I don't think I would be into comic books, or cartoons as much as I am if it wasn't for Batman the Animated Series and the amazing performance by Conroy. Dude was a treasure and will be missed

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

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  • DepressperadoDepressperado I just wanted to see you laughing in the pizza rainRegistered User regular
    aw dangit

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  • DonnictonDonnicton Registered User regular
    He is also the voice of Batman for most of Batman's appearances in video games as well, so even if you never saw TAS or later Justice League cartoons, chances are you've at least heard him from the Arkham games. He's as iconic to Batman as Hamill is to Joker/Sorkin as Harley.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited November 2022
    I had no idea he was ill. :(

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Fuck cancer

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  • TheySlashThemTheySlashThem Registered User regular
    there's been a lot of talk over the years about what makes a good batman performance

    usually the prevailing theory is that it comes down to playing two modes, the grim noire I AM THE NIGHT-ass batman, and the goofier bruce wayne persona

    most actors get at least one right, a few get both

    but in my mind, conroy's secret sauce was nailing a third mode that gets ignored too often: the batman who wants to help people

    like the voice is still gruff and still clearly batman but he's trying to comfort you

    and like, that can be a hard sell! okay sure, yeah, this maniac in a bat costume wants to help the mutilated district attorney with his mental illness, or help the blob man find a cure, or hell get the mob boss ventriloquist a steady job so he can get back on his feet, whatever you say dude

    but conroy made it work like no one else has

    he was fucking batman

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  • The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
    Generational loss.

    Cancer can get fucked.

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    there's been a lot of talk over the years about what makes a good batman performance

    usually the prevailing theory is that it comes down to playing two modes, the grim noire I AM THE NIGHT-ass batman, and the goofier bruce wayne persona

    most actors get at least one right, a few get both

    but in my mind, conroy's secret sauce was nailing a third mode that gets ignored too often: the batman who wants to help people

    like the voice is still gruff and still clearly batman but he's trying to comfort you

    and like, that can be a hard sell! okay sure, yeah, this maniac in a bat costume wants to help the mutilated district attorney with his mental illness, or help the blob man find a cure, or hell get the mob boss ventriloquist a steady job so he can get back on his feet, whatever you say dude

    but conroy made it work like no one else has

    he was fucking batman

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOooJW5SSDA

    yeah

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  • HeadCreepsHeadCreeps NOW IS THE TIME FOR DRINKING! Registered User regular
    The Batman Animated Series was one of my and my brothers' favorite shows growing up in the 90s, and learning more about Conroy especially over the past few years, really deepens the pain

    And TheySlashThem really hit the nail on the head regarding Conroy's performance - he brought that element of empathy and ultimately, humanity to the character, something which is sorely lacking with Batman's newer iterations

    God, this fucking sucks. I'm not usually so emotional over "celebrity deaths," but this one really stings

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  • GR_ZombieGR_Zombie Krillin It Registered User regular
    edited November 2022
    there's been a lot of talk over the years about what makes a good batman performance

    usually the prevailing theory is that it comes down to playing two modes, the grim noire I AM THE NIGHT-ass batman, and the goofier bruce wayne persona

    most actors get at least one right, a few get both

    but in my mind, conroy's secret sauce was nailing a third mode that gets ignored too often: the batman who wants to help people

    like the voice is still gruff and still clearly batman but he's trying to comfort you

    and like, that can be a hard sell! okay sure, yeah, this maniac in a bat costume wants to help the mutilated district attorney with his mental illness, or help the blob man find a cure, or hell get the mob boss ventriloquist a steady job so he can get back on his feet, whatever you say dude

    but conroy made it work like no one else has

    he was fucking batman

    That voice is seriously so key to the whole thing. That voice feels the closest we get to hearing the real Bruce Wayne, and the way he used it less and less as the DCAU went on and his Batman became more jaded and cold was masterful if intended, pure kismet if not. You can hear Bruce lose more of himself to the Bat, to the point where by Batman Beyond, he no longer even thinks of himself as anything but Batman.

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    edited November 2022
    He wrote a very good comic for DC's Pride special this year about his journey with finding the iconic Batman voice - I highly recommend tracking that down if you've not read it


    Found it. Content warning for the f-slur, but y'know, highly, highly recommended:

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Well this came out of left field and hit like a truck.

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  • Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    Usually celebrity deaths are kinda just... there. Some are more tragic than others, some are shocking, but the most I feel towards them is "Well, that stinks"

    Kevin Conroy, though... feels like my childhood just got punched in the solar plexus. That's Batman who just died. And Bruce Wayne, because he was the only actor who successfully pulled off being both.

    ... After I'm done with God of War, I'm going through the Arkham games again. And watching BTAS.

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  • destroyah87destroyah87 They/Them She/HerRegistered User regular
    Yeah. This loss hurts. Usually I get a little sad but am going on with my life pretty quick. But this one hits different. Batman was my first superhero exposure vie my dad's old DC comics.

    The Btas and Justice League are still the versions of the characters that live in my head. Conroy was Batman. The one clip from Batman Beyond ("The voice kept calling me "Bruce". In my mind, that's not what I call myself.") is still the one I point to as the iconic distillation of Batman.

    Even with Conroy gone, I'm mostly ok. But the day feels a little darker than it was going to be.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    And here's his first line reading of perhaps his most iconic line:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xbbpH-20ak

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom Registered User regular
    edited November 2022
    This makes me even madder that HBO Max cancelled the Abrams "Batman: Caped Crusader" show, and I hope someone somewhere picks it up for distribution down the line so the last Batman stuff he got to do voice acting for gets a chance at being heard and seen

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    And here's his first line reading of perhaps his most iconic line:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xbbpH-20ak

    That scene hits a lot harder after reading the story he did for DC Pride.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Damn

  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    The thing that struck me about Conroy is that he truly seemed to realize what impact he had in some many people lives.

    And he always appeared to be grateful and enjoy all those interactions.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Man. Fuck!

    I am in the business of saving lives.
  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    I just-

    I'll come back later.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    I've been thinking about this for the last hour or so and man, this really bothers me.

    I am in the business of saving lives.
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  • RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    Always felt odd to hear anyone else voicing Batman. He and Hamill really owned their respective roles.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Ms Dapper wrote: »

    WB execs: Fucking with things for decades.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Mask of the Phantasm is the best Batman movie hands down

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  • AlexandierAlexandier Registered User regular
    edited November 2022
    This guy was my Batman, my introduction was reruns of Adam West and Caesar Romano live ove action in the 80s but animated series with Conroy and Hamill was what made me love Batman in middle/high school.
    Granted I'm into my cups, but this is the second time I have shed tears for the man, the first was when I read his contribution to DC pride(which is free now and worth a ready if you do.egow.missed it).

    Taken too young, rest well.

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  • DirtyboyDirtyboy Registered User regular
    I had just started replaying Arkham City yesterday so this really hurts.

  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2022
    Ms Dapper wrote: »

    Yeah, this scene is perhaps the best someone has ever been at portraying batman.

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  • Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    edited November 2022
    Ms Dapper wrote: »

    My favorite thing about the Robert Pattinson Batman is that his Batman is the one that got the closest to this scene. This portrayal, that admission that being Batman sucks and he's never allowed to turn it off and he'd love for a way out to exist but the world refuses him time and time again.

    Kevin Conroy left the world a 30 year blueprint on how to portray Batman, and it's a crime that so few of the live action filmmakers and actors even look at that blueprint.

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  • Ms DapperMs Dapper Yuri Librarian Registered User regular
    Another great part, especially in early days of B:TAS is you really get to see Bruce as a guy who exists and has fun in addition to his Batmaning. Him being friends with Harvey for multiple episodes before he turns makes it hit so much more and it's a lot cause he makes them come across as actual friends.

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  • GR_ZombieGR_Zombie Krillin It Registered User regular
    Watching The Grey Ghost, and this hits different now that they’re both gone.

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  • FCDFCD Registered User regular
    Ms Dapper wrote: »

    I've always loved that this scene ends with Andrea telling him it's okay to let go. The mercy and kindness of that is beautiful.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    Also RIP Captain Sunshine.

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