After Kevin Conroy’s tragic passing, Mark Hamill wrote a heartfelt homage to his late Batman: The Animated Series co-star. Conroy was most well-known for providing the voice of Batman in several media adaptations of the DC Comics hero. Conroy’s work earned him the title of “the definitive voice of Batman,” even though numerous others have also portrayed the character. He voiced the hero in various DC products, including the animated feature film Batman: The Killing Joke and the Injustice video game series. His initial portrayal of the superhero was in 1992’s critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, which also starred Hamill as the voice of the Joker. Sadly, on November 10th, Conroy left us at the age of 66.
This past week, Hamill sent a touching homage to his friend and co-star on Twitter. The announcement of Conroy’s death was made by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It featured words from Hamill, voice casting director Andrea Romano, and producer Paul Dini. Hamill’s message came shortly after that announcement. he posted their photo to once again share his respect and appreciation for the Batman
voice actor. The popularity of Conroy and Hamill’s portrayals of Batman and the Joker means that the influence of Batman: The Animated Series extends far beyond the original airing of 85 episodes from 1992 to 1995. In particular, Conroy’s interpretation of Batman came to be recognized as the standard-bearer for the role. He played Batman for longer than anybody else, a distinction he held for 30 years. In addition, he gave the part a range of emotions, from harsh to tender. Since Conroy’s Batman is so well-liked, some readers have reported imagining that the character speaks to them as they read.
Hamill’s portrayal of the Joker had a comparable impact on the franchise. Fans disputed whether or not he or Heath Ledger, who played the role in the live-action film The Dark Knight, is the superior Joker. After collaborating with Conroy on Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill reprised the role in several DC films and television shows. In addition, he worked with Conroy on numerous projects, including the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm feature, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman: Arkham computer games. These are only some of the many works created by Hamill and Conroy in tandem; their dangerously happy Joker was a perfect foil for Batman.
Everyone who knew and loved Conroy will surely miss him. However, Conroy’s legacy as Batman extends far beyond Batman: The Animated Series. Hamill’s touching message to the late actor only highlights its depth and breadth. Millions of people worldwide will miss and remember Conroy for his talent and compassion. Viewers can pay tribute to Conroy by watching the animated Batman series again on HBO Max.