DC fans are jubilant after Kevin Conroy—their favourite voice actor for Batman—was excluded from the In Memoriam segment of Oscar(95th).
The veteran television, film, and stage actor Kevin Conroy, whose voice work on animated series like The New Batman Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, led millions of people of all ages to consider him to be the utmost vocalist of The Dark Knight, had passed away at the age of 66 after a brief battle with cancer, in November 2022.
The Academy Awards didn't include him on the broadcast. Kevin Conroy. You are sorely missed.— Batman: TAS (@TheAnimatedBat) March 13, 2023
Thank you for everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SHtO3LRDV7
At the ceremony on Sunday night, John Travolta gave the opening remarks for the yearly portion honouring the late actors and filmmakers who passed away in 2022.
Kevin Conroy was one of the more noteworthy omissions from this year’s In Memoriam segment, which also featured well-known actors like Olivia Newton-John (Grease), Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), and Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter).
His absence sparked discussion online, with many arguing that the piece should have included the iconic voice of Batman. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a beloved animated picture in 1993, features Conroy as the DC superhero, even though he voiced Batman predominantly for television.
Cant believe the Academy didn't include Kevin Conroy in the "in Memoriam"— Puss In Boots Enthusiast 😺🗡🌟 (@FandomMenaceLs2) March 13, 2023
Rest in peace to a legend 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lkERIn7EZO
The academy missed out by not recognizing some true legends last night that passed on to a greater place in 2022:— Stellar Appearances (@StellarAppear) March 13, 2023
Paul Sorvino, Kevin Conroy, Ted White and James Winburn you are all tremendously missed and will always be remembered by the fans. #Oscars
In Batman: The Animated Series, aired on Fox Kids between 1992 and 1995, Kevin first appeared as Bruce Wayne (Batman). He continued to portray Batman in several DC Animated Universe ventures, such as Justice League (2001-2004) and Batman Beyond (1999–2001).
In three of the four Batman: Arkham video games, created by Rocksteady Studios and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, he also provided the voice of the Caped Crusader.
Moreover, he performed the vocal work for the Caped Crusader in three of the four Batman: Arkham video games, created by Rocksteady Studios and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Kevin Conroy held the role of the Caped Crusader for 60 distinct DC-related projects in all, more than any other actor who has taken on the part. Moreover, he was the first voice actor to employ unique tones for Batman and Bruce Wayne.
Last Batman Performance by Kevin Conroy
Conroy passed away in 2022, but Rocksteady has confirmed that Conroy will provide a voice for his role as Batman in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, so fans can still hear his distinctive Batman voice.
The planned online video game, which takes place five years after Arkham Knight in 2015, is a Batman: Arkham series spinoff. Players in the game take command of the titular group of super-criminals, who have been dispatched to Metropolis by Amanda Waller to rescue Justice League members brainwashed by Brainiac, including Batman (by Kevin Conroy), from him.
Kevin conroy's last performance as batman is going to be in a generic looking ass game, plagued by a battlepass, what a shame pic.twitter.com/GVPAyK4SVU— Smoth (@Inversewhisper1) February 23, 2023
Fans will unlikely hear Joker by Mark Hamill or Batman by Kevin in future DC productions beyond Suicide Squad: Murder the Justice League. After losing his acting partner, Hamill said he would not reprise the role.