Hollywood and fans have paid tribute to the late openly gay Batman actor Kevin Conroy.
On 11 November, the beloved talent – who famously voiced the caped crusader in numerous animated projects – passed away at age 66.
“The voiceover community lost one of the greats. I am completely devastated as I worked with him for over 25 years.” Conroy’s representative Steven Neibert revealed to the BBC.
According to a report from CBS News, the voice actor’s shocking death stemmed from a “short battle with cancer.”
Back in the 90s, the renowned actor first made waves in the DC fandom when he voiced the famous Justice League member in Batman: The Animated Series.
His landmark role made him the first openly gay actor to take on the iconic character.
Following his critically acclaimed performance in the aforementioned series, Conroy went on to portray the masked detective in 60 different productions – including 15 films, 15 animated series, and two dozen video games.
He also portrayed a future version of Bruce Wayne in Arrowverse’s popular Crisis on Infinite Earths TV crossover event in 2019.
Since the tragic news was announced, Conroy’s industry peers have opened up about the talented actor in various heartfelt tributes.
“Kevin was perfection. He was one of my favourite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did,” said Mark Hamill, who played The Joker alongside Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin Conroy, an incredible actor who brought Batman to life on Cartoon Network for millions of kids. Kevin will forever and always be Batman. pic.twitter.com/Tba6JpEFwE
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) November 11, 2022
“Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated. Kevin was a brilliant actor. For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman.
“He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.”
Batman: The Animated Series producer Paul Dini echoed similar sentiments and described the actor as bringing “a light with him everywhere.”
“Whether in the recording booth giving it his all, or feeding first responders during 9/11, or making sure every fan who ever waited for him had a moment with their Batman. A hero in every sense of the word. Irreplaceable. Eternal,” he said.
DC Comis added: “DC is deeply saddened at the passing of the legendary actor and the voice of Batman for legions of fans, Kevin Conroy.
“His iconic voice made Batman real not only through his work in Batman: The Animated Series, but a host of animated features, video games and more.”
Towards the end of their statement, the comic book company announced that Conroy’s DC Pride 2022 comic special – which followed his struggles as a gay actor before landing his career-changing role – would be available to read for free.
Conroy is survived by his husband, Vaughn C Williams, his sister Trisha and brother Tom Conroy.
Check out more tributes for the esteemed talent below.
Every time Kevin Conroy voiced Batman [A Thread] pic.twitter.com/D0sXAcVfry
— Frank (@Frankussy) November 11, 2022
One of my favourite moments of Kevin Conroy as Batman pic.twitter.com/3pgici4TqM
— 𝐒𝐄 (@SupermanEnjoyer) November 11, 2022
Adam West & Kevin Conroy pic.twitter.com/gKhP0XVRth
— Batman: TAS (@TheAnimatedBat) November 11, 2022
Bruce imagined him, Andrea found him and, once found, Kevin kicked the door open for all of us to bring to you the amazing characters of DCAU.
Kevin, my friend, my colleague, my hero. We will all miss you terribly. You are a singular soul. Thank you. Now rest #Batman #KevinConroy pic.twitter.com/yrNC8Mfjnt
— Clancy Brown (@RealClancyBrown) November 11, 2022
We are all blue. Kevin Conroy. Legend.💔 https://t.co/uU1RjVCqCc
— Veronica Taylor (@TheVeronicaT) November 11, 2022
Warner Bros. is saddened by the loss of our dear friend Kevin Conroy. His iconic performance of Batman will forever stand among the greatest portrayals of the Dark Knight. We send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones and join fans around the world in honoring his legacy. pic.twitter.com/Xz2ZRVh4tZ
— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) November 11, 2022
I’m so glad Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy were able to recreate one of the most famous moments in Batman history. The Killing Joke.
They deserved it, and it’ll live on forever. pic.twitter.com/5Zb4yyjaT3
— TRAFON(s Backup Account) (@RiseFallNickBck) November 12, 2022
Whether in voice or in person, putting on the suit is a great responsibility. Kevin Conroy inspired and delighted Batman fans… I am sorry to hear that he is gone. https://t.co/LpVp7JNK6w
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) November 12, 2022
Not even sure I’d be doing what I am today if I hadn’t been so inspired by Kevin Conroy. What a singular talent.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/S1UsZCeF4z
— Liam O’Brien (@VoiceOfOBrien) November 11, 2022
Kevin Conroy. pic.twitter.com/ncWr93vjko
— #JLReunion (@AnimatedJL) November 11, 2022
If we’re coping with our grief by talking about Kevin Conroy’s finest moments of *comedy* in his long career as the definitive Batman?
we *must* include the “Good Cop, Bat Cop” short from the underrated Justice League Action series
“I thought you might like coffee… it’s good” pic.twitter.com/mVvcxL06mS
— Rob Aughtnik (@RDW0409) November 11, 2022
It wasn’t Batman that made him worthwhile. It was the other way around.
RIP, Kevin Conroy. Thank you for everything. 💔🦇 pic.twitter.com/vc3orLSxGk
— The DCAU Review (@DCAUReview) November 11, 2022
Heartbroken at the passing of my decades-long friend from the early days of our careers—both amazed at finding ourselves closely identified with superheroes – the late great Kevin Conroy. Much love to Kevin’s family and friends. You are honored, Kevin, and missed already. 🙏🏼♥️🖤 pic.twitter.com/d8v4FjsOZC
— John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp) November 11, 2022
Just remember that there is no “we will never hear Kevin Conroy’s Batman again” because you will hear it everytime you open up a comic with Batman in it
— Harper 💖🤍🖤 (@HarperStephens_) November 11, 2022
Every hero has an origin story, this is his.
— DC (@DCComics) November 11, 2022
Feel free to reply to this post with your memories, photos, or just to express how much Kevin Conroy meant to you.
We are all going to miss him greatly. Just know, You are not alone. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/iTGjmUSiEZ
— Batman: TAS (@TheAnimatedBat) November 11, 2022
Arkham Knight’s ending is now even more heartbreaking.
Rest in Peace Kevin Conroy.
The one true voice of Batman. pic.twitter.com/zEn3RSdAX1
— Suzi Hunter (@TheSphereHunter) November 12, 2022