Kevin Conroy is down to play Thomas Wayne on the Batwoman TV show. The CW is increasing its roster of shows based on DC Comics characters. Ruby Rose made her debut as the female counterpart to Batman during the Elseworlds ArrowVerse crossover last year and now she's getting her very own series, which is set to debut in the fall. And if the network ever has a need for Bruce Wayne's father to appear on screen, they have an excellent candidate for the role.
Batman fans are surely familiar with Kevin Conroy. The actor has been voicing the character for more than 20 years, starting with Batman: The Animated Series. In the minds of many, he is the one true Batman. However, Conroy doesn't often appear on screen, as he's usually utilized as a voice actor. Though he does have on-screen experience. He appeared in a few episodes of Cheers, for example (which is also just kind of a fun thing to know).
In any event, we have an actor who is beloved by the DC fanbase and has deep ties to the Batman universe. While it might not make sense for him to play Batman specifically, there would be a potentially exciting way to bring him into the ArrowVerse fold. Recently, a Twitter user presented the idea that it would be cool to have Kevin Conroy actually play Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne, in flashbacks on Batwoman. Conroy got wind of the suggestion and personally signed off on the idea. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Thanks ERod, I love this idea!"
The CW recently released the first trailer for Batwoman and it firmly established that Batman exists in that version of Gotham City, though he's been absent for a few years. That paves the way for Ruby Rose's Kate Kane to come in and pick up the mantle. The trailer also establishes that Kate is actually Bruce Wayne's cousin. So having flashback sequences with them as kids could conceivably make sense, depending on the direction of the story. It would be a really neat nod to Kevin Conroy's contribution to Batman lore over the years to bring him on board as Thomas Wayne in just such a scenario.
It's worth noting the ArrowVerse is pretty good at doing things like this. Original Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter plays the president on Supergirl and 90s The Flash actor John Wesley Shipp was brought back for the Elseworlds crossover. So even if it's not exactly what was proposed, it's not hard to see Kevin Conroy actually appearing on screen. Batwoman is produced by Greg Berlanti, with Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) on board as an executive producer. Dries also penned the pilot. The series does not yet have a premiere date, but it's scheduled to debut in the fall. Feel free to check out the exchange from Kevin Conroy's Twitter below.
Thanks ERod, I love this idea! https://t.co/dlBvbUSKH5— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) May 22, 2019