Kevin Conroy jumped at the chance to portray the Dark Knight in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. DC fans never thought they'd see the day when Conroy would get a shot at playing the character in the flesh. The voice actor is arguably best-known for voicing Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in Batman: The Animated Series, along with a ton of other projects dedicated to the Caped Crusader. "In this, I explore a lot of (the) dark corners of Bruce Wayne. But they're different than the ones I explored on Batman Beyond," says Conroy.
While fans are excited to see Kevin Conroy as Batman in the ArrowVerse for the first time, he is just as excited to be able to do it. Conroy says he "jumped at" the offer when the producers approached him because he has "always wanted to do it on camera." Conroy has a deep connection the character and the fans, so he feels it was almost his duty to deliver. He says, "There's a real loyalty among the Batman: The Animated Series fanbase and an interest in seeing me do it on-camera as well."
Kevin Conroy and The CW are taking advantage of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to bring a new version of Batman to the small screen. While everybody is excited about Conroy in the Batsuit, that does not mean it was an easy thing to pull off. The actor had to completely rethink how he plays the character. Conroy explains.
"It threw me at first. I never approached this character from that physicalized aspect. I always just inhabited him with my voice. When you do that in a recording studio, it's a very intimate experience and you're sort of living in your own imagination. You do it with your eyes closed and you're in this other world, and you have Mark Hamill feeding you all the energy you (need), and the other actors (because we always recorded together in the booths). To actually be on the set, in the physical world, and to be walking as the character and inhabiting the character in three dimensions, it was a real transition for me. It did take a while to get used to, I have to admit. I was surprised because I know the character so well."
It may have been difficult to get into the Bruce Wayne character at first, but Kevin Conroy was able to pull it off, thanks to Ruby Rose and Melissa Benoist. Making the transition from voicing Batman for all of these years and then getting the chance to do it live must have been a trip for Conroy and it certainly will be strange for fans too. Crisis on Infinite Earths producer Marc Guggenheim has nothing but great things to say about working with Conroy and his ability to channel Bruce Wayne. He had this to say.
"He is stupendous. He is Bruce Wayne. (It's) just a lot of fun to see this actor who we all mainly know from voice work being on camera. It was really exciting."
In addition to Batman: The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy has been the go-to voice for the character in animated and video game projects since 1992. Conroy has portrayed the Dark Knight longer than any other actor, which is pretty huge. Crisis on Infinite Earths kicks off with Supergirl on December 8th, followed by Batwoman on December 9th, and then The Flash on December 10th. The crossover event will start up again on January 14th, with Arrow and then conclude with Legends of Tomorrow directly after. The interview with Conroy was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly.