Why Kevin Conroy was the best Batman

In more than 80 years of history, many different actors have portrayed Batman, and many have made meaningful contributions to the character. But as far as we’re concerned here at ScreenCrush, a head and shoulders, cape and cowl version stands above the rest: Kevin Conroythe Dark Knight voted on Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Arkham Asylum video game series along with dozens of other movies, TV series and video games.

We’re not just saying this because Kevin Conroy died suddenly after a short battle with cancer. Months ago, before the news of Conroy’s illness and death became public, we made the video below arguing that Kevin Conroy – not Ben Affleck, not Michael Keaton, not Val Kilmer, not George Clooney, not even the amazing Christian Bale – was the definitive portrayal of Batman across all media. No, the one true Batman was, is and always will be Kevin Conroy.

The video below explains why. It wasn’t just the gravel in Conroy’s distinctive voice, or even his longevity in the role, that made him the superior Batman. (Conroy played Batman for more than 30 years, longer than any other person in history.) As he revealed in his own recently published autobiographical comic, “Finding Batman,” Conroy’s own personal life had a huge influence on how he portrayed the role. See it below:

Rest in peace, Kevin Conroy. You may be gone, but your Batman will live forever. And it will probably never be surpassed either.

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