"I am vengeance. I am the night. I. Am. Batman!"Kevin Conroy (November 30, 1955-) is an American actor. Becoming a professional actor in the 1970s, Conroy has performed in numerous productions over the years, particularly in theatre.Then he became the goddamn Batman.Beginning with Batman: The Animated Series, Conroy lent his voice to the iconic character and hasn't looked back since. His performances as Batman are often lauded, especially the manner in which he is able to vocally portray Batman and Bruce Wayne as two different people. He would continue to play the role of the Dark Knight every time he appeared in the DC Animated Universe, a continuity which includes Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League as well as numerous Batman-related games. Conroy reprises his role in Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Justice League: Doom, Injustice: Gods Among Us, DC Universe Online, Batman: Assault on Arkham, and Justice League Action. Though he did not reprise his role as Batman in Arkham Asylum's prequel Batman: Arkham Originsnote , he did return for Arkham City's sequel, Batman: Arkham Knight.To date, he has portrayed Batman more than any other actor, voice or live-action, to have assumed the role note .Some of his other roles include Captain Sunshine on The Venture Bros.,note and various characters from both Max Payne and Jak and Daxter.
"I am vengeance, I am the tropes, I AM BATMAN!"
- Advertised Extra: When he was a member of the main cast for Tour of Duty, but the writers could never figure out how to properly integrate him into the storylines, as his character was a commander who normally stayed on base. Stuck in Hawaii with nothing to do for most of the working week, he set up a small stand on the beach and sold sketch portraits to tourists out of boredom. His character was dramatically killed off before the end of the first season.
- Badass Baritone: The reason why he's so revered as Batman.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Has a rather colorful vocabulary in real life.
- Cool Old Guy: John Houseman, who accepted him into Julliard and directed him in King Lear after he graduated. Nothing like his role in The Paper Chase.
- Also, Kevin himself.
- Cultured Badass: Loves Shakespearian theatre and compared Batman to Hamlet. It is where he got his start, after all.
- The Determinator: His father was a "functioning" alcoholic and lost control of his drinking shortly after the family moved from Long Island to Connecticut. Kevin graduated high school at 17, then was accepted into Julliard. He survived a horrible review of King Lear (he played Edgar).
- Everyone Went to School Together: He went to Julliard during the same time as future Superman star Christopher Reeve, and almost became his roommate (who chose another future star, Robin Williams).
- Ink-Suit Actor: Had Conroy discovered Batman twelve years earlier, all he had to do was dye his hair black and he could've played a live-action Batman.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Conroy is much nicer and laid-back than the character that he is known for.
- Older Than They Look: Turned 60 in 2015 and looks pretty good for his age.
- Raised Catholic: Attended Catholic School for several years, though it's unknown if he still practices.
- Take That: Let's just say he didn't appreciate Donald Trump calling himself Batman.
- Vocal Evolution: Batman started off with a deep, growling voice while Bruce Wayne had a higher, more playful voice. From The New Batman Adventures onwards, Conroy raised his pitch closer to his natural speaking voice while maintaining a gruffer tone. He mentions in I Know That Voice that he was fairly new to voice acting when first taking on Batman and he performed that voice not knowing how difficult it would be on his vocal chords, so he had to figure out a way to emulate the same effect without injuring himself.