Voice actor Kevin Conroy has brought his distinctive grumble to the voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman for 25 years via a plethora of cartoon releases, from Batman: The Animated Series to The Killing Joke. But what does he make of his live-action counterparts? CBR found out when we sat down with Conroy at Comic-Con International in San Diego for a roundtable discussion of his upcoming movie, Batman and Harley Quinn.
The beloved performer was tickled to hear that a panel the day before had proclaimed him the “best Batman,” but Conroy was happy to offer who he felt has brought the best live-action Batman to the big screen — and it’s a different answer than the last time he responded to this question.
Asked if he keeps up with the “other Batmen,” Conroy at first kidded, “Are there other Batmen that I don’t do? I haven’t heard of one.” Then he chuckled and admitted, “Yeah, I see them.” “You know, I thought it was weird when Warner Bros. didn’t give the franchise to one actor when the first started doing the films. You just assumed they were going to cast a Batman and he was going to carry the whole franchise. But then when I saw the different ones — Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer, [George Clooney], and Christian Bale — all the different takes, this was really smart, because each actor does it so differently. And I love seeing all the different takes. I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.”
He went on to share his thoughts on a couple of Jokers as well, saying. “It’s like when Mark Hamill did the Joker. I thought, ‘Oh, my God! This guy is crazy, and brilliant. I just fell in love with him because he’s the best. And then, I saw Heath Ledger’s Joker, and my God, it was a whole other kind of crazy. It wasn’t better than Mark’s. But he was just another kind of crazy that was great. And then Troy Baker has been doing one that’s great. So I really mean it when I say I like to see different actors do the same role. It’s just fun. And I don’t think you can really judge on being better than the other. They’re different!”
Look for more from our interview with Conroy and more from the cast and creators of Batman and Harley Quinn coming soon.
Batman and Harley Quinn will play one-night-only in theaters, on August 14.
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