Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Confirms His Interest in ‘Batman Beyond’: Could It Happen?
The CW’s Arrowverse has really pulled out all the stops for its epic “Crisis on Infinite Earths” cross-over. The five-episode event unites the worlds of not only every DC Comics show currently on the network but several other projects as well. Yet, for hardcore DC fans, few appearances were as anticipated as that of Kevin Conroy.
The veteran Batman performer showed up as a much darker version of Bruce Wayne from Earth-99. At first, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose) mistakenly believe he could be the key to saving the multiverse. While that wasn’t the case, Conroy’s performance as a crippled former Batman reminded fans of a role from his Bat-past.
Kevin Conroy’s extensive history as the Dark Knight
Conroy may not be the actor casual fans associate with the role of Batman. But he definitely has played the role the most. Conroy’s distinctive voice is behind so many incarnations of the character, most notably the iconic Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990s.
Over the years, he has reprised the role for countless animated films — including 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm — and TV series. In recent years, perhaps Conroy’s most high-profile performances as the Dark Knight have been in the Batman: Arkham video games. Due to his extended time as the character, Conroy is often referred to as “the voice of Batman” by fans.
However, the recent Batwoman episode marks the actor’s first time playing Bruce Wayne in live-action. Visually, his Arrowverse appearance may be a clear callback to the Batman of DC Comics’ Kingdom Come storyline. Yet, fans of Conroy’s work might also see a close resemblance to Batman Beyond.
Warner Bros. once considered a ‘Batman Beyond’ movie
Batman Beyond began its life as an animated series in 1999, hence the Arrowverse designation for Conroy’s character’s Earth. On that show, the actor played an elderly Bruce Wayne too old and weak to continue fighting crime. In the first episode, the former Batman recruits teen Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) to don a new Batsuit in a futuristic Gotham City.
Positioned as a sequel series to Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond has lived on in the comics. However, Warner Bros. once considered making a live-action film based on the show as well. But in the early 2000s, that project was canceled in favor of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
Still, fans have long speculated how a Batman Beyond movie could present a fresh take on the character’s familiar mythos. As recently as last year, rumors circulated about a possible film adaptation finally coming together. Though that ultimately hasn’t happened, Conroy’s Arrowverse role could open up a new possibility.
Would The CW actually develop a ‘Batman Beyond’ TV series?
Now that Conroy has finally played Bruce Wayne in live-action, fans are wondering if a Batman Beyond live-action series could happen. Conroy himself recently said he’d be interested in such a project. But could it actually happen?
For the longest time, the answer would have been an easy “no.” After all, Warner Bros. has famously hesitated to allow DC heroes earmarked for the big screen to show up on television. However, with Superman — multiple versions, in fact — on The CW and now Batman making his first Arrowverse appearance, that appears to have changed.
Since the studio has loosened its reins, a Batman Beyond show could happen with Conroy in the lead. Perhaps the biggest obstacle would be budget because a futuristic version of Gotham City implies a certain level of production value. But even if The CW doesn’t have the bandwidth, there’s always the DC Universe streaming service or WarnerMedia’s upcoming HBO Max. We can’t imagine hardcore Bat-fans would be able to resist.