Batman Star Kevin Conroy Opens Up About ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ Backlash

Many fans weren't happy about Kevin Conroy's older Batman in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'.

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Batman actor Kevin Conroy has opened up about the backlash to his role as Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Many fans were amazed to see Batman actor Kevin Conroy get the chance to play Bruce Wayne in live-action during the monumental Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. But it seems many weren’t keen on the direction his version of the hero went into on that Earth. Many will remember that the crossover revealed that instead of becoming an ageing mentor like in Batman Beyond, Bruce went and murdered all of his enemies as well as a few allies. The star acknowledged on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum that some fans weren’t happy with this take on the character, but he found it a fun way of getting to return to the screen. However, many were pleased to see Conroy recently narrating the scripts from the comic continuation of Batman: The Animated Series.

“The fans were not happy about that. They didn’t like seeing that version of Bruce Wayne. But for me it was fun, it was a lot of fun to sort of stretch my acting chops a little bit. They didn’t tell me anything about the Batman. They just said he was the Batman in the future, an old Bruce Wayne. I said, ‘You mean like in Batman Beyond old Bruce Wayne?’ They said, ‘No, he’s not 80. But he’s older and he’s in bad shape.’ They’re so guarded with their scripts, the studios, they don’t give them out. So they didn’t give me anything. I got the script basically when I was about to get on a plane to fly to Vancouver to do the show, I hadn’t seen anything. I said yes because I was so excited to do something on camera again [after] 25 years.”

Kevin Conroy also opened up a little about this new version of Batman, explaining that the script was so surprising when he finally got the chance to read it. He didn’t know that Batman had gone up against Superman in that timeline or that he’d try to kill Supergirl during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Conroy also took the time to praise the cast of the crossover and said they were all great to work with.

“I was in this suit of armor that was an external spine because his back had been broken by Superman. And I didn’t know that was going to happen. So it was full of surprises. I didn’t know I was going to try and kill Supergirl. He was dark. He was dark. The producer was great, the cast, Ruby Rose, everybody was fantastic, wonderful to work with. But they do like a movie a week. It’s a massive undertaking.”

Did you like Batman star Kevin Conroy bringing a villainous version of Bruce Wayne to Crisis On Infinite Earths? What did you think of the crossover? Let us know in the comments section!

Crisis On Infinite Earths will span two quarters and consist of ArrowThe Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. The Arrowverse crossover will continue with two more episodes in December before concluding with two additional entries in January.

In addition to the regular cast members of each Arrowverse series, Crisis on Infinite Earths will also feature appearances by Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman and Ray Palmer/The Atom, LaMonica Garrett as the Anti-Monitor, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne, Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Tom Welling as Clark Kent / Superman, Ashley Scott Will as Huntress, and Burt Ward in an undisclosed role.
Crisis on Infinite Earths continues tomorrow with The Flash on The CW.

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Source: Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum

Eammon Jacobs

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