Kevin Conroy Talks About The Deaths In ‘Batman V. Superman’

conroy-batman-supermanKevin Conroy knows a thing or two about being Batman, and while he is a huge fan of Ben Affleck’s big screen portrayal of the character, he has a few qualms with the amount of death and destruction in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Speaking to, Conroy explained how much he enjoyed seeing Affleck bring the character to life in such a full and complete way on screen:

“I love what Ben Affleck did with the role. I think he actually got the balance of the Bruce Wayne character and the Batman character kind of better than a lot of the live-action have done. I’m a great admirer of him as an actor.”

However, when it came to the amount of killing Batman does in the film, Conroy was much less enthusiastic:

“I hated the fact that there was there was so much death in that movie. I just think that it’s important that Batman doesn’t kill. That’s a line that we never crossed, and I love that about him. It was like he was too noble to kill. Killing was too cheap. It was something the villains did, you know? I love that about the character, so I have a real problem.”

Conroy also has similar feelings towards the Fox television series Gotham. He said:

“In the show Gotham, I love the artwork of it, I love the performances in it, but my god, it’s so violent. I have trouble watching it. It’s incredibly violent.”

As someone who has voiced the character in a myriad of projects over the last 25 years, it is safe to say Conroy is a fairly good authority on how Batman should be portrayed. What do you think, do you agree with Conroy that the level of violence the character has been a part of in recent adaptations is too much? Sound off in the comments below!


The Top 25 ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Episodes

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Batman The Animated SeriesIf you’re looking for one of the (if not the) greatest animated shows of all-time, look no further than Batman: The Animated Series. The show that began the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) premiered in 1992 and spawned over a hundred episodes, plus Superman and Justice League series, among others. It gave Batman and Joker voices of a generation in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. In my estimation, it easily surpasses the films as second only to the comics in the Batman legend.

After a holiday re-watch, I ranked the 25 best episodes from both iterations of the series, which ran from 1992 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1999, respectively. A * denotes an episode that is part of The New Batman Adventures, which were produced three years after The Animated Series concluded.

Honorable Mentions: “Second Chance,” “P.O.V.,” “Mad as a Hatter,” “Heart of Steel two-parter” & “His Silicon Soul”, “Birds of a Feather,” “Mudslide,” “Eternal Youth,” “Dreams in Darkness”

Click Next to start the list and learn about our top 25 Batman: The Animated Series episodes!

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  • Ruben C Barron

    Batman has spoken, so should it be.

  • I just don’t agree with that; it’s just too simplistic. The whole point of the movie is to show how far Batman has fallen. He only has one line that he won’t cross; that’s an inherent issue with the character that has made him problematic for some time. If he only has one line he won’t cross, one place that he isn’t willing to go to, then what do you do when you wan’t to show that he’s lost himself? Either he crosses that line and enters that space or he quits; and in this case he can’t quit because he’s told himself he has one last thing to do.

    • Ruben C Barron

      He was never cruel, he always did what was necessary to get the bad guy, but he wouldn’t harm them unnecessarily. When he’s older in BvS and in Dark Knight Returns he’s almost sadistic and willing to cripple. That represents his fall. That represents him becoming cruel. Him killing would signify a turn to the dark side. A turn toward what he swore to protect others from. One is the natural progression of a jaded man beaten down by life and time. The other is a betrayal of everything the character stood for.

      • The fact that it is a betrayal of the character is the entire point, along with the very idea that his plan in the film is to murder an innocent person because he’s afraid of him. There are clear storytelling points that support the decision the storytellers made and I believe I understand them. I also understand that one story where Batman kills does not affect the rest of Batman as the character exists. So if the storyteller can show me why it’s happening and make me understand he point of it, which I feel BvS did for me, then I can let the storyteller do their thing. If an audience member cannot get past their emotional attachment to the idea of the, “one rule” to see those points as they are laid out that is not the fault of the storytellers.

        • Ruben C Barron

          My own view is this:

          If you give me a Batman, that Snyder stated is based on The Dark Knight Returns, who regularly breaks his rule, which he never did in Dark Knight Returns, then you haven’t given me a Batman at all. You’ve failed at giving me a Batman altogether. You’ve given me a run of the mill vigilante who has eventually reformed himself. I’m fine with that if you’re telling me a story about someone like Punisher. Or just an original story about any other vigilante. Batman lost his parents to guns. Batman would quit before needing guns and using them to kill. I know Snyder is a big fan, but his big pull from Dark Knight Returns is a quote where he says his favorite scene is where Batman busts in a window and shoots a guy in the head. The only problem with this quote is that it never happens in The Dark Knight Returns. Batman never kills in that book. Even when he reached his lowest point and was beaten down by life, the world, time, and even Superman he never killed. That’s Batman. He almost killed the Joker, the epitome of everything that’s he’s battled in life. But he stilled managed to hold back enough to not go down that road. That’s what Batman is. That’s who Batman is. What Snyder gave us wasn’t Batman. He gave us a great Red Hood, but that wasn’t Batman.

          • Even though I believe you are incorrect about your Snyder references, and I disagree with your opinion, I can respect it.

          • Ruben C Barron

            I respect your opinion as well. I’m glad we can have a difference of opinion without having an argument. A discussion is always great. For now we can simply agree to disagree.

    • Donald

      Completely agree. I think in adaptations of the character, a new writer/artist should be free to take some artistic liberties with their interpretation. Given Batman has killed in his some incarnations (in pretty brutal ways I might add), has killed in other film adaptations, and given his one rule only exists because of the CCA, I don’t entirely think it’s a complete betrayal of the character, especially if it’s a means to depict how far he has fallen. The entire arc of his character in BvS culminates in the infamous “Martha” moment and it’s then that he realizes he’s betrayed who he was and what he was supposed to represent.

  • 12stepCornelius

    Good thing it wasn’t intentional murder. Foolish thugs wanting to play with guns against Batman. He turned their weapons against them.

    1. Didn’t directly kill anyone in the car chase. He was simply reckless because of his blind rage. People died because of it.
    2. Knightmare sequence wasn’t reality.
    4. Thugs shoot at Batman with truck-mounted MGs. Batman begins an early strafe run giving the thugs plenty of time to move. They didn’t. Batman directly targeted the weapons the thugs were using. They were collateral damage.
    3. Never shot anyone in the warehouse fight. Hit a guy with a crate, the guy’s head hit the wall, probably died but no confirmation. Another thug pulls the pin on a grenade. INDOORS. Batman kicks the thug into another room, saving everyone, thugs included, from the explosion. The thug got what he deserved.

    All respect to Kevin Conroy as one of the THE Batmen, but honestly, the disgust and outrage is snowflake mentality. Batman’s recklessness was an effect caused by the story.

    • Ruben C Barron

      You think that by calling it collateral damage, that it means you didn’t kill them directly? He fires a machine gun into the back of the truck and flips the truck over into an explosion as he drives through the wreckage with his guns blazing. He didn’t kill those guys?

      He lands directly onto another guy with the batmobile, did that guy live? You think because he had blind rage that doesn’t mean he killed them? I understand if you like the film, but don’t outright lie about what happened in the film simply because you don’t want it criticized.