Kevin 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 ComicBook.com, 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
If 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”
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