Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy was recently asked to comment on the live-action interpretation of the Dark Knight. His answer might surprise true Bat-Fans. It seems Conroy likes Ben Affleck’s Batman the most.
These days it is hard to even read a Batman comic, meme or book and not hear Kevin Conroy’s as Batman. His deep and gritty voice has become synonymous with the iconic character. If anyone has an understanding for Batman it’s the man who has voiced the character for over 30 years.
While promoting his latest Dark Knight-voiced movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, CBR sat Conroy down for a few questions regarding the different versions of the character. While he thinks that the live-action actors all did a good job, he thinks Ben Affleck nailed both Batman and Bruce Wayne the best.
“Yeah, I see them,” Conroy said of the Batman movies. “You know, I thought it was weird when Warner Bros. didn’t give the franchise to one actor when they 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.”
The topic of discussion then shifted to his preference of The Joker.
“It’s like when Mark Hamill did the Joker,” he explained. “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!”