Kevin Conroy Posthumously Voices Batman in One Last Animated Film
Kevin Conroy’s final performance as Batman will come after his controversial inclusion in the video game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
The late Kevin Conroy will voice Batman for one last time in the upcoming animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part 3.
Batman’s Inclusion in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Caused Backlash
The controversial scene in the video game takes place after The Suicide Squad captures Batman and two Justice League members are defeated. Under Brainiac’s control, Batman begins criticizing each Squad member until Harley intervenes, urging him to “get some new material.” They engage in a heated exchange, with Batman mocking Harley’s humor. Harley replies, saying how you’ve always “got to end on your best joke” before shooting Batman in the head.
The unceremonious execution angered fans, who felt it disrespected the beloved Arkham-verse Batman and the legacy of Kevin Conroy.
Kevin Conroy’s Legacy as Batman
Kevin Conroy’s portrayal of Batman, which began in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, became synonymous with the character’s voice.
Despite primarily being known for his voice work, Conroy was sought after for various projects, both animated and live-action.
His performance in the 1993 film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is widely regarded as one of his best works.
While it was his only theatrically released Batman film, Conroy continued to voice the character in several direct-to-home-video Movies, including SubZero and Return of the Joker.
Additionally, he notably voiced Batman in the critically acclaimed Arkham series of video games.
Conroy went on to portray an evil multiverse version of Bruce Wayne in the CW series Batwoman, marking his sole live-action portrayal of the character.
Does Batman Really Die In Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League?
Sadly, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League does see Kevin Conroy’s Batman meet his end as part of the game’s main campaign. After defeating the Dark Knight, Task Force X captures and binds him, King Shark then drops Batman onto a bench, where Harley shoots him in the head at point-blank range.
Much like the death of other Justice League members, this is a key story moment and can’t be avoided.
Harley Killing Batman Completes An Arc That Began In Arkham City
Although Harley has carved out her own identity separate from Joker by the time players are re-introduced to her in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, she had previously been seen seeking revenge against Batman for the Clown Prince of Crime’s death in the final act of Batman: Arkham City.
In that game’s Harley Quinn‘s Revenge DLC, Harley successfully captures Batman and imprisons him in a trap with a rapidly depleting supply of oxygen with the intent of making his death slow and painful like Joker’s was. Fortunately, Robin tracked down Batman and saved him from this fate.
Suicide Squad: KTJL Is Kevin Conroy’s Final Batman Performance
While the introduction of Elseworld versions of deceased characters such as Joker does mean many of the characters who die in Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League could return, the death of the Arkhamverse’s Batman has more impact than the other Justice League members.
This is not only due to having playing as this depiction of the character over several titles, but also because of the real world death of Kevin Conroy, who passed away from cancer in November 2022.
Conroy had portrayed the Dark Knight in various forms of media for over three decades, first appearing in 1992’s critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. Over the years, Conroy’s depiction of Batman has been heralded as the best version of the character by many.
The reveal of Conroy’s Arkhamverse return came after his passing with a trailer that served as a tribute to the actor, along with the confirmation that he had already completed recording his performance. Although this likely means Conroy was aware of Batman’s fate in Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, Rocksteady has now had the unexpected factor of giving Conroy’s Dark Knight a fitting send off, and whether they succeeded in doing so is going to be a widely debated topic among fans of the series.