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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

B:TAS' Kevin Conroy Reads a Robert Pattinson Line in His Batman Voice

Kevin Conroy -- who famously voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series-- recently offered his own take on an iconic line from director Matt Reeves' live-action, Robert Pattinson-led film The Batman.

The line in question is spoken by Pattinson's Dark Knight during The Batman's opening minutes, having previously been featured in the film's October 2021 trailer. Discussing the Bat-Signal and the fear it inspires in Gotham City's criminals, Batman says, "Fear is a tool -- and when that light hits the sky, it's not just a call... it's a warning." Conroy was asked to recite this line in his own Batman voice during an interview with The Movie Dweeb, to which the voice actor obliged.

Conroy first voiced Batman in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. He reprised the role countless times throughout his career, lending his voice to such television shows as The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, Justice League, Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited, Tales of Metropolis, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and even Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?. He also voiced Bruce Wayne in the TV shorts Batman Beyond and Batman: Strange Days. While Diedrich Bader voiced Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Conroy did make a guest appearance on the show as the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.

In terms of animated feature films, Conroy voiced the Dark Knight in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman and Harley Quinn and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.

Of course, Conroy has also provided the voice for Batman in numerous video games over the years, most notably developer Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham trilogy. He even got the opportunity to play the character in live-action in 2019, appearing as the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 during The CW's Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths."

Meanwhile, Pattinson is the latest actor to portray a live-action Bruce Wayne on the big screen, succeeding the likes of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. The Batman has certainly gotten off to a strong start following its premiere last week, grossing just over $134 million domestically over its opening weekend. At the time of writing, the film has grossed over $269 million worldwide.

The Batman is in theaters now.

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