‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Star Kevin Conroy to Appear in ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’
If you heard an excited scream last night that was probably just me when I learned that Kevin Conroy, yes that Kevin Conroy who is the definitive voice of Batman for a generation, will be appearing in live action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The news came less than a day after Conroy shared a fan made image of him as the older Bruce Wayne from Batman Beyond and asked casting agents to pay attention;
An artist did a rendering of me as an aged Bruce Wayne for Batman Beyond. I look pretty good for 80. Paying attention you casting agents? pic.twitter.com/OlTUkWskEL
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) 3 August 2019
Someone clearly was paying attention as The CW announced Conroy’s live action DC debut at the TCA summer press tour yesterday, confirming the legendary voice actor will be bringing his most famous role to real life in the highly anticipated cross over.
I have to admit, I had pretty high expectations for Crisis but even in my wildest dreams I never expected this! For his part, Conroy shared the news with a simple gif of himself saying one of his most iconic lines;
Finally, on screen! https://t.co/C8QH2xrJiE
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) 4 August 2019
Details were understandably in short supply, with The CW merely saying that Conroy will be playing an older/future Bruce Wayne. This leaves two equally exciting possibilities. One is that Conroy will be playing the older Bruce Wayne of Batman Beyond, opening up the possibility of Terry McGinnis making his live action debut. The other is that Conroy could maybe suit up himself, alongside Brandon Routh’s older Superman. My gut is leaning more towards the Batman Beyond scenario, but just the idea of Conroy actually suiting up alongside Routh’s Superman, John Wesley Shipp’s Flash, and maybe even Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman is sending my fan brain into meltdown.
Of course the announcement already has everyone asking if Mark Hamill’s Joker could make a similar leap from animation to live action for the event. Even if it’s just for the briefest of cameos. And, honestly, I wouldn’t put it past them to at least try and make it happen.
One character definitely joining Conroy in the Arrowverse is Cress Williams’ Black Lightning as The CW confirmed that characters from the popular series will finally be crossing over for the mega event! Given Black Lightning has so far been independent from the rest of the Arrowverse it will be interesting to see how this affects the series going forward.
We also know when Crisis will hit. With the crossover event now scheduled to air as follows;
Supergirl – Sunday, December 8th, 2019 (8pm ET/PT)
Batwoman – Monday, December 9th, 2019 (8pm ET/PT)
The Flash – Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 (8pm ET/PT)
Arrow – Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 (8pm ET/PT)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 (9pm ET/PT)
Looks like that Flash episode is perfectly timed for the hero to vanish just in time for the pre-Christmas cliffhanger! But, today is Batman’s day. And as much as I hope he’ll play a role in all five parts, my inner child would be grinning like the Joker with just three lines; “I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!”