Kevin Conroy: Ben Affleck is the best live-action Batman

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Jul 27, 2017

Any Batman fan knows the name Kevin Conroy. He has been the voice of Batman in his many animated adventures for the last 25 years. He started his Batman career in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series, and has appeared as the Caped Crusader in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman Beyond, Justice League ... basically, if Batman is animated with sound, Conroy is the voice. So it is safe to say that when it comes to Batman, Kevin Conroy knows his stuff.

Recently, Conroy sat down to talk to Comic Book Resource about his latest movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, and was asked about live-action Batmen. While he was initially uncertain about getting a lot of different Batmen, Conroy eventually found that he liked the idea:

"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."

His favorite? Believe it or not: Batfleck. "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.”

Conroy was also asked about his favorite Jokers, and he couldn't pick one. “It’s like when Mark Hamill did the Joker. 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 one being better than the other. They’re different!”

Batman and Harley Quinn will have a one-day-only theatrical screening on August 14, then be available as a DVD/Blu-ray and digital download.