Batman Legend Kevin Conroy Missing From Oscars "In Memoriam" Tribute

The late TV, film & stage actor Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond) was missing from the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute.

It was back in November 2022 when we learned the heartbreaking news that veteran television, film & stage actor Kevin Conroy, whose voice work on animated series such as Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, and Batman Beyond led him to be considered by millions of all ages to be the ultimate voice of The Dark Knight, had passed away at the age of 66 after a brief battle with cancer. For days after, social media was flooded with testimonials from fans & professionals who were impacted by him personally & professionally, with many creators currently working on The Dark Knight in some capacity proudly sharing how Conroy's animated adventures influenced their career paths. That's why it stung a bit and felt like a bit of a heart-crusher when Conroy wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment that aired during ABC's broadcast of the Academy Awards, and why we wanted to go on record as saying that he definitely deserved the honor. Other voice actors have been included in the past, and there's nothing that we're aware of "fine print-wise" that would've kept Conroy out.

Batwoman -- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two" -- Image Number: BWN108c_0150.jpg -- Pictured: Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Batwoman — "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two" — Image Number: BWN108c_0150.jpg — Pictured: Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a look at the complete "In Memoriam" segment that aired during the Oscars broadcast on Sunday night, with Lenny Kravitz performing along with the tributes:

Shortly after news of his passing broke, Conroy's Batman: The Animated Series co-star Mark Hamill (Joker) and Paul Dini, Batman: TAS producer, shared their thoughts on the late actor.

Image: Batman: TAS trailer screencap

"Kevin was perfection. He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated," Hamill said in a statement issued at the time Conroy's passing was confirmed. "Kevin was a brilliant actor. For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones, and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn't have done it without him. He will always be my Batman." Dini added, "Kevin brought a light with him everywhere, whether in the recording booth giving it his all, or feeding first responders during 9/11, or making sure every fan who ever waited for him had a moment with their Batman. A hero in every sense of the word. Irreplaceable. Eternal."

Here's a look back at veteran voice actor Diane Pershing's Facebook post confirming Conroy's passing. Pershing co-starred with Conroy on both Batman: TAS and The New Batman Adventures:

"It threw me at first," Conroy shared during an interview with EW when discussing what it was like to play the physical version of Bruce Wayne in the Batwoman chapter of the Arrowverse's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover. "I never approached this character from that physicalized aspect. I always just inhabited him with my voice. When you do that in a recording studio, it's a very intimate experience, and you're sort of living in your own imagination. You do it with your eyes clothes and you're in this other world, and you have Mark Hamill feeding you all the energy you [need], and the other actors (because we always recorded together in the booths). To actually be on the set, in the physical world, and to be walking as the character and inhabiting the character in three dimensions, it was a real transition for me. It did take a while to get used to, I have to admit. I was surprised because I know the character so well."

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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