Batwoman: Kevin Conroy On "Dark" Bruce Wayne, "Crisis" Backlash & More

By the time the antimatter settled on The CW's mega-crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the Arrowverse multiverse found itself a bit smaller but still "multi" (with a feeling that the number of universes could definitely be played with). Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) found a new life in a "pocket earth" while the remaining heroes faced a new world where those once dead are alive and villains are now allies- and where old threats have been born anew. One of the biggest moments from the crossover came during the ninth episode of Batwoman, with "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two" when Kate Kane aka Batwoman (Ruby Rose) and Kara Danvers aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) met Earth-99's Bruce Wayne (veteran Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy)- and let's just say this was definitely not the Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne.

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 Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Appearing on Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You Podcast w/ Michael Rosenbaum this past week, Conroy addressed what it was like playing such a less-than-honorable version of The Dark Knight's alter-ego and his thoughts on the pushback the crossover received over how his Bruce Wayne was portrayed. While Conroy didn't know going in just how dark his character had become, he found the challenge "fun" and a change of pace: "I didn't know I was going to try and kill Supergirl. He was dark, he was dark. A lot of fans were not happy about that. They didn't like seeing that version of Bruce Wayne. For me it was fun though –it was a lot of fun to sort of stretch my acting chops a bit."

When Conroy was contacted for the role, he assumed it would be a Bruce Wayne circa the Batman Beyond time period: "They didn't tell me anything about this Batman. They just said he was the Batman in the future –he was old Bruce Wayne. And I said 'You mean like Batman Beyond old Bruce Wayne?' and they said 'No he's not 80 but he's older. And he's in bad shape." From there, Conroy would be on a "need-to-know" basis regarding Bruce Wayne as the network looked to avoid spoilers. "They're so guarded with their scripts, the studios as you know. They don't give 'em out. So they didn't give me anything. I got a script basically when I was about to get on a plane to fly to Vancouver to do the show. I didn't see anything. I said yes because I was so excited to do something on camera again." So did the experience scratch his acting itch, or would he return for more? Conroy didn't leave a lot to the imagination with his response: "I would love to."

Inside of You Podcast w/ Michael Rosenbaum: Kevin Conroy (Batman Beyond, Justice League) joins me this week to share how he's battled with anxiety throughout his life, stemming from a harsh upbringing in a combative household that no child should be raised in. Kevin goes on to talk about his different family dynamics and the impact that his abusive, alcoholic father had on his future. We also get into Kevin's evolution in acting from Juilliard to Batman, his experience living with the one and only Robin Williams, and his thoughts on Batman reprisals in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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About Ray Flook

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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