NYCC Kevin Conroy Interview: Batman in Live Action for CW Crossover

As opposed to this year, during an official press roundtable discussion hosted by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment! I’ve obsessed over Kevin, this man as my hero since age 7, when I first heard his voice performance as the Bat himself in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. Then, my love for the character resurged as a teenager in the early 2000s with a new Batman. BTAS voice continuity lived on years later into today’s series in question, with Conroy’s unforgettable performance as old Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond (’99-’01).

Official NY Comic Con 2019 Press Release Photo: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

WBHE gave its futuristic Batman Beyond the 20th Anniversary con celebration he deserved, both here in New York.

Along with all the panel and press recognition for Beyond in 2019, WB is also releasing the entire remastered animated series in a commemorative Blu-Ray box set, including a re-release of the Return of the Joker animated feature,  an exclusive Batman 80 Years Batman Beyond Funko Pop!, and of course, hours of special features.

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Box Set with Exclusive Batman Beyond Funko Pop!

Conroy in CW Live Action

Conroy, the true voice of Batman for most (myself included), sat with us at the colossal Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan on Sunday.

 So, what about his upcoming live action performance that we’ll be getting on the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths TV crossover?

Well, if you’re wondering, the first topic brought up at the NYCC roundtable was the crossover.

From our press roundtable discussion with Kevin Conroy at NY Comic Con 2019:

Third Party Reporter: So, now you’re the live action Batman, too?

Kevin Conroy: How cool is that?! I was in Vancouver yesterday. We’re in the midst of doing it now.

TPR: Is it fun?

KC: Yea! You’re all going to be blown away. This production, the sets, the cast. It’s massive. It’s massive!

TPR: It sounds incredibly ambitious.

KC: It’s massive. And, it looks beautiful.

BD: Sounds like a scheduling nightmare, with all those celebs on there.

KC: Can you imagine? I can’t imagine how they’re doing it. They’ve got crews all over doing it at the same time. Doing all the different shows at the same time. I don’t know how they’re doing it.

TPR: You’ve been the voice of Batman for many generations now. How does it feel to finally play him in live action?

KC: It feels amazing. I haven’t done anything on camera since ’95. So, Ithe first day, I have to admit, it was a little nerve-racking, thinking, when I’m in a booth, I feel so safe. I feel, like in a womb and able to be an idiot. I’m able to expose myself and be a fool, and feel totally comfortable doing it. 

KC (continued): But, when you’re surrounded by a hundred people on a crew, and cameras all focused on you, suddenly you’re very aware of every move you make. Ya know what I mean? Suddenly, I was being so self-conscious. And, I thought: You’ve gotta get over that. You’ve gotta get past that. 

Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, CW’s “Batwoman”

And, ya know what brought me back into it? It was this wonderful actress I’m working with in it, Ruby Rose. Looking into her eyes on the other side of the camera; I just fell into her eyes, I thought, Ok,  I’m back in that room again. I’m able to just block out everything around me, and I’m just talking to her. And, it  brought it all back to me. But, the first day, I was very self-conscious. I had to get past that.

TPR: Will this lead to possible future guest appearances as Bruce Wayne?

KC: Ya never know. I’ve learned to never say never. Because, no matter what I plan, the earth throws something else at me. Life throws nothing but curveballs. I have learned that lesson.

Hear that, kids? We just had the privilege of being taught a life lesson by Batman.

From Entertainment Weekly: “The five-hour crossover’s first three episodes will air in December, with the final two installments arriving after the winter hiatus in Jan. 2020.

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Bucket list: extra complete.

Stay tuned here at C506 for Absolute coverage of NYCC 2019 including interviews with Jim Fletcher, Creative Director of DC Collectibles; as well as my wonderful chat right from Artists Alley with DC Comics’ Batman Beyond colorist, Chris Sotomayor.

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