With the “Batman: The Killing Joke” film now out on disc, actor Kevin Conroy has been giving interviews talking about his role as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman – a part he’s been synonymous with since the early 1990s.
Whilst speaking with IGN this week, he revealed that he’s open to various interpretations on the role by other actors and has no issues with some of the incarnations he’s seen over the years:
“I think it’s really interesting to see different actors in the role, to see what they bring to the character, everyone brings something different. I liked Michael Keaton and I like what Ben Affleck is doing with it now. But they couldn’t be more different.
It’s just the same with the Joker. When I started working with Mark Hamill I thought no one would ever nail the Joker better than Mark Hamill, and then I saw Heath Ledger, and he knocked it out of the park in just a different way.
There are so many valid ways of playing a role. It’s really fun to watch different actors do it. So I thought it was a really interesting choice that WB made to have different actors do the live-action character.”
However, he isn’t a fan of some of the changes to the material that have been done, such as the way Batman kills people in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”:
“In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.”
The comments come as “Batman: The Killing Joke” itself has come under fire for crossing a boundary with two key characters having sex – an intimacy line they’d never crossed in the comics.