As I’m sure you all know, Kevin Conroy passed away on November 10th, 2022.
For all of us who grew up in the 90s and beyond, Kevin Conroy was Batman. There simply was no other.
Debuting in 1992, Batman: The Animated Series would define the franchise for thirty years with every subsequent animated series, and even live-action series, being compared to Kevin Conroy and his masterful take.
I was first introduced to Batman through reruns of the Adam West series, but soon became an avid watcher of the Animated Series. Alas, I was often prevented from watching it. Partially, it was due to my home life at the time, but mostly it was due to the relentless bullying I was subjected to by my babysitter’s daughter and her friends, none of whom were Batman fans.
Years later, I rediscovered the Animated Series and all of its successor series. It took me back to the childhood I’d wished I had and never got: a childhood full of fun and joy, with no bullies and with Batman as my friend.
For reasons that I should think are obvious at this point, the episode that meant the most to me, that I was the most glad to rediscover, was See No Evil.
It’s hard for me to talk about this. Thinking back to my childhood brings up a lot of memories I would rather not revisit.
But Kevin Conroy represented, and will always represent, the best parts of that childhood.