Kevin Conroy wasn’t a huge fan of Christian Bale’s performance as Batman, and in a new interview with IGN he gave his opinion on Ben Affleck’s take on the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Conroy’s biggest problem with Ben Affleck’s Batman was all the killing. He explained more in the excerpt below:
“Personally I love the fact that Batman – in the stories I’ve done, and the way he’s been rendered by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the people I’ve worked with most closely – he never kills anybody. He doesn’t cross that line. Batman is not a killer.
“He puts them into Arkham Asylum, which is what is so brilliant about the Arkham Games – someone realised, ‘my god, all these incredible villains are all in the same institution – let’s get a video game in there’. It’s a brilliant idea. But the fact that Batman never kills anyone – I loved that fact.
“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.”
Judging by the footage we’ve seen from Justice League, it looks like Bruce Wayne and Batman are going to be a little different than the dark, angry take we saw in Batman v Superman. Conroy gave his thoughts on how to play Batman in an ensemble movie like Justice Leauge.
“Well the challenge, and there is a real challenge in it…. Then you translate that into an episode where you have seven leading characters and you’re sharing the stage with seven other people.
“In Justice League, there are often episodes where I’ll have four or five lines, where in Batman: The Animated Series I was used to having the entire script to create a portrait of the character. When you only have a few lines it’s much more difficult.
“The temptation is to over-act because you feel such an obligation to completely flesh-out the character in just the two or three lines you have, and you have to resist that temptation and trust the fact that you know the character so well. That if you just inhabit him, and speak truthfully, it will resonate with the audience. But it is harder to do because the temptation is push it when you’re sharing the stage with lots of other actors.”
Head on over to IGN at the source link below for lots more from Kevin Conroy on his 24 year career voicing the Dark Knight!