Kevin Conroy appeared at New York Comic Con this past weekend, after having filmed his part in The CW’s Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” in Vancouver. On Twitter, Conroy shared an innocent photo of himself with his ‘Batman Beyond’ costar Will Friedle, but in doing so, he may have given a clue as to his role in “Crisis.”
Check out the photo below:
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) October 6, 2019
It’s been rumored that Conroy would be portraying the Bruce Wayne of the future from the ‘Batman Beyond’ timeline. But that may not be true, as he has covered up his gray hair and sports a beard. It could be that he is playing the Bruce Wayne of the ‘Kingdom Come’ universe. In the comics, that version is also depicted as being quite grizzled, with thinning white hair, so once again, Conroy looks a little young. But he does look older than Brandon Routh, who is portraying the ‘Kingdom Come’ Superman, so that would be in keeping with the book.
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Is it too much to hope that Friedle also has a role in “Crisis” as Terry McGinnis a.k.a. Batman Beyond? Because that would be awesome! But it doesn’t look as though Friedle and Conroy arrived together.
Conroy has never appeared as the live-action Batman/Bruce Wayne, but for a legion of fans, he is still the definitive Batman, having supplied the Dark Knight’s voice for decades, starting with ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ in 1992. ‘Batman Beyond’ was a spin-off/sequel that began in 1999, and was set in the far future of… 2019. In this futuristic Gotham City, teenager Terry McGinnis (Friedle) becomes the new Batman to replace the elderly Bruce Wayne (Conroy) who had retired many years prior. This Batman wore a high-tech suit that allowed him to fly, and gave him enhanced strength, and other abilities that the original hero didn’t possess. ‘Batman Beyond’ wound up becoming a huge hit with fans, despite being a mostly original concept, not based on the comics.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” kicks off on the Sunday, Dec. 8th episode of ‘Supergirl’ at 8 pm EST (special time), and continues on Monday, Dec. 9th on ‘Batwoman’ (special night), and Tuesday, Dec. 10 on ‘The Flash’. It will conclude on ‘Arrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8pm (special time), and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 pm (special episode).