Kevin Conroy Reveals Why Batman Doesn’t Kill

Posted 2017/11/01 0 0

Batman himself, Kevin Conroy, shares his personal reasoning for why Batman doesn’t and shouldn’t kill.


As you probably know, killing a bad guy is the one line the hero won't cross. And why? Here is Conroy's opinion shared during an interview with Den of Geek at New York Comic-Con 2017:

“I personally don’t think Batman kills, and I love that about him. That was something they established early on and it ended up benefiting them so enormously because years later they realized, ‘Wait a minute, we have this rogues gallery of crazy villains and they’re all in Arkham Asylum. Let’s get em! Let’s get them out of there and let’s open it up.’ And then you had the whole Arkham series of games that they were able to do out of that. If he’d killed any of those people, they wouldn’t have been available, you know what I mean? I love the fact that he doesn’t kill.”

While it’s true that killing off characters may preclude them from returning in the future, Conroy forgets that Batman and all of his rogues are comic book characters, and it’s rare that characters die and stay dead in the comic book world. Still, that’s one of many reasons why Conroy believes Batman doesn’t kill, at least not in the comics or in his adaptations. However, it’s worth noting that there have been comics (particularly from Batman’s early years) in which the Dark Knight strayed from his no-killing policy.

For a generation of kids growing up in the 1990s, voice actor Kevin Conroy was the definitive Batman. Conroy has voiced the Dark Knight in pretty much every cartoon featuring the character since 1992, with only a few exceptions. He was even the voice of Batman in the critically acclaimed Arkham Asylum games. Conroy's performance on Batman: The Animated Series is so iconic that you'd recognize it anywhere as the voice of the Dark Knight.