May 29 2010

P.S.: When someone asks “Who do you think you are?”, the best answer is always Batman

Published by at 7:31 pm under Badassery,Comedy,National service

I came across this in the Wikipedia article of Kevin Conroy, the long-time voice actor for Batman.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Conroy helped out in the relief efforts by volunteering to do cooking duties for officers and firefighters.  On the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD’s commentary, he said that another cook found out he was the voice of Batman. The cook asked if he could tell everyone, and Conroy agreed, though he thought no one would even know who he was. At the other cook’s urging, Conroy yelled in the voice of Batman, “I am vengeance! I am the night! I… am… Batman!” (a line he delivered in Batman: The Animated Series), eliciting cheers from the first responders eating at the relief center. They began telling him what their favorite episodes were, and how they had watched the show with their kids. He said it was the first time he had seen any of them smile or laugh since the attacks a week earlier.

Batman never ceases to amaze me.  Err, unless Joel “Batman and Robin” Schumacher is involved.  I should amend that to “Batman never ceases to astound me.”  Good God, movie audiences haven’t been that astounded since Sean Connery killed a bunch of henchmen in bear suits or a bear-suited Nicholas Cage punched a woman in Wicker Man.

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One Response to “P.S.: When someone asks “Who do you think you are?”, the best answer is always Batman”

  1. Tomon 01 Jun 2010 at 2:48 am

    I’ve always thought Mark Hamill’s Joker was the best incarnation of the character ever, and I loved Heath Ledger’s version. I’m not sure if I think Conroy is the BEST Batman, but he certainly was awesome. (And still is, he recently voiced Batman in the Arkham Asylum video game, and is probably signed on to do the sequel.)

    And yes, “I’m Batman” is one of the coolest lines ever said in a film, in my humble opinion.

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