Kevin Conroy during Wonderful World of Animation at Comic-Con 2004 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for Wonderful World of Animation Art Gallery)
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Kevin Conroy And Mark Hamill Had A 'Rule' For Conversations Between Batman And The Joker
Following the style of Tim Burton’s “Batman” universe, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm’s “Batman: The Animated Series” brought a darker, gothic world to children’s entertainment. Kevin Conroy played a stoic and grounded Batman, while the show’s silliness would come from the numerous villain actors, most notably Mark Hamill as the Joker.
The show’s voice director Andrea Romano, an animation veteran, knew that having actors play off one another made for better performances and had everyone record their lines together instead of separately. Conroy explained he preferred it that way and believed that his scenes with Hamill were stronger for it, adding, “Oh, we recorded together almost as a rule!”
The voice actor continued, “She [Romano] knows that to get the best performance from people, they need to be fed by other actors. If you’re acting in a vacuum, it’s just never as good. So she always insists on everyone being together.” Conroy praised Hamill, saying, “He’s a very talented guy” and that the two “always worked really well together.”