Of course Kevin Conroy has been confirmed to be in the CW Arrowverse’s major crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths“, but he would like to make it clear that he is not playing Batman. Kevin Conroy will only be playing an older version of Bruce Wayne, similar to what we’ve seen him voice in the animated series set in the future, “Batman Beyond“. Yet, why is he not playing Batman?
This is where Kevin Conroy comes in. Unrelated to the Batwoman within CW’s new show “Batwoman“, Kevin Conroy will be an alternate version of Bruce Wayne. He will not be playing Batman, just Bruce Wayne. The reason that Kevin will not be playing the character of Batman, but instead Bruce Wayne, is because the collected Arrowverse is still not allowed to use Batman. This is the same type of thing that happened with the “Smallville” series finally not having Tom Welling seen wearing the Superman suit, it was because they weren’t allowed to use it. And with the new Batman movie on the way, it makes sense somewhat. The same thing happened with “Arrow” and their version of the Suicide Squad being killed off before the release of the film “Suicide Squad“.
DC also don’t want to let the Arrowverse use Batman for many other reasons, including the fact that they are already using one of DC’s trinity members, and the most famous superhero of all time, Superman. The Arrowverse can benefit from the absence of the Batman. With the introduction of their new Batwoman character to their collected universe, having Batman show up so early within the series would only overshadow the lead character of her own show. This Batman will no doubt be retired, and could potentially set up a bunch of “Batman Beyond” references, that will hopefully one day turn into a spin-off show of it’s own.
Kevin Conroy is now 63 years old, so it is more fitting to have him play an elderly Bruce Wayne/man in the chair-esque character rather than a suited up vigilante. There is no need to be upset that we won’t see Batman in this cross over event, because we have the longest running Batman actor playing Bruce Wayne.