Undoubtedly the most iconic moment from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, is the final scene, in which Batman tells Commissioner Gordon to blame him for all of the murders committed by District Attorney Harvey Dent. It was a moment that had all of us watching in awe as the Caped Crusader took the fall for something he didn't do, becoming Gotham City's truest hero. And the moving performances from actors Christian Bale and Gary Oldman made it all the more emotional.
Bale's gruff voice is one of the best-known features of his portrayal of Batman. The actor played the Caped Crusader in all three films in Nolan's acclaimed #TheDarkKnight trilogy, and knew exactly how to make Batman sound more intimidating than ever before. But when it comes to Batman voices, there is only one true definitive voice of the Dark Knight, and that man's name is Kevin Conroy.
Batman Meets The Dark Knight
During an interview with Rob Paulsen on Nerdist's Talkin' Toons Podcast, Conroy recited Bale's iconic monologue from The Dark Knight's closing moments. As Paulsen spoke Gordon's lines, Bale gave us his Batman's unique, but equally as compelling, take on the speech. Check it out below:
Bale's speech at the end of the 2008 film is considered by many to be the definitive Batman speech, which is why it's so awesome that we finally got to hear Conroy's interpretation of it. The veteran voice actor portrayed Batman back in 1993's Emmy Award-winning #BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, and has reprised his role in follow-up sequels, spinoffs and the acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series. And due to this longevity, he is considered by many to be the definitive version of Batman.
Without a doubt, both Batman: The Animated Series and The Dark Knight are among the greatest Batman adaptations of all time. And seeing this mini-crossover between the two is the stuff that us Bat-fans' dreams are made of. With Conroy having been a regular presence in our lives for over two decades, it's impossible to imagine Batman sounding like anybody else. Thus, it's only fitting that we were given the opportunity to hear him recite one of the character's most iconic speeches.
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