Justice League Doom: Getting The Band Back Together
Justice League: Doom hits Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand digital download today. Based on the JLA arc Tower of Babel, the League finds itself taken down by the plans of one of their own. Adapted into a feature by the late Dwayne McDuffie, Doom brings together a who's who of DC voice talent to form an all-star cast of actors for the film. Fan favorites Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Michael Rosenbaum and Nathan Fillion return to their DC superhero alter egos. We caught up with voice director Andrea Romano and cast members Daly (Superman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Phil Morris (Vandal Savage) and Olivia D'Abo (Star Sapphire) to discuss the draw of working on DC Universe projects.
Nerdist News: Tim, you are roundly considered THE animated Superman. What goes through your mind when you hear about a new Superman project in the pipeline? Any thoughts when Andrea has to cast someone else as Superman?
Tim Daly: This is a horrible admission, but I didn't really realize there were other people voicing Superman out there and I was upset about that. I kinda thought I had a corner on that market. Not to be immodest. I do consider myself the voice of Superman and I'm very proprietary about it. People ask me and I'll always jump at the chance.
Nerdist News: Andrea, you have such a large pool of previous actors to pull from that have played these characters before, do you ever worry about stepping on someone's toes?
Andrea Romano: Absolutely. I do worry about hurting actors feelings and whenever I do these projects I do ask if I can go back and use Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, actors that have established these characters. And when they say yes, the people that hire me, it makes me very happy. I'm so lucky in that these projects have done so well that people now come to me. Actors come to me. Agents come to me saying they have someone that would love to be a part of your next DC project. So I have an even larger pool of talent to work with. I've got the ones I've worked with before, your celebrity talent pool, as well as your rank and file voice over actors. For me it should be the actor who's right for the role, whether they're a known actor or never been heard of before. Kevin Conroy was known, he was a working actor, but he wasn't known in the animation world the way he is now. So it's always nice to bring someone like that along and watch them grow and become the characters.
NN: Olivia, you've worked with Andrea on several DC projects, how do you react when she calls to get you on a new DC project?
Olivia D'Abo: I always say yes. She is amazing, she is one of these directors that knows exactly what she is doing. She has this group of actors that she knows she can always go to to get exactly what she wants. She is such a real artist and there are so few of them that you're left with nothing but to say, "Yes. Where? When? Let me clear my schedule."
NN: Susan, you've been playing Wonder Woman in animated form for quite some time. How do you feel when you get invited back?
Susan Eisenberg: I've said this many times, it's a privilege to be playing her in 2012 when I auditioned for her in 1999. So that's just my great honor. I'm just holding her for now and that's a privilege. So, as long as they say, "Will you do this?" I will show up and gratefully do it.
NN: Andrea, when matching up the voice talent to a particular project, what things do you take into consideration?
AR: It's a very interesting process of looking at each project individually. How old is the Batman being depicted? Is this a very young Batman, when he's first becoming Batman and Bruce Wayne is just discovering the gadgets he's going to use or is it Bruce Wayne as a much older man? When we were working on Batman Beyond, Bruce Wayne was in his 80's. Fortunately Kevin Conroy is talented enough to manipulate his voice to make him sound 80. At the same time, I couldn't cast Kevin as a 20 year old Batman. He just doesn't sound 20 anymore. So I have to deal with age, I have to deal with what the model looks like. Is it a comedic version? For the series Batman: The Brave and the Bold we wanted a comic turn on it. So we used Diedrich Bader, who is a comic actor but also has the gravitas to handle the more intense stuff. So each one I need to look at individually and find the right actor for it.
NN: Phil, you've been asked to do DC roles in both live action and animation; why do you think you get invited back consistently?
Phil Morris: It's great because you feel like you're doing something right. You can't do this in a vacuum. You need great response, whether it's from executives or the fanbase. Because the fanbase for this particular universe is so knowledgeable and so fervent, you don't want to put a foot wrong. I am a comic-book fan myself and there is no standard that's any higher than my own. I'm eternally honored to work and play in this universe. I'm eternally honored that they ask me to come back whether to play a villain or a hero and that I'm able to go from in front of the camera to behind the mic. I feel again, very very fortunate.
NN: Tim, will there ever come a time when you'll not want to do Superman?
TD: I don't think so. It's so much fun and the people are so great, I get dyspeptic when I know someone else is going to do a version of the cartoon.
Justice League: Doom is on sale today.