David Boreanaz, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan Talk New Justice League Animated Feature

WB's latest JLA 'toon reaching stores next week.

by | February 22, 2008 | Comments

Warner Bros.’ latest animated Justice League feature, Justice League: The New Frontier is reaching shelves in a matter of days, so what better time to catch up with the cast and get their thoughts on voicing DC’s costumed supergroup?

Winning the coveted role of Green Lantern’s voice was a thrill for David Boreanaz; the Bones star went so far as to wear a green t-shirt and green socks to his first day of work. Saying “I like to get into my characters — literally,” Boreanaz went on to discuss his affection for the ring-wielding Hal Jordan:

“Hal’s an interesting character — having been part of the Korean War, he’s kind of damaged goods, but yet he’s striving to get back to being himself. I think Hal’s sense of a duality is fascinating — his holding onto his past, overcoming it, and being heroic with it. It’s about coming to an understanding of where your strengths are and where your weaknesses may be — and as an actor, to go into his dark place and work from there. I found that very appealing. I think everybody, in a sense, can kind of lose themselves in this fantasy — I know I did. Where else can you partake in this level of adventure, in this amazing way of blowing things up in a fair and simple way without ever actually hurting anybody? It’s just so enjoyable.”

Taking the role of Jordan’s girlfriend, Carol Ferris — the woman who ultimately morphs into the supervillain known as Star Sapphire — is Brooke Shields, who describes her character as “hot,” saying she wishes she could cut her hair like Ferris (“and I love that pencil skirt she’s wearing, too”). Shields’ one major difficulty with Justice League: The New Frontier was recording dialogue for a character she didn’t get to see until her work was mostly done:

“I wish the animation process was done in reverse — it was such a different experience to record to picture versus just recording without the visual reference. I didn’t really know who she was as much without the picture. When we were initially recording it, before the animation, sometimes it felt flat. We worked on modulations, but I was not as clear on her character — I think I needed the picture in my head for it to take on a life of its own. When we recorded to the animation, that made it much clearer.”

Still, even without coming face-to-face, Shields found some common ground with Ferris:

“I think the thing that I responded to with Carol, as a character, is that, if you think about the 1950s, people were not sympathetic towards women in any position other than the very traditional homemaker — and here’s Carol, this revolutionary woman for that period of time. There’s a strength in Carol — she’s not willing to lose her sexuality by being in a man’s world, and she’s determined to be respected for having the same intelligence and ability to stay on course, and be par for the course, with the men that she’s surrounded by. I admire her character from that perspective for that period of time, and I would admire her in this day and age.”

Joining Boreanaz and Shields, in the role of Batman, was animation vet Jeremy Sisto. The Law & Order star, who had already done voicework for American Dad, Duckman, and The Wild Thornberrys, relished the opportunity to channel the Dark Knight’s strong, silent ways:

“I think Batman is a great character in that he has a lot of internalization, and his heroics come from a dark place. You can have fun with that side of him, sort of showing his dislike for people and yet, at the same time, he’s all about helping people and doing good for society. Batman is a bit of a loner. He’s very intuitive and, while the rest of the Justice League are using their super powers, he uses his detective skills to get to the heart of the matter and, in this case, help save the world. Throughout the course of the story, though, I think he learns that it’s not such a bad thing to have friends.

Making his animation debut with Justice League: The New Frontier is Kyle MacLachlan — and what a debut: the Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives star got to provide the voice of Krypton’s blue-tighted favorite son, Superman. Taking the role wasn’t a hard decision:

“Superman stands for so many things that I believe in — strength, justice, fighting for what’s right. You just can’t turn down the opportunity to play a guy like Superman.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean the role was without its challenges:

“When I’m synching to myself in live action, which is what I usually do, my mouth moves the same way and I can see it visually and it somehow connects. This is a little more difficult because the animated mouth moves a little differently — the animation doesn’t quite have the same amount of detail that you would see in a real-life performance. Like the word ‘strategy’ — we were having trouble in the booth getting that one right because I couldn’t really see how it was formed in my animated mouth. But we made it all work. The physical performance is fun — you have to use your imagination a lot more. It’s a lot of grunts and oomphs and ughs, which you just can’t help but act out physically. I’m sure it looks funny from the other side of the glass. Like in one scene, it was about getting hit with a pterodactyl wing versus getting punched by a super villain. There’s apparently a difference in that sound. So you have to shade it a bit and use the imagination.”

Justice League: The New Frontier — which also features the voice talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, and Phil Morris — will be released to DVD and Blu-ray February 26.

Tag Cloud

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dramedy Country Cartoon Network Spike Logo The Walking Dead Apple TV Plus Trailer Emmys cartoon Summer Toys reviews IFC Films BET 2015 Amazon Studios casting Spring TV TruTV cinemax CMT mockumentary miniseries El Rey Arrowverse Cannes Star Wars Endgame Warner Bros. MSNBC FXX YouTube zombies Biopics 71st Emmy Awards golden globes Photos canceled WarnerMedia Tumblr Lucasfilm dc Super Bowl Schedule Western Showtime YouTube Red spider-man Film Festival DGA Spectrum Originals VH1 cancelled TV series CBS Awards Tour Quiz Syfy game of thrones Travel Channel Nat Geo President cancelled TV shows Podcast TV Land transformers SDCC Music travel Opinion blockbuster Interview ABC Family joker supernatural serial killer ghosts Funimation Stephen King docudrama Hallmark YA Winter TV Sundance Now singing competition crime drama spanish language blaxploitation anthology CW Seed First Look BBC America Tarantino Amazon Mary Poppins Returns Set visit Fantasy Animation The Purge Ellie Kemper TIFF Chilling Adventures of Sabrina First Reviews dogs Kids & Family doctor who Paramount Crackle Marathons Mary poppins Hallmark Christmas movies tv talk New York Comic Con anime Walt Disney Pictures slashers screenings Action Cosplay Musical San Diego Comic-Con GoT harry potter robots Premiere Dates 21st Century Fox Hulu Mudbound DC Universe thriller TCA ITV Certified Fresh Calendar 45 finale Extras ratings aliens Mystery Heroines batman natural history facebook spinoff Trivia series crime Family television Brie Larson Apple latino OWN Comics on TV MTV romance diversity PaleyFest FOX children's TV Netflix Christmas movies Columbia Pictures Sundance TV TCA 2017 APB spy thriller Mary Tyler Moore CNN green book witnail psychological thriller Avengers American Society of Cinematographers Apple TV+ award winner hispanic rotten movies we love comic Tubi Musicals The Witch unscripted Universal sitcom free movies Film toy story Shondaland Amazon Prime YouTube Premium documentary historical drama NYCC cars Holidays Academy Awards politics space Star Trek true crime TV renewals Peacock ESPN MCU 2016 Rocketman Ovation based on movie Pirates teaser binge spain Marvel Trophy Talk ABC FX on Hulu video movie HBO Max war Lionsgate independent 24 frames strong female leads Disney+ Disney Plus Tomatazos Awards movies dceu christmas movies FX adaptation Dark Horse Comics LGBT sequel TCA Winter 2020 Marvel Television composers Netflix 2019 dragons 2020 what to watch Superheroes 2017 cooking vampires Valentine's Day Comedy Women's History Month Pixar Baby Yoda zombie TLC History Rocky X-Men Sundance Infographic sag awards Crunchyroll comiccon Turner Classic Movies Winners Polls and Games Britbox E3 Black History Month Discovery Channel cancelled Disney Channel USA Network TV south america social media revenge Pet Sematary boxoffice Horror period drama Elton John technology halloween scary movies canceled TV shows See It Skip It PBS kids SundanceTV Classic Film Shudder Acorn TV CBS All Access HBO Teen Sci-Fi Pop A24 Holiday Adult Swim Emmy Nominations science fiction The CW Video Games elevated horror Paramount Network Rock indie Year in Review Sneak Peek police drama Christmas justice league TCM franchise 007 Rom-Com romantic comedy USA game show Pride Month Chernobyl Reality AMC medical drama zero dark thirty Masterpiece Nominations Starz Nickelodeon Watching Series DirecTV Grammys crime thriller Marvel Studios universal monsters foreign screen actors guild stand-up comedy psycho renewed TV shows Drama Bravo Mindy Kaling Reality Competition adventure streaming The Arrangement IFC National Geographic A&E discovery Esquire mutant 2018 20th Century Fox Thanksgiving richard e. Grant Captain marvel talk show RT21 biography werewolf GIFs Disney cancelled television Ghostbusters SXSW disaster political drama Best and Worst crossover name the review TNT Pop TV BBC Freeform Character Guide RT History Writers Guild of America versus Lifetime Christmas movies theme song Black Mirror NBC cults Vudu GLAAD Lifetime TBS Election reboot Binge Guide Red Carpet Disney Plus festivals jamie lee curtis Anna Paquin Television Academy DC Comics Amazon Prime Video quibi Box Office Epix book sports Turner Countdown Food Network cats Fall TV E! Fox News Comedy Central breaking bad Oscars LGBTQ DC streaming service WGN animated Sony Pictures cops VICE Martial Arts OneApp Disney streaming service comics Song of Ice and Fire directors nature Creative Arts Emmys Comic Book Superheroe hist