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NYCC 2013: “Justice League: War” Roundtable Interview with Andrea Romano

At New York Comic-Con, we had the opportunity to sit down once again with the wonderfully sweet Andrea Romano to talk about the next DC Animated project, Justice League: War.

The legendary, eight-time Emmy Award winning voice director, wearing earrings with the word “peace” in them (which somehow just seems right), is responsible for just about every major animated project that has been worth watching over the past few decades.  That’s only slight hyperbole, when you actually look at her IMDB page.

We talked about Justice League: War, which is based upon the first arc of the Justice League comic book after the New 52 relaunch.  We discussed the challenges that came from this movie’s New 52 footing, the movie’s cast list, and much more.


What does Batman sound like to you?

That’s an excellent question. Because it was my first, Batman sounds like Kevin Conroy to me. That’s always the basis that I start from. Whenever I read a new script and I’m looking at Batman dialogue, that’s Kevin’s voice I hear. The trick is always to change my view, based on what my directive is by my employers, as to what they want for the new Batman. They want a different voice; they want a younger voice; they want this; they want that. But it’s always Kevin’s voice – that’s what Batman sounds like to me.

Speaking of Kevin, you have your grab bag of actors that you always like going back to whenever you have the opportunity, such as Kevin Conroy for Batman or Mark Hamill for Joker. Now because this is the New 52, they’re younger, a little more inexperienced—

Exactly.

I imagine you had change out the entire cast.

I did.

So when you were looking for these new people, what was one of the things that you really wanted to find? Was it youth? Was it a type of energy that they bring to the table?

Both. Youth and because they had not been superheroes for very long or worked together, there had to be kind of an innocence. So that energy is different. You know, you play Superman very, “I’ve been around. I know what I’m doing. I’m tough; I’m strong. I can knock you out.” Or you can play him (innocently), “Who are you? What are you doing?” You know, that kind of thing. That innocence. So there was a different energy and a different tone that we had to set for this one. Visually, as well as vocally.

Hit the jump for the full discussion with the legendary voice director!

Movie Review: Don Jon

A Night with Don Jon I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Don Jon last night, and it did not disappoint. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut is, akin to the women Jon Martello pulls, a 10. With a runtime of 90 minutes, the writing is both edgy and

SDCC 2013: “I Know That Voice” Panel

I can’t quite pinpoint when I first heard about I Know That Voice, the upcoming documentary about the voice over industry. It was definitely over a year ago because I remember seeing posters for it at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. One year later, at SDCC 2013, IKTV held a Q&A with some of the talented folks featured in the film, and as an enormous fan of the voice actors who give life to our favorite cartoon and video game characters, I knew that if there was one panel I was going to be at this year, it was going to be that one.

To wrap up the first day of Comic-Con in the late afternoon on Thursday, Room 6BCF was taken over by none other than John DiMaggio, Executive Producer of IKTV and the voice behind such memorable characters as Bender (Futurama), Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), and Marcus Fenix (Gears of War). The immensely talented Johnny D took the podium to raucous applause and before the fan noise could even die down, he treated the hall of 2500+ people to a preview of the finished documentary. The clip showcased interviews with such folks as Billy West, Jess Harnell, Jason Marsden, and others, all of whom received applause when they appeared on screen.

When the lights came back up, John brought out his fellow panelists. Voice over all-star Billy West was unable to make the panel, but in his stead, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Wars) took the stage. He was followed by Rob Paulsen, the voice behind Yakko Warner and Pinky from Animaniacs, as well as the host of the Talkin’ Toons Live podcast. Filling out the rest of the panel were Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), voice director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series), Larry Shapiro (director, IKTV), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), Fred Tatasciore (Gears of War), and Pendleton Ward (creator, Adventure Time).

After introducing the panel of all-stars to deafening applause, John DiMaggio immediately opened the up the floor to questions about the film. Naturally, the first question shouted out was “When does it come out?” and according to John, the filmmakers are in the process of finding a distributor for the documentary. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a release on iTunes, Amazon, VOD (Video on Demand), and maybe have a really short release in theaters.”

Once the fans found the microphone in the center aisle, more questions followed, and the panelists made it clear what we were in store for in the next 45 minutes. What followed was a hilarious, sincere, and all-out awesome panel with some folks who have had a hand in just about every piece of animation you have watched and loved in the past 20+ years.

Hit the jump to read our full IKTV panel report!

Full Cast and Details for “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”!

Way back when, we dropped the details on DC’s 2013 animated film lineup. The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 was released in the beginning of the year, while Lego Batman: The Movie and Superman: Unbound are slated for release next month.

We finally have details for the last movie announced for 2013: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox!  Slated for release on July 30, 2013The Flashpoint Paradox (a slightly updated title from its original) follows Barry Allen, as he wakes up in a world completely unlike the one in which he fell asleep.  I mean that literally: Allen falls asleep at his desk and wakes up in a world unlike the one he knew.  Superheroes are at war, dead characters are alive, alive characters are dead, and, most pertinent to Allen, he has no powers!

Official synopsis:

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Teaming with a grittier, more violent Dark Knight and Cyborg, Flash races to restore the continuity of his original timeline while this new world is ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans. With breath taking action and an all-star voice cast, it’s a bold, emotional vision that will forever change the landscape of the DC Universe.

While the Geoff Johns/Andy Kubert Flashpoint miniseries isn’t my favorite DC event in the recent history, The Flashpoint Paradox is easily the most ambitious comic-to-film adaptation DC has ever done, and I’m certainly looking forward to it.  The cast is a little Grey’s Anatomy heavy, but there are few names here that should make any DC animated fan happy.

  • The Flash/Barry Allen: Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne: Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”)
  • Flashpoint Batman: Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • The Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom/Eobard Thawne: C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”)
  • Aquaman: Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, plenty of awesome things in the early 90s)
  • Wonder Woman: Vanessa Marshall (“Young Justice,” “Metal Gear Solid 2”)
  • Cyborg: Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”)
  • Superman: Sam Daly (“The Daly Show,” and, er, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • Gen. Sam Lane: Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
  • Green Lantern/Hal Jordan: Nathan Fillion (“Castle”)
  • Deathstroke/Slade Wilson: Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
  • Lois Lane: Dana Delany (“Body of Proof”)

That’s one hell of a lineup, don’t you think?  Kevin Conroy returns as Batman; Nathan Fillion again donning a green ring (figuratively); Dana Delany returning as Lois; Ron Perlman reprising his Deathstroke, and even Sam Daly taking up his father’s mantle as Superman… there’s a lot here to like (or at be intrigued to see.)

With a July release, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more of this from Comic-Con. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know if we hear more.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is set for release on July 30 on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for the full press release!

10 Kick-Ass Women To Celebrate

Today is International Women’s Day! I thought we would celebrate here on OTF by focusing on some badass fictional women who have busted through gender stereotypes and given us real-life women someone to look up to when the patriarchy gets us down. Here are my top ten inspirational ladies brought to life on the big and small screens.

10. Lara Croft

First stepping in to video game consoles in 1996 and then brought to life by Angelina Jolie on the silver screen, Lara Croft is the female answer to Indiana Jones, except she’s far quicker on her feet than the professor, and has way cooler toys. Sporting her trademark double-holster guns, single braid, and steely glint in her eye, this is one female Brit who’s not so much high tea as she is high adventure. I admire Lara’s fighting spirit and the fearless way she dives headfirst into sticky situations. She’s also extremely well-read and knowledgeable about her field, a deft intelligence that comes through both in the video games and the films. She may get a somewhat antifeminist rap for her bosomy profile, but she is rarely dressed for anything other than speed and comfort, eschewing the impractical for cargo shorts, backpacks, and durable non-heeled boots.

Ed. note: the newest Tomb Raider just came out this past Tuesday, and, by all accounts, it’s pretty amazing! We’re still in the middle of our playthrough of this prequel, but we’ll be sure to address the game in the future.

9. Tami Taylor

How do I love thee, Connie Britton? Let me count the many ways. While “Mrs Coach” started out on Friday Night Lights as merely Coach Taylor’s stay-at-home support system, cooking up team BBQs and putting out disagreements among the Dillion Panther boosters with her hey-y’all smile and Southern Charm, by the end of the series she was running that school as principal (and her husband’s boss, no less!). The series finale sees the Taylor family helping Tami follow her dreams to a high-profile position at a university rather than her continuing to follow the whims of Texas football. She and Eric (Kyle Chandler) have one of the most realistic marriages I’ve ever seen portrayed on TV, and it is the backbone of this excellent show. We’re rooting for her strength and grace just as much as the state championship game.

Hit the jump for the full list!

“Superman: Unbound” Blu-Ray Details Revealed

We shared the news that this summer’s DC Animation entry would be Superman: Unbound straight from the press room at NYCC.  Then, we brought you the first trailer, with the announcement that it was going to hit the stores on May 7.  Now, we have the details of what you’ll get when you buy the Blu-Ray and/or DVD on that Tuesday!

When you grab your Superman: Unbound Blu-Ray combo pack, you’ll get:

  • Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy
  • Sneak Peek at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • Featurette: “Kandor: History of the Bottle City” – An all-new featurette. Kandor: a peaceful scientific community dedicated toward the preservation of all that is good on Krypton, the home world of Superman. That is, until the city was ripped from its world and placed into a small glass bottle! This is the short story highlighting the shrunken city of Kandor. Its history just as fascinating as it is unique, here is how it ties in directly with the Man of Tomorrow.
  • Featurette – “Brainiac: Technology and Terror” – An all-new featurette. Mostly machine, but part  sentient being, Brainiac steals cities and destroys worlds. Is he the most vile of Superman’s villainous foes? Experience the Brainiac mythology and find out why Superman barely stands a chance!
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring members of the creative team: Mike Carlin, Bob Goodman and James Tucker.
  • Four bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series (“The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1”; “New Kids in Town”; and “Little Girl Lost, Parts 1 & 2”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
  • Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

The film’s stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane and Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl. Additional voices in the cast include Golden Globe Award winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Wade Williams (The Dark Knight Rises) as Perry White, Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show, Office Space) as Steve Lombard, Stephen Root (Boardwalk Empire, Justified) as Zor-El, and Alexander Gould (Weeds) as Jimmy Olsen.

Order your copy from Amazon right here!

Hit the jump for the cover art!