WONDER WOMAN: MARG HELGENBERGER & DAVID MCCALLUM SPEAK!
A new DC Universe Direct-To-DVD movie features popular actors as Zeus and Hera!
Released by Warner Bros.
With documentaries featuring Wonder Woman Museum webmaster Andy Mangels!
On Sale: March 3, 2009
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CSI, NCIS STARS MARG HELGENBERGER & DAVID MCCALLUM BRING GREEK MYTHOLOGY TO ANIMATED LIFE IN DC UNIVERSE MOVIE WONDER WOMAN
Criminal investigation meets Greek mythology when current primetime television stars David McCallum and Marg Helgenberger assume the voices of Zeus and Hera, respectively, for Wonder Woman, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films.
Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Wonder Woman on March 3, 2009, distributed by Warner Home Video. The animated original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, March 3, 2009.
McCallum, known to current TV audiences as Dr. Donald Ducky Mallard in the hit CBS series Navy NCIS (Navel Criminal Investigative Service), adds Wonder Woman to an animation resume that already includes the DC Universe movie Batman Gotham Knight and TV series Ben 10 and The Replacements. Animation is but a side gig for McCallum, though, the actor having achieved legendary status for his two best known roles - in film as Lt.-Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt in The Great Escape and on TV as super spy Illya Kuryakin in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. During his 62-year career, McCallum has played many notable characters in fanboy TV favorites like Jeremiah, The Outer Limits (1963-64 & 1997), Babylon 5, SeaQuest DSV, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The A-Team, The Invisible Man and Night Gallery, to name a few.
Helgenberger is an anchor for the patriarch of CBS' current crime lineup, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The actress is approaching her 200th episode as Catherine Willows, the series' female lead. Helgenberger , remembered for her breakthrough, Emmy Award-winning performance in China Beach, is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, having starred in Species and its sequel on the big screen. The 2005 People's Choice Award winner as Favorite Female Television Star has been seen in a variety of roles ranging from feature films (Erin Brockovich, Bad Boys, Always) to top-rated TV series (ER, thirtysomething, Frasier).
And now, McCallum and Helgenberger get to play gods. The two highly-regarded performers answered a few brief questions during their recording sessions for Wonder Woman. Here's what they had to say
QUESTION: You've played a number of interesting roles, but what's your take on voicing a god?
MARG HELGENBERGER: Well, as the saying goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman. I guess playing Hera means that I'm, well, not only Queen of the Gods, I'm better than he is! [she laughs]
DAVID MCCALLUM: I played Julius Caesar in a Central Park version of the Shakespeare play, and just before that I was the emperor in Amadeus on Broadway. So when my acting friends heard I was Zeus, they said Ah, you're following your New York career.
QUESTION: You're fairly busy with a hit TV series, so what made you say yes to recording for an animated film?
MARG HELGENBERGER: I think the cast was enticing. Not that I was going to be playing opposite most of them, but just to be in their company. And being married to Zeus was kind of fun - he is the god of all gods in Greek mythology. Voicing acting is usually fun, though - I've even asked my agents about narrating books on tape. I'm very curious about that world. I'm a fan of documentaries, as well, and the voice kind of makes it right. Mostly for me, though, it's all about the acting -you don't have to get hair and makeup and the whole bit. You just can have fun with the acting.
DAVID MCCALLUM: Radio has always been my first love, and this is as close to that performance as you can get. One of my favorite things when I was younger was to listen to radio dramas, and there are none now. They would do three-hour plays on radio - this was before television, of course. So doing these films is a lot like those performances.
I love doing animation - mainly because you get to over-act. They're always saying more, louder, bigger, huger and you just turn it lose. Andrea's (Romano) reputation proceeds her as Numero Uno so it's always good to work with her. Plus, doing animation voiceovers, I have learned so much, and it's always good in your career to discover something you didn't know, and to learn to do things differently. So it's been a fascinating experience.
Most importantly, though, I have a grandson who thinks this is the greatest thing I've ever done. When I did Ben 10, I really didn't know anything about Ben 10. But when I went back to visit my son Pierre and told him what I'd just done, he said You did a Ben 10?!? and then he started yelling out to my grandson, Luca, Luca, come here, Granddaddy did a 'Ben 10' show. You suddenly discover you're gratte-cul with a five-year-old, and that's pretty cool.
QUESTION: Are you or were you a comic book fan?
MARG HELGENBERGER: The comic books I read when I was much younger were the goofy ones like Archie and Betty & Veronica. I think there was one called Nancy and Sluggo. I did actually date a comic book artist briefly during the 1980s. I was living in New York and he lived in my building. I'd bump into him in the elevator and he'd been (awake) for three days straight, hovering over his drawing board. He had this whole odd world in his mind, and it was pretty fascinating. I was very impressed.
DAVID MCCALLUM: I think the comic books that I grew up with, The Beano and the Dandy and Desperate Dan, I really loved those back in the day. And during World War I, there was a detective comic I used to read in the Daily Express or Daily Mail. And of course, I loved going to the local Odeon on Saturday mornings for the show and they always had a cartoon. Those are my memories of comics as a kid.
QUESTION: "Wonder Woman" offers a pretty strong female role model. Are females represented enough on screen yet, or are we still building that foundation?
MARG HELGENBERGER: Television is a medium that's incredibly strong for actresses - far more than feature films. There are so many opportunities for all of us to portray all different types of women - particularly women of great strength, real women with wonderful souls. But in terms of the action heroines, there's not enough of them. When I think about all the action heroines in film, the ones that stand out to me are actresses and roles and films like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, and the French film La Femme Nikita, and certainly Linda Hamilton in the Terminator movies. I guess my son would probably point out the Resident Evil films. But I think we need more of those characters. Maybe now that we're into the 21st Century, there will be a lot more of them.
QUESTION: Does working in this medium have any other special significance for you?
DAVID MCCALLUM: It's fascinating for me because when I did The Man From U.N.C.L.E. it was over at Metro (Goldwyn Mayer). Right next to where I had my little dressing room suite was MGM Animation, and just to sort of walk by there every day and know that all those incredible characters came from them was fascinating. I've always appreciated the work that goes into animated productions and I enjoy being part of that creativity.
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CAST AND CREW
Directed by Lauren Montgomery
Screenplay by Michael Jelenic
Story by Michael Jelenic & Gail Simone
Keri Russell (voice of Wonder Woman)
Nathan Fillion (voice of Col. Steve Trevor)
Alfred Molina (voice of Ares)
Rosario Dawson (voice of Artemis)
Virginia Madsen (voice of Hippolyta)
David McCallum (voice of Zeus)
Marg Helgenberger (voice of Hera)
Oliver Platt (voice of Hades)
Vicki Lewis (voice of Persephone)
Rick Overton (voice of The President)
Jason Miller (voice of Gang Leader / Thraxx)
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A Sensational Look at Wonder Wonder.
Wonder Wonder as she first appears in full costume.
Princess Diana practices her combat tactics in preparation for becoming Wonder Woman. Keri Russell supplies the voice of Diana/Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman and Ares engage in several battles. Keri Russell is the voice of Wonder Woman, while Alfred Molina plays Ares, the God of War.
Wonder Woman pauses for a moment of reflection and concern before
moving into battle.
Wonder Wonder prepares to take on Ares in battle.
Wonder Woman has a moment of sad reflection, and the voice of Keri Russell echoes the animated sentiment.
Wonder Wonder captures the title character's origin story from the events leading up to her birth (pictured) to her initial adventures in modern-day America.
Queen Hippolyta (voiced by Viriginia Madsen) glances back at her Amazonian subjects - including her daughter, princess Diana (far right).
Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen provides the voice for Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
A prior relationship is revealed in an opening battle between Ares (voiced by Alfred Molina) and Hippolyta (voiced by Virginia Madsen).
Hippolyta, voiced by Academy Award-nominated actress Virginia Madsen, holds her sword to the throat of God of War Ares, voiced by Alfred Molina.
Queen Hippolyta, mother of Princess Diana/Wonder Woman, exhibits her Amazonian strength during the film's opening battle sequence.
Queen Hippolyta preares to fend off one of Ares' villainous minion.
Battle-savvy Persephone rescues her scholarly sister Alexa during battle.
Alexa hides from an intimidating opponent during a battle scene.
Ares brings his battle with Wonder Woman to Washington D.C., and President Elect Obama might just need to consider some renovations before he moves in this January.
Steve Trevor gets his first look at the Amazons.
Steve Trevor is interrogated by Queen Hippolyta and Artemis in a funny moment.
Alfred Molina voices Ares, The God of War.
Ares pauses for a moment to see Cerberus, the three-headed dog
guarding the gates to the Underworld where Hades awaits Ares' visit.
As Hippolyta watches, Ares has his powers restrained by wristbands
melded onto his arms by bolts of lightning courtesy of Zeus.
Oliver Platt provides the voice of Hades.
Zeus issues his commands from the clouds. Zeus is voiced by Navy NCIS star David McCallum.
Hera offers a compassionate compromise from her lofty throne. Hera is voiced by CSI star Marg Helgenberger.
Queen Hippolyta and Artemis prepare for battle with Ares' villainous forces.
Princess Diana and Steve Trevor don't exactly hit it off in their initial meeting.
Artemis (center, voiced by Rosario Dawson) takes the lead during a gathering of Amazonians. Princess Diana, later to be known as Wonder Woman, stands immediately to the right of Artemis.
Wonder Woman gets the upper hand, er, lasso on Ares' henchman Deimos during a thrilling action sequence.
Steve Trevor reacts angrily to Ares' affront to an American icon.
Ares assumes an even more menacing figure in battle as the primary villain. Ares is voiced by Alfred Molina.
Amazonian warrior Persephone prepares for a fight. Actress Vicki Lewis provides the voice of Persephone.
Persephone is one of the key characters in the Amazon's battle with Ares. Actress Vicki Lewis provides the voice of Persephone.
Queen Hippolyta (left) and Artemis (center) don't appreciate Steve Trevor's unrefined humor. Trevor is voiced by Nathan Fillion, while Hippolyta and Artemis are voiced by Virginia Madsen and Rosario Dawson, respectively.
Steve Trevor, as voiced by Nathan Fillion, crash lands after a heated dogfight .
Steve Trevor's first fight of the film is with Princess Diana, the soon-to-become title character.
Artemis, the Amazons lead warrior, prepares for battle. Rosario Dawson supplies the voice of Artemis.
Artemis wields her mighty sword in leading the Amazons against the forces of Ares. Rosario Dawson supplies the voice of Artemis.
Artemis is pinned between two swords in the heat of battle. Rosario Dawson supplies the voice of Artemis.
Early reviews say that Wonder Woman, the newest DC Universe animated original movie, packs an incredible punch with its mix of action and humor.
The Wonder Woman screening at WonderCon on February 27, 2009 will include (from left) director Lauren Montgomery, screenwriter Michael Jelenic, DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck and producer Bruce Timm, along with Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen.
Wonder Woman director Lauren Montgomery signs autographs at Comic-Con 2008.
Wonder Woman screenwriter Michael Jelenic takes questions during a panel at Comic-Con 2008. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)
Three-time Emmy Award winner and animation legend Bruce Timm is the producer of Wonder Woman.
Nathan Fillion (pictured with casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano) was a featured panelist at San Diego Comic-Con in 2008, where he discussed his upcoming role as Steve Trevor.
David McCallum records his lines as Zeus.
Alfred Molina provides the voice of Ares.
Actress Vicki Lewis and comics legend Darwyn Cooke pause for a moment during an autograph session at WonderCon 2008. Lewis, who voiced Iris West in Cooke's Justice League: The New Frontier, has now provided the voice for Amazonian warrior Persephone for Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman casting and dialogue director Andrea Romano during the DC Universe films panel at Comic-Con 2008.
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