WONDER WOMAN: VICKI LEWIS SPEAKS!
A new DC Universe Direct-To-DVD movie features Vicki Lewis as Persephone!
Released by Warner Bros.
With documentaries featuring Wonder Woman Museum webmaster Andy Mangels!
On Sale: March 3, 2009
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Webmaster Andy Mangels is featured in the special documentaries "A Subversive Dream" and "The Daughters of Myth" on the DVD editions!
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VERSATILE ACTRESS VICKI LEWIS RETURNS TO DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIES AS AMAZON WARRIOR PERSEPHONE IN WONDER WOMAN
Versatile actress Vicki Lewis makes her second foray into the world of super heroes as Persephone, a key character among the Amazons in Wonder Woman, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies.
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.
Lewis is best known for her performances in 96 hilarious episodes of NBC's NewsRadio as Beth, the sarcastic secretary to Dave Foley's lead character. An actress with notable awards and credits on Broadway, Lewis has been featured on numerous primetime sitcoms (Home Improvement, Seinfeld, currently recurring role on 'Til Death) and hit films (Godzilla, Mousehunt).
The star of stage, film, television and animation, Lewis made her DCU film debut in Justice League: The New Frontier as Iris West, fiancé to the Flash. However, Lewis is no stranger to animation, having had a key role in Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo as well as TV series work on, to name a few, Wild Thornberrys, King of the Hill, Rugrats, Phineus and Ferb, Ben 10: Alien Force and the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar.
Lewis found time in her busy schedule to talk about playing the Amazonian bad girl, finding the voice of a character, channeling Velma Kelly, and an addiction to Tetris.
Heed the words of Vicki Lewis
QUESTION: When you read the Wonder Woman script, what was your first impression of Persephone?
VICKI LEWIS: I'll be honest, I knew nothing about the mythology of any of this. I got the script, and often times I just kind of look at my part, but this is a fascinating story. I ended up spending half a night on Wikipedia going through the real mythology of the character. Persephone is a very fascinating character in Greek mythology and the comic books. I wasn't a great student, so I love any opportunity at my age to learn something new. So that's how I prepared.
QUESTION: What endeared you to the role of Persephone?
VICKI LEWIS: I do a lot of animation, and mostly I get cast as the whacky character. I play a lot of kids, or the strange neighbor next door, or the really off-the-wall person in the script. But this was really enticing because Persephone is a solid, commanding woman. It was an interesting process to find and place her (vocally) - she's a powerful character, and the direction was 'less is more' in the grand scheme of this Greek tragedy. I'm very rarely asked to play the powerful, centered part of myself. It's always there, but I don't get to use it often (in performance). I played Velma Kelly in Chicago, so I think I drew mainly on that character. But this was a great experience. I expected to come in and they would ask me to act like an idiot, which is what I usually get paid to do. So this was an interesting recording session.
QUESTION: Was there a favorite moment for you during the recording session?
VICKI LEWIS: When you have 900 people staring at you through the glass of the recording booth, and whispering but you can't hear them, you really want to make sure you give them what they want. And I felt like I got it, because I understood the emotion. This character, Persephone, has some very heartfelt and sad moments, and it was really vulnerable and really human. It wasn't cartoony - it touched something somewhat real. So I was actually affected by it in a way I didn't expect to be.
QUESTION: Was it fun playing the bad girl?
VICKI LEWIS: It's always fun being the bad girl. When I was young, I had Barbie dolls and I made them fly. And then my friends deserted me because I turned them into witches. I was always THAT kid. I didn't even know what a comic book was.
QUESTION: Much of the fanboy populus is into gaming. Are you a gamer?
VICKI LEWIS: I'm not into the games like the kids play today, but I was addicted to Tetris. I had the Trio, and the Tetris was on it and then my fiancé got me the iPhone for my birthday and I love it. But it doesn't have Tetris. So I've kept the Trio's battery alive to play Tetris. I used to be addicted to Pacman. We were doing The Wizard of Oz at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre, so we were stuck in the middle of Kansas and we would go to the House of Pies every night because they had a Pacman machine in their lobby. And we were obsessed with it.
QUESTION: You glide smoothly between stage, film, television and animation voiceover performances. All three require different techniques. What's the trick to making the transition for voiceover work?
VICKI LEWIS: I started out in theatre in New York and then I did movies and I'd been out (in Hollywood) for nine months when I got News Radio and it was all a really interesting transition. Somebody who'd been around for a long time came up to me and basically said that the difference between stage and film and television is that on stage the proscenium is where you can see it. Film and television, it's really got to be here (spreads her arms wide). In terms of turning that into voice work, sometimes the voice is very subtle, and sometimes I'm so loud they have me move away from the mike. So in voiceovers, you learn where the proscenium is in your voice. As far as acting, I've been working for so long that I can basically tap into any emotion. I'm like a little trained monkey at this point. So it's just a matter of finding that place, and adjusting vocally as you would onstage or in film.
For voiceovers, like 'Wonder Woman,' I feel really blessed that I'm able to do this and that Andrea (Romano) continues to hire me. She always lifts my spirits, she always makes me better, and she's always so gracious. I keep thinking, 'When is she going to see through me, that I don't have any of this talent she's thanking me for?' She's just so great, such an amazing director.
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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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