WONDER WOMAN: KERI RUSSELL SPEAKS!
Read the interview with the STAR of the new DC Universe Direct-To-DVD Wonder Woman movie below!
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On Sale: March 3, 2009
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KERI RUSSELL MAKES HER ANIMATION DEBUT AS WONDER WOMAN, THE NEXT DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE ARRIVING TODAY (MARCH 3)
Actress Keri Russell makes her animation debut as the voice of the title character in Wonder Woman, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies arriving today (March 3) from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. Warner Home Video is distributing the all-new film, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download today.
Russell is best known for her Golden Globe-winning lead role in the popular television series Felicity. One of the Mouseketeers on the 1990s incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club, Russell has appeared or starred in numerous films and TV series, including Mission Impossible III, The Upside of Anger, We Were Soldiers, and the recent Bedtime Stories. The New York-based actress drew widespread acclaim for her performance opposite Wonder Woman co-star Nathan Fillion in last year's Waitress.
Following her first-ever voiceover recording for an animated film - that would be Wonder Woman, coming out on Tuesday, March 3 - Russell chatted about the cool factor of owning an invisible jet, Halloween costumes of her youth, potential future Russell-Fillion co-starring roles, and a super hero supplies store. True story.
Please feel free to utilize some or all of the final Warner Home Video-distributed Q&A with a member of the cast/crew of Wonder Woman Wonder Woman herself, Keri Russell.
QUESTION: What was the extent of your knowledge of Wonder Woman before accepting this role?
KERI RUSSELL: I have vivid memories of being four years old and my mom making a Halloween costume for me - and I was Wonder Woman, thank you very much. It had the tiara and the wristbands, and I remember my younger sister was clearly upset that she didn't have that costume. I'm standing there very proudly in my Wonder Woman outfit, and she's standing just naked in a diaper and a cape, looking at me as if to say, Where's my costume? So I guess that was my first official Wonder Woman stint.
Obviously, growing up, I knew of the show. I can remember folding laundry with my mom while watching Lynda Carter on TV. So I knew a little bit, but I didn't know all the depths of the story we discover in this film. Ultimately, she's a very cool, strong, female warrior.
QUESTION: What do you find enticing about this story and the character arc of Diana/Wonder Woman?
KERI RUSSELL: I think the good stories are those where the character decides to break away and do something different. In this case, Diana is at that age where she's breaking away from her mom, and from the whole island of Amazon women. She wants to explore. She's walking that fine line of child and good kid, and wanting to become a woman who can make her own choices and explore the world.
QUESTION: Wonder Woman is filled with action and humor, but can you discuss the love story aspects of the film?
KERI RUSSELL: I think love is a great catalyst for many characters to further the story or their own growth, and in this film Diana is intrigued by learning about man and the outside world. Seeking that knowledge and experience definitely propels her forward, and away from the safe haven of her family.
QUESTION: How do you feel about stepping into a role like Wonder Woman that could very well inspire a future generation of females?
KERI RUSSELL: Any story that inspires you is great, male or female. It doesn't have to be one or the other. I just think Wonder Woman is cool (she laughs). She's got her invisible jet, and her armbands. There is something to be said about the gender issue, but I think more than anything Wonder Woman was just a good, cool comic, and that's why people read it. It wasn't like just throwing one to the ladies. She was tough and smart, and her super powers were cool, so that's why I think Wonder Woman has staying power.
QUESTION: How did you arrive at the voice used for Diana/Wonder Woman?
KERI RUSSELL: I was trying to focus on her differences - she's a true, strong warrior, but she's also right at the break of being a young woman standing on her own and fighting out in the world. So it was a question of playing the innocence in her voice against the strength of a warrior, and then balancing that against Virginia Madsen playing her mother with such warmth and wisdom already in her voice. So finding Diana's voice was trying to figure out how to walk that line.
QUESTION: Was there anything in particular that made you agree to make this your first animated performance?
KERI RUSSELL: I personally adore origin stories - they're so intriguing, learning what shaped and formed a character. And this story is funny and action-packed and adult in a nice way. Then they said Nathan Fillion was playing opposite me, and that made it that much better. I adore Nathan and, after spending so much time with him making Waitress, I could hear exactly how he'd read every line while I was reading the Wonder Woman script. Then you've got this great cast with Virginia Madsen and Alfred Molina and Oliver Platt - so I kind of wanted to do it to be in the cool kids' group.
QUESTION: You and Nathan Fillion just came off the acclaimed Waitress and now you're back together - and with seemingly great chemistry - in Wonder Woman. Can you frame that relationship for us?
KERI RUSSELL: Nathan and I have decided to do all our movies together, animated or non-animated (she laughs). Can you imagine it? In our next film we'll be playing Jamaicans - it has nothing to do with anything, but we're just going to be in it together (she laughs).
Nathan Fillion is so lovely, and so funny - he really is a huge part of the reason I took this. When I heard he was doing this, I thought, Oh Nathan's doing that voice - I want to act with him, even though I don't even see him once the whole time we're recording this. He's so funny for this - he has the old kind of 1940s swagger, that sharp rah-rah-rah dialogue that he does so well, and it's written so well for him in the script. I think he's perfect for Steve (Trevor). I just want to know what we get to do together next.
QUESTION: So what's special about playing Wonder Woman?
KERI RUSSELL: I love watching animated films, so it sounded exciting and fun because I had never had the opportunity to do voiceovers before - and ultimately, recording this film was a blast. There were some challenges - I haven't been impaled too many times in my life with swords and spears and things like that - so I didn't have a lot of experience making those sounds. Voiceover work definitely requires it's own specific muscle. And because you're not seeing what you're recording, and all these things are going on, you really have to use your imagination and stay focused and kind of be able to tap your head and rub your belly at the same time. Luckily they surrounded me with people who really know what they're doing - to guide me through the technicalities that I had never done or used before. I loved being in this little dark room and not having to worry about the way I looked or anything other than just really concentrating on the intention of the words on the script.
QUESTION: Do you take any guilty pleasures in playing a super hero?
KERI RUSSELL: Um yes. I think it's because all those things describe me perfectly (she laughs). I'm smart, beautiful, strong (she laughs harder). I don't really feel I am any of those things right now - but I think it's really cool they asked me to do it. She's the epitome of amazing. I mean, she's WONDER Woman! My husband is having a good time with that. As I was leaving the house, my husband was already making jokes about me being Wonder Woman. But I do take some pleasure - and pride - in being chosen to play this role.
QUESTION: Is it difficult for women these days to find a good role model?
KERI RUSSELL: I think they're out there. Growing up, I would say Wonder Woman and Nancy Drew were definite role models for me. Historically, I know Amelia Earhart stands out for me. Even today, there's no shortage of female role models. They're everywhere - in history, in literature, in the news. Just look around.
QUESTION: Do you ever wish you had some of Wonder Woman's goodies - like an invisible plane or lasso of truth?
KERI RUSSELL: Who doesn't want an invisible plane - that would be so cool (she laughs). I wish I had an invisible plane to take me home to Brooklyn, and I wouldn't have to ride the subway. But a lasso of truth might be a little too much at times. Sometimes you don't want the truth. Sometimes you're like, Oh just tell me the good answer. I don't want the truth. On the other hand, a lasso of truth could be interesting on the streets of New York. And the tiara I can do without. But the invisible jet is definitely the way to go.
QUESTION: Now that you've been chosen to play Wonder Woman, has the super hero world revealed itself to you in any greater detail?
KERI RUSSELL: The funny thing is that my husband and I were going to brunch in Brooklyn, and across the street, all closed up, was a shop with this big sign that said, Super Hero Supply Center. It's set up like a real store. Inside, there's cans of what looks like paint, but when you look closer, it's like anti-gravity powder, and then there's advertisements inside for maps to find your best hide-out, and a rack with capes on it. It's filled with all these actual super hero supplies. I think we figured out that it was either for little kids or a creative writing workshop place.
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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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