WONDER WOMAN: BRUCE TIMM SPEAKS!
A new DC Universe Direct-To-DVD movie produced by superstar Bruce Timm!
Released by Warner Bros.
With documentaries featuring Wonder Woman Museum webmaster Andy Mangels!
On Sale: March 3, 2009
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LEGENDARY ARTIST-ANIMATOR BRUCE TIMM DISCUSSES WONDER WOMAN, THE NEXT DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
Ground-breaking animation legend Bruce Timm heads an impressive cast and crew as producer of Wonder Woman, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies due from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation on March 3, 2009. Warner Home Video will distribute the all-new film, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, March 3, 2009.
Fans in the greater Gotham area will have a chance to see the premiere of Wonder Woman at New York ComicCon on Friday, February 6 in the IGN Theatre at The Javits Center. Timm will lead the post-premiere panel and also be available for autographs during a midday signing session on Saturday, February 7.
Timm is the creative force behind many of Warner Bros. Animation's greatest modern-day successes, driving DC Comics' most recognized super heroes to new heights of popularity as the focal point of television series and made-for-DVD films. Timm's current mission has been as producer of the DC Universe animated original movies, and the first three - Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman Gotham Knight - have met with both critical raves and consumer success.
The three-time Emmy Award winner stole a few moments from his work on the next DC Universe film to discuss the evolution of the made-for-DVD movies, Lauren Montgomery's rise to stardom, his 20-year working collaboration with Andrea Romano, and Wonder Woman's boots.
QUESTION: What progression have you seen through the first four films in the DC Universe animated original movies series?
BRUCE TIMM: The thing I like most about this whole ongoing project is that each of these movies really does have a different, unique feel. It would have been very, very easy and frankly a lot simpler and cost effective to stay in that TV series design style and world view. But each of these movies really does have a unique feel - in the design, the score, the cast, even the title sequences. We've been able to expand creatively and that makes these productions fun.
QUESTION: You're known for revolutionizing the animated look of DC characters in several landmark TV series. What was the thought process behind the character design in this film?
BRUCE TIMM: We didn't want to do anything that even remotely looked like what we have done with Wonder Woman on Justice League. She presents a challenge because she needs to be drop-dead gorgeous, but also very, very strong both physically and emotionally. She's a powerful presence and we had to find that balance between athleticism and glamour.
Lauren (Montgomery) really took the lead on the design of Wonder Woman herself, and I think she came up with a very unique approach. It's not like anything you've seen from the comics, though we did look at a lot of the comics for inspiration. We liked the George Perez version and Adam Hughes' version, and all points in between. But there are a lot of the things that Adam and George brought to the character that were so specific and detail-oriented that they wouldn't necessarily translate to animation. We wanted to keep the number of lines down to a minimum - to create a relatively simple and straight-forward design. It was quite a challenge, but I think the design Lauren came up with is exactly what it needs to be.
QUESTION: Were there any specific design elements you wanted to include?
BRUCE TIMM: A character like Wonder Woman is so iconic and yet, over the course of her history, there have been lots of subtle changes. We couldn't stray too far from the comic book look, but you do have a certain amount of leeway in terms of how you interpret those elements for animation. It sounds really insignificant, but one of the things that we specifically liked about Adam Hughes' most recent take on Wonder Woman was that he gave her kind of baggy boots - instead of those super tight go-go boot-type things. They kind of flare out at the bottom and they're flats, not heels. That made her more athletic - it kind of planted her and gave her a solidity that we really liked. It's a minor change, but it had an effect on her design.
QUESTION: What sets Wonder Woman apart from the first three DCU films and prior incarnations of the character?
BRUCE TIMM: One of the things that really intrigued us the most about the whole Wonder Woman mythology is the actual mythology of it. Her character has distinct roots in classic Greek mythology, so we really played that up. The movie actually starts with a fairly long, epic battle that takes place in ancient times. It's swords and sorcery, die-hard Amazon warriors versus monsters and barbarians. We worked hard to establish the character design, the costume details, the weaponry design and the background styling and I think, within the first 30 seconds of watching the movie, you're going to think, Wow, this doesn't look anything like we've done before. It's noticeably a quantum leap away from the first three movies.
Beyond the mythology, Wonder Woman gets to play with several dichotomies. It's Amazon culture versus man's world; ancient mythological times versus the contemporary world; and, of course, all the male and female issues. All of those conflict themes run throughout the entire movie - in the script and visually - and I think it all comes together and gels unlike anything we've ever done.
QUESTION: How did Lauren Montgomery earn the opportunity to sit in the director's chair?
BRUCE TIMM: Lauren is one of the fastest rising artists I've ever worked with. When we first started working with her on Justice League, she really hit the ground running. She was still relatively inexperienced - she'd only had a couple of jobs in animation at that point - and even today I seem to forget that she's actually still quite young. But on Justice League, we could see she had a lot of potential and her stuff was really good. Every time she would turn in a new storyboard, we'd be like, Wow, who did this? This is really good. And every month, she just kept topping herself. She was really paying attention and obviously on this really fast-tracked learning curve - she was teaching herself, absorbing everything around her. She was this sponge, sucking up all of our perspectives and developing her own unique sensibilities. Within a really short period of time, she became our best storyboard artist. Those are the people we recruit to become directors.
QUESTION: What does Lauren Montgomery bring specifically to Wonder Woman?
BRUCE TIMM: Just from a purely practical standpoint, having her as a director means that I don't have to worry about things. I know she's looking at the storyboards - and I know she's going to catch all the little things and fix them. If a storyboard isn't up to speed with the caliber of the rest of the film, she's going to stay late and re-draw it herself - and plus it and to make it a thousand times better.
She's smart and very detail-oriented, and very well-rounded in terms of her areas of expertise. That was important on this film. Some directors are really, really good at directing action, but they don't really care so much about the drama, other directors are the exact opposite. Lauren is excellent at both. She knows how to push the envelope on an action scene, and she's probably the best director of acting that I've ever work with. She's the complete package.
QUESTION: Can you give an example of Lauren Montgomery's expertise in directing animation acting?
BRUCE TIMM: We rely on our storyboard artists to really inject acting into the storyboard drawings as a key for the overseas animators. We're blessed with really, really excellent vocal performances on these films, but you need a very good storyboard artist to act out the character's motions and emotions in simple drawings.
There's a short sequence in Superman Doomsday where, after Superman has died, Lois Lane goes to meet Martha Kent for the first time. It's a very simple, subtle scene - just two women meeting and commiserating with each other over the loss of Superman. It's shot very simply with two-shots and close-ups. The thing that makes this scene so powerful is the very clear emotion on the character's faces, and that was the sequence Lauren storyboarded. When you look at it on the screen, it's as though we got really good actresses giving performances charged with emotion in their specific facial expressions and body language. Ultimately, it was Lauren's storyboard and direction that really brought that scene to life.
QUESTION: Can you define the greatness that is Andrea Romano.
BRUCE TIMM: What can I say about Andrea that I haven't said a zillion times before? She's brilliant. It's actually tough for me to even compare because I've been blessed with Andrea on every single project that I've done as a producer since 1990.
She knows me so well that half the time I don't even have to give notes during a recording because she's already anticipated what I'm going to say. And if do have to say something, I barely get half the sentence out before she finishes the sentence for me.
The main aspect of Andrea's job is that she needs to get performances out of the actors that the producers and directors want. It has to fit our vision of the scene and the film. As dialogue is written on the page, you could have 30 different line readings of any individual line - it really depends on what else is happening in the scene or the intent of that specific line of dialogue. But Andrea has an obvious natural instinct for the meaning of the line. Most importantly, she knows how to translate that information into actor-ese to get that performance. She can put our thoughts into words so that the actors can understand where she's coming from and what's needed for the scene. Simply put, she's great.
QUESTION: Andrea Romano's resume speaks for itself. Does she have a virtue we don't normally hear about?
BRUCE TIMM: I'll tell you this - one of the things I love about Andrea is that she's fast. She just cuts right to the chase, never goes down blind alleys, and she physically talks fast. It's funny because when I first started working with her, I didn't think I was going to be able to keep up. She's just so full of energy, it's like she must've been main lining Red Bull before every session. But that's great for me, because I'm very ADD myself. She doesn't equivocate, she's just right to the point - attack, attack, attack, get it done. For me, that's perfect.
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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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