Susan Eisenberg returns as Wonder Woman for 'Justice League: Doom'
How much of what you do with Wonder Woman is through a change in your voice, and how much is really acting and attitude?
A lot of it’s attitude. That’s why, if I'm speaking just normally, it's not as if somebody next to me would ask, “Do you play Wonder Woman?” But then when I do the attitude and lower the register slightly, you will see this smile of recognition on the face of a little kid … or a true fan. And that’s always fun.
Who recognizes you more – kids who watch cartoon, or the adult devotees of the genre?
Kind of both, and the reactions are different, but similar. It’s really nice to have people who are so passionate about these characters. So you get the 6-year-old child who has watched the cartoon and their eyes get big when they recognize that you're this person behind the voice. But then you get the 40-something-year-old who has been watching, and loves this world, and loves this universe, and reads the comic books, and cares deeply about the genre. That's fabulous, too. Just to have fans is a very cool thing. No one can complain about that. It's good.
Wonder Woman has some very long battles in Justice League: Doom with a lot of physicality required in the vocal performance. How’d you handle that?
The initial recording session is pretty straight-forward – we save most of the impacts and grunts and physical action for the ADR session. But as I was reading the script, I just kept thinking of Dwayne (McDuffie) and thinking, “You really layered it on me, didn’t you!” I'm going to have to be electrocuted and hit over the head and punched over and over and punch back over and over. You often have to be physical to sound physical. So – that’s a truly exhausting day.
What’s it like to have the gang back together again?
You know, it's thrilling because it's a grand reunion. I get to be reunited with Michael Rosenbaum and Kevin Conroy and Carl Lumbly and that's like having the League back together, if you will. I didn't that expect that to happen, and I could not be more thrilled. Driving to the recording session, I was just so excited that we'd be in a room together. It is just so comfortable coming back into this. It's the best gig in town. And anyone who does voiceovers would say that.
What are the scenes that appeal most to you in this film?
I always like the quieter moments. So I like my scenes with J’onn, because those two characters really can relate to each other in so many ways, and I also liked my scenes with Batman. In both cases, those were some of the quieter moments with some emotional content. I enjoy the scenes where I have to kick some butt, too. But I truly enjoy the interplay with the other characters and the actors that play them.
I’ve never been shy about my feelings with Batman and Wonder Woman because, first of all, I love Kevin and I love working with Kevin. I think he's amazing as Batman. And I love Batman and Wonder Woman together, and I think the fans do, too. You can go on YouTube and find all these wonderful videos of the two of them – showing their romance, put to music – so you know the fans love them together.
Playing Diana gives you a lot of different angles and emotions to play. Diana is very serious – she’s not like Flash where she's funny and throwing out the one-liners. When she's funny, it's not necessarily intentional that she's funny. And so I love the other aspects of her, when she gets to be flirty with Batman or when she gets to be funny with Flash or more earnest with J'onn. I especially like to play the flirty and hint at that romance between the characters. That’s a lot of fun.
How much equity to you take in this character?