Dig The Car, Jeremy
Law & Order star voices Batman
for The New Frontier
now, staring up at me from my bag o' goodies (I keep such
things) is an advanced copy of The New Frontier. This is
why I drink Diet Pepsi Vanilla like it was water -- to have
enough caffeine in my system to power me through moments
like this when I don't have enough time and yet absolutely,
absolutely must watch this DVD.
Law and Order...
so I'm not going to be able to do that tonight. Instead,
I'll give you the treat of a piece on Jeremy Sisto, a natural
choice for The Dark Knight's voice, even if he gets a little
snarky at the end towards the fanbase. He can't help it.
It's who he is, and who he is makes for a darn good Batman.
Warner Home Video:
A year ago, Jeremy Sisto was starring as
a private investigator with deep psychological scars in
“Kidnapped.” This season, Sisto joined the “Law
& Order” legacy of actors as a detective with
a haunted past.
It’s seem only natural that his next
starring role would be as Batman. Sisto fills the vocal
role of the Dark Knight in the highly-anticipated release
of “Justice League: The New Frontier,” the second
DC Universe original animated PG-13 film presented by Warner
Premiere, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed
by Warner Home Video.
Based on the landmark DC Comics graphic
novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by animation legend Bruce
Timm, "Justice League: The New Frontier" features
an all-star voice cast led by Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan (Superman),
David Boreanaz (Green Lantern), Neil Patrick Harris (The
Flash), Lucy Lawless (Wonder Woman), Kyra Sedgwick (Lois
Lane), Brooke Shields (Carol Ferris), Miguel Ferrer (Martian
Manhunter) and Phil Morris (King Faraday). The film will
be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 26, 2008.
The HD DVD edition will be available March 18, 2006.
“I tend to (get cast) as dark characters,
and I'm more drawn to those characters anyway – they’re
usually more interesting,” Sisto said. “Plus,
I got this deep voice from my father, and the combination
of the timbre of my voice and my inflections tends to make
people feel that there's some darkness there.”
it! I shall become a pterodactyl!"
Sisto particularly enjoys the role Batman
takes in “Justice League: The New Frontier,”
emphasizing that the character arc of the Caped Crusader
gave the job added flavor.
“I think Batman is a great character
in that he has a lot of internalization, and his heroics
come from a dark place,” Sisto said. “You can
have fun with that side of him, sort of showing his dislike
for people and yet, at the same time, he's all about helping
people and doing good for society.
“Batman is a bit of a loner. He’s
very intuitive and, while the rest of the Justice League
are using their super powers, he uses his detective skills
to get to the heart of the matter and, in this case, help
save the world. Throughout the course of the story, though,
I think he learns that it's not such a bad thing to have
Sisto has logged guest voiceover credits
on “American Dad,” “Duckman” and
“The Wild Thornberrys,” but “Justice League:
The New Frontier” puts Sisto in his first animated
film and his first super hero role. Unable to join the majority
of the cast in the initial ensemble record, Sisto created
his vocal rendition of Batman while performing alone in
a sound booth in New York City. It was appropriate for the
character, a super hero that prefers to work solo …
“When you're doing a voice for an
animated project, you don't have the props and the different
visual things that make it a bit easier for an actor to
make a scene real for you,” he said. “So you're
stuck in a booth alone and you're kind of forced to use
your imagination a little bit more.”
Sisto enjoyed comic books and super heroes
during his youth, but he admits he was eventually led astray
from the fanboy path.
I was a kid, I liked Superman; when I got a little older,
I liked Wolverine; and then I found girls,” he said.