We Chat with the Cast of WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES

Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Jan. 28, 2020


You don’t have to wait for Wonder Woman 1984 to enjoy a fun Amazonian adventure. No available to watch on DC Universe, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is the latest DC animated movie, and it’s got everything you’d want from a Wonder Woman story. Here, Diana takes on Villainy Inc. and shows the world that you don’t mess with the Amazons. We recently sat down with voice stars Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Marie Avgeropoulos (Silver Swan), Mozhan Marno (Dr. Cyber), and Courtenay Taylor (Dr. Poison), and all four shared their experiences making the film. Here’s what they had to say…



Getting Their Roles




Dawson: “Funnily enough, on the original Wonder Woman property that I worked on I voiced Artemis, and Keri Russel was the voice of Wonder Woman. Several years ago they ended up inviting me to play Wonder Woman and I’ve been doing her voice now for a few years in some of the other major storylines for the other characters.”


Marno: “I got a phone call and I had worked with the director before on a video game. They just asked if I wanted to be part of this and it seemed like a really cool project. Who wouldn't want to be in a Wonder Woman animation? It seemed really fun.”


Avgeropoulos: “This is such a dream for me. It doesn't even feel like it's really happening, so I'm super thrilled and honored to be part of a project like this. I can't explain it.”



Defining Their Characters




Avgeropoulos: “It was a lot of fun to play Silver Swan, because I started off playing Vanessa and I had to figure out a way to play her at age 12, then in high school when she becomes gothic, because she's resentful towards her mother. It's weird, I was the exact same way and I was gothic in high school. I did wear a dog collar around my neck. It's really interesting to play her because I had the opportunity to play that transformation. And the audience is going to see the dynamic between Diana and Silver Swan and how that plays out and where that resentment really comes from. The fans are going to love it.”


Dawson: “I think what's really powerful about it is that a lot of what Wonder Woman has to deal with in this film is the reality of what her mere presence creates. And even with the best intentions, conflict and confrontation are created. And how do you deal with that and your own complicity in the negative situations around you? I think those are the kind of nuances and complexities that we're allowed to explore now.”


Taylor: “Dr. Poison is very bright. And she is deeply injured through many of the circumstances that we all are familiar with, but I wanted to play her as more than a one dimensional person.”


Marno: “I read the script and then I show up and decide what kind of person she is based on what I've read and also what the director says. It's pretty much like any other thing.”



Recording Their Lines




Avgeropoulos: “I was in Vancouver filming The 100 and we had to Skype with all the directors and producers and I was kind of all by myself, so I thought 'OK, well here goes nothing I hope I don't screw this one up.' Everyone's been really happy with the project and I'm really looking forward to everyone seeing it.”


Taylor: “I booked it not far in advance, so I brought the things that I normally bring to someone who's a bad character, leaning on something you regret. I quite like that.”



Wonder Woman Memories




Dawson: "My grandmother had all the number one comics and then lost them all and it was literally one of the banes of her existence. And that was passed on to my uncle, who literally would get pencils and really beautiful papers when he got good grades because drawing was his passion. So I grew up reading comics over his shoulder, but he wouldn't even let me flip pages with my greasy fingers, so I understood that comics were sacred text from a really young age.”


Marno: “We were just talking about the Lynda Carter show. That was the thing I watched. That was my relationship with Wonder Woman.”


Taylor: “I'm super excited about her. I voiced her in Justice League Heroes and I had to say 'Let's just wait for Superman' and I thought 'No' I don't want her to wait for Superman. We were just talking about how important these stories are being played out. Not as side characters, but front and center. You can have these comic books and full-length movies and animated projects that are filtered through a woman's lens, and have it be just as exciting, if not more so, than what we see in other stories.”



Why Female Representation Is Important




Taylor: “We're talking about watching a movie, and how a lot of times when I'm watching superhero things, I find that the fight scenes go on and on and I start to find myself tuning out a little bit. Wonder Woman was kind of a breeze. I was into it the whole time, I didn't have that checking out thing. I was thinking this is what it must be like to be a man and watch these things because you do have that thing where you're like 'Oh, that could be me.' It's a totally different experience for a girl, a little girl especially, to be looking at someone who is grown and not your gender and be trying to fit your psyche around that. I think when I was a little kid I thought Lynda Carter was just beautiful and glamorous and I just loved all the shiny things. But as I'm older looking at that, the stories are so much richer now.”


Dawson: “I think it's just really great because now I have a daughter who's a teenager and I'm able to share this love that I have for her. But in a way that's really appropriate for her generation and with the messaging that she really needs to hear and to see how these iconic stories have been adapted generation to generation and evolving, I think is really critical and powerful. A really great way to see how we've evolved as a culture, you know, from go-go gadget belt Batman to where we are now, I think it's pretty cool.”


Marno: “I think when you're a kid you don't really know why you like the things you like or why you lean into the things you're leaning into. Then you look back on it and you ascribe some meaning to it and I think when you can see yourself in a character then it's a little bit more exciting. Those things are possible for you. If you're a girl and there's like a really strong woman in the lead who's not sort of ancillary to any male role. Before you understand why that's important, you just feel like it's important.”



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