Voice actors are a community unto themselves. The guys and gals of VO are a group worshipped by animation fans (fans such as myself), but they’re not always the highest of profile celebs. Then, once in a while, you get a widely recognized and beloved live-action actor who steps into the recording booth just as good as the rest.
Rosario Dawson is one of those actors.
Rosario voiced Wonder Woman in the most recent DC animated film, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. The straight-to-video title premiered at NY Comic-Con back in early October, along with panel and press organized by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Bloodlines cast and crew were in attendance at NYCC, as well as my con collaborator and friend, Nadya Martinez, A.K.A, Gotham Geek Girl. Nadya writes for G33KHQ.com, as well as her own blog, GothamGeekGirl.com.
GGG–of whom I am eternally jealous for meeting Rosario–got to interview Wonder Woman herself at the NYCC press roundtable for Bloodlines. Sharp, insightful, and gorgeous as ever, Dawson talks about playing Diana of Themyscira and the importance of the character, particularly during today’s paradigm shift toward female empowerment.
From Gotham Geek Girl’s roundtable talk with Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman) at NY Comic Con 2019:
Third-Party Press: What do you hope to bring to this Wonder Woman?
Rosario Dawson: What I’ve always loved is the playfulness of showing some of her naiveté with all of our customs and all of these different things, but what I’m really grateful for is that this iteration of Wonder Woman in this film is coming over many years of a build-up; is coming from a live-action Wonder Woman film that’s broken all records; is a particularly strong women’s movement that’s really been pushing for better representation.
Rosario (continued): And, so, this film, as much as it’s going back to the origin story of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor coming and landing in Themyscira, to her leaving and coming to America and the greater world and being that ambassador for her culture; it’s also very female-centered, a lot of the characters are female on the good and the bad side. So, the things that the Geena Davis Institute talk about is that women, even in their own films, there are still fewer female voices heard when you count how many words are said by a woman vs. a man, and it’s infuriating. But, that’s not the case with this. And, we get to get into the nuance in a modern way–yes, with the old nostalgic origin story–but in a modern way, to really explore, what does that really mean to have her presence around, even in the best of intention: being all-powerful in so many different ways? How does her mere presence cause conflict and confrontation, and then how do you grapple and deal with that, when actually, you’re trying to do good, and still negative outcomes come out of it.
Rosario (continued): Those nuances and complexities, I think, are really important to get into and delve into, and there’s a reason I think we keep going back to these same stories, is for another iteration of it and perspective for us to explore.
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