Coinciding with the release of the latest DC Universe Animated Movie, Batman: Bad Blood, was a screening of the movie at the Paley Center For Media in Los Angeles. Following the screening was a Q & A with cast and crew. Moderated by DC All Access host, Tiffany Smith , the panel included director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, character designer Phil Bourassa and actors Jason O’MARA (Batman), Sean Maher (Nightwing), Stuart Allan (Robin), Yvonne Strahovski (Batwoman), Gauis Charles (Batwing), and Travis Willingham (The Heretic).
Note that this discussion contains spoilers for the movie.
TIFFANY SMITH: This is the third film in a series. What was it like for you guys coming into this one and building this DC world?
JAMES TUCKER: It’s great. Just watching it tonight, I’m like wow, this has built up. Damian’s progressed, he’s not such a (censored). Sometimes you’re in it and you’re so close to it, you’re not sure if you’ve crossed all your T’s and dotted your I’s. So I enjoyed it, too, it was great seeing it with humans.
TIFFANY SMITH: Do you guys ever get caught up in the continuing story and put any Easter Eggs you wanted to throw in?
JAMES TUCKER: There’s Dick Grayson talking on the phone to his girlfriend who everyone knows. That, originally, wasn’t in the script. I thought it was a missed opportunity, so we did it in Batman vs. Robin. It was just a generic person, and I know in my head where we wanted to go with Dick, and so I’m like well, it’s just a phone call. Sometimes, we went back in and kind of created the continuity when it wasn’t really conceived at first, so there’s lots of little bits and pieces like that that we touched based on and will call back in later movies.
JAY OLIVA: Batwing’s outfit is supposed to be the 1.0 version of Batman Beyond. The Watchtower was supposed to be an early Watchtower they were trying to get…
PHIL BOURASSA: The prototype.
JAY OLIVA: Yeah, the prototype of the Justice League Watchtower. There’s a lot of things we throw in. If you watch it, you see what people miss. Did you guys see that scene in the kitchen when Kate is watching TV? Kate is talking to Nightwing but then she goes to get coffee, and it’s just in the background, but there’s a news report that they found something on Mars.
JAMES TUCKER: I wonder who that could be? So we’re viewing this as like a long form series, but unlike most TV series where you don’t have to wait a year for the next episode. But that’s kind of how it is.
TIFFANY SMITH: Batman’s bringing in new characters. Phil, developing these characters, do you have a favorite?
PHIL BOURASSA: My favorite thing in the movie has to be blue and grey Batsuit. Underwear on the outside, where they belong. Where they belong, okay? Let’s get it straight.
JAMES TUCKER: They’re trunks.
PHIL BOURASSA: Whatever. For this film, it’s always exciting to bring in fan favorite characters, especially if they’ve haven’t ever been introduced to the medium of animation before. So in this film we have actually three characters that are beloved in the comics. I don’t know if Heretic’s beloved, but he’s a very dynamic and powerful character from the comics who hasn’t been depicted before. In those cases, it’s always fun because you get to introduce them for the first time and they all pose different levels of challenges. The spectrum varies. With Batwoman, her look from the comics is so elegant and striking and simple, that it’s almost a one to one. We can pretty much put what’s on the printed page onto the screen. With a character like Heretic or Batwing, they might require more back and forth between myself and James and also looking at what DC’s done with it in the books to make them fit into our narrative. Because Heretic, for example, his look from the books didn’t quite mesh with the story that we’re trying to tell.
TIFFANY SMITH: You mean the baby head?
PHIL BOURASSA: Yeah, the baby head and the Arabic robes.
JAMES TUCKER: Lawrence of Arabia on steroids.
PHIL BOURASSA: Yeah, so he was trickier to incorporate because if you can’t use the source material, then you have to find the theme that is going to work and that was introduced in the comics, but also works for the story you’re trying to tell. Those characters can be kind of tricky.
TIFFANY SMITH: Some of the characters we’ve come to love throughout the three films are back, like Nightwing and Batman and Damian. What was it like coming back and voicing them again?
STUART ALLAN: I guess coming back for me is definitely amazing. To play such an iconic character, to come back and meet with the cast and crew again and get to hang out with Wes, Jay, James, Jason, Sean, and also meet some new faces as well. As you start to come back more, you start to feel yourself bond with the character more. You rub off on them and they rub off on you. Me, like Damian…I take Tae Kwon Do, I’m a black belt candidate, and I do have a bad attitude in the mornings. I know that Damian doesn’t take any dancing lessons, but he sure dances around those machine gun bullets pretty dang well. I think there were some hip-hop moves going on there.
TIFFANY SMITH: What about for you, Jason and Sean?
JASON O’MARA: Developing the character more to take it further. I think what’s really a privilege for me is taking a character that’s 77 years old now and still trying to find new ways to tell the same story. That section which I thought was really creatively done where Bruce is getting tortured and mind probed and that he was weighed down with baggage and trying to swim to the surface and all of this stuff going on inside him. That’s a new take on his backstory that we haven’t really seen. So every time we try to find a new way of telling that is exciting because it’s been done so many times.
SEAN MAHER: This was the first time that I chose to work where I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be fired. I think for me, you know, third time’s a charm. There was a sense of ease, for me, but I think that was coupled with the script that I felt rang true so much. Everything from comedy, action, to touching, emotional scenes. So for me, I had the most fun that I’ve had in this series, I think, for a bunch of different reasons. I felt I’m finally getting this and feeling this character. It’s every actor’s dream to be a part of the evolution of a character.
TIFFANY SMITH: And not feel like they’re going to get fired.
SEAN MAHER: These are these iconic roles and you want to do them justice, but at the same time, I personally wanted to bring something fresh and spontaneous to it. You don’t want to do something that was done before, so this one was a lot of fun for me.
TIFFANY SMITH: We’ve got three new actors to fill out this world. What was it like for you guys coming into it?
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: I feel like I came in somewhat blind, maybe, to the world, not only because this is the first time that Batwoman has been animated and I really heavily relied on you guys to show me the world and everything that was part of it because this is the first time. I also very much underestimated the pressure or the expectations that the entire world has on something like this. Which I feel like I realized when we were in New York last week with all the people that were interviewing us because it is such an iconic character and everybody has very specific expectations as to what should be carried through into something like this. So I really relied on you guys and the script because there are so many parts to creating this and we are the last piece into it and it’s really more about the story and the emotions and everything else that’s coming into it that’s coming off the page for me.
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM: I loved the name the Heretic and when I Googled the image it was a giant mech suit with a little tiny baby head. How does that sound like? You show up and it’s not that and it’s “Phew!” It’s just this incredibly menacing character wearing the cowl with tons of muscles. I always say if you can’t play the hero, you want to be able to fight them, so being able to fight Batman is a nerd dream come true for me.
TIFFANY SMITH: Gaius?
GAIUS CHARLES: It’s funny, I was a big fan of Batman Beyond, so to hear that some of Batwing’s tech was inspired by a Batman Beyond 1.0 version was really cool. I remembered that and did some research and found out about the original Batwing and this version of Batwing, and coming in with an attitude to collaborate and someone’s asking me what it’s like to voice a character. When you’re doing live-action, you come in and you lay down what you lay down and you go home. With this, there is so much more collaboration between the director and the producers and everybody else, you just want to create a version of this character to be introduced to the audience that they would embrace and hopefully love.
TIFFANY SMITH: The one thing I wanted to see was Batwing’s training sequence with some 80’s song playing. One thing that was not missing was the action sequences. Can you go through that process for you Jay, to figure out the choreography and what the fight sequences are going to be like?
JAY OLIVA: I think for me, they usually give me the second draft of the script, and I look at it and pitch ideas to James like, “Hey wouldn’t it be cool if this happened?” He shoots it down or he says that’s a pretty cool idea. For example, I didn’t really know Batwoman too well because I hadn’t been reading the comic books recently, so I asked James, hey, what’s her deal? And he said, “Read these issues,” so I read them and fell in love with the character. So as soon as I had that in my mind, I started crafting her fight choreography. With a sense of her background in the military, I put a little Krav Maga in it, so she fights differently than Damian and Nightwing and Batman. When you see those three fighting, their fighting styles are very similar because they’re all trained with each other, but then you throw Batwoman in it. I wanted to give her a little Thomas Wayne vibe from Flashpoint with the gun. I wanted to throw that in.
Batwing is just so new, I wanted to fit in the armored Batman. I think we had an armored Batman in Batman vs. Robin, and that was a big hulking thing. I wanted this one to be more elegant, a little more Batman Beyond. When James and I were talking, I was like, “Why don’t we make this like Batman Beyond because I loved Batman Beyond, let’s just figure out let’s reconstruct that and do that as the basis for his character,” I love fighting games. I love Street Fighter. I gave everybody a power level and figured out their special moves. Same with the villains. The great thing is we had such a huge cast of villains and we were able to give them all different, very specific styles, like Killer Moth fought differently than Firefly. Then we just mixed it up. What would Damian do fighting Tusk? For me, I wanted Talia to fight Batwoman. I got to have a girlfight. And then, of course, Nightwing vs. Batman. That’s what we’ve always wanted to see, and what I liked about this was it wasn’t about these guys fighting each other and setting it up, it was more about the idea that we have an emotionless Batman who is basically programmed to kill Nightwing. Nightwing, at first, when he’s fighting Batman, he’s holding back a little, and then he pulls out the nightsticks and is like, “I gotta take him out.” I feel bad for Nightwing, but he only gets two hits in, and then Batman works him. It’s Batman. If anybody’s going to work you, it’s going to be Batman. Ultimately, the fight choreography for this is that I wanted it to be that they all had a purpose, all the way down to Alfred. Everybody had their role. What I liked about the script and what we ended up doing, is that ultimately, it was Nightwing’s imploring of Bruce’s humanity and what he means to him and his love for the family. I liked that about it with all the big fight choreography and explosions, it still comes down to the heart.
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: I really like her feistiness and her humor. I think she had some pretty good one-liners. So that was one of my favorite parts of working with it, and we worked with it a lot. We played with it in the room, all different types of deliveries and whatever else. And I loved the fact that also there’s that family aspect of her. You see what happened in the past and why she’s gotten to where she is at right now, and also you see a glimpse into her romantic life as well. That was fun to see. So I feel it wasn’t just, the obvious, which is the girls fighting stuff, but you’ve got all this other stuff that adds to the emotional depth and layers which is always a great time for me.
TIFFANY SMITH: Speaking of the romantic stuff, Batman has a creepy romantic thing going on with his mom at one point?
JASON O’MARA: I wasn’t sure. I think I began to ask the question. I wasn’t sure the answer can go to a PG place, I kind of just…it quickly moves on to the next. Wait, three women in bed, one wearing the mother’s necklace? It’s weird.
JAY OLIVA: Bruce, in his dream, he is in his underwear, with his mom and dad in front of him that alley. For me, at least, I chuckle. I like Batman, in his underwear, in Crime Alley. How cool is that?
JAMES TUCKER: There was boxers a lot in this movie. Maybe in the next one, not as much. That will be the last Crime Alley scene in a movie. That’s it. We’re done.
TIFFANY SMITH: This probably had the least amount of Batman we have seen in an animated movie. How was that for you? Was there a freedom you didn’t have to tie yourself so closely to Batman?
JAMES TUCKER: It was risky. Pulling the script together, it didn’t dawn on me how little he’d be in it as far as actually, physically, there. But every scene is about him. Literally, everyone’s position in the movie revolves around how they feel about him, what he did for them. So it’s all about him, but it’s more about how the people in his life think about him. It didn’t feel like he wasn’t there in the final product. He’s there but he’s not there. And then he was there. But then he wasn’t there.
JAY OLIVA: I think it was the shortest recording session with Jason because Jason delivers the most lines, he came in and finished early, and he’s like, “Oh, I’m done.”
JASON O’MARA: And I got on the next flight to Hawaii.
TIFFANY SMITH: Jumping off of that, you’ve got this character that is in every scene but not every scene. With Nightwing wearing the bat cowl and taking on that voice, talk to me a little bit about doing the voice of Jason O’Mara doing Batman.
SEAN MAHER: It’s funny because you’re going in for voice over, but you’re going into hair and make-up and there’s going to be B-roll and this whole notion of showing up in a baseball cap, which has worked out for me in the voice over world. Which is fine and fun, so we got B-roll going and we get to the first line and I’ve got to be Batman, and I think I’m going to do the worst impression that I could possibly think of. I’m going to make fun of Jason and they’re going to catch it on B-roll and it’s going to be such a funny moment, and I do it. Then ya’ll are like, “Great, we love it!” I was like, “Shut the (censored) up!” And you were like, “Yeah!” Oh, okay, so I guess it worked.
TIFFANY SMITH: Were you trying to do a funny voice or are you saying that’s what Jason sounds like?
SEAN MAHER: I was trying to make fun of…
JAMES TUCKER: It was supposed to be bad.
SEAN MAHER: It was supposed to be bad. We talked a little bit about this before, but for me, when I approach this voiceover work, I don’t see or at least I’m not used to seeing the bigger picture. When I see it, I’m like, “Oh, of course it works.” Damian calls him out. Batwoman calls him out. Of course it’s supposed to be false, I wasn’t really supposed to be Batman.
JASON O’MARA: I’m just jealous because you nailed it in the first line.
TIFFANY SMITH: For you guys coming in, creating it, how did you guys get into that place, how does it sound when you’re not in the costume, and when you’re in it?
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: It really comes down to the script for me. Like I said before, it’s the story that they created and it informs everything that I do, really, in this scenario, in the voiceover world. Because also, and this came up last time, we are in the booth alone. We’re not with other actors. In fact, some of us have only met tonight, so it’s a very solo process, aside from the people who are making it. It’s the script. Batwoman before had all this emotional whatever, it comes alive with the word from the page.
GAIUS CHARLES: I would say with Batwing, he just got the suit so it wouldn’t be necessarily he had time to develop the whole persona of Batwing. So I just really tried to bring life to Luke and let that life inform Batwing as well.
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM: It was pretty easy. It’s a little bit bigger, a little bit darker, and you work with your directors. It’s a fantastic, collaborative process. He’s void, it’s very cold, it’s very dispassionate, menacing. You have a tendency to go “I’M THE HERETIC” but the directors go, “Please, less.” And it comes about naturally that way.
TIFFANY SMITH: Seeing it with the audience, were there any scenes that stand out? For me, it’s the nunjas.
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM: The nunjas were awesome.
TIFFANY SMITH: Any scenes stand out for you guys?
STUART ALLAN: I have a favorite soft scene and an action scene. The soft scene, I really like Damian’s scene in the monastery. Seeing how he’s been conflicted still, as we see in this beginning, with his humility and responsibility issues. He’s responsible enough and humble enough to wash the floors of the monastery, but he’s not humble enough to shave his own head and to stop using the internet. And then I guess my favorite hard scene, the action scene, would be when he’s fighting against Tusk and we see this little Damian fighting against this huge mammoth of a creature and somehow he manages to get away unscathed. Also at the end, he still has a passion to try to save him and after all of that, he just ends with “Damn.”
JASON O’MARA: I think for me, it’s every time you see one of these fight scenes, I don’t know how Jay and James…I just don’t know how they do it. It’s just astonishing. When you’re doing the first pass, all you’ve got is the script, you’ve got no visuals whatsoever, so you’re just trying to imagine how it’s going to be. How it’s going to look, where you’re going to be standing, if it’s going to be a wide shot, a close up. Then you get another pass at it, sometimes you’ve got images and rough assemblies. Sometimes you have an almost finished movie, depending on what stage, then you go back and do the ADR, but seeing the fight scenes for the first time always blows me away because that’s the part where you don’t see.
TIFFANY SMITH: And probably feels the most silly.
JASON O’MARA: It does feel silly because then spend half an hour sometimes an hour just going “Ooh!” “Ooh!” ::fight noises::
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: The worst is the falling. The worst is when you’re falling you out of a thing and you go ::DESCENDING SCREAM::
STUART ALLAN: I just have a tendency to really kick it out there. “SHAH!”
TIFFANY SMITH: I feel like you are making jokes, and the three of them (Oliva, Tucker and Bourassa) are envisioning it.
PHIL BOURASSA: If you ever play with G.I. Joes, it’s the same thing.
JAY OLIVA: Same thing.
SEAN MAHER: It’s the only time that I beg for a line reading. Tell me exactly how.
JASON O’MARA: And then you go, give us three “HYUH!”s, it was pretty close. ::three grunts::
STUART ALLAN: You sound like you’re throwing up. That’s good.
JAY OLIVA: I think my favorite for me it was when Sean had to go in for ADR, which is the “oof”s and “uhh”s, and we were showing him the fight sequence where he’s fighting Jason, Batman. We play it and like, “Okay, are you ready?” and I can just see Sean’s face, and he’s just, “Oh my God, how am I supposed to?” And we do it and right on, and we play it, so two punches to the stomach, one punch to the face, and your arm gets broken, and Sean’s face is just like a deer in the headlights. “Oh dear God, what did I sign up for?” And I told him, “I’m sorry I have to beat you up, I have to.” They all did great.
JAMES TUCKER: Well, we’re a bad influence on each other.
JAY OLIVA: We enable each other. We’re enablers.
PHIL BOURASSA: And they know I’ll never say no. Let’s just throw all these characters in.
JAMES TUCKER: I’ll say, “Why don’t we do this?” and then our bosses will find out and go “Do you know what Jay is doing?” and I pretend that I’m mad.
JAY OLIVA: For me, I look at what I’ve done in the past, and what we’ve done collectively at Warner Bros. Animation going all the way back to Batman the Animated Series, and I try to figure out how do I give it a different life, a different feel? My one thing is, ever since Justice League War I wanted to make Jason O’Mara’s Batman to be the most highly choreographed Bruce Lee Kung Fu Fest that you’ve ever seen any Batman do, and I think we’ve kind of accomplished that. And I wanted to give everybody to have their own different feel with this new continuity, and that’s why I try to approach this as a live action film. Go balls to the wall and say, “Hey James, that’s cool,” and he says, “Let’s do it.”
TIFFANY SMITH: Now that you’ve seen it, are there any characters that stand out to you as favorites?
JAY OLIVA: I like Batwoman and nunjas. Nunjas can always can come back, and they’re all clones and they have no souls.
PHIL BOURASSA: I would say Nightwing and Batgirl. I love those characters and I think Nightwing, Dick Grayson, got to really shine in this movie. We get to see how different he is from Bruce and stuff like that and I thought that was really cool and really compelling. The reason he puts on that old classic suit is because he never really wanted to be in that role, and so there’s something really interesting about a guy who’s been through the same trauma as Bruce Wayne, but approaches life in a very different way. We can do a lot with that story.
JAY OLIVA: I want to see the disco outfit. We’ll do that. We’ll have fight sequences with the disco outfit, disco ball, rollerskates, Xanadu, the musical. Let’s do a musical.
TIFFANY SMITH: Are you guys all aboard with the musical? Doing the fight scenes musically.
SEAN MAHER: I would do it.
TIFFANY SMITH then opened up the panel to take questions from the audience.
JAMES TUCKER: We definitely want Batwoman coming back and it’s just we haven’t decided how or when or what the story is going to be, but yeah, definitely.
Q: How much liberty do you have with these characters? Do you get any notes of things you can’t do?
JAY OLIVA: Most of my notes come from James, but I’m sure he gets some from higher up, right?
JAMES TUCKER: The way we use them in conjunction with DC, Mike Carlin from DC, Alan Burnett, and all them, we start the process of figuring out what we do want. So Alan knows Batman backwards and forwards. Mike does too. I have my own views on Batman, so we just try to do something that feels right for Batman, but also pushing it forward so we’re not retreading stuff. We could, honestly redo the same episodes over and over, the same beats. What I like about what we’re doing now is Batman as a dad, which no one has done before. So, to me, that’s what makes this line a little more unique and it’s own thing. We get along with DC very well.
Q: You touched a little bit about Thomas Wayne in Flashpoint Paradox, are we going to see him again?
JAY OLIVA: I’d love to do a sequel/prequel to Flashpoint. It’s funny, I always throw stupid ideas at James, and one of my things is why don’t we do a parallel universe where Thomas Wayne runs into Batwoman and Thomas Wayne is like “I like your style”. I just want Batwoman and Thomas Wayne to be in the same movie. I don’t know how that’s going to be. But we love Flashpoint, all three of us, we love it, and the fans have loved it and we got good feedback from it, it sold very well, and I think just as long as people keep buying these films and talk about it, we can be like give us another Flashpoint.
Q: Do you have any plans to explore Arkham Asylum where you can bring out a plethora of bad guys?
JAMES TUCKER: Sure. That goes with it. The first three movies have been more Ra’s Al Ghul and Damian-centric, and we really haven’t been able to explore the other side of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, but I really want to get to that.
PHIL BOURASSA: We haven’t done Mr. Freeze or Poison Ivy. Some of the really old stuff.
Q: We’ve seen a lot of Gotham in these movies, what areas of Gotham would you like to explore and put on screen?
JAY OLIVA: We saw Bludhaven.
PHIL BOURASSA: Does this require a comprehensive knowledge of Gotham City?
JAMES TUCKER: I guess Arkham is the most logical thing to do next. We did Arkham in Son of Batman. It’s there, we know it’s there.
JAY OLIVA: I guess I’d like to see Green Arrow in one of these things. That’d be fun.
Q: You’ve done a lot of iconic storylines, have you thought of doing Hush?
JAMES TUCKER: We’ve thought about it, but no one’s decided yet on what’s the best way to approach it as a stand alone.
JAY OLIVA: It depends on whether it’s going to be a stand alone where it’s a direct adaptation or we try to fit it into the continuity.
Q: Two-part movie?
JAY OLIVA: I don’t think they’d want to double dip like that.
JAMES TUCKER: Also, I’d have Hush be Jason Todd. I’m not pro-Hush literally. Meaning I don’t want to do an exact copy because I don’t even know who the guy ended up being.
Q: Thomas Elliot.
JAMES TUCKER: Who the hell is that?
JASON O’MARA: Killer Croc was in the last one. Man-Bat too.
JAY OLIVA: In the next film I do, I’ll try to throw in as many guys as I can.
PHIL BOURASSA: We have talked about bringing Croc back.
Q: Can you tell us if and when we can expect a Nightwing movie?
JAY OLIVA: I’d love to do a Nightwing movie. I want solo movies of all these guys. I want a Gaius/Blue Beetle movie. Just Gaius, not Batwing. I’m just kidding. Batwing and Blue Beetle. I think if we could get solo movies with all of these guys, it’d be great.
PHIL BOURASSA: That’s the thing about the supporting cast in the Batworld is we think they’re all strong enough to carry their own film, so we would love to do a Nightwing-based film. I don’t know when, but we’d love to do it.
JAMES TUCKER: If our bosses will pay for it, sure.
Q: Now that the Batfamily is growing, what about a little short about the Batfamily behind the scenes? Maybe at the Thanksgiving table?
JAY OLIVA: That’s the most dysfunctional family. We’ll do that short. Yeah. Maybe when Joker shows up we’ll do that.
TIFFANY SMITH: There’s a little bit of that in Batman Li’l Gotham, they do holiday times.
Q: How much were you all able to improvise? There was a lot of humor in this film, did you deviate from the script?
JAY OLIVA: The original script was fantastic, and we recorded it, but then after we looked at it in animatics and we started getting footage back, James and I were just going, “Wouldn’t it be cool if they said this instead?” Nunjas wasn’t in the original script. And so when we bring the actors in, we kind of tell them we added a few lines here and there. Making films is very organic, so we have to see pacing, feel it out, and then hopefully it’s funny enough that you guys chuckle and laugh at it because we’ve seen it a million times. We gave ourselves a high-five for fitting it in, but we don’t know whether or not you guys like it.
JAMES TUCKER: I’m known for going back in and changing things in ADR, so I can’t point out which ones were changed, because that’s just not cool, but there was a lot. All the way back to Brave and the Bold.
Q: This movie has Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batwing, so how about we get Ace the Bathound? [ed. note – YESSSSSS!!!!!!]
JAY OLIVA: Maybe Ace will show up in Batman v. Superman.
TIFFANY SMITH: We want more animal villains and more animal heroes too.
JAY OLIVA: Let’s just do all animals.
Q: The Batfamily has such a psychologically rich roster of characters and I feel the dynamic would be more different if Tim and Barbara were there because they’re so much more level-headed and adjusted.
JAMES TUCKER: I.E. “Boring.”
Q: How much thought went into the roster of the film?
JAMES TUCKER: A lot. We’ve done stuff with Tim on BTAS. Barbara gets love all the time going back to Batman ’66. I said I know they exist in this world, but I don’t think they had to be introduced when everyone was used to them being introduced. So I’m like, “Give me the edgy guys first.” Give me Batwoman before Batgirl. Give me Tim after Damian. How does that work when Batman is used to his son being Robin and then Tim shows up for whatever reason? So I want to make it more interesting than what you guys have seen and read, so they’re the same character, but they just show up in different times and different places. Same version of them, just different points in Batman’s life than did that you’re used to.
Q: Could there be a Death in the Family next?
JAMES TUCKER: That almost happened, and it may happen, it came close.
JAY OLIVA: I think that’s the whole point of these stories. It’s the same continuity so the characters will grow. James was saying how we have Dad Batman, which is why I like playing him a little more unhinged because the fact that he’s a father, plus his son is Damian, that’s just so much pressure.
STUART ALLAN: I am a handful.
JAY OLIVA: You’ll see him grow and if you notice his design will start to adjust as he gets a little bit older. Even Nightwing gets a little bit bulkier in this movie.
PHIL BOURASSA: We needed him to fill out the Batsuit to make it believable.
JAY OLIVA: And so we tried to do that and in the next couple of movies you’ll see even Damian’s character change a little bit, design-wise, slightly. Although Batman’s still in the same outfit.
PHIL BOURASSA: It’s not Year One for him.
JAMES TUCKER: We actually changed the colors subtly on him. Some movies it’s bluer, some it’s darker grey, black.
PHIL BOURASSA: And in the Justice League movies, the cape doesn’t come forward and cover the shoulders.
STUART ALLAN: Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that if I say anything, they’ll strangle me. But I can definitely say that I’m absolutely excited for it. And of course, it’s Teen Titans and Justice League, what could go wrong?
Q: Yvonne, if you could have them write a storyline for you in the next one, what would be your dream storyline?
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: I’m going to get fired. I really don’t know. I can’t talk about story.
JAMES TUCKER: There’s a storyline that follows what happened to her twin sister who becomes this other, really interesting character, so that’s definitely something we’ve thought about.
Q: Besides the character that you voice, who do you wish you could voice from the Batman Universe?
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM: Martha Wayne.
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SEAN MAHER: I’d say Alfred.
JASON O’MARA: I always wanted to play a villain. Like an old school villain. Joker or Riddler or someone like that would be cool.
GAIUS CHARLES: I think that’d be cool. Riddler. There’s so many. Mr. Freeze.
STUART ALLAN: I would go for some of the villains too. Riddler seems like a really cool character. I just like his creativeness in how he can trick and manipulate heroes in scenarios.
JAY OLIVA: I’d be Bane.
PHIL BOURASSA: Clayface.
JAMES TUCKER: Oh geez. I don’t know.
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: I also want to be Alfred. And I’m not just copying Sean.
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