Last week, What’cha Reading was at the NYC premiere for Batman: Bad Blood, the upcoming DC Animated Universe installment, directed by Jay Oliva. One of the guests we were most excited to speak to at the NYC Paley Center was actor Sean Maher. We’re all big fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity. The character Simon Tam was always one of my favorites and to speak with Sean Maher, the actor who brought him to life? It was worth braving the cold city temperatures.
Sean Maher is one of the sweetest and soft spoken of talents we’ve been afforded the opportunity to speak with. Covering everything from his Batman: Bad Blood role to fond memories of Adam Baldwin, Jayne Cobb of Firefly and Serenity, here is our very conversation that I hope you enjoy as much as I did speaking with Mr. Maher.
Steven Biscotti – I’m going to start off doing something really interesting here.
Sean Maher – Okay.
SB – We’re big fans of the classic Batman television series, so out of your choice of “bam”, “kapow”, or “sock” which one would you choose to describe Batman: Bad Blood?
SM – I like “kapow.” I think I’ve used that with my son, actually.
SB – There you have it. Sean Maher. “Kapow.” That’s the one word used to describe Batman: Bad Blood. So I want to know, this is your third time voicing Dick Grayson/Nightwing. You have a history of playing characters that we get to see grow on screen such as with Simon Tam in Firefly and Serenity. How does this feel for you?
SM – Yeah, yeah, it is. It’s funny that you say that because as an actor I’m sort of easing into it more. I think we have seen Dick [Grayson] evolve and the dynamics of all of the characters. This one especially I feel resonated with me more because of the more familial bond we all have. I definitely feel that I’m growing with him.
SB – It’s interesting because you’ve played a very beloved character with Simon Tam in Firefly/Serenity. And now you’re Dick Grayson. Do you have a favorite? Is it just a love for pop-culture?
SM – You know, this is my first animated gig ever and I do feel that I wasn’t that privy to the DC Universe, but Andrea Romano reached out to me and I’m so grateful for that and I believe I was, at first, not so sure who and where Dick Grayson was within the universe so I did some digging and research because I didn’t follow the animated universe as much as I would have liked. But I’m privy to him and I don’t know if that’s just selfish because I voice him, but I kind of dig him. He’s flawed and I love the dynamics between him and Batman. And I love his sort of desire for autonomy.
SB – And you also play Shrapnel on Arrow.
SM – I do, yeah.
SB – Well, its great having you back in the DC Universe.
SM – Thank you. I like your shirt!
SB – Thank you. Thank you. So a few months ago I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Baldwin and I was wondering if maybe you could share a particular memory or story you have of working with him?
SM – Oh gosh. You know there’s probably too many to recall. Just one? I will say with Adam in regards to the family dynamic, he was sort of like the big brother I never had. He, sometimes, annoyed the shit out of me [laughs]but I loved him deep down, all the same. Adam’s a tremendous actor, a tremendous person, a wonderful father and a great amount of respect for him.
SB – And the same could be said for you. Well thank you so much for speaking with us and we’re very excited for Batman: Bad Blood.
SM – Oh yeah, thank you! It was nice meeting you.
*What’cha Reading and Steven Biscotti would like to thank Sean Maher for spending some time with us, along with Gary Miereanu of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for coordinating a great premiere for Batman: Bad Blood.
About Batman: Bad Blood …
The mysterious disappearance of Batman (voice of Jason O’Mara), coupled with the emergence of powerful and malevolent new villains in Gotham City, force Nightwing (Maher) and Robin (Stuart Allan) to take crime-fighting into their own hands – while simultaneously searching for their missing leader. They’re not alone for long. New super heroes Batwoman (Strahovski) and Batwing (Gaius Charles) – each armed with her/his own sensibilities, physical abilities and crime-fighting tools – arrive in Gotham to assist in the cause. As this new “family” strives to find its own dynamic, chilling clues lead the group to suspect the Dark Knight may have gone over to the dark side. It’s up to the entire Bat team to uncover the truth before Gotham City falls prey to its greatest threat yet.
Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Bad Blood will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD starting January 19 and on Blu-ray & DVD on February 2, 2016.