Earlier in the week when it was just cold with no snow, What’cha Reading attended the Batman: Bad Blood premiere at the Paley Center for Media in New York. Out of all the appearances, I was most excited to speak with Sean Maher, the voice of Nightwing, and Yvonne Strahovski, the voice of Batwoman. Strahovski, someone I’ve long been a fan of since her days as Agent Sarah Walker on NBC’s Chuck, is notable for being the first voice actress of Batwoman as Batman: Bad Blood marks the animated debut of the popular character. Strahovski, whom there was a bit of a wait to speak with as every media outlet certainly wanted to speak with the 5’9 Australian actress, could not have been more sweet and gracious. In our conversation, we cover everything from her debut as Batwoman, and the one word she would use to describe the latest DC Animated Universe movie – Batman: Bad Blood. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Yvonne Strahovski, Batwoman of Batman: Bad Blood, as much as I had speaking with her.
Steven Biscotti – I’m going to start out by asking something we’ve been asking everybody. Using a choice of three expressions from Batman, the classic t.v. show, which one would you use to describe Batman: Bad Blood?
Yvonne Strahovski – [LAUGHS]
SB – We’ve got a sock, a kapow…
YS – I’m going with “bam.”
SB – She’s going with the “bam” for Batman: Bad Blood.
YS – [LAUGHS] Am I the only one?
SB – Actually yes. I think so.
YS – I am? Really?
SB – I know Sean did “kapow.”
YS – He did it? Okay.
SB – “Kapow” is actually my favorite, but…
YS – I’m sorry to disappoint you. [LAUGHS]
SB – But “bam” is now my favorite!
YS – Okay.
SB – So you’ve done a few voice work projects before, including a few video games, but this is your first time with the DC Animated Universe?
YS – It is, yes.
SB – What’s that experience like?
YS – It’s great. You know this is the first time I’ve done something that’s animated and when they ask you to do Batman you say “Yes!” because that’s pretty exciting to do. And I’m going to tell you that I just met everyone today because when you do voices in such a smaller booth, you don’t interact with anyone so this is all very new to me.
SB – Now Andrea Romano? She’s the voice director for this one? (*Andrea Romano is the prolific voice caster for DC Animated, television and film.)
YS – Jay [Oliva] directed this one.
SB – Okay, yes. How’s it working with Jay? He’s been working with the DC Animated Universe for a while.
YS – Yeah, great. You walk in the room and its fun and everyone knows the world very well. Jay’s very specific and understands this world and I immediately felt very comfortable. We had a lot of fun, we played and laughed around, and played with it a lot especially because we’re establishing a new character. Well not a new character because the character’s been around for a long time, but it’s coming to life in animation for the first time.
SB – Now with Batman: Bad Blood, Batwoman is a fan favorite. Did you feel that stepping into the role you were able to imbue her with your own qualities or was it very much that you had to stick to the character as she appeared on the page?
YS – The writing is very specific for her just in terms of that sense of humor that she has. She’s dry, she’s kind of feisty. It really does inform the way you play her and the way I voiced it, but also I’m me and I’m going to add my own to it anyway. So hopefully it lives up to everyone’s massive expectations. [LAUGHS]
SB – I can’t think of a better person to be voicing Batwoman and we loved you as Sarah Walker on Chuck and we think it’s great that you’re a part of the DC Universe. Is there a particular moment in Batman: Bad Blood that we should look forward to? Or one that you had a lot of fun with?
YS – Definitely, the one liners. I had so much fun recording those because it’s fun to play a character that’s super strong and feisty, but has a sense of humor. And I think that’s the fun part and those are the things I’m looking forward to seeing happen and see how people react to. The dialogue stuff.
SB – We’re really excited about Batman: Bad Blood and thank you for speaking with us.
YS – Thank you. Thanks for having me.
*What’cha Reading and Steven Biscotti would like to thank Yvonne Strahovski 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.