Voice actress Gray DeLisle is not any stranger to Diana Prince a.ok.a. Marvel Girl. However I feel it’s honest to say these earlier iterations had been nowhere close to as bonkers or off-the-wall humorous as she performs the Amazon warrior within the present DC Tremendous Hero Ladies cartoon. In case you’ve ever taken a gander at her Twitter, you know the way entertaining DeLisle could be on social media. In order you possibly can think about, she undoubtedly leans into her comedy chops for this model.
Because the de facto chief of her superpowered group of buddies, Marvel Girl reaches a crossroads that assessments her talents within the Teen Titans Go! & DC Tremendous Hero Ladies: Mayhem within the Multiverse crossover animated movie. Forward of the discharge, we had the chance to talk with Gray DeLisle about exploring Marvel Girl’s vulnerabilities and way more!
Taimur Dar: You’ve voiced Marvel Girl a lot of instances prior to now however this one is my favourite as a result of it actually performs to your comedic strengths. Was getting to show the comedy dial to 11 one thing that appealed to you?
Gray DeLisle: Completely! The primary model of DC Tremendous Hero Ladies was for youthful audiences so it wasn’t fairly as a lot enjoyable. I’ve additionally been in a position to play the “earnest Marvel Girl” in all the opposite properties for a number of years. When this one got here up it was such a departure and a lot extra enjoyable. Despite the fact that I do get to play the “earnest Marvel Girl” on this one as nicely on the very finish. It was enjoyable to play each Marvel Girls in a single movie. I do love the comedy and I really like the awkwardness of Marvel Girl. It’s so enjoyable to play. And he or she’s making an attempt to be cool and humorous and she or he doesn’t know the way. [Laughs].
Dar: There’s a working gag in DC Tremendous Hero Ladies with Diana being always annoyed by expertise. After I interviewed you a number of months in the past for Mortal Kombat Legends, I used to be stunned to study that you simply didn’t even personal a pc till the pandemic!
DeLisle: It’s so true! I didn’t personal a pc. I nonetheless have issues. I began a children band over the lockdown referred to as The Roughhousers and we’ve been doing plenty of press. They wished to do Skype and I’m like, “Oh no! Why are you doing Skype when everyone seems to be doing Zoom?” And I saved making an attempt to get the man to do Zoom however they wouldn’t. I used to be making an attempt to signal into the assembly nevertheless it wasn’t engaged on my telephone. So lastly I needed to go right down to the laptop computer within the storage studio and get on Skype. It was essentially the most irritating and hectic a part of the day. [Laughs]. I do know expertise is meant to make our lives simpler nevertheless it appears to make my life extra hectic.
Dar: In a method you sort of already answered my query, however is it secure to say you possibly can relate to Diana’s aggravations with expertise?
DeLisle: Oh my God! Completely! 100% sure! However then once more I do know that I’d in all probability be homeless if not for expertise. I constructed this very costly studio for my ex-husband in our storage. He’s a music man. After which our marriage didn’t work out so he moved to Nashville. We’re nonetheless good buddies. I used to be like, “What am I going to do with this costly silly studio that I inbuilt my darn storage?” After which the world fell aside and my agent goes, “Is there any method you possibly can file?” So thank goodness for my studio and the expertise that did save me as a result of in any other case I’d be homeless! I’ve no different expertise on the earth! I can’t kind and I can’t do something computer-wise. All I can do is make bizarre voices.
Dar: As hilarious as DC Tremendous Hero Ladies will get, there’s plenty of room for coronary heart and emotion. Mayhem within the Multiverse has an incredible second when Diana returns house to the island of Themyscira after struggling nice failure and see her mom who then comforts her by telling her that everybody fails. It’s a singular second of vulnerability that I’m certain everybody has encountered in some unspecified time in the future inside the final two years. Did that scene and second have any resonance for you?
DeLisle: Sure, in additional methods than one. My mother and I’ve a strained relationship. Over the pandemic she was of 1 thoughts in regards to the vaccine and I used to be of one other thoughts in regards to the vaccine. I used to be afraid for my children to get sick so I wouldn’t let her go to. We simply had our first huge lengthy go to after nearly two years for Mom’s Day. So once I watched that a part of the film I received a bit emotional. Mommy points, you already know? All of us have them! [Laughs].
Dar: You additionally play the villain Giganta whose voice you’ve mentioned you modeled after the character Biff Tannen within the Again to the Future movies. Once more, it’s one other character that performs to your comedic strengths and has so many hilarious moments like how she’s insulting her loving and supporting mother and father. However in the event you look nearer there are hints that Giganta is simply insecure and overcompensating. Did that inform your efficiency so there was extra depth to Giganta than we realized?
DeLisle: I feel that’s the case with most bullies. Only a deep sense of insecurity. Like one huge bully that all of us needed to take care of for the final 4 years earlier than Biden got here. Bullying all the time stems from that insecurity. I feel it’s hilarious that she has these candy mother and father. Even my son is buddies with some children who’re imply to their mother and father as a result of they assume it makes them see cool however his mother and father are so good! It was an incredible tackle Giganta.
Dar: Lois Lane is one more character you’ve voiced usually. In DC Tremendous Hero Ladies she is depicted as a quick speaking scholar reporter. Once more, it’s one other showcase of your nice comedy expertise. By the way, you additionally voice Lois Lane within the present season of Younger Justice and is elevating her son Jon Kent additionally voiced by you. I keep in mind studying you used to do a Lois Lane voice when your son was growing up, so how do distinction your experiences voicing Lois in these two completely different initiatives?
DeLisle: I’d do the quaint Lois Lane for my son as a result of he preferred the Max Fleischer Superman stuff from the ‘40s. So it wasn’t fairly as quick as [in] DC Tremendous Hero Ladies. After which Younger Justice felt very actual. You may’t placed on that stylized voice so I performed it straight like my very own voice. For DC Tremendous Hero Ladies I wished to make her cartoony. She lives in a busy metropolis so I gave her a tiny little bit of a New York factor and quick speaking. Nearly classic but additionally like a hipster younger girl who lives within the metropolis.
Dar: It’s not unusual to see voice actors attempt their hand in writing for animation. I’ve undoubtedly been seeing an elevated pattern. That Father or mother Like No One Is Watching animated brief that you simply created is likely one of the most hilarious issues I’ve ever seen. So I’m curious in the event you’ve ever had an inkling to write down one thing for any of the quite a few animated exhibits you’ve labored on?
DeLisle: I even have by no means written a script for any exhibits that I’ve achieved. I do know Richard Horvitz did. He wrote a Billy & Mandy along with his spouse who’s a extremely phenomenal author. I actually don’t have any curiosity in writing cartoons. It’s humorous as a result of individuals ask me to sing or write songs with them. For some purpose I’m a reasonably solitary individual relating to writing. I like to simply write one thing that’s fully my concept. I’ll write songs and comedy nevertheless it needs to be fully my very own. It’s actually laborious for me to tackle a special story with set characters and parameters and create inside that world. It’s laborious for me to even sing songs with different folks that I didn’t write. I’m actually good at singing my very own songs. I made up the melody so I can’t screw up as a result of it’s mine.
Teen Titans Go! & DC Tremendous Hero Ladies: Mayhem within the Multiverse is on the market Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital beginning Could 24, 2022.
Followers also can catch the film occasion on Cartoon Community premiering Saturday, Could 28 after which on HBO Max starting June 28.