Justice Society: WWII Stana Katic Talks About Wonder Woman’s Inspiring Power

Of all the heroes leading the charge in the new DC Universe original animated film Justice Society: World War II, none is more decidedly fierce and brutally efficient than Wonder Woman. Portrayed in the film by Stana Katic, Wonder Woman leads the JSA into battle to liberate Europa from Axis powers as she acclimatizes to the unknown outside world beyond her home in Themyscira.

In an exclusive interview with CBR, Katic recounts how he developed Diana Prince’s voice in the film, shares the character’s empowering potential, and talks about finding the character’s heart amid all the action of war.

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Stana, you can be Wonder Woman! What was it like to get this role?

Stana Katic: Impressive! I know this character inspires and empowers so many people, including me! It was a no-brainer and, adding to that fact, knowing that [producer] Butch Lukic was part of the team behind this, as well as [voice director] Wes Gleason, whose work I’ve been a fan ever since Batman: The Animated Series – the two of them were truly the most amazing and decadent team members ever to take part in an upbeat performance. It was kind of a no-brainer across the board.

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What was it like finding Wonder Woman’s voice, not just as Diana but as a 1940s Diana who hadn’t yet fully integrated with the outside world?

Katic: The guys really wanted to honor the Wonder Woman mythology, they wanted her to have an accent; Butch and Wes were very clear about that at the top. In a way, they gave me a regional understanding of what they were looking for and the rest was up to me. For me, the interesting thing about that assignment was that I had to imagine what a Scythian warrior woman might sound like because, in the end, our Amazon story is based on something that seems to be true. If you look at the Kurgans who are starting to dig, they are finding female warriors buried there; they believe they are Scythians.

Seeing that, researching some of that history knowing where Amazonian folklore was probably based was part of the inspiration where I got the seeds of this accent from. And I also wanted to add a touch of my grandmothers because they are my girls, they survived WWII; I feel like they are Wonder Women too.

Was there a specific line in the script or a bit of direction that helped inform your performance or did you draw heavily on that historical research?

Katic: The accent, once I got that first kind of guidance from the guys, it was something that I put together and showed them and they really enjoyed it and gave it the green light. But I think there is a quality of leadership and a quality of authority that is necessary for Wonder Woman in this story, certainly in the face of this Nazi attack, and that is something Wes and Butch were very committed to keeping an eye on. They wanted to make sure this character was a credible badass and credible authority to the group, and they consciously kept him in our opinion.

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She’s absolutely badass, but she’s also a character who always has her guard up, even with Steve Trevor. What was it like finding that nuance in a character who is very mission oriented but with a lot of things under the surface?

Katic: Definitely! This is a character, I think like most great leaders, leaders that I respect and appreciate, who is not a predator, but a leader who leads from the heart. That’s something that I think is a characteristic of Wonder Woman through every iteration of Wonder Woman throughout history. No matter how much Nazi butt he kicks in, he still has a tremendous amount of heart. I think finding the moments where we could allow some of that to leak out a little bit more, it was a bit of an adjustment that we all did together. Ultimately, when you consider the relationship you have with Steve, that’s probably one of the main spaces where you can let your guard down just for a moment.

As a quick comment, I am a James Bond fan and you must be on Quantum of Solace. When Daniel Craig finished his career, how was he in that movie?

Katic: The Bond film series is something that is now historic. It was being filmed on set by camera operators who are the children of the original cinematographer. I was also in the makeup chair of the woman who was the wife of one of the original team members and you are dealing with the Broccoli family lineage. You feel like you are walking into the Paramount lot, where there is an enormous amount of history, pride and pedigree in that project. Just being able to participate in something like that was fun. Enjoying the company of the cast and crew and joining all the wonderful features of London, it was a gift.

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Looking back, now that the movie is finished, what are you most proud of being able to add your own voice to Wonder Woman?

Katic: Since quarantine is like quarantine, we have also had to adjust living situations and therefore I have been taking care of family members throughout all of this. At one point, I had several nieces and nephews who came to live with us for a while, and at one point, one of my nieces had to be rushed to the ER. While we waited in an emergency, she was nervous and I could see that so, looking for something to distract her from her nerves, I showed her her online clips of different versions of Wonder Woman, whether it was the animated version or the live version. . TV version or action movie.

I was in awe of how much it empowered her, not only distracted her, it gave her the confidence to deal with what we were dealing with at the time, especially when she saw the clip with young Wonder Woman and was able to fully identify with it. character. It really touched me to witness that in my niece and I think in many ways – and I know it for myself – when I can be a character that I relate to on screen, especially a protagonist who has integrity, to be able to look up to that and Using it as a guide, if only to overcome struggles in the moment, is a great gift. And to be able to offer that to members of the audience, if I can, I think it’s a great privilege.

Justice Society: World War II, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros., Matthew Mercer as Hourman, Armen Taylor as Jay Garrick, Liam McIntyre as Aquaman, Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West, Geoffrey Arend as Charles Halstead / Advisor, Keith Ferguson as Dr. Fate and Darin De Paul as Roosevelt. The film will be released digitally on April 27 and on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on May 11.

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