Interviews Jeff Bennett

03.19.2009 has interviewed voice actor Jeff Bennett on his role as the voice of The Joker and The Red Hood on Cartoon Network’s The Brave and The Bold. Bennett discusses the previous takes on performing Joker (by Mark Hamill, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Heath Ledger), the history of the character, and why his performance ended up sounding like Christopher Walken.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you make [Joker] too over the top and maniacal all the time, it just gets boring. I liked finding that kind of withheld madness and seeing it play across the mic. It’s a challenge for me to keep it contained and then let it pop out every once in a while.”

“You can’t do the Joker without being a little crazy. I love what Anthony Hopkins did in Hannibal Lector because it was so contained, yet you knew he could rip your head off if he got a hold of you. I wanted to give this guy that flavor, but keep him ‘old New York sophisticated.’ There are different ways to interpret the Joker. If you had twenty different guys doing the voice, you’d have twenty different styles and all of them would be right. It’s fun to go too far and be pulled back and it’s fun to keep it subtle and have them say we need a little bit more.

I did a different take that was a little more Christopher Walken-ish that came out vocally, because I like doing that particular voice. People might take that as a little too comical as opposed to being like a comic book character. It was kind of fun. My Joker has a little of the Christopher Walken in him as well.

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John Di Maggio is Aquaman


Comic Book Resources has published an interview with John Di Maggio (voice of Bender on Futurama), on voicing Aquaman in the Friday, March 13th new episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on Cartoon Network. Here’s an excerpt:

If it sounds like DiMaggio’s enjoying his time on “The Brave and The Bold,” that’s because it’s true. “It’s a fun gig. It’s Aquaman!” he said. “It’s a really great cast. Diedrich Bader is really great as Batman. Tom Kenny is a great Plastic Man, and there’s a whole bunch of really good people coming up. A lot of these people I’ve worked with before, and there’s a lot of good voiceover people on the show. And Andrea Romano who has won multiple, multiple Emmys for her work in cartoons is the voice director. It’s pretty stacked.”

Bringing to life a hero and also making him funny remains his greatest challenge in the vocal booth. “It’s a lot harder doing comedy. It’s a lot harder to make something funny than it is to make it not funny. It’s REAL easy to make something not funny, you know?” said DiMaggio, who also voices villain Gorilla Grodd on the series. “You make sure you stay within the realms of what you outlined for yourself before and make sure it sticks. It’s kind of weird. It’s not like the choices are that all over the place. It’s pretty specific where you stick to the script and know what you did vocally the last time you were in the studio. It’s a lot tighter than you might think. And you get to do more within that.”

Continue reading: The Bravest and Boldest: John DiMaggio.

Elsewhere, Di Maggio also discusses his Aquaman role with

Di Maggio also has a supporting role as “Kip Caray” in the indie comedy The Wiffler: The Ted Whitfield Story which will be screened at several film festivals in 2009.