Here are production images from the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature voice starring Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, Summer Glau as Supergirl/Kara Zor-el, Andre Braugher as Darkseid and Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman.
The images below features design work and character models sheets for the DC Universe Animated Original Superman/Batman: Apocalypse made by storyboard artist Sam Liu, including Liu's own comments for some of the characters sheets.
Superman/Batman Apocalypse hit the shelves last Tuesday. I had the good fortune to be asked to do the designs for this movie. Even though I don't consider myself a character designer, it was a lot of fun and a lot of stress trying to emulate Michael Turner's style. Special thanks goes out to Jeff Johnson for doing a ton of the heavy lifting with the finishes, turns and, and incidental designs.
Wonder Woman and Big Barda Turns
Wonder Woman and Big Barda turns for the Superman/Batman Apocalypse DTV. Based off of Michael Turner's designs.
Jeff Johnson did this turn on Barda with some touch ups from me. Especially the face since she was my favorite of this movie and I had a pretty specific look I was trying to get.
Warner Home Video released on the day of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse's official release, i.e. September 28, 2010, three videos to promote the direct-to-video animated feature. Two clips feature voice actor Summer Glau discussing the role of Supergirl, and the other is a clip from the actual animated feature.
Bonus: here's an excerpt from an interview with Superman/Batman: Apocalypse director Lauren Montgomery for CBR, where she talks about what it was like having Summer Glau as part of the cast as well as how she ended up with the role.
Interviewer: How did you land on Summer Glau and what did she bring to the role of Supergirl?
Lauren Montgomery: Summer was really interesting. I think she was Bruce [Timm]’s idea. He was the one who put her name in the hat as far as a possible Supergirl voice option. And she wanted to come do it, which was awesome. And when she came in, she was really nervous. I don’t think she’d ever done any voiceover before, so we were a little frightened. It was like, “Oh my gosh, is she going to be able to do it?”
We went through a rehearsal and she was still kind of nervous and still holding back but as soon as we started recording, it was like she was a pro. It was like night and day. There was nervous Summer and there was Summer who was just doing her job. She was just acting. And she did an amazing job. I was sweating it a little at first, but as soon as she started performing for real on the record, she was amazing. She did such a good job. I was really happy with her performance.
Summer Glau talked about voicing Supergirl on Superman/Batman: Apocalypse in a studio-conducted interview provided by Warner Home Video, on the day of the direct-to-video animated feature's official release, on September 28, 2010.
Following her recording session, Summer Glau freely discussed a number of subjects from her first voice acting experience, her bond with the sci-fi fans, the acting strengths of the Whedon alumni association to her consistent on-set nerves to a strong desire to land more adult roles. Heres how that conversation went:
QUESTION: Was it easy to find a way to relate to Kara?
SUMMER GLAU: Kara was a really comfortable fit for me because she’s sort of a girl coming into her own. A girl becoming a woman and finding out who she is, and so I felt like there were moments when it reminded me of River because she is so powerful, but also young and nave and a little bit lost. She has this underlying strength that comes from out of nowhere.
QUESTION: Whats special about voicing Supergirl?
SUMMER GLAU: I think everything about being Supergirl is special. When I saw the graphics for her, I thought I don’t think I’m ever gonna look that good again, so I’m going to soak it up and enjoy it. I feel like animated characters always have longer calves than they have thighs. They have these tiny little thighs and these big, wonderful calves and then these big hips, and this tiny little waist. I feel like it’d be hard to keep your balance, but it looks good. Plus I loved this script, and I loved the character. Who wouldn’t love to be Supergirl? So I had a great time.
QUESTION: As this was your first foray in voiceover for an animated character, what did you have in your head while you were recording to stay focused on your character?
SUMMER GLAU: I've found that I do my best when I’m not afraid of being embarrassed in front of everyone. You have to just go there in your imagination. I tried to picture everything around me, seeing these other characters, and then I just put it out there and hoped that you all didn’t laugh at me. And you might have because I couldn’t hear you (she laughs) , but I just went for it.
QUESTION: Without any spoilers, do you have a favorite scene or a favorite line in the film?
SUMMER GLAU: I love that first scene when Superman comes to rescue Kara and she’s putting on this completely different persona. Playing that change was really fun. And I also really loved when Kara meets the Kents. I thought that was really funny.
As an actress, it’s very gratifying to have a character that has such a strong arc, so that you can do so many different things in one script with one character. She starts out speaking a different language and being very scared and not relating to anybody, and then realizing that she’s reconnected with a family member. Then she goes to school and learns how to hone her skills. She just goes through so many changes good, evil, scared, confidant and that variety in one script is fun to play.
Warner Home Video released on July 2010 hi-res cover art by Clayton Crain for the separate Superman/Batman: Apocalypse single-disc and Two-Disc Special Edition home video releases (both hit stands alongside the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray release on September 28th, 2010).
The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, starring Summer Glau as the voice of Supergirl, is the ninth installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line and is based on the story arc " The Supergirl from Krypton" from Superman/Batman by Jeoph Leob and Michael Turner.
In 2010, DC Direct published a Supergirl maquette statue to accompany the release of the Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, starring Summer Glau as the voice of Supergirl.
Sculpted by Phil Ramirez. A mysterious space ship from planet Krypton crashes on Earth with a beautiful girl inside and everyone wants to meet her. Superman embraces the connection to his past, Batman suspects a traitor, Wonder Woman senses a kindred spirit and Darkseid desires a champion. But this feisty teen has her own ideas, none of which include a secret identity, a cape or heroics. Only a life or death battle with Darkseid will uncover her true purpose on Earth in this DC Universe Animated Original Movie introducing the world to Supergirl.
This hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain maquette of Supergirl is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse!
Measuring approximately 11.25" high x 6" wide x 5" deep this statue includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box.
The Supergirl maquette was numbered to 2500 copies only and is not available anymore.
The original costume worn by River Tam, played by Summer Glau, in Joss Whedon's sci-fi adventure movie Serenity is on sale at The Prop Store of London for £1495.00 / $1939.00.
Here's the write-up from the movie memorabilia website:
River's (Summer Glau) Funeral Costume
A costume worn by River (Summer Glau) in the Joss Whedon sci-fi adventure movie Serenity. This costume was worn by River in the funeral scene towards the end of the film, when they can finally mourn the loss of their friends who fell in the fight against the Alliance. It consists of a pale pink/beige halter neck dress (size '4') and a pair of pink and silver shoes (no size marked). The costume displays light use but is otherwise in great condition and is still accompanied by the original costumers tag detailing the components and use in the film.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.
Here are new lovely photos of the silk handkerchief cocktail dress by BCBC Maxazria and matching shoes:
Credit photos: The Prop Store of London
Here are a few screencaps featuring River Tam during the funeral scene in Serenity:
I've put together in a video all the commentaries by Joss Whedon on the scenes with Summer Glau in Angel 3.13 'Waiting in the Wings', taken from the DVD's special features. This episode of Angel was Summer Glau's first acting role.
Angel's Waiting in the Wings was written and directed by Joss Whedon himself, who provides insightful commentaries on Summer Glau herself, the way the ballet scenes were filmed and tons of trivias, including Whedon's two favorite shots from the episode.
A Wesley fantasy scene was filmed in which Amy dances the role of Giselle while Wesley clumsily tries to dance around her. The scene had to be cut due to time considerations, but is on the Season 3 DVD as a deleted scene.
Peter Panzerfaust Writer, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Artist, Tyler Jenkins, as well as Executive Producer, Jeff Krelitz, are coming to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) to talk about their creation of the Comic Book and adapting this concept to Motion Comic and TV format.
The Peter Panzerfaust panel and Q&A, moderated by media company Down the Road Show, will take place on Saturday, April 27th 2013 (slotted from 3:15 – 4:15 in room W470b). Plus this panel will be showing the World Premiere Trailer of Peter Panzerfaust motion comic with Peter voiced by Elijah Wood, Wendy voiced by Summer Glau, Kapitan Haken voiced by Ron Perlman and Alain voiced by Dante Basco.
But the cool part is that you can send your questions to Down the Road Show on Twitter and Facebook and they will pick a few questions to ask during the panel. If like us you're excited to see Summer Glau and this awesome cast of voices in the Peter Panzerfaust motion comic, don't miss this opportunity to submit your questions.
If you don't have a Twitter or Facebook account, you can simply leave your questions in the comment section under this blog post and we will forward them for you. Below are examples of the kind of questions you can send; feel free to formulate your own questions based on this sample.
The cast for the Peter Panzerfaust motion is awesome, with lots of geek cred. Have you planned more promotional events with them in the near future?
Who do I have to kill to get a copy of the Panzerfaust comic print cover signed by Summer Glau, Elijah Wood or Ron Perlman?
Did the voice actors recorded separately or did they met during the recording session for the Peter Panzerfaust motion comic?
Any chance the voice actors will reprise their role in the tv series in developpement?
Is the motion comic based on a previous issue of the comic book or is it a complete new story?
Since you're trying to broaden your audience with the motion comic and live-action tv series, will the tone of these medias be more light-hearted or more dramatic, or both?
What were the voice actors like to work with during the recording session? Any funny anecdote you'd like to share with us?
Voice acting requires precision and meticulousness and as a writer and artist, you expect artists to read their lines as they were meant to be but did one of the voice actors add his personal touch, in a way that surprised you.
None of the voice actors are new to voice acting, Summer Glau voiced Supergirl in the Marvel DC animaded movie Superman/Batman Apocalypsefor example. Did they find their feets and get into their character right from the start?
Is Summer Glau really as lovely and easy to work with as everyone who has worked with her says?
Did you guys had Summer Glau or any of the voice actors in mind when you wrote the script?
It may be very difficult to play an animated role because you have to play not only the writer's lines but also the character's posture as drawn by the artist. Did the voice actors nailed it from the start?
We are looking forward to seeing this motion picture for the whole story but also to see Summer Glau tackle a role quite unlike others she has had. Have you seen Summer’s other work? What did you think about it?
Summer Glau said in an interview that did not have a lot of back story to go on for the roles of River (Firefly) or Cameron (Terminator: The sarah Connor Chronicles) and so she had to imagine a lot. In your opinion, in your work, is it important to give voice actors a little or a lot to go on about their character and what motivates the character?
Kurtis Wiebe told us that fans will get the chance to win signed issues at the Peter Panzerfaust C2E2 panel. We will publish more details as they come.