Hey, Justice League fans. Warner Bros. has sent us another interview with one of the stars of the fantastic new animated feature Justice League: The New Frontier, and we thought we’d share it with you. This time we hear from Brooke Shields, star of NBC’s new primetime drama Lipstick Jungle, who lends her voice to the role of Carol Ferris in New Frontier. The latest entry in the DC Universe series of PG 13-rated movies arrives on home video on Feb. 26.
Shields says she’s always wanted to play a superhero on screen and go through all the training and preparation involved with a big, physically demanding role. With her athletic stature and strong features, she would no doubt have made a great Wonder Woman at some point. However, her role in Justice League: The New Frontier isn’t exactly super-powered, at least not yet. She provides the voice of Carol Ferris, who gives Hal Jordan his shot at outer space and ends up falling in love with the handsome and cocky test pilot, who becomes Green Lantern in the film. Later on in the DC Comics mythology, Ferris becomes the super villain Star Sapphire.
‘There’s nothing silly about animation to me,’ Shields states. ‘I’m always impressed with the artists and the technology. It’s also really nice to be behind the scenes, but still be an actress. The characters themselves precede you, but you’re still right with them, supporting them. There’s a wonderful thing that happens when you have the cans (headphones) on and there’s time and place to sort of infuse these characters.’
Shields’ one regret was not getting to see her character earlier in the production. She and the rest of the all-star cast recorded dialogue in late 2006 and returned for additional dialogue recordings in the latter half of 2007, this time looping their revised dialogue to the finished animation.
‘I wish the animation process was done in reverse’it was such a different experience to record to picture versus just recording without the visual reference,’ remarks Shields. ‘I didn’t really know who she was as much without the picture. When we were initially recording it, before the animation, sometimes it felt flat. We worked on modulations, but I was not as clear on her character. I think I needed the picture in my head for it to take on a life unto its own. When we recorded to the animation, that made it much clearer.’
Though she didn’t get to see the physical look of Carol Ferris until nine months into the project, Shields was initially attracted to the character’s strong sensibilities and absolute determination to succeed in what was then a man’s world. She says, ‘I think the thing that I responded to with Carol as a character is that, if you think about the 1950s, people were not sympathetic towards women in any position other than the very traditional homemaker. There’s a strength in Carol. She’s not willing to lose her sexuality by being in a man’s world, and she’s determined to be respected for having the same intelligence and ability to stay on course, and be par for the course, with the men that she’s surrounded by. I admire her character from that perspective for that period of time, and I would admire her in this day and age.’
As a mother of two, Shields was also attracted to working in the animation genre for the sake of her children. ‘There’s an added joy to acting when you envision your children watching something and being engaged by it, and having that something be mommy,’ she comments. ‘You’re always trying to be cool in your kids’ eyes, even when they’re young. To me, I have much more of a connection to do that sort of thing.’
Shields is proud of her work on Justice League: The New Frontier, but also acknowledges that she played a small role in the hard work and dedication that went into bringing this film to fruition.
‘I always appreciate how seriously this is all taken,’ she says. ‘There’s such a commitment on everyone’s part. It’s not just a cartoon’it’s very real. It’s a very, very dedicated, smart, hard job that these people do. I’m so impressed by it. It’s all these things you don’t get to see that make these films great. It goes way beyond the voice actors. the people that make these animated films are just complete geniuses.’
To view more pictures of Justice League: The New Frontier please click the following link: www.animationmagazine.net/carol_ferris.html