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INTERVIEW: Julie Nathanson on making Gilda Dent her own person in BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

Julie Nathanson is one of the most prolific voice craftsmen in the industry lending her talents to high-profile activities such as the Far Cry and Final Fantasy video game rights. And somehow in between her amusement duty, Nathanson has perceived the time not only to pursue her interests in psychology earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology but also raise a family. In Batman: The Long Halloween, she voices Gilda Dent, the long-suffering and neglected wife of Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent before his tragic transformation into the villainous Two-Face. It’s a role with psychological breadth tailor-made for Nathanson.

Julie NathansonTaimur Dar: While the average person on the street who isn’t into comics likely hasn’t read the original Long Halloween comic, I mull nearly everybody has seen Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies which of course been affected by Long Halloween. Before you became involved with this project were you a comic book reader or very well known Long Halloween?

Julie Nathanson: I had understood the[ Nolan] cinema. I have a smattering of comic book but I do not think it would be fair to categorize myself as a “comic book reader.” That being said, I certainly adore comics and I have been lucky enough to play in this world of DC Comics. I certainly had familiarity with this universe.

I did not permit myself to purchase and predict The Long Halloween until I had finished the principal recording. I did not want to be influenced because for me simply initiating Gilda as her own person with her own inner being was so important to me and I wanted to be as consistent as what was on the sheet as possible. Tim Sheridan did such a beautiful chore writing this script and the part team has really made something magnificent.

This cast has been sitting on this secret for three years. We all know we have something special here and we all know we were invited to a very special party. Butch’s themes about how this macrocosm “wouldve been” visually outlined and how Tim brought out the script from the source material, all of these things have felt so clearly special along the way.

Dar: That’s interesting to hear you say you read the comic exclusively after recording. After realizing the movie myself, I obviously felt that screenwriter Tim Sheridan and the filmmakers didn’t change Gilda per se but they brought out subtleties that enhanced her character while remaining true to her force. In hindsight, is there anything you think would have changed your rendition if you read Long Halloween first?

Nathanson: Yes but I don’t know exclusively what would have changed. I’m going to sound like a hippy-dippy actor but to me, Gilda is now Gilda having colonized her in these two movies. There are certainly nuanced differences, nonetheless. I can’t speak for how it would have altered my recital but I actually agreed to accept you that Tim did a gloriou hassle of building subtle alters especially in her person that tell her be articulated so fully. It felt like a excellent modulation so she could come alive on the screen and feel real. I’m ever informed by the source material and it’s actually unexpected for me to choose to hold learning more. Specially because I knew the artistry would be different in some way, I really just wanted to work with what was in front of me. For the process I had as a performer, this is the world in which Gilda is living and there are not many depictions of her that I had is located within comics. If it’s looking at her in The Long Halloween, I miss her lives in The Long Halloween “that were” creating. I was pleased to realize how perfectly it blended with the source material itself.

Julie NathansonDar: In addition to being able to Gilda Dent, you likewise singer a small uncredited capacity as a young Babs Gordon pre-Batgirl. I was telling screenwriter Tim Sheridan that it’s my favorite incident in the movie and he mentioned it was to illustrate the price of service for beings in Gotham City like Gordon. I speculate anyone who grew up with a mother whose errand interfered with their family life can relate. Working in the entertainment industry can definitely affect how present you are in a child’s life, so being a parent yourself did this scene have any resonance for you?

Nathanson: That is a phenomenally deep question and I am going to answer it candidly! Yes, it actually did have resonance for me. I have a son and he is eleven. I’m working all the time. I’m going to knock on wood because I desire my job and I recognize my work. But I am dreadfully aware of when got to make sure I am spending time with this person that I love so deeply. I know there are responsibilities as a working mother to be able to continue to work as a support to my family.

That scene and that know of a mother not being able to be present for something special are more in line with what I don’t want my son to feel and that I keep in knowledge as I regard perspective. My connection with him needs to come first so that I don’t have a scene in my life where he feels that I have chosen to be called to work over something that was deeply important to him. That one was right in my heart.

Batman: The Long Halloween is available tomorrow on Digital and on Blu-ray.

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