David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones) was eager to voice the role of Hal Jordan a.k.a. the Green Lantern for Justice Leage: The New Frontier, but few realized quite how eager he would end up being. Boreanaz told Comics2Film that he even wore a green t-shirt and socks to get demonstrate his passion for the character.
"I like to get into my characters - literally," Boreanaz said from behind a wide grin.
Asked to describe his character, Boreanaz said "Hal's an interesting character - having been part of the Korean War, he's kind of damaged goods, but yet he's striving to get back to being himself. I think Hal's sense of a duality is fascinating - his holding onto his past, overcoming it, and being heroic with it. It's about coming to an understanding of where your strengths are and where your weaknesses may be - and as an actor, to go into his dark place and work from there. I found that very appealing."
This was Boreanaz's first time recording vocal tracks for an animated film, having only ever provided a voice for a character in the video game Kingdom Hearts. As such, he put himself in the hands of the film's vocal director. "The voice director, Andrea (Romano), was unbelievably fantastic in the way she guided me through Hal's course of emotions, and really helped me get to know the character," Boreanaz said. "Once I got my feet underneath him and really got into character, everything fell into place and we just flew through the script. It was a great journey."
Boreanaz said that his favorite scenes in Justice Leage: The New Frontier have less to do with the battle between the heroes and the villains, and more to do with the conflicts between the heroes. "The edginess and the conflict between the characters is what makes this a great movie," Boreanaz said. "Super heroes or not, these characters are going to go at each other at times. There's a fusion of a lot of strong, different personalities, and although they all want to achieve the same goal, they might not have the same approach. And Hal knows how to get the job done. So there's good balance and a nice edge to the story."
Based on the landmark DC Comics graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Justice Leage: The New Frontier features an all-star voice cast led by Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan (Superman), David Boreanaz (Green Lantern), Neil Patrick Harris (The Flash), Lucy Lawless (Wonder Woman), Kyra Sedgwick (Lois Lane), Brooke Shields (Carol Ferris), Miguel Ferrer (Martian Manhunter) and Phil Morris (King Faraday). The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 26, 2008. The HD DVD edition will be available March 18, 2006.