Tim Daly, the fan's choice as the quintessential voice of the Man of Steel from his days portraying the title
character for the landmark Superman: The Animated Series, once again supplies those All-American tones in
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original
PG-13 Movies arrives Tuesday, September 28 from Warner Home Video.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE will be
available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, Special Edition DVD, On Demand and for Download.
Daly was the voice behind the world's ultimate super hero for 52 episodes of Superman: The Animated Series and
several animated movies, all the while starring in one primetime television series after another - from eight
seasons on Wings to memorable roles on HBO's The Sopranos and From The Earth To The Moon to his current ABC
hit, Private Practice. The Emmy nominated actor made his feature film debut in Barry Levinson's 1982 classic
Daly joins forces with Batman voice Kevin Conway to lead a SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE cast that boasts two-
time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the evil lord Darkseid, sci-fi heroine Summer
Glau (Serenity/Firefly; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and multi-Emmy winner Ed Asner (Up) as
Granny Goodness. Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel "Superman/Batman: Supergirl" by Jeph Loeb,
Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation guru Bruce Timm
and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-
nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).
Amongst the many activities surrounding the film's upcoming release is "Destination Apocalypse," an interactive
online promotion that allows fans to get even deeper into the mythology of SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE. Fans
can access "Destination Apocalypse" at http://DestinationApocalypse.com and explore the many sections including
games, quizzes and information about film. Fans can even send Kryptonian messages to their Facebook friends.
In each section, participants virtually "check in" and earn badges to unlock an exclusive video clip from the
movie. In addition, earning badges for participating in the various activities in each section help to unlock
exclusive movie poster downloads.
Daly joined the festivities at the World Premiere of SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE in Los Angeles on September 21
at The Paley Center for Media. The Metropolis, er, New York City-born actor offered his thoughts on a number
of subjects - ranging from the Superman/Batman dynamic and the importance of a great villain to his love of
farming - in a playful interview. And here's what he had to say …
What did you find unique and/or fresh about this latest Superman-Batman vehicle?
What's interesting about the relationships in this film is that Superman and Batman are really on the same page.
They are united and they only give each other a very modest amount of grief, whereas at other times they've been
a little more at each other's throats, and more dubious about the other one's methods. And Kara is, perhaps,
Superman's last surviving relative. So he feels very protective of her, and sort of glad to have someone who
has had or is about to have a similar experience as he's had coming to a different planet. So it's kind of
touching, really. He's very paternal towards her. He really wants her to do well and to stick around.
It's nice to see his powers used in connection with something personal. He's not saving the planet, he's not saving Metropolis. He's not saving Lois. He's saving a blood relative. So it's that kind of deeply personal feeling. I
do enjoy that in the script.
If Batman is a loner, how would you classify Superman?
I think Superman's a loner. Without a doubt. I think he recognizes that he has this responsibility, because of
the power that he has, and that he has to bear it by himself. And to make sure that he is using it for good and
not for evil. He has to keep in check his human emotions, though he's not really a human - because those are the
things about living on Earth that can get us in trouble. Greed, power, love -- all those things that take us off
the tracks. In this script, Kara asks him if he's ever regretted having his power, and he has a one word answer:
no. We actually spent quite a bit of time trying to find the right level of "no" to play, because I don't think
Superman is 100 percent sure about that answer. Or he hasn't always been. He's been through a lot, finding out
how different he was from everyone else, and having to essentially live a double life.
As different as they are, what is it that you think creates the dynamic for Batman and Superman to essentially
be each other's best friend?
I think part of it is that they're both super heroes, so they share that in common. They understand and forgive
the other one for living a double life, because they both essentially have to do it. And more often than not
they're on the same side. Batman, despite his darkness, is essentially a power of good. It's interesting --
it's kind of like sometimes you wonder why big movie stars are best friends with huge movie stars. I think
the answer is that they live such a specific life that's so odd and so difficult that they tend to gravitate
toward people who have an understanding of that, and forgive the fact that they have to be private or have
to wear disguises, or come in the back door of the place so there's not a big fuss made over them. I think
that's sort of the same kind of relationship for Batman and Superman.
So when you and Kevin Conroy to go dinner in Manhattan ...
No one gives a damn. No one could care less (he laughs).
Do you see these Superman-Batman pair-ups as buddy films?
I think maybe in a bizarre way. I mean, when you think about great buddy films, like Butch Cassidy And The
Sundance Kid, these guys are willing to die for each other, and yet they're constantly giving each other a
hard time. And they frustrate each other to no end. Think about a movie like 48 HRS. Ultimately that's a buddy
film, but it starts out with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy beating each other up and abusing each other in
all kinds of different ways. I think these Superman-Batman films are part of that genre. The oil and water
who become inseparable.
How do you interpret Superman's perception of Batman?
I think Superman likes Batman. In his own private way, he gets a kick out of the fact that he can count on
Batman being cynical and pessimistic, and that he sort of relies on that probably in the way you rely on
certain friends or family members to do certain things that you shake your head and go, "Oh, jeez." It's
sort of comforting. And in this script, he's come to trust Batman to have his back. And he has a genuine
concern for him. So I think he likes him fine.
Do you now feel some sense of ownership of Superman?
I think I feel a greater sense of ownership now than I ever have. I think it's because I've embraced the fact
that it's so important to so many people. People take Superman very, very seriously. I think that when I first
started doing the series, I took it seriously when I recorded the role, but I maybe judged the audience a little
bit. I wondered "Why are people getting all excited about Superman? It's just a cartoon." But I've realized
that it's not my place to judge. People love this character and take him seriously, and follow his every movie,
and if that's their thing, then they have every right to that. And I should serve that with all my might. So
I understand that now, and I try to respect the character's importance to the fans.
What really surprises me is when I'm talking to someone, and someone else standing close by will say, "Tim Daly?
Superman!" And I'll say, "How did you know?" And they say, "Your voice." And then I realize, oh yeah, that makes
sense. But clearly they've become attuned to my voice, and the fact that my name is attached to Superman. But
still, it always surprises me.
Is Darkseid a perfect example of "the bigger the villain, the better the story" adage?
Villains are really what give comic stories their flavor. Honestly, I think Superman would be quite dull without
a really great villain. Batman, maybe not so much, because he's such a twisted character himself. He's struggling
with a lot of inner demons. But Superman is the kind of guy who's impossible to hate, because he's a guy's
guy, and he's straightforward. He can be a little sarcastic and he has a wryness about him. But he doesn't have
a lot of dark corners. So I think that contrasting him with someone like Darkseid, who's a real badass villain,
absolutely makes the script more interesting.
Do you have a favorite villains?
I guess my favorite would have to be, and I say this very selfishly, but it's Bizarro. He's sort of a hapless
villain, a sort of demented Superman replicant that Lex Luthor wants to use for his own evil purposes. He's kind
of almost innocent in a weird way. He has no idea what it is he's doing, but he's doing a lot of damage. And I
guess I like him the best because I got to play him.
What entertained you as a kid?
I had two sources of entertainment. One was television and the other was my own imagination. I was a kind of a
lonely kid - I spent a lot of time by myself, and I spent a lot of time outside. So I would wander around in
nature with this huge imaginary world. And I had three imaginary friends. And there was a whole lot going on
in there that no one else really knew about. But that entertained me. I wasn't sad, I was just a loner. And
then there was television - especially cartoons like Bugs Bunny.
And what entertains you now?
I haven't been bored since 1970. I play the guitar, which entertains me a lot. I play golf. I watch a little bit
of TV with great relish. I go to the theatre. I play around with my kids. I am not very good at sitting still,
so having activity entertains me. I futz with stuff. I build things and fix things. I like to garden.
Another thing you and Batman, er, Kevin Conroy have in common. Working in the garden. What's the foundation of
your attraction to gardening?
Oh my God, if you've ever grown your own food, you'd know. I had a moment about 15 years ago when I first harvested
my own potatoes. I had some primordial Irish experience. It was a cold fall day, and it was kind of misty, and I
was muddy. I reached into the ground and I took the potatoes out of the ground and sort of held them to the sky.
Like, "Food, my food, my people." (he laughs) It's great.
I farm in Vermont. A lot of people tell me I shouldn't talk about this because it makes me sound too much like
Mr. Green Jeans, but I have a garden with lettuce, broccoli, peas, beans, tomatoes, carrots, lots of herbs,
parsley, basil. Cauliflower, which never grows. Eggplant is a disaster for some reason. Corn, squash -- stuff
Maybe it's because it's just a little miracle. You take some little seed, you plant it, and it becomes this
beautiful thing, and you can pick it and eat it, and it sustains you. Just a little miracle. I love it.
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