Anson Mount Interview: Injustice | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

Injustice star Anson Mount discusses venturing to the DC world to take on the Dark Knight, the evolution of comic book adaptations, and more!
The world of DC Comics is dividing with Injustice. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the animated film sees the Joker trick Superman into killing a pregnant Lois Lane and setting off a nuclear bomb in Metropolis, pushing the Man of Steel to enforce a totalitarian regime on the planet to end all crime, with Batman being forced to recruit members of the Justice League to put an end to Superman’s misguided efforts.
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In anticipation of the film’s release, Screen Rant exclusively spoke with star Anson Mount to discuss taking on the role of Batman, his appreciation for the evolution of comic book adaptations, and more.
Screen Rant: So Injustice is a pretty interesting twist on this comic lore, obviously it first came with the video games before making its way into the comics, but what about the project really drew you to it?
Anson Mount: I guess just the opportunity to play Batman. For anybody who grew up in my generation, it’s almost like getting to play a cowboy. It’s just cool, so obviously jumped at the opportunity.
Just like there have been plenty of cowboys over the years there have also been plenty of actors who have played Batman both in-person and vocally throughout the years. What was that like for you trying to find your own unique voice and representation for Batman?
Anson Mount: I once played Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, so it’s a little like saying what was your way to finding your own Ricky Roma when it already been done by Al Pacino, and the truth is that you just can’t think about that. You can’t play the movie and make sure that your choices are divergent from everything. It’s not a thing you do by committee, you just have to take the text and what is known about the character and do your best to show up on time and tell the truth about it, and that’s I hope that’s what I did.
So in that line then, what were some of the biggest creative challenges for you coming into this project?
Anson Mount: With this kind of thing, it’s always being stuck in a booth and trying to try to map your voice to someone who’s doing incredible physical feats. It’s a losing proposition, to begin with, so you try to develop techniques and tricks to do it in a way that is as true as possible.
With animated productions, sometimes they have footage ready for you when you’re doing the voice work, sometimes they don’t. What was the process like for you on this one in terms of visually comparing your work with the script?
Anson Mount: If memory serves, we recorded this so long ago, this was in 2019 we recorded this. But as memory serves, we had nothing. It was the script and our imagination.
Well, that must have been fun trying to work everything thing out from that way.
Anson Mount: Yeah, especially in this genre when what you’re reading on the page seems so far out, like you’re reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time.
Since this was done that far back, before lockdown protocols, did you get the chance to work alongside anybody in the booth, any of your other co-stars?
Anson Mount: No and I’m used to that being the case, I don’t live in Los Angeles. So that’s kind of the norm for me. It was just me and the [casting] director Wes Gleason and the engineers and that’s it.
Is there anybody in particular that your character shared the screen with that you really wish you would have been able to work in person with?
Anson Mount: Oh, absolutely. Me and Ollie Hudson go way back, we did an ill-fated TV show together way back in our early 30s and I’ve always loved that guy and would jump at any chance to work with him again. But it’s a great list of actors, they put together a hell of a cast and I’m so fortunate to be a part of it.
So how familiar would you say you were with the Injustice world prior to coming on to it?
Anson Mount: Not very, I’ve never played the game, I was not aware of the comic book series. But as soon as I read it, I was in love with it because it fulfills that special thing that comic books did for so long that they’re finally starting to translate well to the movies.
Like the What If series, this can happen and this series is going to happen in this iteration of this character’s life and then it can not happen or something else can happen in a different iteration. That trust in the reader’s suspension of disbelief for so long was so much stronger than what we had in the film industry and it’s good to see that. It’s good to see us finally learning from comic books in that way.
Since you do mention What If, outside of a brief episode of Smallville, this is your first major leap between comic book franchises with Marvel and DC, what was it like for you making that step over to the DC Universe?
Anson Mount: It’s not like switching from verse to prose – not to belittle the material, that’s not my intention, I’m just saying that they have more similarities than differences. It’s funny because back in grade school and in high school, it was one of those things where you’re either a Marvel fan or a DC fan and never the twain shall meet.
I never quite understood that, I was definitely more on the Marvel side of things just because that’s where my friends were, but I’ve always been a fan of the DC world as well and I’m very happy to see what’s happening with both of those franchises.
With the live-action DC world still getting its footing in comparison to Marvel, are there any heroes on the DC side that you would love to get your chance to step into the shoes of for live-action?
Anson Mount: Well, they already did Green Lantern so I’m not sure I’m gonna get to do that. But I have always marveled at why – that project was in development for so long and I did always wonder why it was assumed that it should be a comedy. I’m not sure not I quite get that, it’s a much more robust, at times darker, story than that.
With Marvel, obviously, there was Inhumans, but with stars like Gemma Chan getting to take on a separate character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is there anyone that you would love to try and step into the shoes of again for the MCU?
Anson Mount: If you give me my choice of Marvel characters, I think Black Bolt would have been number two, second only to Gambit. Gambit is just one of the coolest characters in the Marvel universe and obviously I’m partial to him because he’s the Southern superhero.
Outside of him being from the South, what is the most interesting part of the character for you?
Anson Mount: He’s definitely not one of the more powerful characters if you line them all up facing each other [laughs]. But his wit and his ability to overcome such a dark past and then the far future reaches that Marvel has done with him in terms of the scope of his possible futures, it’s just amazing.
I think it’s a really rich territory and even if it’s not with me, I hope the Marvel something with Gambit. Now, I’m probably too old, so, you know, there’s some people out there been calling about Reed Richards, but I don’t know. My dance card’s a little full right now and so is theirs.
Next: DC’s Injustice Animated Movie Cast Guide: Every Confirmed Character
Injustice arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and on digital platforms on October 16.
Grant Hermanns is a News Writer for Screen Rant, having just recently joined the team. Way back in 2015 while still in his college days, Grant got his start in the entertainment journalism industry with creator-friendly site Moviepilot until it shuttered nearly three years later. From there he joined the staff at ComingSoon.net and was its Associate Editor prior to coming over to Screen Rant. To say he’s a lover of film and television would be an understatement and when he’s not mass consuming either you can find him exploring the world of Dungeons & Dragons with friends or slowly making his way through his gaming backlog.

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