When it comes to the halls of academia, comic books have come a long way from the days when our grandparents used to do the old "hide the funnybook inside your arithmetic text book" trick. These days, there are college-level courses that study the story structures of some of comics' most acclaimed series, and, in the case of Vicki Lewis -- who provides her vocal talents to DC's direct-to-DVD animated feature "Wonder Woman" -- comics were a way of going back to school.
"I’ll be honest, I knew nothing about the mythology of any of this," said Lewis of her character, Persephone. "I got the script, and oftentimes I just kind of look at my part, but this is a fascinating story. I ended up spending half a night on Wikipedia going through the real mythology of the character. Persephone is a very fascinating character in Greek mythology and the comic books. I wasn’t a great student, so I love any opportunity at my age to learn something new. So that’s how I prepared."
After the jump, we've got more from Lewis on her role as Persephone, as well as another all-new image from the upcoming DVD, "Wonder Woman."
However, providing the voice of Persephone wasn't all book-learnin' for Lewis. According to the actress -- who's most famous or her role as Beth on the cult sitcom, "News Radio" -- Persephone was a chance to break away from her usually-zany typecasting and take on a character that's more endearing yet powerful.
"I do a lot of animation, and mostly I get cast as the wacky character," explained Lewis. "But this was really enticing because Persephone is a solid, commanding woman. This character has some very heartfelt and sad moments, and it was really vulnerable and really human. It wasn’t cartoony – it touched something somewhat real. So I was actually affected by it in a way I didn’t expect to be."
“Wonder Woman,” which features the vocal talents of Keri Russell, Alfred Molina, Virginia Madsen, Rosario Dawson and Oliver Platt, will premiere at next month’s New York Comic Con on February 6. Fans who won’t be able to attend the special screening will have to wait until “Wonder Woman” hits shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on March 3. The film will also be available on OnDemand, Pay-Per-View as well as digital download.
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