First Look: Eliza Dushku Pounces into Animated Catwoman Role
Eliza Dushku is getting catty this fall. The Buffy and Dollhouse alum provides the sultry voice for Catwoman in the animated DVD-movie Batman: Year One and as an added bonus will headline a short film included as a DVD extra. In Catwoman, the femme fatale tangles with crime boss Rough Cut (a brand-new character created for this short, voiced by Futurama's John DiMaggio) in a breathless and brutal 15-minute chase through Gotham City tracking down a mysterious cargo shipment.
Batman: Year One — which goes on sale October 18 on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for digital download — is the latest in Warner Bros. Animation's popular series of adaptations of stories from the DC Comics archives. Based on the acclaimed comic book arc by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, the movie stars Southland's Ben McKenzie as a young Bruce Wayne at the beginning of his caped crusade against crime in Gotham. The cast also includes Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston (as Lieutenant James Gordon of the CGPD), Battlestar Galactica vet Katee Sackhoff and Dushku as Selina Kyle, a prostitute-turned-thief who becomes one of Batman's most notorious foes. "I found the attitude for this character deep down in the Eliza Dushku archive of bad girls," the actress says with a laugh. "They're in there somehow, somewhere for some reason, and I tap into them when I need them. They're characters with an edge."
Catwoman was written by popular comic-book and TV scribe Paul Dini (Batman Beyond, Tower Prep) and directed by Lauren Montgomery, who also helmed Batman: Year One (with Sam Liu) and many of the other Warner Bros./DC Comics animated films, including Wonder Woman and the just-released Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
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