Panel Name: The Voices of Wonder Woman
Topic: Celebrating the two women who have voiced Wonder Woman through the years in beloved animated series
Featured Guests: Shannon Farnon (voice of Wonder Woman in Super Friends), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited).
For a character who has been in existence almost as long as Superman and Batman, it took Wonder Woman longer to make it into several forms of media, including animation. Even Wonder Girl was in cartoons (1967, Teen Titans, Filmation) before Wonder Woman! But thankfully, in 1973, Wonder Woman came to TV screens everywhere as part of the Super Friends. Voiced by Shannon Farnon, Wonder Woman was a key member of the ensemble show, which was on the air through several iterations for over 10 years. Fast forward to 2001, and the Justice League is reborn in the Bruce Timm animated universe, voiced by Susan Eisenberg.
It was great to see and hear both voice actresses meet at Denver Comic Con to discuss their experiences bringing the Amazon Princess to life. Farnon shared that she got an invitation to audition for the role, and she worked to create the personality from scratch. She brought her self-confidence to the sound booth, reflecting the strong woman that Farnon herself is. Along the way, she got to have wonderful experiences with fellow voice actors Frank Welker, Michael Bell, Ted Knight, Danny Dark, and Casey Kasem.
Eisenberg’s experience contrasted a bit, as she had grown up with the image of Wonder Woman as portrayed by Lynda Carter. When auditions occurred for the character in Justice League, every woman in the city showed up to audition. Excited to get the callback, Eisenberg focused on bringing an elegance to the character. As she worked with voice director Andrea Romano, the goal was to bring both the warrior and the princess aspects to the character. If she lost the warrior in her performance, Andrea would remind her. (She said she never lost the princess, which brought laughter from the audience.)
Capping with dry reads from scripts that were provided, both actresses did a fine job bringing life to words from the printed page, using subtlety and intonation to communicate vivid personalities. Farnon’s lines were smoky and dramatic, while Eisenberg’s were sultry and comedic. This just touched the surface of how complex it must be to find the voice of a new character out of endless possibilities but also demonstrated what a fun journey that must be.