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Castle star Nathan Fillion reprises Green Lantern role for JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
available today, February 28 on Blu-ray, DVD

Nathan Fillion continues to look good in green.

The star of ABC Television Network’s hit series Castle, and
fanboy/fangirl idol for his role in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Fillion
returns to the super hero fold to voice Green Lantern/Hal Jordan for
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of
DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film is available
everywhere today – Tuesday, February 28.

Fillion returns to the DC Universe after two successful turns – first
as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and then last year
in the title role of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, voicing Hal
Jordan. He has also performed voice work on Justice League, Robot
Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.

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Before taking reins as the title character in Castle, Fillion starred
in several primetime television series, including Desperate
Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Buffy the Vampire
Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of
Joss Whedon’s heroic captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western
series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain Hammer in
Whedon’s internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green
Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a
team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s
“contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The
story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives today, February
28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On
Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will
include an UltraViiolet™ Digital Copy.

Fillion’s relaxed, easy-going, honest demeanor makes any interview a
joy – check out his answers below to a brief interview following his
initial voiceover session for Justice League: Doom. And also keep your
eyes peeled for video clips of answers from the same interview,
offering additional insight on his thoughts about the film, his
character and entertainment in general. Read on …

This is your second run with Green Lantern. Do you now take full
equity in the character?

I don’t think I can take full equity in this character – too many
people have a chunk. Ryan Reynolds gets the right-of-way on this one.
Right now I feel pretty Green Lantern-ish. But sooner or later, I
think I’ll be a poor man’s Green Lantern.

How did the role in Justice League: Doom compare with the voicing of
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights?

It was definitely different this time. A little more action, and more
conversational. Last time it was like reading prose. We referred to
last time as biblical, as though we were reading bible passages. Far
more narrative, because Hal Jordan was really just relating stories of
the Green Lantern Corps, and then being one of many contributing to
the main story that weaves its way through the short stories. This
time, it’s all action.

During your recording today, there were times when we could see a sly
smile come across your face. What were you thinking?

This kind of work, it makes me happy. Makes me smile. When I’m doing
these voiceovers, I kind of like to live in the moment. You suspend
reality for just a second. You know what Green Lantern looks like, you
know the situations, you know the characters that surround him. So I
kind of just like to live in that moment for half-a-second like I’m
there … and it makes me (smile).

Super heroes inspire so many folks these days. Who inspired you as a kid?

It’s always kind of in retrospect that you look back and think, “That
was a really big deal.” But looking back, it was my dad and my brother
who inspired me. My father has no fear. We don’t have to worry about
things like stopping meteors from hitting the Earth. We’re not super.
The things we worry about are every day social situations where
something might be awkward or out of our control. My dad has never
wanted to feel uncomfortable or awkward. He kind of says it like it
is. If you’re comfortable enough to do that thing, he’s going to be
comfortable enough to comment on it quite honestly. He always sort of
controls every situation like that. He’ll just say. “You’re kind of a
jerk, aren’t you?” He’s that kind of heroic guy.

My brother has those same qualities, but he’s more diplomatic about
it. He’s more of a gentle giant. His leadership style, he says, is the
velvet glove over the top of an iron fist. You get the soft velvet,
but if you push against the glove, you get the iron fist.

What are your first memories of comics?

We had the Wee Book Inn, a second-hand bookstore (in Edmonton). You
came in with a stack of comic books, and they’d kind of leaf through
them for their value, and then say, “Alright, from these 60 comics,
you can have 35 from our used copies,” and then my dad would fork over
another 10 bucks or so we could have our full stack of 60 comics.
Every few months we’d go back to the store and get a fresh influx of
comics. We’d only keep the ones we really, really liked. And my dad
knew somebody who owned a proper comic book shop – which kind of went
the way of Dungeons and Dragons and eventually closed. I think if
they’d stuck with comics, they’d have still been around. So I was
really into comics. My brother and I would take turns with who got to
have that comic book rack in their room. We’d go back and forth. Then
eventually my brother got a little older, and then I started
collecting and getting cardboard backs and plastic covers. Proper
collecting. And then you’ve got to say, “Okay, what am I going to do,
spend all my money on comics?” Because it got a little expensive. So …
comics or girls? Comics or girls? Hmmm …

And now rather than just collecting comics, you’re in them. How does
that strike you?

I’m a fan. I am very fortunate in that now I have a piece. Forever I
will have this piece of Green Lantern. “Ah yes, he voiced Green
Lantern back in the day … when they were still doing it on TVs and not
holograms.” I’ll always have a chunk. It’s nice to be a fan and own a

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