Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg on That Batman Kiss and Other Tales From 15 Years With an Icon
Susan was recently featured on The Hollywood Reporter in an interview with THR’s Aaron Couch. They discuss seventy-five years of Wonder Woman, and how she became one of the most important comic book characters ever — a feminist icon and a cornerstone of the DC Universe.
THR: This year, the character has been more visible than ever — being named an honorary U.N. ambassador, hitting the big screen in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and igniting San Diego Comic-Con with a trailer for her solo film starring Gal Gadot.
And no one has spent more time in Wonder Woman’s head than Susan Eisenberg, the beloved voice actress who has worked with the character since an acclaimed run on Justice League (2001-04) and follow-up Justice League Unlimited (2004-06). She has continued voicing Diana in animated films and video games — cementing her status as a key part of Diana’s legacy.
They talk about Susan’s experience voicing the character, and the shift in public awareness of Wonder Woman over the years. She also talks about some of her favorite special guest co-stars. And they discuss the fan-favorite romance between Batman and Princess Diana.
THR: Fans go crazy for the romance between Batman and Diana. How do you feel about that?
Susan: It wasn’t a full-blown storyline, but it was hints of a romance between Batman and Wonder Woman. I love it. I saw [director] Dan Riba at a Comic Con in Long Beach. I have a picture when I do signings, and one of the pictures I sign is Wonder Woman kissing Batman, and he has this amazing expression on his face, like Scooby. It’s just so adorable.
Dan was telling me about how that relationship evolved, and even that moment. He had an argument with [producer] Bruce [Timm] about leaving that kiss in. Bruce was like, “No, we don’t need a kiss.” And Dan was like, “Yes! We do need the kiss.” And it was great.
I have this great photograph of me and Dan holding up the picture. So I will forever have that little story in my mind. Being able to play that, it gave me a different dimension of her other than this princess and this warrior. It gave me this romantic, flirty thing to play, which was a third piece of her.