The Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls are meeting a dangerous new foe in the form of Kryptonian goddess Cythonna in Mayhem in the Multiverse. Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom begin working with Cythonna to trap the world’s heroes in the Phantom Zone.
Missi Pyle, who has been an icon of film and television since early works such as Galaxy Quest and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, voices Cynthonnia in the new film. This marks her first time as part of either series, but will hopefully be far from her last time playing a DC comics character.
In time for the film’s release, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with Pyle to discuss Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverseher love of villainous roles, the possibility of a Galaxy Quest series and more.
Screen Rant: I’m excited to get to talk with you and talk about Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse.
Missi Pyle: I’m so excited, I actually haven’t had a chance to see it. I’m really excited to watch it with my daughter.
Have you been waiting to watch with your daughter specifically?
Missi Pyle: Yes, I was working in Vietnam and Hawaii, and I just am now getting a chance to see it and I’m hopeful that it does not scare her. But she loves villain, too, I think she might like it.
You have played antagonists before, but what was it about Cythonna and the script that really caught your interest?
Missi Pyle: Well, like anything, it’s when they offer it to me. I go, “Oh, thank you.” I love them, I love them so much. I like to think, “How does someone become a villain?” They have such a complex backstory, all of them and the choice that they make to go to the dark side is, to me. We all have it and most of us keep it at bay, so to me, they’re always fun to play.
You have not had tons of experience in the voice acting world prior. What was it like stepping back into it?
Missi Pyle: Yeah, I love it. It’s so much fun to be able to walk into work with everything that lives inside of you and not be limited by what people are going to perceive when they see your body. To walk in there and do that, it’s so much fun. But I think, too, during the pandemic was also really fun, because when I got this part, I think we were still pretty shut down for actual live-action films.
It was an absolute delight to get back in there and then to play someone, again, in this world. She’s not someone that people have necessarily a relationship with like you would with Lex Luthor or any of the Super Hero Girls, so she can kind of be whoever you want.
What was it like finding your own take and your own voice for this character? Did you work with the voice directors a lot for that or did you find that it was just kind of naturally there in the script?
Missi Pyle: I think when I read it, I could kind of imagine who she was and then when you come in, it’s sort of like, “Let’s see what works with everybody.” But absolutely this collaboration between those voice directors and and I. I think it’s sort of that part of you that you get to just let escape, I think that part of all of us is Cythonna, sometimes she can just say and do all the things that you might think, but you absolutely can not. So it’s just so much fun letting loose.
Do you find the stepping into the voice booth and working with the voice directors to be more of a challenge than live-action or do you find that they’re both easy in different ways?
Missi Pyle: Walking into the booth without having to worry about what you look like or how your body is. Not being limited by your body is so much fun, it’s so freeing to just walk in there and hopefully bring something that people are excited about. I did do an animated Seth MacFarlane series called Bordertown and I liked doing that, but it was way more. Every word had to kind of be the exact same word and it was a lot of fun, but it felt a lot more controlled. This one felt like we just played and played and played and that was a lot of fun.
Live-action is amazing, too. Obviously, it just so much more that goes into it, it takes so much more time. When you go to set to film something, from the time you arrive to go get into hair and makeup and costumes and and rehearsals and then the crew sets up, it could be two to three hours from the time you arrive, maybe four or five. , before you actually do anything. Whereas when you walk into a voice booth, you are usually done in 30 minutes to an hour.
I know the animation process and the voice work process can be two totally separate timelines. Did you get the opportunity to look at some concept art or anything to help really visualize the world you were going into?
Missi Pyle: Yes, I would have to go back to my emails when they sent it, but when I walked in, I feel like they showed me right away. I got to see that they already had that two-dimensional drawing of her and it was already animated, so I got to see her move a little bit.
What were some of the creative challenges for you really exploring this villain?
Missi Pyle: Creatively, I do not know that there were that many challenges. It was just to make sure that we were all on the same page. I would think some of the challenges of playing anyone in the DC universe is just dealing with the stereotypes that people have, or the pre-conceived notions they have of the character in their minds. For me, I did not really have any of that. I think one of the only challenges creatively, honestly, is because it is such a long process.
It was a year from the time I went into the booth to when – it’s maybe even why I can not remember exactly, but when you come in and redo certain things vocally. To be bringing the same energy and bring the same energy as you brought a year before, obviously a whole year has happened. Either the energy or the voice to create the character and keep it the same. But then when you do reshoots on film, that’s even more challenging as you’ve aged a year or something of body might have changed.
I can see how the energy level might take a few minutes to adjust back to it.
Missi Pyle: Yeah, you’re coming from a different place and to bring the same energy the character [can be challenging] when you’re maybe in a totally different. And if you’re vocally not in the same place that you were.
That’s one thing I find amazing is how everybody in the voice acting field, yourself included, can change their voices and still maintain the same one over time.
Missi Pyle: Right ?! Right? It’s just a lucky world to get into if you can get into it at all. Nicole Sullivan, she has been all over the place.
Yeah, she’s a legend. So were you familiar with the DC comic world in general before you were a part of this or was this sort of your first dipping of the toe into that field?
Missi Pyle: It is for me as an actor, I’ve never done anything in the DC superhero world. But I’m familiar, obviously, I have seen some of the DC Super Hero Girls, I watched a little bit with my daughter and I’m really excited.
Now, do you think she’s going to be as excited to hear your voices as you are?
Missi Pyle: It’s funny, I auditioned for and had a callback for the Trolls World Tour for Queen Barb. I went in and I recorded some songs in the studio, I did not end up getting the part. But my daughter saw it, and she loves villains in general, but she loves Queen Barb. So I play Queen Barb for her all the time as me. She’ll be like, “Mom, I want to play with Barb,” I’ll be like, “Hey, Zoe” in my Queen Barb voice. I hope she likes this character, I’ll be like, “That’s actually me!” [Chuckles] That’s one that I’m like, “Damn, if I had gotten that, I would’ve had so much cred.”
As a parent, that’s what you want, right, as much cred as you can get?
Missi Pyle: Oh yeah. That’s so true.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Galaxy Quest, and I’m a huge fan of that film. There has been on and off talks about possibly continuing it in some way. What are your thoughts on possibly bringing it back, have you heard anything?
Missi Pyle: I remember when we made the film. It was kind of a sleeper movie, I think. Obviously, there’s that moment when all of a sudden Sigourney Weaver’s top is sort of down a little bit, they didn’t really know what movie they had, it was mainly PG-13 and then they wanted to make it PG, they cut out a bunch of stuff. Then it really wasn’t the kids movie that they were looking to make. And then it became this kind of solid hit and it has such great legs, people just love this movie.
I ran into Dean Parisot a few years after we made it and he like, “I already told the story we needed to tell.” And then 10 years later, I heard something maybe was going to happen and then they started to make a TV show and I’ve been reached out to a few times. Then with Alan Rickman passing, I think the idea of doing it with the same cast is over, but I know that there’s another script out there. I do not know what’s going to happen, could be a series. I would not be surprised, and I say why not? It was such a lightning in a bottle, I have to say, with that group of people.
Check out our other Mayhem in the Multiverse interviews with stars Khary Payton, Kimberly Brooks, Tara Strong, Scott Menville, and Gray DeLisle as well as director Matt Peters.
More: Teen Titans Go !: 10 Things You Never Knew About The Making Of The Cartoon
Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse is available to purchase on Blu-ray and digital platforms now.
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