Josh Keaton Discusses Providing The Voice For Both GREEN LANTERN And SPIDER-MAN

The voice of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern animated series discusses what fans can expect to see when the show premieres March 17.

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By Mark Julian - 2/3/2012
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We've previously seen Green Lantern: TAS a few months back, as Cartoon Network gave a sneak peak to draw interest in the series. Mission accomplished! One of the things that struck me was how Keaton really seemed to have captured the 'voice' of Hal Jordan. MTV recently caught up with him to discuss his voice-over work for both Green Lantern and Spider-Man.


QUESTION: You've voiced quite a few superheroes! Do you have a favorite?

Josh Keaton: I'm gonna have to go with Spider-Man. Spidey was the one comic I read consistently throughout my childhood. As someone who grew up a nerd, scrawny, and picked on in high school, I related very strongly to Peter Parker.

QUESTION: When you're voicing someone like Spider-Man or Green Lantern, do you try to make them your own creation, or do you look to how other actors have portrayed them?

Keaton: I like to put forth my own interpretation of the character. These are characters that have been around for and been developed over decades; all of the information is in the source material. With Spidey, I already had a long-standing voice in my head of how I think Peter/Spidey sounds. With Hal Jordan, I wasn't as familiar with the character, but everything I needed to know I got from the comics.

Geek: How is voicing Green Lantern different from the other voice work you've done?

Keaton: I've played a lot of younger, more coming-of-age roles as well as roles that aren't such an imposing physical presence. Hal Jordan is not only a really buffed-out dude with a jaw and a half, he was also a confident badass way before ever becoming a Green Lantern. He's definitely older-sounding than a lot of my other work and he doesn't hem and haw. He makes the split second decision and rolls with it — whatever the outcome may be.

QUESTION: Were you into comic books before you started working in cartoons based on them?

Keaton: Oh, hell yeah. My faves were Spidey, Wolverine, and the Punisher. I'd occasionally read Batman or Superman, but Spidey was always my number one. I definitely think my prior knowledge of the source material helped me out in the audition process.

The first season of Green Lantern: TAS kicks off March 17 on Cartoon Network.



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comicb00kguy - 2/3/2012, 6:32 AM
Oh yeah! The GL cartoon! It's been so freaking long since they showed the one episode, one time of this, that I forgot all about it.

Seriously, great marketing, guys. But what should we expect from Cartoon Network? They show the last batch of Brave and the Bold and Young Justice one time on Friday night. No nights of reruns. They should have had at least had three or four more episodes of Green Lantern to show to build an audience for it, rather than a one-time show.
drfate - 2/3/2012, 6:57 AM
green lantern cartoon was whack. Looks like GL only works as a comic.
thewonderer - 2/3/2012, 7:41 AM
BRING BACK BLACK ANIMATED GREEN LANTERN!
Dev7 - 2/3/2012, 7:41 AM
Yea the GL Animated show was stupid and silly as [frick]. The character only works well as a comic book character and thats it. The Animated movies were crap as well. The character can't work well outside of comic books especially for a wide audience other than comic book geeks.
Dedpool - 2/3/2012, 7:49 AM
Keaton was amazing as Spiderman. Love hearing him either in a game or in Spectacular Spiderman and he had the quip delivery down perfect. His Hal is good too. Closer in tone to the playful Jordan from earlier in the comics. Fillion played him more seriously in "Emerald Knights" and David Borenaz did a great job in "New Frontier" but personally I really liked Chris Meloni's take in "First Flight" he had the playfulness, and the sterness as well.
plasticman - 2/3/2012, 7:50 AM
I think the Green Lantern cartoon was a test run to see how the masses liked it. Re-Boot had better CG animation that this. Make it hand drawn, Bruce Timm! That is what you are good at and that is what we love. Don't further destroy the perceptions of the masses of a great hero like Green Lantern.
Dedpool - 2/3/2012, 7:50 AM
@ everyone who liked the GL animated show, it's coming in March!!!
fisheyes38 - 2/3/2012, 7:58 AM
He was great as the voice of Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater.
Pontius888 - 2/3/2012, 1:40 PM
He's a great voice actor but this GL Show is shameless...
AUSSYACE - 2/3/2012, 8:12 PM
GL is Awesome...

Haters go watch Phantom Menace again...

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