Ray Porter Talks About Playing Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League
When Zack Snyder left Justice League, it led to the film dropping a planned appearance by DC’s ultimate villain, Darkseid. However, now that Snyder’s cut is officially happening, the director has confirmed that Darkseid’s appearance will be restored in the film. Consequently, Ray Porter has been able to shed some light on his performance as Darkseid.
During an extended interview with LightCast, Porter spoke about how it felt to be a part of Justice League.
“It felt amazing,” said Porter. “I definitely knew I was part of something enormous. But the way Zack works, and the general attitude of everyone who’s worked so closely with him for so many years, is really positive. It was a very kind, friendly, happy set. And great work was getting done…I will say that the lycra mocap suit didn’t feel great. Ciarán [Hinds] and I both looked odd in our lycra mocap suits.”
Additionally, Porter explained that he relied on Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to help him find Darkseid’s character and voice.
“I went through a few different vocal gymnastics trying to figure out the voice,” recalled Porter. “I will admit I didn’t know the character incredibly well right up to the point of being cast…It was never something I was incredibly aware of…so I didn’t know all of the canon. Fortunately, I happened to be on a set with people like Zack and Chris [Terrio]…I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who understands all of the weird concatenations of that canon better than those people. So there was always that steady information.”
“I needed to be understandable,” added Porter. “But it needed to be a voice that was not of this Earth. And that was what I tried to go for.”
The Justice League Snyder Cut will debut on HBO Max in 2021.
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