After talking to Jay Oliva (Director of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) for a little while, you get the sense that behind the filmmaker face he shows most of the time, there is a raging DC Fanboy underneath. As we saw in the interviews with Nathan Fillion in our first story for Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn, he was a fan BEFORE he became a participant. The same is true with Jay Oliva. They had all been introduced to this DC Universe when they were kids, reading comics, watching cartoons, having imaginary battles between heroes and villains, and have now matured into adults that can create new stories for these amazing characters.
This is the reason why hundreds of thousands of people flock to San Diego every summer to join other fans in the experience known as “Comic-Con”. To be able to get close enough to talk to the people that are living the life that most of these fans would love to have, is a real treat. Most of these fans only get to cosplay as their favorite characters for a few days out of the year. Jay Oliva, and all the other people involved in the making of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, get to wear both hats all the time. So, in a way, they all have their mild-mannered alter-ego positions at work, but when the situation calls for it, they become the Super Fans they always were.
As a special treat, here’s a DC Entertainment Promotional Clip for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, hosted by Jay Oliva:
With Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Jay Oliva will have directed 5 DC Universe Movies, including Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 and 2, and the next film, Justice League: War, coming in 2014. That’s quite a lineup for someone as young as Jay Oliva. He also has 34 credits as a storyboard artist, dating back to 1997. And let’s not forget the great people he gets to work with: Geoff Johns (Creative Director for DC Entertainment), writers like Jim Krieg, Andrea Romano (Casting/Voice Director), actors like Cary Elwes, C. Thomas Howell, Kevin Conroy, Ron Perlman, Sam Daly, Justin Chambers, Nathan Fillion (and more), Character Designers like Phil Bourassa, storyboard artists and all of the animation staff. Yeah. And after making these films, he gets to show off at San Diego Comic-Con, and watch the fans reactions to his labor of love. Pretty cool, I’d say.
ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell talked to Jay Oliva about the difference between other Justice League stories, and this one, where the universe has been changed. Jay also lets us know what character, and voice actor, he’d like to work with more, and why.
We would like to thank Jay Oliva for showing us both of his alter-egos during a terrific interview at San Diego Comic-Con, and of course, we need to thank Gary Miereanu and Warner Bros Home Entertainment for the interview session, the panel, and screening of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, available NOW on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Download (iTunes).