Dali Benssalah: “The power of the voice should not be underestimated”

Spotify strikes a blow and finally unveils its biggest simultaneous launch to date. French adaptation of the American program Batman Unburiedthe audio series Batman Autopsy was born from the partnership between Spotify, DC and Warner Bros. The production was entrusted to Douglas Attal and the cast is made up of Dali Benssalah (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Sam Karmann (Alfred), Ana Girardot (Vicky Vale), Julia Piaton (Barbara Gordon), André Dussollier (Dr Hunter), Anaïde Rozam (Kell), Guy Lecluyse (Arnold Flass), Christophe Montenez (the Reaper), Laurent Stocker (Sphinx) and Thibault de Montalembert and Amira Casar (Thomas and Martha Wayne).

Batman Autopsy is a real auditory experience combining acting, sound effects and imagination for a gripping effect that will appeal to fans of the saga, as to any listener. If you are not familiar with the world of podcasts, do not panic: the series quickly immerses you in its universe and reveals a well-crafted story, full of suspense and action.

On the occasion of the release of the series, QG spoke with the actor at the heart of the podcast, Dali Benssalah, chosen to represent the French voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne.

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What links do you have with Batman?

So, even if you can think that I say it in every role, for once it’s true, Batman is my favorite superhero. What I love about Batman is that he has to be the only one I know who doesn’t have any superpowers. He is a human pushed to the maximum of his abilities.

How did you experience this new audio series?

Being able to put on the costume and project yourself into this universe was really a pleasure. It’s a dream role for me and it was a pleasure to record this series. What’s good is also that we think we can do Batman in France.

Is it more difficult to hook the public without the image and only with the sound?

A few years ago, I worked with director Olivier Py and he said this sentence: “An actor is first and foremost a voice”. It was a while ago, but it really stuck with me. He is completely right. The image is another exercise, we convey a lot of things, but we must not underestimate the power of the voice and all its nuances. We could say that the audio is a handicap on certain things, but on the contrary it leaves so much room for the imagination for the listener. Audiences can imagine the Batman they want.

Who do you recommend the series to?

You don’t have to be fanatical about the universe, it all starts with an investigation and I think it can please everyone, that’s also the beauty of the project. There are universal issues that go beyond Batman. Also, actors/actresses came to participate in the series without necessarily being familiar with the universe and they enjoyed it a lot… I don’t know if that made them want to watch the films Batman but history has marked them.

What are your next projects ?

Above all, I let myself be carried away by projects that make sense, films or audio series that I want to see or want to hear. I played in an Algerian film last October-November. It’s a period film and I play a pirate. It’s being edited so… to be continued! We’ll see what it will give.

Source- https://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/article/dali-benssalah-il-ne-faut-pas-sous-estimer-le-pouvoir-de-la-voix