Granny Goodness
Superman Superman

Granny Goodness

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Granny Goodness with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Superman

Granny Goodness is an antagonist from the Superman franchise. She is typically portrayed as being in charge of one of two groups on the firery planet of Apokolips. 1.) Darkseid's Elite, consisting of Desaad, Kalibak and Kanto or 2.) The Female Furies, consisting of Big Barda, Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, Speed Queen, Artemiz and others, the latter of which she uses torture and methods of brainwashing on in order to keep them in compliance and live a life of servitude. While she is physically powerful, her main weapons are her keen ability to manipulate others into doing her bidding, often raising future Furies in her "orphanage". 
Created by TylerMirage on Feb 21 2018
Justice League Unlimited (2004)
Granny GoodnessEd Asner
Ed Asner
DC Universe Online (2011)
Granny GoodnessLainie Frasier
Lainie Frasier
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
Granny GoodnessKhary Payton
Khary Payton
Justice League Action (2016)
Granny GoodnessCloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games (2017)
Granny GoodnessApril Stewart
April Stewart

EDITOR'S OPINION

For Granny's first animated appearances in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited and then later on in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Ed Asner was cast. Yes, an elderly man known for his comedic roles was cast as an alien grandmother. And I don't think there's many people out there who, at this point, take issue with this casting. Ed's such a fantastic actor that I don't even think twice that an old man is voicing an old lady, because he has become so ingrained in my mind as this character.

Lainie Frasier voices Granny in the DC Universe Online game. I don't have much to say about Lainie. It's a suitable voice for the character, but doesn't leave much of an impression on me. 

For her brief appearance in Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Khary Payton was tasked with bringing the elderly warrior to life. Despite the unfortunately small role in the title, Khary gives a good, raspy, elderly feel to the voice. I can only imagine what he would've sounded like with more material and varied delivery. 

Cloris Leachman voiced Granny in Justice League Action and the series of tie-in shorts. On paper, Cloris is a perfect choice. But my main issue with Cloris is that, whether this was due to her age or if it was the direction she was specifically given, she lacks the energy that I've come to expect from Granny. It was less "commanding old space lady" and just "old space lady". If Cloris was able to give more OOMF to her performance, or perhaps if we had access to a Cloris who was 20 years younger, then I have no doubt she would've been great. 

For Granny's appearances in the various DC Super Hero Girls properties, April Stewart steps up to the mic. April's Granny is exactly how I'd envision Granny to sound if a female had voiced her from the start (I imagine that April is what Granny Goodness sounds like and Ed would be her husband, Papa Goodness). It has the sense of age to it without sounding frail, and she manages to get a decent amount of material to work with, which showcases her range nicely. 

The one thing I will say about all of the VAs is that they are distinctly their own. None of them try to replicate the other, so props for that. 

1.) Ed Asner
2.) April Stewart
3.) Khary Payton
4.) Cloris Leachman
5.) Lainie Frasier


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Shan-Yu
said at 11:37 AM on Sun Jun 24 2018
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Hey Superman, do you want to go for an ice cream cone?
Do I!
zachspr
said at 10:22 AM on Sun Jun 10 2018
1. Lainie - It was tough choosing between Ed and Lainie since both have weak points. Lainie's problem is that she tends to die down or pronounce things (ApAkolips) funny.

2. Ed - has the granny part down for sure, but it just sounds like a grandma... an Earth grandma. His vocal isn't strong enough for me.

3. Cloris - Very dramatic and scary but she sounds too old and doesn't have enough power. She is nearly the Top 2 spot but not quite because she doesn't have a humorous tone.

4. April - She's perfect for the lightheartedness of DC Superhero Girls but it's too campy for anything else.

5. Khary - not the right character for Khary. Sounds like Cyborg, which makes sense.
Silly Sally
said at 3:25 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
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I had no idea Granny Goodness was voiced by a man! Ed Asner is the funniest and best voice.
Kioea
said at 1:49 PM on Tue Apr 10 2018
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Even if Ed's not your favourite, there's no denying that he had some of the best lines for this character.

"Girls, this Ninnynoodle wants to play rough! Make her last moments... special."
sailoryaoimoon
said at 2:39 PM on Sat Apr 7 2018
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There's no topping Ed Asner.
EPA Deane
said at 7:17 AM on Thu Mar 8 2018
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"Love him. Serve great Darkseid. Wear your pointed helmets proudly where he leads. DIE for him -- and Reward Granny."

Granny Goodness one of those Delightfully Contemptable Villain that manages to Trancede their Goofy Appearence and stands as one ofJack Kirby's greatest Creations.

Here are My Top 5 Favourite Granny Goodness voices:

5. Cloris Leachman
4. April Stewart
3. Khary Payton
2. Lainie Frasier
1. Ed Asner

Future VA Recommendations:

Miranda Richardson would be Excellent as Granny Goodness if she used a More Aged Version of her Mrs Tweedy Voice.

A Deeper Version of Pauline Newstone's Frieza voice would also a be a great fit in the role.

I Also recommend Melodee Spevack, Glenn Close, Cindee Mayfield and Ian McDiarmid
WillScarlet
said at 6:35 PM on Wed Mar 7 2018
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There's just something genius about casting a man as Granny Goodness - not because he camps it up, but the way he does it gives you the sense that there's something off, something unhinged about this character.

I got the same sense when I saw Matilda the Musical on Broadway, and Miss Trunchbull was played by a man.
Kioea
said at 12:35 PM on Tue Mar 6 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Full order:

1. Ed Asner
2. Cloris Leachman
3. Khary Payton
4. April Stewart
5. Lainie Frasier
RetroPokeFan
said at 1:33 AM on Tue Feb 27 2018
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Ed Asner is so entertaining as Granny Goodness, gets the goofiness perfectly.

Cloris Leachman's good but there's just something lacking in her performance and it's very rollercoasty in terms of quality but she's still a good fit nonetheless.

Lainie Fraiser is fine, way better than OVA Tails.

Khary Phayton is also fine but just needed more material and April Stewart just sounds weird.
Archerboy58
said at 5:13 PM on Sun Feb 25 2018
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Let's be honest it has to be somebody from Mary Tyler Moore Show to voice this character.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 10:22 AM on Thu Feb 22 2018
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I know it makes more sense to have a woman voice the old lady, but Ed's performance is just so charismatic and entertaining that it's honestly hard for me to imagine anything else.

Not to say the others didn't do a good job of course. I think April is a solid second. I'm just too accustomed to Ed
HienFan
said at 8:58 AM on Thu Feb 22 2018
Two men for a female huh, reminds me of Ella from Sonic X

I prefer Cloris for sounding the most like an old lady
Lainie's pretty good as well, definitely much better than her Tails
Of all the two males I prefer Ed for the goofiness, Khary sounds like a raspy man more than anything else
April is just eh and really raspy
EPA Deane
said at 6:59 AM on Thu Feb 22 2018
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Cloris Leachman as Granny Goodness is a Great Idea on Paper..... but the Voice Direction lets her Down.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:50 AM on Thu Feb 22 2018
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I'm gonna give this to Ed Asner. Him playing an old woman is just funny, yet it works so well.

Cloris Leachman is a very good choice for Granny. She does sound a bit lacking in the clip, though I think she sounded better in a different appearance. Again, she's still an overall good fit.

Khary sounds interesting, but with so little I'm not sure what else to say.

Lainie sounds OK.

April is alright I guess, but something about it is rather weird.
batcool
said at 8:33 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
 1 Shout Out!
1. Ed Asner
2. Cloris Leachman
D.A.V.E.
said at 6:56 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
 7 Shout Outs!
Ed Asner is probably the best. I love the personality he gives to the role. I didn't even realize it was him when I first watched it.

Cloris sounds a lot better in the Watchtower tour episode. That episode uses her comedic timing better. It's like with Lex Luthor, where the voice actors sound better in some episodes than in others.

Lol, I didn't even realize Payton voiced Granny until this comparison.
Ghosty404
said at 6:30 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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Ed Asner sounds like a bang-up old lady, and I am loving the presence he brings to the role. And is it me or is there a bit of Tim Curry in that voice?

Lainie Fraiser is competent enough.. I guess? I’m just surprised OVA Tails is still doing work in Houston. She thankfully got the nasal spray.

Khary Phayton has a decent performance. He just really needed more material.

Cloris Leachman sounds good too, but like others have said, there’s a certain thing she’s missing to make it complete.

April Stewart made a good effort, but I can tell they didn’t get an older person for the role.

Ed’s getting my vote, with Cloris in second.

Dream Casts: This definitely should’ve been Carrie Fisher’s last roles before she died, I can really see her voice and sharp snarky bite for this character. Alas..

Betty White, Scott McNeil, James Carter Cathcart, Kent Williams, Lee Tockar, Linda Young, Pauline Newstone, and Tress MacNeille could be good in the role, too.
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:46 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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Man, this is a really tough VC. I'm really torn between Khary Payton, Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman is a perfect choice for Granny, and I do feel the aged sound of her voice makes her kinda unsettling, but she could still be funny.

Khary Payton works rather well in the role, and I wish he had more material.

Along with Jabba the Hutt in the NPR Return of the Jedi radio drama, this is one of Ed Asner's most unique roles. I just love his flamboyant grandmotherly sound and he does seem to have fun playing the character.

Lainie Frasier works as well, but she's not as good as Ed, Cloris and Khary.

April Stewart sounds a bit too young.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:32 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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It is rather funny to hear Ed as Granny Goodness and thinks, yeah that is a sinister old lady. Ed Anser totally sells it and I am buying it.

Lainie is certainly...there.

Khary does not get a lot but I feel he is just too recognizable in the whole for me to buy him as an old lady. Maybe if he got more than a cameo he could work but I just hear Khary doing a higher voice.

I agree with Tyler, Cloris works for the most part but misses that edge to truly make her a perfect fit.

I like the idea of Granny going back and forth between sounding sweet and sounding sinister but I think April sounds a bit too put on. I do not really buy the age in her voice.

Bonus: I would love it if Betty White got a crack at Granny Goodness, she still has energy at her age so maybe she could pull off sounding commanding.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:17 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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All of them are good, but Ed Asner is the best here in my opinion. It's a casting choice that doesn't sound good on paper, but one that worked very well.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:13 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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Ed Asner is the best Granny Goodness. Yeah, even I was shocked that Ed could do a pretty good elderly woman voice.

As for the rest, they're all really good. Not a bad voice in this voice compare. If there were two other people that would take the 2nd & third place spots, it would have to be April Stewart & Khary Payton.
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:16 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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They're all good, but yeah, I'm going with Asner.
Kioea
said at 3:05 PM on Wed Feb 21 2018
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When I saw all the Apokolips-related updates, I had a feeling that Granny would be making her VC debut.

Anyway, I'm going with Ed.
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