Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Benedict Cumberbatch photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Comic Con 2014 started off with a lot of star power on Thursday with a panel for the highly-anticipated animated film “Penguins of Madagascar”.  Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich were on-hand to answer questions from fans about their characters and the differences between acting on-screen versus doing a voice-over.

Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

When asked how different it was recording in a voice studio from being on a film set, Cumberbatch said that the radio work and audiobook recordings that he has done in the past helped to prepare him for the role in “Penguins”.  Both Cumberbatch and Malkovich said that the biggest difference between a film set and a voice over shoot is that often times they don’t get to meet or be in the same room with the other actors until they are doing press for the film, and you don’t build the same type of camaraderie that you do on a film set.

Fans were also curious to know who Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich would like to play from the comic book world.

John Malkovich photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

John Malkovich photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Lois Lane?” says Malkovich.  “Nurse Normal?”  which got a big response from the crowd in Hall H.
 “Anyone?” says Cumberbatch.  “Doctor Strange joke,” he mutters.  The attendees go wild and Cumberbatch  and Cumberbatch follows up with “Batman, I guess, yeah.”
photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

You can check out the vocal talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and the rest of the crew of “Penguins of Madagascar” when it opens in theatres in the U.S. on November 14th.