There was a lot of excitement when Hulu announced that they are working on a revival of the popular The Simpsons spinoff, Futurama. Coined as the show with the smartest writing team in the industry, it was a milestone series with some great comedy and drama. Not only that, but it also was one that seemingly wouldn’t go down without a fight as it kept returning even after it was canceled repeatedly. Yet, there was one discrepancy as John DiMaggio wasn’t confirmed to return as Bender during the Initial castings.
While he would later join in after all as negotiations finally came to an end, he did reveal during Phoenix Fan Fusion what their initial plans were if he didn’t return. It looks like that they were “planning on using guest stars, [and] they were going to replace Bender’s voice each episode” The crowd did react with groans at the event, but it
He did also reveal that he didn’t actually make more money off of the negotiations but rather made quite the statement, as he highlighted that “I didn’t get more money. But what I did get was a lot of respect, and a lot of head nods from people who are like, ‘Yo bro, I see you and thank you.” While it didn’t give him more money, it definitely created a stronger position for voice actors in the industry and hopefully supports them to get to a better place within the market.
Source: Phoenix Fan Fusion via SlashFilm