March 08, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Buffy returns to slaying for the 10th season when “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1″ hits stands on March 19. Joss Whedon’s creation has continued to survive and thrive in the pages of the Dark Horse comic — now 11 years after the show’s last air date — and will be written by Christos Gage and drawn by Rebekah Isaacs in this newest iteration. Buffy once again helped save the world in Season 9 and will face another new menace while dealing with the remnants of zompires (a zombie-vampire hybrid that Buffy helped create — it’s a long story) in the new season. Isaacs, who was the artist on last season’s spinoff “Angel & Faith,” has taken her pencil to heroic titles such as “Ms. Marvel,” “DV8,” “Sheena” and “Captain America & The Falcon.” Hero Complex caught up with the Savannah College of […]
March 07, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.
It was Valentine’s Day, and I was afraid someone was watching me die. On a night when most are finding ways to celebrate (or curse) romance, I had opted to spend the evening curled up on the couch with a game, a first-person shooter. At least I wasn’t alone. I was one of many worldwide who were playing “Titanfall,” a game in beta testing that Microsoft has declared the showcase title for its recently released home console, the Xbox One. Connecting to strangers via Microsoft’s servers, many of whom were engaged in midgame conversations, I was outgunned, anxious and nervous about letting down my new teammates. In eight minutes, I would be killed 11 times by people I will never speak to. Once, a giant robot stepped on me. Moments later, a giant robot fired a rocket into my chest. […]
March 07, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
“Star Wars” fans let out a collective howl of anguish last year when it was announced that one of the casualties of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The fan-favorite series was canceled without a satisfactory conclusion, yanked from the schedule of Cartoon Network, where it had aired since 2008. That ultimately made way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” set to premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD. So, when word came that the final 13 episodes of the show’s sixth season would become available to fans on Netflix, the news was met with good cheer. As of Friday, viewers can check out “The Lost Missions,” which will join the previous five seasons on the streaming video service, including some director’s cuts of those earlier episodes. “The Lost […]
March 07, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Noam Murro had one question when he was asked to direct the follow-up to 2007′s bloody swords-and-sandals action film “300″: How do you make a sequel to a movie in which everyone died? The answer, in short: You don’t. Zack Snyder’s “300″ concluded with [spoiler alert!] Sparta’s King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his few, proud soldiers being gloriously slain while making a heroic stand against the overwhelming forces of Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). The new “300: Rise of an Empire” uses that Leonidas-vs.-Xerxes narrative as a crucial plot point. In essence, the new film wraps its story around the earlier movie’s action to function as something more like a companion piece than a reboot. “What do you call it? A prequel? A sequel?” says Murro, 52. “It’s an equal, hopefully. It’s a different perspective of the same time. Thematically, […]
March 06, 2014 | 8:42 p.m.
As Sgt. Wu on NBC’s “Grimm,” actor Reggie Lee dutifully has helped solve some of Portland’s most bizarre and often gruesome crimes over the last few seasons of the series, and he’s done so without letting on that something serious could be amiss in the Pacific Northwest. With Friday’s episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” Wu is about to learn some surprising truths as he’s confronted by the notion that a force from his own nightmares could be alive and terrorizing his friends. Another big moment in the upcoming episode? Fans will finally hear the sergeant’s first name. (Check out a clip from the episode above.) Hero Complex recently caught up with Lee to discuss the ways in which his Filipino heritage is referenced in “Mommy Dearest,” his character’s reaction to supernatural sights and his connection to “Grimm” fans. Be warned, though, the […]
March 06, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.
Robert Rodriguez’s new trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is out, and it features exactly the same stylized black-and-white opera of violence that made its predecessor a starkly addictive viewing experience. Working with c0-director Frank Miller to bring his landmark graphic novel to the screen, Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City” might stand as one of the most faithful comic book adaptations ever made. Panel by panel, down to the last diagonal sheet of rain and stinking garbage heap, three volumes of the popular series were painstakingly “translated” to film for a movie that featured multiple story lines of grim noir action. Miller and Rodriguez reunited once again for the upcoming film, which features such returning cast members as Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke alongside new additions including Ray Liotta, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The visual palette remains […]
March 06, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.
Chris Evans’ patriotic Steve Rogers is taking down bad guys on the high seas in a new four-minute clip from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest Marvel sequel due in theaters April 4. The film teams up Cap with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow on key missions, including the one highlighted in the footage from the new movie, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Set after the events depicted in 2012′s “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” sees Evans’ hero having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet even as he bonds with a military man named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap finds himself with few people he can trust as his past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. Although earlier trailers have played up the movie’s showstopping action […]
March 06, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.
First it was one of the most acclaimed video games released last year. Now the zombie-themed “The Last of Us” is set to make the leap to the big screen. Screen Gems announced Thursday its plan to distribute a new film based on the PlayStation 3 title developed by Naughty Dog. “The Last of Us” creative director Neil Druckmann will write the script for the movie, which he’ll also produce along with game director Bruce Straley, Screen Gems executives Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra and filmmaker Sam Raimi under his Ghost House Pictures banner. Set in a post-apocalyptic environment, “The Last of Us” visits decimated cities where a fungus has transformed the population into zombies. Twenty years after the outbreak, smuggler Joel is hired to protect 14-year-old Ellie and escort her across the dangerous wasteland. On the journey, the two […]
March 05, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
The CW’s hit superhero show “Arrow” continues to glide through its second season, getting ever more deeply embedded in the greater DC Comics Universe; already this season it’s introduced memorable DC villains, with other fan favorites such as Suicide Squad still to come. In the run-up to Wednesday’s episode, “The Promise,” Hero Complex caught up with “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim to chat briefly about the out-of-the-ordinary nature of this week’s story line. Fair warning, there are some spoilers ahead for anyone not fully caught up with the latest episodes. Hero Complex: So “The Promise” is bigger in scope than usual? Marc Guggenheim: This episode is a sequel to last year’s Episode 14, which was an episode where we flipped the paradigm and told more stories in the past than we were in the present. The mission last year was […]
March 05, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is out on Blu-ray and DVD this Friday, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the blockbuster film’s deleted scenes. “Catching Fire,” which raked in more than $860 million at the worldwide box office, is based on the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult book trilogy. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic country called Panem, in which children are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who manages to survive the battle in the first film, and in the second film reenters the arena after Panem’s autocratic ruler sees her as a threat. She inadvertently becomes the face of a rebellion. The exclusive clip from the home video release features a deleted scene from “Catching Fire,” […]