Dec. 08, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
With his slit-like eyes, spiky nails and Fu Manchu mustache, this Chinese mastermind’s appearance was about as subtle as his name — the Yellow Claw. Evil, exotic and bent on ruling the world, he made his debut in 1956, looming ominously on an Atlas Comics cover as a headline gasped, “Who … or what … is he??!” The Claw belongs to a “rogues’ gallery” of characters featured in an exhibition looking at Asians and Asian Americans in almost half a century of American comic books. The show, drawn from the collection of sci-fi writer William F. Wu, is visiting the Japanese American National Museum through Feb. 9. “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986” examines eight main archetypes: the Alien, the Brain, the Brute, the Guru, the Kamikaze, the Lotus Blossom, the Manipulator and the Temptress. “The […]
Dec. 07, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Stargirl may need more than optimism to get out of this one. Lucky for her, she has Martian Manhunter in her head to help. The cosmic-staff-powered young heroine has freed herself from an otherworldly prison only to run right smack into Secret Society members Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadowthief, as seen at the end of “Justice League of America” No. 9. As No. 10 opens, however, she’s not quite back to reality. But she does have a mental link with the green hero from the Red Planet after their experience in the psychological-weakness-exploiting supermax that still holds many Justice League and JLA members. Her positive attitude and youth overcame the facility’s mind-warping capabilities, but an Earth in the clutches of the League’s alternative-reality counterparts the Crime Syndicate is no real escape. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of […]
Dec. 06, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to join Roberto Orci in penning the next installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise. The as-yet-untitled sequel has no release date, and no director set, though rumors have suggested the job could go to Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”). By this point, Orci is a “Trek” veteran, having written the scripts (with Alex Kurtzman and then Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) for the previous two movies in Paramount’s rebooted series that were directed by J.J. Abrams, 2009′s “Star Trek” and this past summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The recent movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 million worldwide after opening to mostly positive reviews in May, though many fans groused about the veil of secrecy that surrounded the villain who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a character first […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer appears to have announced, via Twitter, that another installment in the mutant franchise, “X-Men Apocalypse,” is due for release in 2016. The filmmaker on Thursday afternoon sent the following tweet: #Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 05, 2013 Few additional details are known — though Fox did confirm later in the afternoon that the movie will be released May 27, 2016 — the tweet implies that the film might involve the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” Singer is already immersed in the world of the Marvel comics mutants, working to finalize his 2014 release, “Days of Future Past,” which arrives in theaters May 23. The upcoming film picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the superheroes’ origins as young people […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world. Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army. Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans. Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 8:46 a.m.
The new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ showcases lots — and we really mean lots — of Spidey action, with the web slinger going up against not just Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro but also Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make,” says Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker at the beginning of the clip. The trailer then shows just how many enemies, and how much destruction, will be unleashed in the sequel, due May 2. Like its predecessor, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the new film is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son, Harry. Sally Field also reprises her role as Peter’s Aunt May, […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 6:43 p.m.
Casting has been announced for the long-awaited “Warcraft” film, with Rob Kazinsky, Ben Foster and Toby Kebbell set to play lead roles, joining previously announced cast members Paula Patton and Travis Fimmel. Dominic Cooper is in negotiations for a part as well, Legendary Pictures announced Wednesday. Duncan Jones (“Source Code”) is directing, though details of the plot (from a screenplay by Jones and Charles Leavitt) are still unknown. “Warcraft,” based on the wildly popular “World of Warcraft” video game from Blizzard Entertainment, is set to begin filming in Vancouver in January. PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 Kazinsky most recently appeared as a hot-shot pilot in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” but is perhaps best known for his performance in “True Blood.” “Six Feet Under” alumnus Foster has earned critical acclaim from his performances in “The Messenger” and “3:10 […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 6:23 p.m.
New images from this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special have been revealed, offering a glimpse of Matt Smith in his final episode as the show’s eponymous protagonist. The special, which airs on BBC America at 9 p.m. PST on Dec. 25, is titled “The Time of the Doctor” and follows the Time Lord and his latest traveling companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) in their last adventure together. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor,” reads the episode’s official description. “Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 The […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 1:34 p.m.
The Greek and Persian warriors from Zack Snyder’s “300″ take to the sea in a new trailer for the film’s follow-up, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The trailer, released Wednesday, begins with scenes of violence and destruction on the water, with a voice-over from Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo. “The oracle’s words stand as a warning,” she says. “Sparta will fall. All of Greece will fall. And only stout, wooden ships can save them. Wooden ships and a tidal wave of heroes’ blood.” Directed by TV commercial ace Noam Murro and produced by Snyder, “Rise of an Empire” is not a sequel or a prequel but its own free-standing thing, set in the same world and taking place before, during and after the events of “300.” The story is based on Frank Miller’s “Xerxes” (“300″ was based on Miller’s landmark graphic […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Gal Gadot has been cast as Diana Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming untitled Superman/Batman film. The film is set to begin shooting early next year and to make its way into theaters July 17, 2015. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 Gadot, the Israeli actress and model who is best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, will join a star-studded cast […]