April 27, 2015 | 7:55 a.m.

C2E2: Matt Dillon, Jason Momoa and ‘Star Wars’ tattoos rule Chicago expo

A duo dressed as a Storm Trooper and Spiderman role play during C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago on Saturday.  (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
CHICAGO — Matt Dillon arrived about 15 minutes late for his interviews with media Friday at C2E2 at McCormick Place, but the “There’s Something About Mary” actor — who was promoting Fox upcoming supernatural TV drama “Wayward Pines” along with executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (Shyamalan was halfway done with interviews at that point) — had a plausible excuse when a Fox publicist questioned his tardiness. “It’s a pretty big complex,” Dillon said with a half-smile. He was right. Just walking the massive space in McCormick Place dedicated to the comic book and entertainment convention felt like a workout. The rows of tables went on and on, with some featuring comic-related goods and experiences for sale and others featuring celebrities and artists signing autographs. And with thousands of comic fans soaking it all in at a leisurely pace, and repeatedly […]
April 26, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.

Robots and women share the battlefield in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3′

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" boasts cybernetic-enhanced soldiers. (Treyarch / Activision)
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The future-set “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3″ makes some bold predictions about combat in the decades to come. Soldiers, for instance, will be outfitted with robotic arms, giving them super-human strength. Additionally, women will be just as prevalent on the front lines as their male counterparts. The Treyarch-developed “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,” due Nov. 6 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, is the first in the blockbuster franchise to allow fans to play as a female character for the entirety of the campaign. Or even play as a whole mini-squadron of women, as “Black Ops 3″ will blur the lines between single and multiplayer games and allow up to four people to play the campaign cooperatively via an online connection (or play split-screen with a friend). It’s a […]
April 26, 2015 | 8:18 a.m.

‘Orphan Black': The Castor clones ignite a battle of the sexes

Tatiany Maslany faces new threats in the third season of "Orphan Black." (BBC America)
Reality came to “Orphan Black” this past week. On the surface, this is a show about clones. Yet as Tatiana Maslany’s Sarah Manning has uncovered the secrets that led to her creation in a corporate lab, “Orphan Black” has alluded to sociopolitical themes that touch upon religion and civil liberties. Among the threats leveled at Manning, however, none may be as chilling as those circling around her at the start of Season 3. Since its inception, “Orphan Black” has dealt with the power divide between men and women, chronicling via science fiction how one’s status throughout life is determined pre-birth. Manning has spent the past two seasons fighting for her identity, her daughter, her ability to be a mother and her right to know her sisters. This year the BBC America’s “Orphan Black” has received an infusion of men, and they’re […]
April 25, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad': David Ayer reveals Jared Leto’s new look for the Joker’s 75th anniversary

The Joker, Jared Leto
Happy anniversary, Mr. J! “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer celebrated the Joker’s 75th anniversary Friday by revealing a controversial new image of Jared Leto as the iconic supervillain. Ayer and Leto have been using various social media platforms to slowly tease grainy bits and pieces of the Oscar-winning actor’s transformation into the character for the DC ensemble film. But when Ayer turned to Twitter once again Friday, the photo he shared was unmistakable. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 While it is still too early to know if this is the villain’s permanent look for the film, for now it seems the only similarities between the “Suicide Squad” Joker and the previous movie incarnations of the character are the green hair and red lips. […]
April 25, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: Kevin Feige wires Marvel movies for conquest

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, left, and actor Chris Evans attend the Hollywood premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on April 13, 2015. (Jesse Grant / Getty Images)
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has much to celebrate these days. The architect of Marvel’s movie landscape has presided over an unprecedented string of hits — to date, the company has released 10 films that have brought in more than $7 billion. Under a deal announced earlier this year, he will have an opportunity to reframe Marvel’s most iconic character, bringing Spider-Man into Marvel’s blockbuster cinematic universe before the hero goes spinning back to anchor his own franchise for Sony Pictures, his movie home since 2002. And that doesn’t take into account a range of future projects that will likely extend Marvel’s box-office dominance well into the next decade. That Feige was able to construct Marvel’s foundations without the presence of its most well-known hero makes the company’s fortunes that much more impressive to industry observers. Once Marvel began making […]
April 24, 2015 | 6:10 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Take a trip to your local comic book shop

'Convergence: The Question"
Welcome to another edition of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite geek merchandise including books, games and toys. Young Bobby Drake was outed during a conversation with Jean Grey in this week’s issue of “All New X-Men,” making Drake’s Iceman one of the most high-profile LGBTQ superheroes in Marvel comics. In light of this occasion, this week’s paycheck goes to our local comic book shop to pick up some of our favorite comics featuring queer characters that hit the shelves this month. It’s only fitting to start with “All New X-Men” No. 40 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Muhmud Asrar. An ongoing series since 2012, “All New X-Men” centers on younger versions of the five original X-Men members who were brought from the past to face their future counterparts. The issue follows “The […]
April 24, 2015 | 2:11 p.m.

Frank Miller is co-writing ‘Dark Knight III: The Master Race’

Frank Miller will return to write "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race." (DC Comics)
Provocative comic artist Frank Miller is returning to ‘The Dark Knight.” Miller is at work on a second sequel to his 1986 classic,”‘The Dark Knight Returns.” DC Comics said in a release that this will be the conclusion of the saga. Titled “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” the work is being co-written with Brian Azzarello. Artists have yet to be announced, but the comic will arrive this year. “The Master Race” will run for eight issues and be published twice per month. “Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to ‘Dark Knight’ is going to be daunting,” said Miller in a statement, “but we’ll do our best.” Miller tweeted Friday a picture of promotional art for the series, adding, “I hope that by now my silence is deafening.” It was Miller’s first tweet since October 2011. “We are […]
April 24, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie talks Brienne’s journey in Season 5

(AP; HBO)
In its fifth season, “Game of Thrones” has shown that Westeros is not a kind place for kindhearted people. In this hostile environment, Brienne of Tarth journeys on, her sole focus to fulfill the oath she swore to Catelyn Stark to safely return the Stark girls to Winterfell. Portrayed by actress Gwendoline Christie in HBO’s epic fantasy series, Brienne was first introduced in Season 2, winning her place among Renly Baratheon’s personal guard despite her gender. Since then Brienne has spent much of her time traveling through the Seven Kingdoms after swearing fealty to Lady Stark following Renly’s murder. Lady Stark tasks Brienne with escorting the captive Jaime Lannister back to King’s Landing in exchange for the safe return of Sansa and Arya Stark, and it is this promise that Brienne is struggling to fulfill with Arya and Sansa rejecting her […]
April 24, 2015 | 11:32 a.m.

Telltale Games teaming with Marvel Entertainment

Telltale Games is working with Marvel Entertainment on a new video game series. (Telltale Games)
Having proved it can effectively adapt a comic into a game with its work on “The Wolf Among Us” and “The Walking Dead,” the Bay Area’s Telltale Games is increasing its comics’ portfolio. Telltale has partnered with Marvel Entertainment for a game project to be released in 2017, the company revealed Thursday night in San Francisco. Little is known about the game, including its title, at this point beyond the year-long release window. Telltale has won acclaim in recent years for its narrative-focused games that emphasize dialogue rather than action. They’re episodic, with each chapter generally able to be completed in two or three hours, and are leading a movement that brings games closer to interactive television shows. Additionally, Telltale’s work with Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead” and Bill Willingham’s Vertigo series “Fables,” on which “The Wolf Among Us” is based, focused on original […]
April 24, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.

In ‘Fury Road,’ a new ‘Mad Max’ hurtles into familiar mythology

Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jasin Boland / Warner Bros.)
AUSTIN, Texas — The three films in the “Mad Max” trilogy have always felt like primal epics, as if they were fables handed down for generations by word of mouth. Former police patrolman Max Rockatansky, who lost his family at the hands of a marauding motorcycle gang, drives the wasteland on the run from everyone, perhaps most of all himself. The first two films, “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior,” helped make an international superstar of Mel Gibson and announced Australian filmmaker George Miller, onetime emergency room doctor turned high-impact visionary, as a force to be reckoned with. Thirty years after the third film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Miller is unveiling a new Max and a world he describes as “uniquely familiar” with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks Max is now played by Tom Hardy, best known […]
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