Nov. 13, 2014 | 5:01 p.m.
For many fans, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looms on the 2015 release date calendar like a most eagerly anticipated holiday gift that can’t be unwrapped quickly enough. Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, the traveling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, are hoping to capitalize on that enthusiasm, looking to build attendance for the 2015 gathering, which rolls into the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19. (Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at the poster for the 2015 event above.) “It’s going to be really interesting, because we are way ahead with ticket sales from where we usually are this far out,” said Mary Franklin, senior events and fan relations lead for Lucasfilm. “I feel safe saying this is going to be the biggest one yet.” The Celebrations date […]
Nov. 13, 2014 | 7:59 a.m.
Of all the characters in Marvel’s groovy space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an unexpected fan favorite might be Groot, a tree-like creature who somehow manages to be both adorable and deadly. With a five-word vocabulary and lethal fighting skills, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) protects his partner Rocket (Bradley Cooper’s snarky gun-toting raccoon) and the rest of the Milano’s oddball crew while his own motivations remain mysterious. Hero Complex readers get a closer look at Groot’s character design in an exclusive clip from the bonus features on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” home video release, out Dec. 9. “Once we got the function right, then we started to refine the look of Groot and give him that ability to be both very innocent and very fearsome,” director James Gunn says in the clip. “And Vin came in … and his […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
The first teaser for “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is out, offering a glimpse of a reality-defying action scene featuring Shailene Woodley’s heroine Tris. “Insurgent,” the second film in the movie franchise based on the bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth, follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. In the first film “Divergent,” which drew more than $288 million at the international box office earlier this year, Tris tried to hide her abilities and joined Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she met love interest Four (Theo James). But now, war looms between the factions, and Tris and her allies are fugitives from the power-hungry Jeanine […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.
An extended version of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer is out, offering a few more seconds of the villainous Ultron’s ominous monologue. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). The majority of the extended trailer features footage we’ve already seen in previous teasers, but adds a few additional moments. The trailer begins with Spader’s technological villain confronting the Avengers. “I know you mean well,” Ultron intones. “You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.” Then the video launches into the previously released trailer for the film, […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
When Marvel took to ABC’s “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in July to announce that a woman would become Thor and a black man would become Captain America in its comics, debate ignited over what in Asgard’s name the House of Ideas was thinking. Such dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands – names that front blockbuster film franchises at its sister company Marvel Studios – were celebrated by many people as positive progress, but others decried the decisions: “This is political correctness run amok,” “Affirmative Action Man” and “PC Avengers, Assemble!” read parts of some readers’ reactions posted on Hero Complex stories about the announcements. Whether they’re meeting fans or foes, the new Captain America and Thor represent two ongoing concerns for Marvel and the comics industry’s growth: minorities and women. […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 10:36 a.m.
“Strange Magic,” a musical animated feature film inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is coming to theaters in January, Disney announced Tuesday. The news comes after much speculation that the film would be a sequel to Disney’s record-breaking blockbuster “Frozen.” The rumor mill appears to have gotten it wrong, with nary a snowman in sight. Instead, the project — from Lucasfilm and Touchstone Pictures — is inspired by Shakespeare’s magical comedy and based on a story by “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, and will feature modern-day pop songs (Electric Light Orchestra, anyone?). Here’s the official description from Disney: “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 9:43 a.m.
“All-New Captain America” No. 1, starring former Falcon Sam Wilson in the red, white and blue title role, launches Wednesday, and as the story unfolds in the coming months, writer Rick Remender, supporters and doubters will finally see how this change flies. That Sam would replace his longtime friend Steve Rogers as Captain America was announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” back in July, part of a two-part TV reveal that also saw ABC’s “The View” tell its audience that the comics giant’s next Thor would be a woman. Those choices were hailed by some as progress and derided by others as politically correct pandering and/or sales stunts. Rather than coming from an editorial edict, Marvel, Remender and “Thor” writer Jason Aaron have said, the ideas for the changes to the two […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.
The classic Batman, Robin and Catwoman are returning to the small screen with the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The celebrated series, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968, starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin — a crimefighting duo who faced off against a series of comic book villains, including Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze and, of course, Catwoman, artfully portrayed by Julie Newmar. Hero Complex readers get a peek at Newmar’s Catwoman in an exclusive video from the series. The clip (watch it below) features West’s Batman trapped in a room with Catwoman’s tiger Tinkerbell. PHOTOS: Batman actors through the years “Batman, it’s been fun, but all good things must come to an end, and the goodest ending I can think of […]
Nov. 10, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
Talk about groovy — Bruce Campbell is set to reprise his iconic role as Ash in a new TV series for Starz, “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” The new series, which arrives as a follow-up to Sam Raimi’s venerated horror franchise, reteams director Raimi with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Campbell. Raimi will direct the first episode of the new series, which will unfold in 10 half-hour installments. It is set to premiere on Starz in 2015. “ ‘Evil Dead’ has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chain saw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it,” Raimi said in a statement. “Ash Vs. Evil […]
Nov. 10, 2014 | 10:45 a.m.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” is out on home video Tuesday, but Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive sneak peek at a clip from the bonus features. “The Clone Wars,” set in the years between “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” was a fan-favorite series and widely praised for its sophistication and scope. After five seasons on Cartoon Network, “The Clone Wars” was canceled last year without a satisfactory conclusion after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, ultimately making way for the new Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels,” which takes place in the time between “Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.” Thirteen “Clone Wars” episodes that never made it to air before the show was canceled were […]