Feb. 26, 2015 | 10:06 a.m.

Stan Lee to star in his own video game

A digital Stan Lee will star in his "Stan Lee's Hero Command." (POW! Entertainment / F84 Games)
Comics icon Stan Lee is about to add a whole new slew of superheroes to his resume. The man whose credits include co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will release on March 19 his very own video game, one that boasts such characters as a Russian muscleman named Captain Steamhammer and a kid genius known as Seer. “Stan Lee’s Hero Command” will be available as a free-to-play game for iOS and Android devices. The game will include in-app purchases, details of which have not yet been unveiled, but Lee said in an interview that additional superheroes and missions will be added post-launch. “I like the fact that there are new characters who come along all the time,” Lee said. “Most video games you’re stuck with the characters you get. Here, we’ll have new ones coming aboard all the time. […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction land TV deal for ‘Sex Criminals,’ more

(Image Comics)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series  about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Insurgent': Final trailer teases fear landscapes, explains Tris’ haircut

Tickets go on sale today for “Insurgent,” and the final trailer for the “Divergent” sequel shows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) facing off against enemies both real and in her mind. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, pits Tris and her allies against a ruthless leader (Kate Winslet) who is hellbent on hunting down people who are Divergent, meaning they don’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a futuristic Chicago. The film is slated for release March 20. Fans who purchase their tickets today on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, AMCTheatres.com or Cinemark.com can receive a free download of “Divergent.” The new trailer shows Tris and love interest Four (Theo James) arriving at peace-loving Amity faction, a farming community led by Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer). The trailer also features Tris’ new ‘do; she cuts her long locks […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.

‘Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors’ is bringing the Spider-Verse to TV

Spider-Girl,  Spider-Pig, Miles Morales, Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir in the "The Spider-Verse: Part Four" episode of "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors." (Marvel)
'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' is bringing the Spider-verse from the comic book world to TV
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:48 a.m.

‘The Harvester': Brandon Seifert unleashes supernatural Punisher

"The Harvester" #1 panel. (Legendary Comics)
An urban legend comes to life in “The Harvester,” Brandon Seifert’s new series for Legendary Comics. The title refers to a vengeful being who forces justice upon evildoers in violent fashion, then disappears. The myth is spoken of in countries around the world, with the creature having different names in different regions. No one knows who or what it is, or who or what is behind it, but a pair of curious investigators aim to find out. Seifert is no stranger to horror comics, having gained critical and sales success in 2011 with “Witch Doctor,” a horror title with a medical spin for Skybound Entertainment (under Image Comics). Hero Complex caught up with the writer to chat a bit about horror comics and the mysterious Harvester. Hero Complex: What was it that initially attracted you to horror comics? Brandon Seifert: […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ poster offers glimpse of Vision

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (featured image)
A new poster for Marvel’s upcoming tentpole superhero movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” unites the entire team as well as revealing new character Vision. The poster, which was released on The Avengers Twitter feed, features the original cinematic Avengers — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new recruits Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But flying above the pack is a caped figure, obscured by the sun, whom comics fans may recognize as Vision, an evolved form of Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent butler Jarvis. The character, voiced in the film by Paul Bettany, was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema and introduced in a 1968 issue of “The […]
Feb. 23, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Supergirl': Calista Flockhart set as media mogul Cat Grant for CBS show

“Supergirl” has found its Cat Grant. Actress Calista Flockhart will play the self-made media magnate in the new one-hour CBS drama starring “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will focus on a 24-year-old Kara, who works as an assistant to Grant at her global company, CatCo. However, Kara is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. The addition of Golden Globe-winning actress Flockhart (“Ally McBeal,” “Brothers & Sisters”) to the show’s cast was confirmed by Warner Bros. Television on Monday. “Supergirl” also will feature actor Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Jimmy Olsen — the character will not work as a young photographer in the Daily […]
Feb. 23, 2015 | 12:22 p.m.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ preview: Bruce Wayne heads back into darkness

'Batman: Arkham Knight' (featured image)
Trouble looms for Bruce Wayne thanks to a mysterious new adversary in “Batman: Arkham Knight,” DC’s next Digital First comic release. Written by Peter J. Tomasi (“Batman and Robin”) with art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Art Thibert (with colors by John Rauch), the new series arrives as a prequel to one of the summer’s most anticipated game releases, Rocksteady’s “Batman: Arkham Knight,” out June 2. (The spoiler-averse should proceed with caution.) Set after the events in depicted in 2011’s “Batman: Arkham City,” the story begins with the Joker dead and Arkham City now closed. Nursing old wounds, Bruce Wayne begins to question whether Gotham still needs Batman. Before long, though, a shadowy new villain emerges, summoning the weary hero back into vigilante justice mode. “Batman: Arkham Knight” kicks off with a three-part story, “Death of a Rival.” The first chapter […]
Feb. 21, 2015 | 4:00 a.m.

Indie game ‘Paparazzi’ has fun with the celebrity hunt

It's the celebrity on the run from the photographer in "Paparazzi." (Pringo Dingo Games)
THE PLAYER Mike Longley’s first commercially released game started with an old Matthew McConaughey comment. “Cameras aren’t guns,” the actor told the Associated Press in 2005. “They can’t really hurt you.” Those words served as a challenge to Longley and his friends, who made it the basis of an all-night “game jam.” Common among game students and the independent community, game jams often function as meet-ups in which developers must explore one theme in a limited amount of time. Longley’s theme? McConaughey. “It was just something he said that was so random,” said Longley, who at the time of the jam in 2014 was close to finishing his degree from USC’s game program. “We took that and said, ‘Well, you can’t hurt someone, but you can hurt their dignity.’ That was enough to make a game about paparazzi and celebrity. […]
Feb. 20, 2015 | 7:29 a.m.

See first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman in ‘Batman v Superman’

Jason Momoa as Aquaman. (Warner Bros.; Joe Prado and Ivan Reis / DC Entertainment )
The first image of Jason Momoa in costume as Aquaman is out, revealing the “Game of Thrones” star decked out as the DC Comics superhero. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder tweeted the image late Thursday with the caption “There is only one true King. #unitetheseven.” It’s unclear whether the hashtag refers to the seven seas, over which Aquaman rules as the King of Atlantis, or the seven members of the Justice League superhero team, of which Aquaman is a founding member. The character is expected to appear in Snyder’s upcoming film, which also unites Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (“Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). The other original members of DC Comics’ elite superhero team are Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. In the new image, Aquaman appears to have undergone a […]
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