Feb. 02, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.
Steve Rogers gains a clearer understanding of the threat he’s up against in the new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which debuted Sunday during the Super Bowl. The clip promoting the April 4 release had a recognizably melancholy tone as Chris Evans’ patriotic hero grapples with the moral ambiguities of the modern age — a theme the actor said will dominate the Marvel sequel — even as he engages in serious battle with the help of Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow. “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech shock anymore, he’s not just like, ‘What’s a cellphone?’ It’s more about, given his situation, given the company he works for, what are we doing […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 2:02 p.m.
News that Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman/Superman sequel to 2012′s “Man of Steel” is fueling some fiery reactions on Twitter. The casting decisions, announced Monday, came despite rumors that “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston would play Superman’s arch-nemesis. Eisenberg and Irons will join Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as several returning “Man of Steel” cast members. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.) Eisenberg, of course, is best known for his roles in “Zombieland” and “The Social Network,” the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for his performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck to Batman “What’s great about Lex […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 11:34 a.m.
Early on a recent evening on the edge of Beverly Hills, Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha was breaking into song. Seated in the ballroom of a luxury hotel with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, the star of his new $120-million reboot of “RoboCop,” the director was feeling mirthful about the looming release of his first Hollywood production, which arrives in a hail of CG action and automatic weapons fire just before Valentine’s Day. Padilha made a name for himself with his 2002 documentary “Bus 174,” which chronicled a gruesome hijacking in Rio de Janeiro, and a pair of ultra-violent action movies — “Elite Squad,” about a Rio special-forces unit, won the Golden Bear award at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival; its sequel, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” ranks as one of the highest-grossing Brazilian films in history. “RoboCop,” a retelling of the […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 10:17 a.m.
Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to 2012′s “Man of Steel,” which will see Henry Cavill’s Superman match wits with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Actor Jeremy Irons also has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, according to a statement issued by Warner Bros. Friday. The character had been played by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Gotham City trilogy. Though Internet rumors last year widely suggested Bryan Cranston would be tapped to play Luthor, the role ultimately went to Eisenberg, famous for roles in such films as “Zombieland” and “The Social Network.” In that David Fincher film, he played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. PHOTOS: Meet the Batman/Superman cast “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 9:27 a.m.
An action-packed new teaser for the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Super Bowl spot debuted Friday, featuring stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie in full on action movie mode. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives with the promise of bringing to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting that inspired the name of the Marvel sequel, and the new film certainly will feel like a departure from Joe Johnston’s 2011 hit “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with its World War II-era focus that chronicled the beginning of Steve Rogers’ transformation into the Marvel icon. The sequel, which is set after the events depicted in 2012′s “The Avengers,” sees Evans’ hero having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., occasionally teaming with Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow, on key […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:33 p.m.
“You wanted to be the hero, now you gotta pay the price.” It’s an ominous message Jamie Foxx’s shocking villain Electro has for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in a new teaser for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Released Thursday, the clip is designed to tout the movie’s upcoming Super Bowl spot, which is set to air Sunday during the big game. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the brief clip, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Emma Stone returns in the sequel as Peter Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan playing […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 11:41 a.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but fans can get a sneak peek at Season 4 in newly released images from the series. The sprawling political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The upcoming season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce characters and occurrences from other novels. […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives in theaters April 4 with the promise of bringing to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting that inspired the name of the Marvel sequel. Star Chris Evans and fraternal directing team Anthony and Joe Russo also looked back to certain cinematic landmarks to help bring a contemporary resonance to the superhero tale. Marvel “told us that they wanted to do a ’70s thriller, and we grew up on ’70s thrillers,” Joe Russo said in an interview with Hero Complex last year. “We’ve seen ‘The French Connection’ 50 times, studied it frame by frame.” Although Anthony and Joe Russo are best known to a certain swath of fans for their groundbreaking work on the subversive cult comedies “Community” and “Arrested Development,” they were able to […]
Jan. 29, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. RECENT AND RELATED Iron Fist: Kaare Kyle Andrews plans martial arts epic Burnham gets the creeps over his, Grant Morrison’s ‘Nameless’ ‘Star Wars’ comics returning to Marvel Warren Ellis to pit Moon Knight against ‘weird crime’ ‘Batman: Zero Year’: Scott Snyder talks young Bruce Wayne Peter Parker’s return: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ No. 1 by Dan Slott Rick Remender on optimism against all odds in sci-fi ‘Low’ at Image Image […]
Jan. 28, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
When being a superhero doesn’t pay the bills, a crime-fighting team turns to more roguish tactics in “Caper,” a new Web series out next month. Hero Complex readers get a first look at the trailer for “Caper” (watch it below), coming in February from Felicia Day’s multimedia company and YouTube network Geek & Sundry. “Caper” is the brainchild of writer and producer Amy Berg, known for her work on “Eureka,” “Person of Interest” and “Leverage,” and Mike Sizemore, who wrote the stage adaptation of “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The Web series centers on a group of friends whose superheroics fall short of paying the rent. The motley misfits decide to plan a heist — with some good-guy caveats, of course. Nobody is to get hurt, and only those who deserve it will be robbed. The series combines live-action and animation, using […]