Hero Complex: The Show


Aug. 31, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.

Neal Adams: Man of Steel was reborn in ‘Superman vs. Muhammad Ali’

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali video (featured image)
Neal Adams’ oversized 1978 comic book “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” pitted the Man of Steel against the world’s greatest fighter. To the shock of young DC fans, the brawl left the Last Son of Krypton bruised and bloody. Adams talks about his knockout comic in the newest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” in the second segment of a two-part interview conducted on the floor of Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. In a nutshell, some nasty aliens called the Scrubb arrive on Earth and threaten to invade unless the planet’s greatest champion will fight their massive, snarling gladiator, Hun’Ya. Superman steps forward as the obvious choice, but then Ali cries foul; Superman is an alien himself and if Earth needs a champion, shouldn’t it be a human? Superman and Ali then fight for the right to go, and since the Man of Steel is stripped […]
Aug. 20, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.

Neal Adams, covered: Famed artist reflects on his classic covers

Neal Adams (Continuity Studios)
For comic book fans of the 1960s and 1970s, the name Neal Adams was an especially electrifying signature to see on a cover — there was no artist in the era that was more distinctive or dynamic than the man who brought an especially evocative commercial art sensibility to Batman, Green Lantern and the X-Men. For the newest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” we talked to Adams about some of his most memorable covers and the unpredictable art of superhero iconography. The interview, the first of two parts, was conducted on the floor of Comic-Con International in San Diego — it was on the convention’s second day in the hour before the show opened, in case you were wondering why the crowd was so thin. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Women in comics and the tricky art of equality Joe Kubert, the good soldier […]
June 25, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.

Why is Peter Weller screaming? Denzel Washington drives him crazy

Peter Weller
Peter Weller is most famous for playing the stoic heroes in outlandish sci-fi but the man definitely has a crazy button — and Denzel Washington hit that button with his Oscar-winning performance in “Training Day.” If you want to see for yourself, go to the 11:35 minute mark of this video as Weller rants about actors who grab the wheel of a scene and promptly wreck it. There’s nothing meek about Weller, who looks like the leader of a Mayan motorcycle gang and has harsh words for the upcoming “RoboCop” remake (that’s at the 8:20 mark) but an inspiring passion for art, the lessons of antiquity and the possibilities of Method acting. This is the 25th anniversary of “RoboCop,” Weller’s signature role, but he also made his mark in “Naked Lunch” and the cult hit “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across […]
June 18, 2012 | 12:38 p.m.

If ‘Watchmen’ is a bible, then are the prequels heresy?

With just two issues published (and the third arriving Tuesday), the DC Comics expansion of the “Watchmen” mythology is still a Rorschach test — people look into its ink and find shapes that suit their own imported opinion, hope, outlook or agenda. The passion and debate stirred up DC’s “Before Watchmen” prequels is the subject of the fifth episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which is a special on-stage edition featuring my interview with DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio at the recent Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. “Before Watchmen” may end up as the biggest story of the year in comics, but so far there’s more to say than to see. The “Before Watchmen” plan is a major mosaic with 35 pieces to it (that’s 34 issues spread across seven separate titles and then the single-issue coda of “Before Watchmen: […]
June 07, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.

Malcolm McDowell riffs (and rips) on ‘Trek,’ Kubrick, ‘Avengers’

malcolm mcdowell hero complex film festival
HERO COMPLEX: THE SHOW Malcolm McDowell was on a roll, riffing (and ripping) on “The Avengers,” “Star Trek,” Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers and Hollywood. Then he caught himself. “This is going to be on the bloody Internet isn’t it? I keep forgetting about this [expletive] Internet.” Well, the Internet isn’t going to forget this interview anytime soon. The third episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” is a special “on-stage” edition with the firebrand actor from “A Clockwork Orange,” “Time After Time,” “Star Trek: Generations,” “If…”  and  “Caligula.” McDowell, soon to be filming “Monster Butler” in Scotland, served up plenty of dish too, weighing in on “The Avengers” (“mindless crap”), Patrick Stewart in “Trek” films (might as well “watch paint dry”) and his perspective on killing Capt. James T. Kirk (“I did them a favor”). He also spoke at length about the legacy […]
May 23, 2012 | 6:52 p.m.

‘Star Trek': Leonard Nimoy’s best William Shatner impression

leonard Nimoy self portrait
We’ve just posted the third episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” and it’s a good one: Part 2 of our interview with Leonard Nimoy at his home has the “Star Trek” icon talking about the origins of the Vulcan salute, the satisfactions of stage work, the vagaries of typecasting and, to top it off, we even talked him into doing an impression of … William Shatner. Yes, that’s right, Nimoy’s take on Kirk’s eulogy scene from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” You can watch it all right here, but only if you’ve already seen Part 1. If you’re just joining us, a quick explanation of who we are and what we do: I’ve been writing for the Los Angeles Times for 21 years on a variety of things (crime, local politics and the music industry among them) but I […]
May 09, 2012 | 7:12 p.m.

When Spock met Hendrix: ‘Trek’ icon Leonard Nimoy’s cosmic moment

Noel Redding, on left;  Leonard Nimoy, center, and Jimi Hendrix, second from right, in Ohio not long before the guitar hero's death in September 1970.
HERO COMPLEX: THE SHOW We’ve just posted the second episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube and it’s an exciting one for us:  Leonard Nimoy is the guest. We visited the sci-fi icon’s Bel Air home a few weeks ago to talk about “Star Trek,” his evolution as a filmmaker and photographer and his philosophies on family and career. We also talked about a very special photograph — the one that shows him meeting Jimi Hendrix not long before rock’s greatest guitar hero died in 1970 at age 27. “Hero Complex: The Show” premiered two weeks ago with our visit to the offices of Ridley Scott and picks up again May 23 with the conclusion of our Nimoy visit. (And just to make sure you check back, chew on this thought: In Part 2, he gives us a William Shatner impression.) But […]
April 26, 2012 | 11:18 a.m.

Ridley Scott: ‘Magic comes over the horizon every day’

Ridley Scott (featured image)
Ridley Scott talks about creativity, photographic memory, “Prometheus,” painting and the possibilities of another “Blade Runner” film in this premiere episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” on the Nerdist Channel. After 30 years, the esteemed filmmaker is returning to science fiction on June 8 with “Prometheus,” a movie set in the “same universe” as his classic “Alien” (1979). The movie stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba as crew members aboard the Prometheus, a ship sent across the stars to find the secrets of humanity’s origins. Scott, at age 74, is on a search of his own as he returns to questions left unanswered in “Alien” (as he explained when he first spoke publicly about this project at the 2010 Hero Complex Film Festival). We spoke with him at the Los Angeles offices of his production company. I get the fun job of hosting “Hero Complex: […]
April 23, 2012 | 8:17 p.m.

‘Hero Complex: The Show’ premieres with Ridley Scott on Wednesday

Ridley Scott (Hero Complex: The Show/Los Angeles Times)
Ridley Scott, one of the true titans of contemporary cinema, will be the inaugural guest on Wednesday when “Hero Complex: The Show” with host Geoff Boucher premieres on the Nerdist Channel on You Tube. Scott, the director of “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down,” returns to science fiction this summer with “Prometheus,” the Fox film set in the “Alien” universe and starring  Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green. It was at  the Hero Complex Film Festival in 2010 that Scott first spoke at length publicly about the project, and now that comes full circle as he again sits down with Hero Complex creator and lead writer Geoff Boucher in this new forum. Leonard Nimoy and Daniel Clowes will be guests in the second and third episodes, respectively, which will be posted on the Nerdist Channel every other Wednesday. The Hero Complex launched […]
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