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Sept. 26, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

Marvel settles dispute over superhero rights with Jack Kirby estate

One of the most contentious court battles in comics has come to an end. Marvel and the members of Jack Kirby’s family issued a joint statement Friday to announce that the long-running legal case over royalties related to characters created or co-created by the legendary pioneer has been settled out of court. The short statement read in full: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.” During his decades in comics, Kirby created or co-created Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Doom, the Silver Surfer, Magneto, the Black Panther, Ant-Man, the Red Skull, Galactus and dozens of other comic book characters, helping define Marvel Comics during the Silver Age. The issue had been […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth in new trailer

Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones in "Jupiter Ascending." (Warner Bros.)
A new trailer for “Jupiter Ascending” offers a glimpse of what promises to be a blockbuster sci-fi spectacle, with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum simmering at its center. The film, the latest venture from Andy and Lana Wachowski’s (“The Matrix” trilogy), centers on Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who discovers she is destined for more after she is tracked down by genetically engineered hunter-turned-protector Caine (Tatum) and learns the truth about Earth’s origins. “You’ve been taught that the birthplace of the human race is Earth,” Sean Bean’s character Stinger tells her as the trailer opens. “But it’s not.” Instead, humans can trace their roots back to “one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe,” and Jupiter’s genetic markers place her next in line to inherit Earth. Standing in her way is the villainous Balem (Eddie Redmayne), the […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 11:18 a.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer highlights BayMax, Hiro friendship

If there’s one thing to be gleaned from the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s first film based on a Marvel Comics property, it’s that there are few things more heart-warming than a friendship between a boy and his giant, adorable white robot. Arriving in theaters Nov. 7, the film centers on a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his robot friend BayMax (Scott Adsit), who team up with a group of unlikely heroes to battle a super villain threatening the high-tech city San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco. Watch the new trailer below. Speaking to Hero Complex in June, “Big Hero 6” director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of the appeal of the project, as it left […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse': Bryan Singer to helm next mutant sequel

Bryan Singer will direct “X-Men: Apocalypse” for Fox. Singer originally announced the project on Twitter last December; the movie will be released May 27, 2016, and will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year while promoting the release of this summer’s hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur. “Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of […]
Sept. 18, 2014 | 5:47 p.m.

‘Deadpool’ set for 2016; ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’ delayed

A comic cover for "Deadpool." (Jason Pearson, Ed McGuinness / Marvel)
Another Marvel superhero is coming to the big screen. “Deadpool” is officially set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016, after Fox shifted release dates for several productions, including “The Fantastic Four” and “Assassin’s Creed,” on Thursday. “Green Lantern” star Ryan Reynolds, who played a version of the character in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” has long been expected to headline a Deadpool movie, but Fox did not immediately confirm who will take the role in the upcoming project. Meanwhile, “The Fantastic Four” reboot, originally slated for a June release, now slides into the Aug. 7, 2015, spot previously held by “Assassin’s Creed.” Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “The Fantastic Four” stars “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic; “Chronicle” alumnus Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman; […]
Sept. 18, 2014 | 12:17 p.m.

‘Star Wars’ video shows off Millennium Falcon with a Bat-surprise

(Bad Robot)
The Batmobile hitches a ride with the Millennium Falcon in a new video released by “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot. The 36-second clip was posted quietly to YouTube Thursday morning under the title “Hunka Junk” — a nice nod to Lando Calrissian. The video pans across Han Solo’s iconic space freighter before ending with a shot of the “Dark Knight” trilogy’s Batmobile tumbler clinging to the Falcon’s underside. The genre mashup is the latest jab in an online battle between Abrams and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder, who instigated the back-and-forth by tweeting an image of “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill dressed in Jedi robes and wielding a light saber. #SuperJedi pic.twitter.com/PyNbELK8UZ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014 Last month, Bad Robot responded with an image of C-3PO donning Batman’s […]
Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.

‘Maze Runner’ director talks Dylan O’Brien, James Dashner, real grime

Dylan O'Brien in a scene from "The Maze Runner." (Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox)
In the new film “The Maze Runner,” a teen named Thomas is suddenly deposited into the Glade, a pastoral enclave surrounded by a massive maze that is home to a community of boys, none of whom has any memory of his past. During daylight hours, the doors to the labyrinth stand open and the boys are free to explore its pathways — but at night, danger threatens anyone who ventures inside. In adapting James Dashner’s wildly popular young adult novel, first-time feature filmmaker Wes Ball had some reason to identify with Thomas’ dilemma. He, too, was thrust into an unheralded new world filled with challenges while shooting the movie, which arrives in theaters Friday — namely, staving off snakes and horseflies while directing an ensemble cast composed almost entirely of young men in the sweltering summer climes of rural Louisiana […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ plot details: Tony Stark’s plan backfires

Mark Ruffalo, left, as Bruce Banner and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a scene from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment/ Marvel)
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” ranks as one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2015 — and now, it’s become a little bit clearer what fans will see when the movie opens next May. Check out the official plot synopsis released this week by Marvel: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.” Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will reunite the star-studded cast of […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Five Armies’ banner captures Middle-earth in widescreen

A panel from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" tapestry. (Warner Bros.)
A massive new poster for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” depicts the ambitious scope of Peter Jackson’s upcoming Middle-earth film, the final installment in the writer-director’s latest trilogy based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The striking tapestry includes not only Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen’s wizard Gandalf, but also nearly all of the key characters — including Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves; elves Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Thranduil (Lee Pace); even Benedict Cumberbatch’s dragon Smaug. Click through the gallery above to see portions of the image — click here for the full, scrollable view. Set to open Dec. 17, the film enjoyed a high-profile presence at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, where Comedy Central host and massive Tolkien nerd Stephen Colbert was on hand to moderate the […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 10:28 a.m.

Tom Hiddleston set to star in Legendary King Kong film, ‘Skull Island’

Tom Hiddleston will star in Legendary’s upcoming “King Kong” reboot, “Skull Island.” Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) is set to direct the film, scheduled for release Nov. 4, 2016. Legendary originally announced the project in July at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, screening a surprise teaser for the film at the conclusion of its panel presentation in Hall H. Max Borenstein, whose writing credits include Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son” and this summer’s hit “Godzilla,” penned an initial draft of the script, which is said to center on the island that was King Kong’s home. Hiddleston’s been on a run lately. His upcoming projects include another film for Legendary — Guillermo del Toro’s Victorian horror story “Crimson Peak” — director Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel “High-Rise” and the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” in which he’ll […]
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