March 11, 2014 | 11:03 a.m.

‘The Flash’ first look: Grant Gustin shows off full Flash costume

'The Flash' - Grant Gustin (featured image)
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in his first full Flash costume image. The image, released Tuesday, reveals a closer look at the superhero suit Gustin will wear as the star of The CW’s new pilot “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. The red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on The CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared in comics in 1956 and […]
March 05, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.

‘Arrow’: Marc Guggenheim talks series’ ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ moment

Manu Bennett plays Slade Wilson (a.k.a. Deathstroke) in "Arrow" episode titled "The Promise."
The CW’s hit superhero show “Arrow” continues to glide through its second season, getting ever more deeply embedded in the greater DC Comics Universe;  already this season it’s introduced memorable DC villains, with other fan favorites such as Suicide Squad still to come. In the run-up to Wednesday’s episode, “The Promise,” Hero Complex caught up with “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim to chat briefly about the out-of-the-ordinary nature of this week’s story line. Fair warning, there are some spoilers ahead for anyone not fully caught up with the latest episodes. Hero Complex: So “The Promise” is bigger in scope than usual? Marc Guggenheim: This episode is a sequel to last year’s Episode 14, which was an episode where we flipped the paradigm and told more stories in the past than we were in the present. The mission last year was […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 10:52 a.m.

Meet ‘The Flash’: First look at Grant Gustin in superhero costume

Grant Gustin as "The Flash." (The CW)
The Flash has arrived. The first image of actor Grant Gustin as Barry Allen’s super-fast superhero was released Friday, highlighting the costume designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. The hero is gearing up to headline his own series for the CW, with the pilot for the new show expected to go into production next week. David Nutter will direct from a script by “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. The lightning-quick DC hero has a storied history in comics. The character who becomes the fastest man alive in the wake of an accident first appeared on the paneled page in 1940 and went on to become a member of the Justice League of America. This isn’t the Flash’s first foray into live-action television, […]
July 21, 2013 | 12:04 a.m.

Comic-Con: New season of ‘Arrow’ may finally embrace the ‘Green’

The CW’s “Arrow” did a skillful job in its first season of courting both superhero and non-superhero audiences alike with its adaptation of the “Green Arrow” comic books. It introduced enough characters from the mythology to keep comic fans happy, while minimizing the more outlandish aspects of the character. For instance, Oliver Queen’s costumed alter ego was never referred to as Green Arrow, or even Arrow. He was always “The Hood.” But it appears that may be changing in the new season. With “Arrow” the top-rated drama on the CW, the show’s executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti all apparently feel more comfortable about embracing Queen’s comic book roots. In a sizzle reel of footage from the upcoming second season of “Arrow,” Queen (played by Stephen Amell) tells his trusted bodyguard Diggle (David Ramsey) that he doesn’t […]
May 01, 2013 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Arrow’: Watch clip from tonight’s episode, ‘The Undertaking’

“Arrow” is rapidly moving toward the conclusion of its first season and fans can rest easy knowing that, no matter what happens, the show will return in the fall. The CW series has already been picked up for a second season. Though he’s still hard at work on the finale, which airs May 15, “Arrow” executive producer  and co-show runner Marc Guggenheim took a few minutes to talk about what’s still to come for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Starling City. And for those wondering about what they can expect, check out the clip above from Wednesday night’s episode, titled “The Undertaking,” which flashes back to Oliver and his father before their ill-fated trip at sea. Beware, some spoilers lurk below for anyone not up to date with the season so far. HC: Were you able to accomplish everything you […]
March 20, 2013 | 2:04 p.m.

‘Arrow’: Steve Aoki helps Oliver Queen open his club Verdant

Steve Aoki on the set of "Arrow." (Jack Rowand/The CW)
Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen has been preparing for the opening of his mondo nightclub Verdant in the CW show “Arrow” for a good portion of the season — the venue provides additional cover for his actions as the bow-and-arrow-toting vigilante. For the hotspot’s splashy screen debut on tonight’s episode, “The Huntress Returns,” producers brought in Steve Aoki to help add cool visuals and an authentic soundtrack. A comic-book fan, the Grammy-nominated electronic music master was happy to step in and try something new. “It’s a good experiment and testing ground,” he said. “It felt like a good fit. The crew and the cast were incredibly nice. I like it ’cause it just puts a different angle onto my work.” Granted, Aoki’s involvement in the story line is overshadowed by the return of Queen’s old girlfriend Helena (Jessica De Gouw), also […]
Feb. 27, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.

‘Arrow’: DC Comics’ Geoff Johns discusses his Starling City visit

Stephen Amell stars in "Arrow" (The CW)
“Arrow” gets a visit from a comic book legend this week, although the character doesn’t appear on screen. Geoff Johns, DC Comics’ chief creative officer and one of the highest profile comic book writers working today, drops in on Starling City to write this week’s episode, “Dead to Rights.” Often when a guest writer comes on to a show, the episode tends to be a little more self-contained. But not this one, which is filled with plot developments, the return of old villains and ends with quite a cliffhanger. (Wouldn’t you know it, the series takes a couple of weeks off after this week.) Johns recently announced that he was stepping down from his writing duties on “Green Lantern,” the DC Comic he helped reinvent nine years ago. He talked with Hero Complex briefly about his episode of “Arrow” and […]
Feb. 24, 2013 | 2:56 p.m.

Jeff Lemire on ‘street-level’ Green Arrow, superhero inspiration

Jeff Lemire (Mike Jara Photography/DC Entertainment)
Superheroes were never in Jeff Lemire’s plans. The Canadian cartoonist read DC and Marvel comics as a boy, but when he started creating his own work in the mid-’00s, he gravitated to small, human stories, published in such acclaimed graphic novels as “Tales From the Farm” and “The Country Nurse.” Then Lemire did a one-off book for Vertigo — an “Invisible Man” riff called “The Nobody” — followed by the recently completed 40-issue post-apocalyptic fantasy series “Sweet Tooth.” While working on “Sweet Tooth,” Lemire was asked by Vertigo’s parent company DC to try his hand at penning a couple of their ongoing titles, which ultimately led to Lemire’s takes on “Animal Man” and “Frankenstein” becoming a core part of the company’s “New 52” relaunch. Now, at a time when DC has been taking a lot of heat from fans for […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.

‘Arrow’: Colton Haynes makes the leap from ‘Teen Wolf’ to sidekick

Colton Haynes and Willa Holland in "Arrow." (CW)
The population of Starling City continues to grow on the CW’s “Arrow.” This week’s episode adds “Teen Wolf” vet Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, a tough kid who appears to be up to no good. Of course, longtime fans of Green Arrow will recognize Roy’s name as Oliver Queen’s ward and eventual sidekick, Speedy (or Red Arrow, depending on which part of the character’s lengthy history producers choose to work with). Haynes spoke to Hero Complex via phone about his new role, which debuts in tonight’s episode, “Dodger.” HC: Roy Harper has quite a history, at least as far as the comic books go. Did you educate yourself or did you come in fresh? CH: Oh no, I definitely learned a lot before I came into it. And I asked a lot of questions, trying to get spoilers. They tried […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Arrow’ will receive guest visit from Steve Aoki

Arrow (featured image)
Heads up, music fans: DJ and music producer Steve Aoki is heading to “Arrow.” As the founder of Dim Mak Records, Aoki released Bloc Party’s first EP in the United States, as a DJ he does over 250 shows a year around the world and as a producer and remixer he’s worked with everyone from Will.I.Am to Duran Duran. And now he’s going to visiting Starling City, home of Oliver Queen (a.k.a. Arrow). “Arrow” has had a strong run of guest stars well-known to science-fiction fans, including “Torchwood’s” John Barrowman and “Fringe’s” Seth Gabel. But with the show’s continued success, it appears to be extending its reach into the non-genre aspects of Hollywood. Hence, Aoki’s guest appearance. However, unlike those other actors, Aoki won’t be portraying a character from the DC Comics. He’ll be playing himself, DJ-ing on the opening […]
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