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March 26, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

Lex Luthor and more bald baddies: Who did it best?

Jesse Eisenberg has gone hairless to play a villain, but he's far from the first. Click through the gallery to see other memorable bald baddies in film. (Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Actor Jesse Eisenberg looks sinister as Lex Luthor in the first image from the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He’s less built than the Luthor in the comics, but just as bald. The image — a black-and-white portrait of the actor in character — surfaced on Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday morning. Eisenberg is hardly the first actor to go bald for a villainous role on the big screen. The film world has often depicted characters with a penchant for evil with shiny noggins. Max Schreck’s blood-hungry performance in the 1922 horror film “Nosferatu” is hauntingly hairless. More recently, Karen Gillan got sadistic in hues of blue as Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Before Eisenberg, Kevin Spacey took a turn as DC Comics’ wealthy supervillain in “Superman Returns.” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting Plenty […]
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. 04, 2015 | 2:33 p.m.

‘Gotham': Milo Ventimiglia to play serial killer on hit Fox series

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Milo Ventimiglia, well-known for his work on NBC’s “Heroes,” will join the cast of Fox’s “Gotham,” playing a serial killer known as the Ogre. The character, which is not the same as the Ogre that previously existed in the DC canon, will first appear in the 19th episode of the series, Warner Bros. Television confirmed today. The Ogre, whose given name is Jason Lemmon, is described as a handsome and wealthy predator who abducts women in search of a perfect mate. His victims meet with grim fates after they fail to meet his exacting standards in a series of “tests.” Charting the exploits of a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he battles to protect the city from mobsters and criminals, “Gotham” has performed well for the network and already has been given an order for a second season. Robin […]
Nov. 19, 2014 | 2:03 p.m.

‘Legends of the Knight': Batman inspires ordinary heroes in documentary

A scene from "Legends of the Knight." (Brett Culp Films)
Filmmakers and comic book creators have taken Batman to some dark and scary places in recent years, but a new documentary steps away from the grim and gritty to examine the Dark Knight’s bright side as the character inspires people to do good. “Legends of the Knight,” out this week on DVD and video on demand, weaves together the true stories of ordinary heroes, including a man who dons the cape and cowl to visit children’s hospitals; a journalist whose love of superheroes offers her courage as she lives with muscular dystrophy; a town that comes together to grant the wish of a little boy with leukemia to be a superhero for a day; and a student who, while dressed as Batman, does anonymous good deeds for his community. The feel-good film, from director Brett Culp, also features extensive interviews […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.

‘Batman: The Complete Series': Watch Catwoman in exclusive clip

Catwoman in "Batman: The Complete Series." (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
The classic Batman, Robin and Catwoman are returning to the small screen with the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The celebrated series, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968, starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin — a crimefighting duo who faced off against a series of comic book villains, including Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze and, of course, Catwoman, artfully portrayed by Julie Newmar. Hero Complex readers get a peek at Newmar’s Catwoman in an exclusive video from the series. The clip (watch it below) features West’s Batman trapped in a room with Catwoman’s tiger Tinkerbell. PHOTOS: Batman actors through the years “Batman, it’s been fun, but all good things must come to an end, and the goodest ending I can think of […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 7:38 a.m.

‘Gotham': Camren Bicondova offers street-smart take on Selina Kyle

Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) escapes from handcuffs in the "The Balloonman" episode of "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio / FOX)
With her turn on Fox’s TV series “Gotham,” Camren Bicondova joins the ranks of a prestigious group of actresses who have played Selina Kyle — Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway among them. The young hip-hop dancer and actress said that she looked back to those earlier performances to help shape her take on the future Catwoman, who she plays as a street-smart, thief-with-a-heart-of-gold earnestness that’s fully in keeping with the rich, layered history of the character who first appeared in spring of 1940 in “Batman” No. 1 as both a foil and love interest for the Dark Knight. Although she’s been in front of television cameras for commercials and most notably as a contestant on MTV’s now defunct “America’s Best Dance Crew,” she’s still a relative newcomer, and the 15-year-old said she was able to draw from her dance background […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Gotham’ has deep pop culture resonance, actor Donal Logue says

Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
The push-pull relationship between upright detective Jim Gordon and his morally flexible partner Harvey Bullock is a driving feature on the Fox series “Gotham,” but behind the scenes, veteran character actor Donal Logue said he and his scene partner, Ben McKenzie, enjoy an easy camaraderie on the New York set of the show, which explores the origins of many of the most well-known characters in the Batman universe. “I can’t say enough about Ben McKenzie — he carries the show, the weight of the show is on his shoulders, the world is kind of seen through his journey,” Logue said recently, speaking by phone from New York. “He’s a really hard-working patient guy. I’ve never seen him even for a moment express a frustration regardless of what’s going on.” These days, Logue’s not one to complain much either. The journeyman […]
Oct. 15, 2014 | 9:28 a.m.

Wonder Woman is getting her own movie; Flash, Aquaman, Shazam on deck

Wonder Woman is getting her own movie. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” actress Gal Gadot will star in the film, slated for release in 2017, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced at Time Warner’s investors conference Wednesday. Gadot, who is playing the lasso-wielding Amazon in 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in a 2017 standalone film. The Wonder Woman film is one of 10 DC Comics-based film franchises Warner Bros. has in production, including two Justice League films and movies based on the Suicide Squad, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam, Cyborg and The Green Lantern, Tsujihara said. After “Dawn of Justice,” Zack Snyder’s follow-up to “Man of Steel,” opens in 3-D on March 25, 2016, fans can look forward to “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (who wrote “The Fast and the Furious” and “Training […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Gotham’: John Doman talks playing Bat-villain mob boss Falcone

John Doman plays Carmine Falcone in "Gotham." (Justin Stephens / Fox)
Though the streets in the hit TV drama “Gotham” are infested with hoodlums, hooligans and malefactors, one man stands at the center of the city’s organized crime — mob boss Carmine Falcone. Played by John Doman, Falcone is the kingpin of the underworld in a city plagued by corruption. Despite his less-than-honest dealings in the city that will one day be Batman’s stomping ground, Falcone views himself as Gotham’s protector. “I’m a businessman,” he tells Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in the series pilot. “You can’t have organized crime without law and order. I love this city, and I see it going to hell. I won’t let it go without a fight.” That fight might pit him against the likes of good-guy Gordon, not to mention a legion of under-criminals — including Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Maroni (David Zayas) […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

‘Gotham': Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series. Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday. The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement. “Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse. Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; […]
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