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April 20, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Batman 75 celebration has Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Kevin Smith

In 75 years of stories, Batman’s greatest obstacle has always been his humanity, Kevin Smith told an applauding capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous space Saturday at WonderCon. “That’s the only thing that stops him,” the filmmaker said, “and you see the frustration as he’s portrayed throughout every medium…. It’s only when he hits the ceiling of his humanity that he can possibly be stopped. And, as we’ve seen, even then sometimes he overcomes it.” Smith, who hosts the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, was joined on the Batman 75 celebration panel by his “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comic co-writer Ralph Garman, superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), essential Caped Crusader animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”), longtime popular Bat-voice actor Kevin Conroy […]
April 19, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: Cosplayers congregate for Anaheim genre celebration

Jeff Campbell, 33, as Batman and his 8-year-old daughter Phoenix as Robin. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
WonderCon 2014 is underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, with cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and genre fans flocking to the city’s convention center to check out a range of booths, panels and special programming. Smaller in scale than July’s massive San Diego confab, Comic-Con International, WonderCon still draws movie studios and television networks eager to showcase their upcoming titles. Saturday’s schedule included arena presentations devoted to such upcoming blockbusters as “Godzilla,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” while Friday night brought the premiere of the new animated movie, “Son of Batman,” which was followed by a Q&A with actors Jason O’ Mara, Sean Maher, Xander Berkeley and others. COMIC-CON PHOTOS: Cosplay costumes, in all their crazy glory Cosplay, of course, is always a big part of the scene at the annual pop culture expo […]
April 18, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

WonderCon: Francis Manapul talks Batman and Harvey Bullock

Cover art for "Detective Comics" No. 30, out now. (DC Entertainment)
Batman has long been able to count on help from Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But the same can’t be said for the hero’s relationship with Det. Harvey Bullock. The gruff homicide investigation veteran is as much a lead character in current and upcoming issues of “Detective Comics” as the Dark Knight, the DC series’ new writer-artist, Francis Manapul, told the crowd at the Batman comics panel Friday at WonderCon. “The great thing about Harvey Bullock is he ain’t giving him nothing,” Manapul said. The two will be tracking the same killer but getting in each other’s way, and Batman will ask Bullock, “What’s more important — you wanting to win, or solving this crime?” he added. He and his co-writer, Brian Buccellato, debuted on the series with this month’s No. 30 after a well-regarded run on “The Flash.” On […]
April 18, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Batman’ and beyond — 11 can’t-miss events

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their "Game of Thrones" costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)
WonderCon 2014 opens its doors Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The little sister event to San Diego’s Comic-Con International is expected to draw crowds that include cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and all manner of genre fans to check out a range of booths, panel presentations and special programming. For those headed to the weekend-long affair, here’s a selection of highlights you might not want to miss. FRIDAY 1. Celebrate the Bat: Batman marks his 75th anniversary this year, and Wondercon will feature several panels dedicated to the Caped Crusader. Tops on the list could be the world premiere of the “Son of Batman,” based on Grant Morrison’s heralded storyline and the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated films. The cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. 6 p.m. 2. […]
April 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Robin Rises’: Peter J. Tomasi on one-shot, ‘Batman and Robin’ 33

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Fans of the late Damian Wayne may be excited at the title “Robin Rises: Omega” and the restoration of a familiar sidekick name to “Batman and …,” but writer Peter J. Tomasi isn’t yet saying who the Robin in the July stories will be. The tough-to-tame Damian — who was Bruce Wayne’s son, the most recent Robin and maybe the most dangerous 10-year-old in the DC Universe — died in battle in the early 2013 release “Batman Inc.” No. 8. Since then, his father has been seen trying to figure out a way to revive him — and trying to recover his body from the boy’s villainous grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, who’s stolen it and daughter Talia al Ghul’s — in the pages of”Batman and …,” which has featured a variety of team-ups (most recently Aquaman) since Damian’s demise. “Robin […]
April 14, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’ 30: Scott Snyder talks ‘Savage City,’ Crime Alley

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“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 9 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 30. Batman is defeated, presumed dead. And the Riddler has the run of a transformed Gotham City. Welcome to “Savage City,” the final arc of “Zero Year,” which writer Scott Snyder says is “where the biggest, most fun and craziest elements of the story begin.” Where the “Secret City” and “Dark City” segments re-envisioned the classic elements of Batman’s origin story, the third part is what the Eisner Award winner says is the reward for readers letting the “Batman” team […]
April 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Batman Eternal’ 2 preview: Jim Gordon in shackles, Gotham reacts

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Jim Gordon in jail? Say it ain’t so. Unfortunately, that’s precisely where Gotham’s police commissioner finds himself after the dramatic events of “Batman Eternal” No. 1. In that issue, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV introduced Detroit cop Jason Bard to the GCPD and put Gordon on a side of the law that readers had never seen before. Now with issue No. 2 they’re looking to explore the fallout inside the city as Gordon stands accused of causing a train wreck that killed an untold number of Gotham citizens. Particularly heartbreaking is the response of daughter Barbara, in Batgirl costume at the time, whose shock is exquisitely rendered by artist Jason Fabok. But who is that shadowy figure showing up at Mayor Sebastian Hady’s door? Answers will arrive with the issue’s release next week. But for now, Hero Complex readers […]
April 07, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.

‘Captain America 3′ to open May 6, 2016, opposite ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

Mark your calendars. The release date showdown between Captain America and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is now official — Marvel has confirmed that its follow-up to the box office smash “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will open May 6, 2016, the same date staked out by Warner Bros. for its “Man of Steel” sequel. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared to a domestic box office record of $96.2 million in its opening this weekend, making it the best-ever April debut of a movie. The latest in an unbroken chain of big screen successes for comic book movie powerhouse Marvel, the sequel, generated just more than $207 million in its first 10 days overseas. The follow-up to 2013′s “Man of Steel,” which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, is also set to […]
April 04, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask paired with Vol. 3 release

The Joker (Greg Capullo / DC Comics)
Scrambling for that perfect way to commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary? What about wearing the Joker’s face? DC announced Friday its fall release plans for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s “Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family,” which collects “Batman” issues No. 13-17 and will come paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of the Joker, complete with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. The mask is a homage to the original cover of “Death of the Family,” which depicted the skinless face of the Joker, removed at the behest of the Clown Prince of Crime by Dollmaker as a symbol of his rebirth. PHOTOS: The Joker through the years The “Death of the Family” series was lauded as a jolt of life for the Batman universe and responsible for creating a new chapter in the Joker […]
April 03, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.

Superman/Batman cast adds Holly Hunter, Tao Okamoto, Callan Mulvey

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto have been cast in the "Man of Steel" sequel. (Kristian Dowling / Getty Images; Francois Guillot / AFP / Getty Images; Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto will star in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, an as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman film. All three actors will play characters newly created for the film, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday. The trio joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.) POLL: Who should play Batman instead of Ben Affleck? Snyder has not released details for the newly created characters, but praised the actors. “Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses,” he said of the Oscar-winning actress in a press release. “She has immense talent and is always […]
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