Jan. 31, 2014 | 10:17 a.m.
Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to 2012′s “Man of Steel,” which will see Henry Cavill’s Superman match wits with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Actor Jeremy Irons also has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, according to a statement issued by Warner Bros. Friday. The character had been played by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Gotham City trilogy. Though Internet rumors last year widely suggested Bryan Cranston would be tapped to play Luthor, the role ultimately went to Eisenberg, famous for roles in such films as “Zombieland” and “The Social Network.” In that David Fincher film, he played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. PHOTOS: Meet the Batman/Superman cast “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, […]
Jan. 23, 2014 | 3:16 p.m.
“Ant-Man” has a new release date. The Marvel film, starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, now will open July 17, 2015. That’s two weeks earlier than its planned July 31 release date; it moves into the date that had been reserved as the opening of Zack Snyder’s untitled “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Marvel announced the change on its website Thursday. Last week, in a surprise move, Warners pushed back its “Superman/Batman” project, which also will feature an appearance from Wonder Woman as played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, shifting the blockbuster to May 6, 2016. A release issued by the studio said the move was designed to allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-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 7 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 27. Batman and Commissioner Jim Gordon are known to generations of comic readers and TV and movie viewers as close allies, but that’s not the case so far in “Zero Year.” Last month’s “Batman” No. 26 began with the grade-school-age Bruce Wayne being arrested by a years-away-from-being-commissioner Gordon for truancy. So begins a day being parsed out in flashbacks that will forever change a boy’s life. Readers have yet to see fully why, but “Zero Year’s” adult Bruce hates Gordon. […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.
Fans eager to see Superman and Batman together on the big screen are going to have to wait a little longer. Warner Bros. has pushed the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to “Man of Steel” from July 17, 2015, to May 6, 2016. The film will team Henry Cavill as Superman with Ben Affleck as Batman, with Israeli actress Gal Gadot appearing in the film as Wonder Woman. The project was originally announced last year at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. A release issued by the studio said the move will allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” The “Man of Steel” sequel goes into production later this year, and is set to film in Michigan. Even in its nascent stages, the film has been the subject of some controversy. […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
Before Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Superman, Batman and a recently announced Wonder Woman, actor Josh Brolin had been widely tipped for the role of Gotham City’s caped crusader. In a new interview over at The Envelope, The Times’ site devoted to all things awards season, the actor talked about his familial connection to the character — his father appeared on the 1960s TV show starring Adam West — and also his surprise at the outpouring of Internet vitriol that greeted the news that Affleck had won the role. “You read stuff like, ‘I wish Ben Affleck would die,’” Brolin said. “It’s Armageddon because he’s going to play Batman. What’s happening? You can’t listen to any of it. It’s like a kid in a cereal aisle screaming, ‘I want Froot […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-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 6 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 26. The Riddler has blacked out Gotham, but he’s not the only villain the young Batman has to contend with in “Dark City,” the second arc of “Zero Year” that began in last month’s No. 25. Doctor Death, the horrifically skeletal figure who was once former Wayne Enterprises researcher Dr. Karl Helfern, is injecting other scientists with a formula that causes fatal bone overgrowth. Police Lt. Jim Gordon is on the case, but Bruce Wayne isn’t too willing to help […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Gal Gadot has been cast as Diana Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming untitled Superman/Batman film. The film is set to begin shooting early next year and to make its way into theaters July 17, 2015. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 Gadot, the Israeli actress and model who is best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, will join a star-studded cast […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 14, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
The word “simulation” often gets tossed around when discussing the “Arkham” series of Batman video games. The implication is that these digital re-creations of Gotham City and its freakish cast of villains and antiheroes are the closest any of us will get to experiencing the adrenaline rush of cape and cowl vigilantism. An exaggeration, sure, but there is realism to be had in unexpected places throughout “Batman: Arkham Origins.” In “Origins,” one of two new games for the Bat franchise released in late October by Warner Bros. Interactive, players can experience at least one true-to-life aspect of Batman not captured in films by Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan: The daily grind of having to go to work each night. The task of ridding the streets of crime becomes a little less fun and a little more like a job filled […]