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March 04, 2014 | 6:48 p.m.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’: Rocksteady readies game for next-gen consoles

Box art for the upcoming video game "Batman: Arkham Knight." (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Batman is getting a next-gen makeover. “Batman: Arkham Knight” will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year, the fourth console edition of the popular “Arkham” series and the third to be overseen by London’s Rocksteady Studios. According to a Warner Bros. Interactive release, the new game will serve as the “conclusion” of the “Arkham” series. Regular Batman super villains will return, as the Caped Crusader is forced to hold off a threat to Gotham spearheaded by the Scarecrow. Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn are also said to be featured in the game. The upcoming title will be the first “Arkham” game to feature a playable Batmobile. A new trailer — watch it above — shows off the car briefly; the clip largely centers on Thomas Wayne’s will, a testament that seems to foreshadow Bruce’s […]
March 04, 2014 | 11:06 a.m.

‘Gotham’ TV series casts young Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle

David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova will play young Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, respectively, in "Gotham." (Fox / Warner Bros.)
Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham” has cast two major characters — Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, the young people who eventually become Batman and Catwoman. David Mazouz, 14, will play a preteen Bruce Wayne who lives a solitary life after his wealthy parents are murdered. “Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon,” his official character description reads. Mazouz is best known for his role as an autistic but gifted boy in the Kiefer Sutherland-starring Fox series “Touch.” His “Gotham” character Bruce Wayne, of course, eventually becomes Batman in DC Comics lore, but the series is focused on the origin of Gordon, Fox notes, not the origin of Batman. Acting newcomer Camren Bicondova will play Selina Kyle, the girl who eventually becomes Catwoman, but in “Gotham” Selina is a teenaged orphan who […]
March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.

Zack Snyder: ‘Man of Steel’ sequel explodes Superman, Batman universes

The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
Feb. 19, 2014 | 12:10 p.m.

‘Gotham’: Jada Pinkett Smith cast as new villain in Batman series

Jada Pinkett Smith (Mick Hutson / Getty Images for Chime For Change)
The cast of “Gotham” is coming together, with Jada Pinkett Smith the most recent addition to Fox’s upcoming Batman series. The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, focuses on the origins of Batman’s police department ally, Commissioner James Gordon, and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous. Pinkett Smith will play Fish Mooney — an original character you won’t find in the comics. Fish Mooney is described as “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner” and will be a series regular. “Fish Mooney’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book,” her official character description reads. “Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.” Pinkett Smith joins a cast that includes Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon; Robin Lord Taylor (“Another Earth,” “Accepted”) as Oswald […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Gotham’ Fox TV series casting: The Penguin, Alfred and more

Several actors have been cast in the upcoming Fox series "Gotham." Click through the gallery for a look at some of the actors who will populate Batman's hometown. (Los Angeles Times; NBC; Tribeca Film)
Alfred Pennyworth, the Penguin and more classic Batman characters have been cast in Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham.” The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, focuses on the origins of Batman’s ally, Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous. Actor Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” will star as Jim Gordon, Warner Bros. announced earlier this month, and Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards are now joining the cast. Taylor (“Another Earth,” “Accepted”) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot, the orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin. Zombie fans may recognize Taylor from his guest appearance as Sam in an episode of “The Walking Dead” last season. In “Gotham,” Taylor’s character is described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a […]
Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:10 p.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’: Scott Snyder talks Riddler, previews 28

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“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder 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. The saga takes a break this month with “Batman” No. 28, a jump-ahead “spoilers” issue that looks into the future of “Batman: Eternal.” It arrives Wednesday. The Riddler seems to have Batman all figured out. In last month’s “Batman” No. 27, Part 7 of “Zero Year,” the criminally clever Mr. Nygma had Gotham police a step ahead of the vigilante, and appeared at the end to taunt him in a life-or-death situation for not being much of a detective. And what better time for a villain to tease his grand […]
Feb. 08, 2014 | 4:11 p.m.

‘Gotham’ casting: Ben McKenzie to star as James Gordon in new Fox show

Actor Ben McKenzie will star in Fox's upcoming series "Gotham." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
“Gotham” has found its Jim Gordon. Actor Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” has been cast in the lead role of “Gotham,” the upcoming Fox series that centers on the experiences of James Gordon before he became the famous police commissioner and key ally of Batman, according to a release issued by Warner Bros. Television on Saturday. In addition to exploring Gordon’s younger years, the show will chronicle the origins of many of the villains who have challenged Bruce Wayne’s superhero alter ego. Bruno Heller, whose credits include the CBS procedural “The Mentalist” and HBO’s epic drama “Rome,” wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer. Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot. Gordon was most recently brought to life on the big screen by Gary Oldman, who was a key part […]
Feb. 08, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

‘Lego Movie’: Will Arnett’s bad boy Batman influence? Christian Bale

“The Lego Movie” features Will Arnett tacking Batman’s brooding cool guy image to its logical extreme — idiocy. Directed by “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street” filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, “The Lego Movie” follows everybrick Emmet (Chris Pratt) as he tries to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell) from gluing the universe together. Batman, the narcissistic goth boyfriend of Lego resistance fighter Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), speaks in a growl, only builds with black bricks and dismisses Emmet’s every building idea. In an interview with Hero Complex, Arnett shared how he and the filmmakers found their post-Christian Bale Batman sound, how much input DC Comics had into the character and what his personal Lego-building style is. Hero Complex: At some point in the last 10 years or so our culture started taking superheroes very seriously, and none more […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 2:02 p.m.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting

Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
News that Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman/Superman sequel to 2012′s “Man of Steel” is fueling some fiery reactions on Twitter. The casting decisions, announced Monday, came despite rumors that “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston would play Superman’s arch-nemesis. Eisenberg and Irons will join Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as several returning “Man of Steel” cast members. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.) Eisenberg, of course, is best known for his roles in “Zombieland” and “The Social Network,” the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for his performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck to Batman “What’s great about Lex […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 10:17 a.m.

‘Superman/Batman’: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred

Jesse Eisenberg is set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the new Batman/Superman movie, the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
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, […]
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