July 24, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
How did Hugh Jackman feel returning to the character of Logan for “The Wolverine”? “I had more fun than ever,” Jackman said, sitting down at San Diego’s Comic-Con International for an interview with Hero Complex. “I don’t know what it is, maybe being a little older helps playing a character who is two or three hundred years old.” In the new film opening in theaters Friday, Jackman and director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) adapt Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s revered 1980s comic book. Logan’s latest screen adventure sees him travel to Japan only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and falling in love with a beautiful heiress (Tao Okamoto) even as he’s wrestling with his grief over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Jackman was one of the biggest stars to appear at Comic-Con this […]
July 22, 2013 | 3:02 p.m.
Ubisoft stole some attention from many of the superhero-related films at San Diego’s Comic-Con with a replica pirate ship hyping its upcoming “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” Instead of pirate-inspired realism the ship hosted a dance floor and mini-sandwiches, but major celebrity-enticing gala aside, developers promised that “Black Flag” would take its marauders seriously — well, as seriously as any game can with a plot that follows a centuries-long conspiracy regarding a war between assassins and a secret order. “From a historic perspective, when we did research on pirates what was really jumping out at us is that, for whatever reason, it’s Disney and ‘Treasure Island,’” said game director Ashraf Ismail recently in Los Angeles. “Pirates became a bit of a fantasy and a bit mythical.” As any “Assassin’s Creed” veteran can attest, the franchise has its own increasingly complex and […]
July 22, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.
As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Deborah Ann Woll, star of HBO’s “True Blood,” shared what it takes to survive the convention. Check out the gallery above and the silent videos below to see snapshots of the actress’ experiences, with captions written by her. The panel day for “True Blood” is quite an amazing experience. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of the day and surviving the chaos: 1. Stock up on Advil and breath mints at the TV Line interview. Two very important essentials for surviving Comic-Con. You don’t want to turn away a fan with your bad breath, and any girl will tell you all day in heels will make you rush […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:52 a.m.
If the Godzilla Experience offers any indication of the scope and, well, sheer size of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ movie directed by Gareth Edwards, then the film’s feature creature may be just as impressive as Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju in “Pacific Rim.” Add in a mix of nostalgia and who knows what kind of destruction Godzilla could wreak on the box office. We lined up outside of a nondescript (except for the picture of a huge creature painted on it and symbols in Japanese) building in the Gaslamp Quarter to await our guide. During what starts out to be a tour of Godzilla memorabilia inside the building on a small set, complete with a malt shop/diner, our group was suddenly whisked from the showroom to the behind-the-scenes headquarters where it seems scientists are tracking Godzilla’s movements and all heck has broken […]
July 21, 2013 | 9:44 p.m.
Metallica made its first appearance at Comic-Con International Friday night to premiere the new theatrical trailer for the band’s performance film/dark genre fable “Metallica Through the Never,” directed by Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll,” “Predators”) and featuring actor Dane DeHaan in a near-silent role as a roadie Trip. The band took to the Hall H stage to greet fans, answer questions and debut some new footage from the movie, before playing an intimate concert at San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre. Earlier in the day, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo sat down with Hero Complex to share their thoughts about attending Comic-Con for the first time. “I’ve been a comic book fan since I was five or six years old,” Hammett said. “So this is my tribe.” “I thought this was a film convention,” quipped Ulrich before turning more serious. […]
July 21, 2013 | 8:19 p.m.
“Grimm,” the other fairy tale show that’s growing fans by the legion, made its way down from Portland, Ore., to San Diego for its full-cast Comic-Con International panel on Saturday and brought along the immortal Dracula just to top it off. Producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba and Todd Milliner and cast members Claire Coffee, Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Horsnby, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli seemed a little overwhelmed by the attention they got in San Diego — dozens of fans had to be turned away from the panel — but grateful for it. Giuntoli got the discussion rolling, hinting that his “Grimm” character Nick Burkhardt will become angrier (which at least means Nick will survive last season’s cliffhanger). “Yeah. It’s very nice to get angry. And there’s going to be a lot […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:38 p.m.
Marvel Comics announced the launch of “Amazing X-Men,” which begins with the quest for the dearly departed Nightcrawler, and “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe” during its X-Men panel Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Amazing X-Men,” from writer Jason Aaron (“Wolverine and the X-Men”) and artist Ed McGuinness, marks the return of the teleporting blue mutant who died heroically in the 2010 story line “Second Coming.” The title’s team showcases Firestar as a major character for the first time, editor Nick Lowe said, and also includes Wolverine, Iceman, Beast, Storm and Northstar. It’s been secretly in the works since around the time Aaron started “Wolverine and the X-Men” and will solve the mystery of the little blue Bamfs that infest the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in that series. Lowe also suggested a connection between red Bamfs […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.
With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. “ While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 21, 2013 | 3:54 p.m.
It was World War San Diego as the undead rose up against the living, again, on Saturday and zombies walked the Gaslamp District of Earth during the seventh annual Zombie Walk at Comic-Con International. The well-attended event displayed more than 500 ably animated dead bodies mingling with the living while drinking and possibly discussing comics and brain recipes. Sometimes a photo does say it all, so click on the gallery above and enjoy the carnage. [FOR THE RECORD: An image in the gallery identified a zombie as Roger Stephens. It is Maryann Cummings.] – Jevon Phillips and Kirk McKoy FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Superman & Batman will unite on film Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise talk ‘Gravity,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Joss […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.
In back-to-back panels, “Once Upon a Time” and its spinoff “Once Upon a Time: Wonderland” filled the Ballroom 20 venue at Comic-Con International with a mix of attendees that included the curious and the devoted. In “Wonderland,” the crowd got to see the first 19 minutes of the show, which established that our new Alice is actually being held in a mental institution for spouting off crazy tales of smoking caterpillars, talking bunnies and edible things that make you shrink or grow. Though beaten down by the system, this Alice is no shrinking violet. At the first mention that her true love, the genie Cyrus, is alive, Alice goes into serious action a la Gina Carano as the Knave of Hearts just stands by. He and Alice don’t want to go back to Wonderland for varying reasons. The panel consisted […]