March 20, 2014 | 8:01 a.m.
As a classical-music ensemble with a sterling critical reputation and a flair for the contemporary, the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet is used to playing at some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world. On a recent winter morning, however, the musicians were in a modest studio in a not-so-glamorous stretch of Glendale dominated by shabby industrial warehouses. Passing freight trains emitted a repetitive ka-chink as they moved through the area on rusty tracks. Inside, a rhythm of a different sort was at play. The quartet was recording (and re-recording… and re-recording) a staccato passage for the soundtrack of the Starz drama series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Leading them from the podium was the series’ Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary. The 35-year-old McCreary demanded the musicians repeat the passage several times, suggesting slight changes in their interpretation with each take. “Maybe […]
March 13, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.
The first official image for the upcoming NBC pilot “Constantine” is out, offering a glimpse of British actor Matt Ryan donning the DC character’s trademark trenchcoat. The show is based on DC Comics’ antihero John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” The NBC and Warner Bros. Television pilot comes from executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy) and director Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”). “I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985,” Goyer said […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Word that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel disappointed Dark Knight fans, who took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure — and to poke some fun at the former “Daredevil” actor. Friday morning, #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was trending on Twitter, with users offering suggestions as to who would make a better Batman. A few examples: I would have even been ok with them giving it to Joseph Gordon-Levitt #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck http://t.co/tLFmo1G8b7— Kevin Neely (@kevnee96) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Josh Brolin— M▲RIO (@MarioGee21_) August 23, 2013 Matt Damon would do a better job #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck— (@klassiqkal) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Sorry guys, but Christian Bale will always be THE BATMAN http://t.co/Arjayw6Mvj— Mitz (✿◕‿◕) (@mitZ1507) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck 2 Chainz http://t.co/utwZmkFHgm— Mikey (@fsmikey) August 23, 2013 #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck Meryl Streep http://t.co/cLcyqxuBmZ— Michelle Gray (@grayz93) August 23, 2013 […]
Aug. 22, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.
Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the “Man of Steel” sequel, Warner Bros. announced today. In a statement, director Zack Snyder expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” Snyder, who directed “Man of Steel,” is set to co-write the story with David S. Goyer, who will pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin next year, with a July 17, 2015, release date. POLL: Who should play Batman instead of Ben Affleck? Affleck, of course, has a history […]
June 12, 2013 | 7:27 p.m.
“Man of Steel” flies into theaters Friday hoping to reinvent Superman for a new era, no small feat for the original superhero, a character who debuted in the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938 and celebrates his 75th anniversary this year. Filmmaker David S. Goyer teamed with his “Dark Knight” trilogy collaborator Christopher Nolan on the story and wrote the screenplay for the Zack Snyder-directed movie, and Goyer recently spoke to Hero Complex about the project — its incredibly high stakes, his detailed approach to writing the script and why Superman matters to so many people (and maybe something about “Justice League” too). HC: You’ve said previously that you never really understood Superman as a character. How did you ultimately find your way in to the story? DG: I had just become a stepfather and my now wife […]
June 07, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.
The first season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” comes to a close Friday with an episode titled “The Lovers,” and the show’s creator, David S. Goyer, is promising that some secrets will be revealed — namely the identity of the Prisoner. “We’re going to reveal who the Prisoner is in the eighth episode,” Goyer confirmed. “We’ve got to answer some questions and introduce some new mysteries as well. So, we decided we’re going to say who the Prisoner is at the end of the first season. You still don’t fully understand why he’s the Prisoner. We’re going to reveal that in the second season.” Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the season finale below — an emotional moment between DaVinci, played by English actor Tom Riley, and Lucrezia Donati, actress Laura Haddock. “Da Vinci’s Demons,” starring English […]
May 21, 2013 | 11:47 p.m.
The latest trailer for “Man of Steel,” the new Superman film that sees Henry Cavill don the red cape of the famous hero, begins with a cryptic transmission from Michael Shannon’s General Zod, warning citizens of Earth, “You are not alone.” Zod’s chilling speech, in which he demands that the last son of Krypton surrender or bring about the destruction of his adopted planet, serves as the backdrop for a number of scenic shots from the film, set for a June 14 release. “Man of Steel” is directed by Zack Snyder from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the writing team behind the “Dark Knight” trilogy, which modernized Batman and broke box-office records. But reviving the world’s first comic-book superhero on the big screen — Superman turns 75 this year — is no small task. “In the comic-book […]
Jan. 22, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.
“Fringe” might have just concluded its run last week with an emotional two-hour finale, but that’s hardly reason for discerning genre television fans to despair. AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” picks up its run of third season episodes next month, while HBO’s lavish fantasy serial “Game of Thrones” returns for its third season in March. And there’s a host of new, interesting offerings as well. Some, such as “Continuum” and “Ripper Street,” have been road-tested in other countries. Others, such as “Defiance,” are totally unknown properties with serious world-building potential. And then there’s “Bates Motel,” which might be the only show that can tout links to Alfred Hitchcock and “Lost.” Not too shabby. Following is a look at some of the most interesting options heading your way this spring — and yes, “The Following” made the list. “Continuum” […]
Jan. 05, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
David S. Goyer has made a living inventing outsized mythologies for some of pop culture’s most beloved figures — Batman, Superman, he’s even working on a new Godzilla movie due out in 2014. Now, he’s giving Leonardo da Vinci the superhero treatment. Starz’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” presents the gifted Renaissance artist as a born-out-of-wedlock tortured genius with a penchant for opium who is branded as a heretic by the all-powerful church. All of which, Goyer points out, is true. The eight-episode series, which is set to premiere April 12, concentrates on Da Vinci (played by English actor Tom Riley) as a young man beginning at 25 and imagines his development as a free thinker in a rigid, often-secretive society. There is surprisingly little known about the Italian artist, often regarded as one of the greatest geniuses of Western civilization, during […]
July 18, 2012 | 6:02 p.m.
Neal Adams is a legendary name to comic-book collectors, but he holds an especially exalted place in the hearts of Batman fans — it was the vivid, muscular and irony-free art of Adams that tugged the character back toward the serious shadows and away from the campy 1966-1968 television series that made Gotham City a joke. With writer Denny O’Neil, Adams also introduced the evil mastermind Ra’s al Ghul and steered the Joker’s persona into a truly bizarre brand of lunacy — key contributions that would echo years later in the Batcave films of Christopher Nolan. Adams was one of the special guests at the New York premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and he agreed to do a guest review of the film. THIS REVIEW is 100% SPOILER-FREE I listened to the vibes out there, and they said, “How […]