April 25, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.
Happy anniversary, Mr. J! “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer celebrated the Joker’s 75th anniversary Friday by revealing a controversial new image of Jared Leto as the iconic supervillain. Ayer and Leto have been using various social media platforms to slowly tease grainy bits and pieces of the Oscar-winning actor’s transformation into the character for the DC ensemble film. But when Ayer turned to Twitter once again Friday, the photo he shared was unmistakable. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 While it is still too early to know if this is the villain’s permanent look for the film, for now it seems the only similarities between the “Suicide Squad” Joker and the previous movie incarnations of the character are the green hair and red lips. […]
April 23, 2015 | 11:38 a.m.
In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we remember “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a 12-issue maxi series published by DC Comics 30 years ago this month. It was an event so significant that DC Comics history is often discussed in terms of before-“Crisis” and after-“Crisis” eras. (For those who missed last week’s introduction, Throwback Thursday is a new weekly series exploring the rich history of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics.) The series, which ran from April 1985 through March 1986, involved nearly every important character on DC’s roster and dealt with many of the publisher’s pesky continuity issues. Over the years, special issues introduced alternate Earths within universes that had different versions of the DC superheroes and villains. Some characters, such as Superman, Flash, the Atom and Green Lantern, had conflicting storylines, origins and powers, leading to arguments among fans […]
April 22, 2015 | 3:45 p.m.
Girls can like superheroes too. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have heard the rallying cry of geek women everywhere and are launching “DC Super Hero Girls,” a new universe featuring some of their most iconic female characters re-imagined for girls ages 6-12. The announced lineup includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy and Katana (redesigned in age-appropriate attire, of course), a combination that will allow girls to explore their affinity for both superheroics and supervillainy. “’DC Super Hero Girls’ represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment in a press release. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.” “DC Super Hero Girls,” set for an initial launch […]
April 17, 2015 | 5:18 p.m.
The wait is over early for Batman and Superman fans. The new “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer was officially released Friday in advance of the announced IMAX screenings set for Monday. The trailer offers viewers a glimpse into the gritty world that exists after the events of 2013’s “Man of Steel” that exposed the populace to Superman. “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” asks a mysterious voice as various scenes featuring Superman, played by Henry Cavill, flash across the screen. As the trailer jumps between more scenes featuring the Man of Steel, various voices are heard discussing saviors, aliens, hope, power and corruption before focusing on a desecrated statue of the extraterrestrial superhero. Fans who have been anticipating more looks at Ben Affleck as the titular […]
April 16, 2015 | 7:32 a.m.
Batman and Superman fans may finally get a glimpse of the upcoming DC superhero tent pole movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to tease an upcoming trailer, which will screen Monday at select IMAX theaters. Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space. RSVP http://t.co/TasYGlJGig https://t.co/fnxFIERUlv — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 16, 2015 Snyder posted a 20-second video featuring the eponymous characters’ costumes and their superimposed symbols, along with a link to a website where fans can reserve seats at “special teaser screening events” — screenings of a teaser trailer with a “special intro” from Synder. Events that are full offer the option of joining a waiting list. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film “Man of Steel,” and is expected to unite DC Comics’ most […]
April 15, 2015 | 7:46 p.m.
Praise Gaea! “Wonder Woman” has landed a new director. Days after Michelle MacLaren departed as director of the DC Entertainment superhero film, Warner Bros. has hired Patty Jenkins to take the reins, Hero Complex has confirmed. Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in 2003’s “Monster,” was originally tapped to direct 2013’s “Thor 2: The Dark World” for rival studio Marvel Entertainment. She dropped out, citing creative differences, and “Game of Thrones” alumnus Alan Taylor directed the Chris Hemsworth- and Tom Hiddleston-starring sequel. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years More recently, Jenkins earned an Emmy nomination for directing AMC’s crime drama “The Killing.” MacLaren, whose departure from “Wonder Woman” was announced Monday, is also a respected television director whose credits include prestigious series “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would have marked her big-screen […]
April 10, 2015 | 10:48 a.m.
“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer has shared another image teasing his upcoming movie, this time focusing solely on Jared Leto as the Joker. When Ayer tweeted a photo of his cast of supervillains on Wednesday, fans were quick to notice one prominent member was missing. Some even speculated that perhaps Leto was the one to snap the image. As if playing on that response, as well as paying homage to an iconic Joker image, Ayers followed up by tweeting a photo offering fans a look at Leto’s transformation into the Joker role. #WhereIsJared #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/D5tMnMGBop — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 10, 2015 If the image is eerily familiar, it’s because it mirrors the cover of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Eisner Award-winning 1988 graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke.” The one-shot story is a version of the Joker’s origin tale […]
April 09, 2015 | 4:37 p.m.
David Ayer has shared the first image of his “Suicide Squad.” The director tweeted a photo taken of the actors assembled for a table read of the upcoming Warner Bros. movie featuring a roster of supervillains who are recruited by the government to take on black-op missions in exchange for clemency. The film is part of the studio’s announced slate of DC superhero films which also includes the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” While Jared Leto, who is set to play the Joker in the film, is absent from the shot, the image also includes a few faces that had not previously been associated with the film. Cast read through today! #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/yajjcB5aEb — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 9, 2015 In addition to Leto, “Suicide Squad” will feature Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, […]
April 04, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
What happens when universes collide? A “Star Trek” and “Green Lantern” crossover miniseries was announced Saturday during the IDW Publishing panel at WonderCon 2015. The San Diego-based comics publisher has joined forces with DC Entertainment for “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War,” a special six-part event set to kick off in July. “We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW president and chief operating officer, in a statement released before the panel. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply … logical.” The monthly “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War” will be written by Mike Johnson, a veteran “Star Trek” comic writer, with interior art by Angel Hernandez of “Infinite Crisis: Fight for […]
March 06, 2015 | 1:42 p.m.
The first images of CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series have revealed the Kryptonian heroine’s new costume. And many can breathe a sigh of relief, because unlike some recent versions of her comic book counterpart, the TV Supergirl won’t have to wear a midriff costume. The two images show series star Melissa Benoist in the traditional “super” combo of red, blue and gold. And in keeping with other DC Comics properties on screen, the lighting seems to emphasize a darker take on the character. But she is smiling in one of the photos, which promises she won’t be quite as brooding as some of her comic book colleagues. The costume was designed by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for DC’s “The Flash” and “Arrow” on the CW. In a statement, Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace […]