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Dec. 02, 2014 | 2:54 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad’ cast: Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto signed for DC film

Actors Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy. (Wally Skalij, Allen J. Schaben, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto are set to star in “Suicide Squad” for writer-director David Ayer. Warner Bros. confirmed the casting of the upcoming film, one of a number of upcoming projects adapted from the pages of DC Comics, on Tuesday afternoon. “Suicide Squad” features an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries, and the movie will see Smith play Deadshot; Robbie, Harley Quinn; Leto, the Joker; Courtney, Boomerang; while Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress. Tom Hardy, who previously brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” will star as Rick Flagg. Oscar winner Leto will be the first actor to play the Joker on the big screen since Heath Ledger delivered his touchstone performance in an earlier Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” for which he was awarded […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ movie signs Michelle MacLaren to develop, direct

Michelle MacLaren officially has come aboard to develop and direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie, sources confirmed Monday. MacLaren’s extensive television credits include such prestige series as “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would mark her big-screen directorial debut. MacLaren previously had been tipped as the director most likely to take the reins on the film, slated for a 2017 release. Gal Gadot, who is playing the DC comics superheroine in 2016’s Zack Snyder-directed “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in the stand-alone movie. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said last year when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has […]
Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ 35: Azzarello, Chiang end a ‘no-cheesecake’ Diana epic

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Wonder Woman is an epic character, and writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang promise a suitably epic ending to the saga they’ve created during the last three years. The duo, who have guided the superheroine’s solo adventures since DC’s New 52 reality reset in fall 2011, have memorably taken Diana of Themyscira’s classic origin as a girl made from clay and remolded it to make her the biological daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and Zeus (born of a love affair, not one of the Greek god’s tricky trysts). Tying Wonder Woman into the Greek pantheon — eventually replacing the felled Ares as god of war — has given her an extended family with whom every reunion is rife with conflict. In the final issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s acclaimed run (which also featured art by Tony Akins […]
Oct. 24, 2014 | 4:40 a.m.

‘Constantine': Matt Ryan plays demon hunter as flawed, tormented, angry

Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine, the DC Comics character that serves as the inspiration for the NBC pilot "Constantine." (Warner Bros. Television)
Matt Ryan had just finished a run of “Henry V” in London’s West End, playing Fluellen to Jude Law’s commanding prince, when he flew to America earlier this year to meet with the producers of NBC’s “Constantine.” Not three weeks later, he found himself wearing John Constantine’s signature trench coat, preparing to battle supernatural forces in the starring role in the new series, adapted from the long-running DC series “Hellblazer,” set to premiere Oct. 24. “It was a bit of a whirlwind actually,” the Welsh actor said during a recent interview, speaking by phone from “Constantine’s” Atlanta set, where he was shooting the sixth episode of the show, created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer. But even in these early days, he seems to have found his footing with the character, last seen on screen in […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Gotham’ has deep pop culture resonance, actor Donal Logue says

Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
The push-pull relationship between upright detective Jim Gordon and his morally flexible partner Harvey Bullock is a driving feature on the Fox series “Gotham,” but behind the scenes, veteran character actor Donal Logue said he and his scene partner, Ben McKenzie, enjoy an easy camaraderie on the New York set of the show, which explores the origins of many of the most well-known characters in the Batman universe. “I can’t say enough about Ben McKenzie — he carries the show, the weight of the show is on his shoulders, the world is kind of seen through his journey,” Logue said recently, speaking by phone from New York. “He’s a really hard-working patient guy. I’ve never seen him even for a moment express a frustration regardless of what’s going on.” These days, Logue’s not one to complain much either. The journeyman […]
Oct. 15, 2014 | 2:07 p.m.

Wonder Woman getting a movie, comics world reacts on Twitter

After decades of Batman and Superman movies, sequels, reboots and spinoffs, Wonder Woman is finally getting a turn in the spotlight. DC Entertainment’s leading lady will star in a standalone film in 2017, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday during Time Warner’s investors conference. (DC also announced films for Shazam, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Cyborg and a two-part project for the Justice League.) Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in the standalone movie. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said last year when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 2:05 p.m.

Victor Garber set for key ‘Flash’ role as Dr. Martin Stein

Emmy-nominated actor Victor Garber is set to join the CW’s new series “The Flash,” playing Dr. Martin Stein, one half of the DC Comics entity known as Firestorm. Warner Bros. Television announced “Alias” actor Garber’s casting Thursday in a statement describing Stein as “a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist” who becomes fused with the younger, impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). “The Flash” is from Warner Bros. Television and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who shepherded “Arrow” to success. Nutter also directed the show’s first episode, which premiered Tuesday to solid ratings — ranking as the CW’s most-watched and highest-rated series premiere since “The Vampire Diaries” in 2009. According to WBTV, 4.54 million viewers watched the first episode, which introduced audiences to actor Greg Gustin’s take on the role of Barry Allen, the fastest man alive. The […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

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New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 01, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.

DC Entertainment to revisit licensing deals following T-shirt uproar

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DC Entertainment will reevaluate licensing agreements after the comics giant was criticized for lending its name to perceived sexist T-shirts for children, the company said Wednesday. Upset parents and other fans recently took to social media to hammer away at the company after shirts for children were found on store shelves with what they called sexist messages. One shirt in particular for girls that drew ire read, “Training to be Batman’s Wife.” Other shirts for children have various but related slogans and sayings, including pajamas for girls saying: “I Only Date Superheroes.” A shirt for boys has a picture of Superman kissing Wonder Woman saying: “Superman does it again” and “Score!” DC Entertainment agreed with its critics. “All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain T-shirts are offensive. We agree,” the company said […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Batman 75: Toasting Robin(s), Batgirl, Batwoman at Long Beach Comic Con

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Much has been made of Batman in marking his 75th anniversary, and the comic-book talents gathered Saturday at Long Beach Comic Con for a panel celebrating the Dark Knight had plenty to say about various versions of him – but they also toasted the heroes he’s inspired. A highly anticipated new take on Batgirl, Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane (a.k.a. Batwoman) and a couple of different Robins all came up in the conversation among writers and artists who have told – or will tell – those characters’ tales, as did opinions about Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman, choice Bat-obscurities, fan passions and possible future projects. PHOTOS: 75 enduring images of Batman Babs Tarr, the new artist on the redesigned “Batgirl,” which begins with the Oct. 8 release of No. 35, said she’d been warned by her writer collaborator Cameron Stewart […]
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