Sept. 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
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 […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Barry Allen is in a race against himself – specifically, his future self – and Wally West’s life hangs in the balance. The time-bending story that writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen launched when they took over “The Flash” earlier this year reaches a major turning point in “Futures End: The Flash” No. 1, out Wednesday, and the team discussed that, what’s to come and the challenges of introducing a new version of Wally for DC’s New 52 with Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Fair warning: There are spoilers below (and in the gallery above), and if you’ve yet to read the new issue, you might want to stop reading now and come back later. Wally, originally introduced in 1959 as the white, redheaded nephew of Barry Allen’s girlfriend Iris West, was the Flash to readers from the […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.
Among the many villains in the new Fox series “Gotham,” actor Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot might stand out as one of the more unhinged personalities Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) encounters as he finds his feet on a new beat in the corrupt city. One pointed scene in the premiere episode, which arrives Monday night, plays up Cobblepot’s rather robust enthusiasm for enhanced interrogation methods in the service of ruthless crime boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). But Oswald isn’t just some deranged lunatic, the actor points out — as “Gotham” unfolds, he promises, viewers will learn more about what motivates the character, and possibly even find some ways to sympathize with him. “The MO of the show,” he said, is “taking the fantastic and making it real.” In an interview with Hero Complex late last week, Taylor, whose […]
Sept. 19, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Supergirl is soaring onto the small screen in a new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes. CBS has given a series commitment for the show, DC Entertainment confirmed Friday. The series will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. It won’t be Supergirl’s first time on screen; Helen Slater played the character in the critically panned 1984 […]
Sept. 11, 2014 | 1:20 p.m.
Zack Snyder has officially unveiled the new Batmobile that will be featured in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” his 2016 sequel to “Man of Steel.” Snyder released the image via Twitter late Wednesday in response to leaked photos of the vehicle that were making the rounds online. Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. http://t.co/47beaZqr6f pic.twitter.com/Ez1ILa8JeE — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 11, 2014 Warner Bros. will now open “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 3-D on March 25, 2016. The film previously had been set to open May 6, 2016, opposite Marvel’s third “Captain America” film. The studio also recently revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
With most of the Justice League missing — presumed dead by the world – and the Crime Syndicate in cataclysmic control, the pressure is on Cyborg. Or what’s left of him. In “Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes,” a new hardcover volume out Wednesday, Victor Stone is badly injured, rended from the robotic part of Cyborg. It’s being inhabited by the computer virus and Crime Syndicate member called Grid, whose group of alternate-reality deranged Justice League doubles is at work cementing its control over the Earth it has invaded. Collecting “Justice League” Nos. 24-29, written by Geoff Johns with pencils by, variously, Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke, the book also provides looks into the Syndicate members’ pasts in their universe, and ties into the major DC story line “Forever Evil.” Hero Complex readers can get an early look at bonus […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 12:20 p.m.
The new trailer for Season 3 of “Arrow” has arrived, and the 90-second clip teases the possibility of real romance between Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), with the two planning a dinner date during a high-speed chase. Watch the trailer below. At Comic-Con International in July, “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg promised that the upcoming run of episodes, which kicks off Oct. 8, will reveal more about Felicity’s back story and her years at MIT in an installment titled “Oracle.” (Oracle, of course, is the secret identity of Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, who became an information broker and computer expert after she was made a paraplegic by the Joker’s bullet — Kreisberg definitely seemed to hint that she could make an appearance on “Arrow” this season). Pointing out that third […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Now the secret can be revealed: Gail Simone is relaunching “Secret Six” in the New 52, and at its core is a mystery with an answer that she said all DC readers will want to know. The fan-favorite writer, who recently wrapped a well-regarded run on “Batgirl,” will introduce the new gang of rogues to root for in an ongoing series set to premiere Dec. 3, and she promises the same sort of “black humor and edginess” – and unpredictability – that won her previous run on the title a passionate following. “It’s so fun to write these characters that are really poor role models,” Simone told Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Rather than “brightest heroes or the darkest villains,” the book lives in the gray area between, with “private detectives, mercenaries, bounty hunters, failed heroes,” she said. […]
Sept. 03, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
Dwayne Johnson is preparing for a villainous turn. The popular actor, who most recently appeared on screen in July’s “Hercules” for director Brett Ratner, will play Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” movie based on the famous DC Comics character. Johnson also will produce the film, with Darren Lemke (“Jack the Giant Slayer”) set to write the script for the New Line project, which Warner Bros. will distribute. Johnson confirmed his casting Wednesday on Twitter, putting to rest weeks of speculation over precisely which DC character he would portray on screen. “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014 Early last month, Warner Bros. revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on […]
Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.
Grant Morrison is at ease with the prospect of other dimensions. As an acclaimed comic book writer and superhero behaviorist, he’s traveled widely amid the disparate worlds of DC Comics, Marvel and characters of his own creation. It gets complicated out there. Nowhere have things been more entangled with cosmic implications than DC (ancestral home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), evolving into a web of universes that over the decades has expanded and collapsed through various “Crisis” series — and, most recently, in the 2011 revamping called the New 52. Morrison has now been charged with making sense of DC’s Multiverse of 52 Earths, creating stories and a road map with various artists in a monthly series debuting this week with “The Multiversity” No. 1. It will be followed by standalone comics that take a startlingly diverse look at […]