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March 21, 2014 | 11:33 a.m.

‘Flash’ 29 preview: Is Barry Allen closing in on his mother’s killer?

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The Flash is the fastest man alive, but is that enough when chasing a ghost? In “The Flash” No. 29, from writer Brian Buccellato and artist Agustin Padilla, Barry Allen is in hot pursuit of who he believes may have killed his mother, a crime for which his father has long languished in prison after being wrongly convicted. But the serial killer in question is a spirit, one that possesses the living to do its bidding — and is now hunting down descendants of the man who founded Central City. Luckily, the Scarlet Speedster has some help from Deadman, who also can possess the living. Whether the spectral Keystone Killer was behind the death of Nora Allen isn’t the only mystery afoot. There’s also the question of the nature of the relationship that Capt. Darryl Frye, Barry’s superior at the […]
March 17, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Animal Man’ preview: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman bid Buddy farewell

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The emotional final issue of “Animal Man” hits comic-book stores Wednesday, and Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at five pages from the finale. Written by Jeff Lemire, the New 52 series helped bring Buddy Baker, a.k.a. Animal Man, back to prominence in the DC Universe. Though the title delves into Buddy’s special power to borrow abilities from animals as well as his struggles with celebrity, the series’ real focus is his relationship with his family. Over the course of the series, Buddy discovers his young daughter Maxine possesses dangerous powers and is destined to become the Avatar of the Red, which connects animal life on Earth. He sets out to protect her, as well as his wife, Ellen, and son Cliff, from the powers of the Black, also known as the Rot — a force that […]
March 13, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.

‘Constantine’ first look: Matt Ryan looks the part for NBC pilot

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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 […]
March 11, 2014 | 11:03 a.m.

‘The Flash’ first look: Grant Gustin shows off full Flash costume

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Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in his first full Flash costume image. The image, released Tuesday, reveals a closer look at the superhero suit Gustin will wear as the star of The CW’s new pilot “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. The red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on The CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared in comics in 1956 and […]
March 10, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’ 29: Scott Snyder previews Crime Alley, Bluebird

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“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 8 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 29. Scott Snyder wants you to feel young Bruce Wayne’s pain. “We want you to really hurt,” he says of his and Greg Capullo’s version of the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne in Crime Alley. Their take on that pivotal moment arrives Wednesday in the 40-page “Batman” No. 29. After jumping into the future of “Batman Eternal” last month with the “spoiler” (well, make that Spoiler) issue  No. 28 — where the whip-smart, crafty and determined young Gothamite Harper […]
March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.

Zack Snyder: ‘Man of Steel’ sequel explodes Superman, Batman universes

The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
Feb. 19, 2014 | 12:10 p.m.

‘Gotham’: Jada Pinkett Smith cast as new villain in Batman series

Jada Pinkett Smith (Mick Hutson / Getty Images for Chime For Change)
The cast of “Gotham” is coming together, with Jada Pinkett Smith the most recent addition to Fox’s upcoming Batman series. The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, focuses on the origins of Batman’s police department ally, Commissioner James Gordon, and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous. Pinkett Smith will play Fish Mooney — an original character you won’t find in the comics. Fish Mooney is described as “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner” and will be a series regular. “Fish Mooney’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book,” her official character description reads. “Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.” Pinkett Smith joins a cast that includes Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon; Robin Lord Taylor (“Another Earth,” “Accepted”) as Oswald […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day: The best couples in comics, sci-fi and fantasy

The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Gotham’ Fox TV series casting: The Penguin, Alfred and more

Several actors have been cast in the upcoming Fox series "Gotham." Click through the gallery for a look at some of the actors who will populate Batman's hometown. (Los Angeles Times; NBC; Tribeca Film)
Alfred Pennyworth, the Penguin and more classic Batman characters have been cast in Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham.” The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, focuses on the origins of Batman’s ally, Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous. Actor Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” will star as Jim Gordon, Warner Bros. announced earlier this month, and Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards are now joining the cast. Taylor (“Another Earth,” “Accepted”) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot, the orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin. Zombie fans may recognize Taylor from his guest appearance as Sam in an episode of “The Walking Dead” last season. In “Gotham,” Taylor’s character is described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a […]
Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:10 p.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’: Scott Snyder talks Riddler, previews 28

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“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. The saga takes a break this month with “Batman” No. 28, a jump-ahead “spoilers” issue that looks into the future of “Batman: Eternal.” It arrives Wednesday. The Riddler seems to have Batman all figured out. In last month’s “Batman” No. 27, Part 7 of “Zero Year,” the criminally clever Mr. Nygma had Gotham police a step ahead of the vigilante, and appeared at the end to taunt him in a life-or-death situation for not being much of a detective. And what better time for a villain to tease his grand […]
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