July 03, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
Henry Cavill strikes a pose in a new still from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Released Thursday, the image sees the actor in dramatic form, staring down the camera in a rain-soaked environment that resurrects the ominous gray palette of 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Set for release on May 6, 2016, the new film will, like its predecessor, be directed by Zack Snyder, with Cavill reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman. Ben Affleck takes over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portrays Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct. Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed which characters will appear in the “Justice League” film. Holly Hunter will feature in a role newly created for “Batman v. Superman.” Other […]
July 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
After hitting the bull’s-eye on the target viewership with the CW’s “Arrow,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski have a shot at expanding the Emerald Archer’s readership with DC’s “Green Arrow.” The pair will script the comic series, with art by Daniel Sampere (“Batgirl,” “Trinity of Sin: Pandora”), beginning with No. 35 on Oct. 1, which finds Oliver Queen back in Seattle on an adventure involving a mystery woman. Kreisberg and Sokolowski say their “Green Arrow” is not an adaptation of the show, but “more about cross-pollination” – stocking the quiver with things that have worked on “Arrow” and in comics past. (Yes, characters “Arrow” viewers know will appear in the comic — albeit in potentially surprising ways.) “We really want to bring the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character,” Sokolowski told Hero Complex. “In other […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
You know Batman. But do you know Batmanga? In the 1960s, manga artist Jiro Kuwata pitted the Caped Crusader and Robin against a man who wouldn’t die and creatures variously extraterrestrial and mutated right here on Earth in comics for Japanese readers. The work wouldn’t be seen by an American audience until over four decades later, and not in full until now. “Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga,” translated into English and unabridged, rolls out as a weekly DC Comics Digital First series beginning Saturday, and the entire, 1,000-plus-page run will get a print release later this year across three paperback volumes. It is the first complete collection of Kuwata’s Batman comics outside of Japan. Both the digital and print presentations will preserve the Japanese sequence of panels’ original right-to-left reading order. Digital chapter releases will vary in length from 15 […]
June 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-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 11 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 32. If Bruce Wayne were normal, what hope would Gotham have? In last month’s “Batman” No. 31, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo wove together two tales of the hero at different points in his young life — as a high school student and in his early days as Batman — in which he was tested by an authority figure and responded in a way no one normal would. Where the teenage Bruce is working through his childhood trauma […]
June 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Has it really been 75 years since Gotham first saw the Bat? Seventy-five years of vengeance, brooding detective work and campy shark fights? Three-quarters of a century of iconic introductions, gritty reboots and the ongoing vigil that Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s most iconic creation keeps over his city. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. (We’re still wrapping our minds around the fact that it’s been 25 years since Michael Keaton put on the cape and cowl.) Ever since Gotham’s winged creature of the night swooped down and cracked “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the world — from the DC Universe to our own — has never been the same. Although Superman made his debut a year earlier, Batman represented something truly new for comic readers. A tortured soul, a man driven by revenge yet committed to principles. […]
May 29, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.
In just over a year, Charles Soule has become one of the comic book industry’s most prolific writers, and it’s all thanks to the law. If Soule hadn’t gone to Columbia University for law school, he would probably be touring with a band, or serving as an ambassador to China. “I had always thought that I would do something that was connected to music as a career, or possibly Chinese, which was my major,” said Soule. “When I got into Columbia, which is such a fantastic school that it seemed idiotic not to go, it occurred to me while I was there that it would be difficult to be a practicing attorney and just tell the lawyers at the firm, ‘Oh, you know, I’m gonna bail. Go play a gig for half the hour.’ Any of the things that were […]
May 27, 2014 | 12:42 p.m.
Lego Batman fans: Ready for an all-new challenge? This fall “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” hits stores. A new trailer for the game was unveiled Tuesday. Check it out below. Clearly, the “Beyond Gotham” in the title is an understatement — in this installment of Batman’s Lego adventures, the Caped Crusader travels to space, realizing that he will need to team up with the Justice League and, believe it or not, the Legion of Doom to stop Brainiac. The villain is armed with the power of the Lantern Rings and ready to create universal chaos. With this third edition, the “Lego Batman” franchise has received a major expansion in player options and choices. As with previous versions, it stars the Dynamic Duo, but now players will also have 150 characters from the DC Comics universe to choose from, including familiar […]
May 26, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-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 10 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 31. The Riddler is playing high-stakes games with Gotham City, and he’s winning. But Batman, just recovered from injuries sustained when Edward Nygma took over the city, is preparing to rise to the challenge, even with just a T-shirt instead of his normal Batsuit for protection. Indeed, he was seen with a cowl and street clothes at the end of “Batman” No. 30. “This is Bruce ready for war,” writer Scott Snyder said. “He doesn’t even need a costume. He […]
May 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in the first full trailer for the new CW series. The five-minute clip, released Thursday, reveals a closer look at Gustin’s take on the superhero for the network’s upcoming comic-book series “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. Gustin’s red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. Check it out below. 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 […]
May 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Superheroes are descending on Star City to mourn a comrade. “Futures End” No. 2, out Wednesday, follows the shocking death of Green Arrow in the DC weekly series’ previous issue with the late Oliver Queen’s Justice League United teammate Animal Man delivering a touching eulogy. Hero Complex readers can get an early look at what Buddy Baker has to say about his fallen friend in the gallery above or via the links below. The issue is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire, with art by Jesus Merino and Dan Green. “Futures End” No. 2: Page 6 | Pages 7-8 | Page 9 | Page 10 One thing to keep in mind: These events are five years ahead, in one possible future — one that a further-future Batman has traveled back in time to stop. Bruce […]