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May 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘The Flash’: Trailer spotlights Grant Gustin’s heroic turn for CW show

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.

‘Futures End’ 2 preview: Animal Man eulogizes Green Arrow

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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 […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:28 p.m.

‘Gotham’ trailer: New clip sees Jim Gordon meet Bruce Wayne [video]

“I love this city, and I see it going to Hell.” Those are the first words uttered by Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective at the center of Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” in a new teaser for the show. The clip debuted Monday during the first episode of the network’s thriller “24: Live Another Day.” Based on the origins of the Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon, the Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.” Other key characters from “Batman” lore are also set to appear on the new show, including Selina Kyle, the unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman (Camren Bicondova); tough ex-marine […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Detective Comics’ 31: Batman, Bullock’s new case hits close to home

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Murder has come to Bruce Wayne’s doorstep. The shocking conclusion to last month’s “Detective Comics” No. 30 showed Elena Aguila, a social activist the billionaire had recently agreed to team with, collapsing on the welcome mat of Wayne Manor as she seemed to catch on fire from inside her body. The title’s new creative team – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato – wasted no time in setting up a potentially complex mystery in their “Detective” debut. Wayne and Aguila’s deal, which would erect free medical clinics, drug abuse treatment facilities and education centers instead of commercial development on his property along Gotham City’s troubled East End waterfront, has rankled some people in high places: Congressman Sam Young was seen questioning the decision on TV (and answering to some shady characters in private). Also, a drug called Icarus has taken hold […]
May 02, 2014 | 12:24 p.m.

‘Justice League’: Who should join Superman, Batman in Zack Snyder film?

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Warner Bros. confirmed earlier this week that “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder will, in fact, unite the heroes of the Justice League for a feature film after his follow-up to the 2013 Superman movie arrives in theaters in 2016. The question is, which heroes will be featured in the cast? The collection of the World’s Greatest Superheros, originally known as the Justice Society of America, made their 1940 debut in “All Star Comics” No. 3. In 1960, the group was revived under the League moniker and received its own title, featuring the classic seven-member incarnation of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. PHOTOS: Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” cast Since then, the group has had more than 100 members, including one-shot inclusions and heroes with multiple alter egos. When it comes to Snyder’s […]
May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.

Free Comic Book Day: Marc Silvestri, Rob Worley, more visit L.A. shops

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Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]
April 25, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

Batman 75: Len Wein says Bruce Wayne isn’t psychotic — he’s neurotic

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Do you think the Batman is psycho? You’re wrong, Len Wein says. The accomplished longtime comic book writer and editor, co-creator of such popular characters as Wolverine and Swamp Thing, argues that Bruce Wayne is neurotic, not psychotic. It’s an idea he explored in his time writing “Batman” in the late 1970s and early 1980s — when he also had the billionaire dating Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. Yes, it seems crazy that a man would don a bat costume to fight crime. But in 1980′s limited series “The Untold Legend of the Batman,” Wein went into why Bruce chose vigilantism over law enforcement — and had the nascent hero’s first costumed identity be Robin. That story, and many others he wrote, will be included in “Tales of the Batman: Len Wein,” a 560-page hardcover scheduled for release Dec. 30, the […]
April 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Justice League United’: Jeff Lemire readies ‘big, fun space adventures’

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The move to Canada and the debut of a Cree superheroine may not be the biggest changes for Jeff Lemire’s new Justice League team: The writer says he’s tired of “grim and gritty” and will be moving the heroes toward “big, fun space adventures.” “Justice League United” No. 0 arrives Wednesday from the Toronto-based Lemire and his U.S.-based British artist collaborator, Mike McKone, and begins assembling a team of DC characters that hail from the stars to the street: extraterrestrials Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and Hawkman, with earthlings Animal Man, Stargirl, Green Arrow, Adam and Alanna Strange — and the newly created Equinox, a teenage girl from Moose Factory, Canada. Developing the 16-year-old heroine, whose civilian name is Miiyahbin, has been a passion project within his DC work for Lemire, who has explored his native country in creator-owned projects including “Essex […]
April 20, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Batman 75 celebration has Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Kevin Smith

In 75 years of stories, Batman’s greatest obstacle has always been his humanity, Kevin Smith told an applauding capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous space Saturday at WonderCon. “That’s the only thing that stops him,” the filmmaker said, “and you see the frustration as he’s portrayed throughout every medium…. It’s only when he hits the ceiling of his humanity that he can possibly be stopped. And, as we’ve seen, even then sometimes he overcomes it.” Smith, who hosts the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, was joined on the Batman 75 celebration panel by his “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comic co-writer Ralph Garman, superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), essential Caped Crusader animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”), longtime popular Bat-voice actor Kevin Conroy […]
April 18, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

WonderCon: Francis Manapul talks Batman and Harvey Bullock

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Batman has long been able to count on help from Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But the same can’t be said for the hero’s relationship with Det. Harvey Bullock. The gruff homicide investigation veteran is as much a lead character in current and upcoming issues of “Detective Comics” as the Dark Knight, the DC series’ new writer-artist, Francis Manapul, told the crowd at the Batman comics panel Friday at WonderCon. “The great thing about Harvey Bullock is he ain’t giving him nothing,” Manapul said. The two will be tracking the same killer but getting in each other’s way, and Batman will ask Bullock, “What’s more important — you wanting to win, or solving this crime?” he added. He and his co-writer, Brian Buccellato, debuted on the series with this month’s No. 30 after a well-regarded run on “The Flash.” On […]
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