June 23, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Nathan Fillion will appear in ‘fun’ cameo

Nathan Fillion poses for a portrait in the loft on the set of the ABC show "Castle" in 2011. (Anne Cusack /Los Angeles Times)
This weekend James Gunn, the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” gave audiences yet another reason to anticipate the Marvel space adventure’s Aug. 1 release: “@STARS_TyranT: Are the rumours true that he has some part in the film?” @nathanfillion has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014 Nathan Fillion, of “Firefly” and “Castle” fame, will have a small part, much to the delight of sci-fi TV fans everywhere. But take note: It won’t be the one that’s been discussed in the rumor mill: The rumors of my pal @NathanFillion playing Nova in #guardiansofthegalaxy have been greatly (and entirely) exaggerated. Sorry, humans. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014 Even before this auspicious addition, the cast for “Guardians of the Galaxy” was stacked. “Guardians” follows roguish antihero Peter Quill (played by a pumped-up Chris […]
April 20, 2014 | 8:19 p.m.

WonderCon: Zack Whedon, Christos Gage on ‘Serenity,’ ‘Buffy’ comics

Before the “Dark Horse: Whedonversity” panel got started, there was an impromptu singalong among fans in line. A man with a guitar and a female singer performed the theme song from “Firefly,” and then fellow Browncoats joined in the singing of “The Hero of Canton,” the mistaken celebration of the man they call Jayne. Fans’ fervor for the short-lived Joss Whedon sci-fi western series, its follow-up “Serenity” film and the “Avengers” director’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show endures, and in the pages of official canonical further seasons in Dark Horse comics, the characters’ adventures continue. Zack Whedon, who is writing the six-issue “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind,” which is set nine months after the events of the 2005 film, that series’ artist Georges Jeanty and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10″ writer Christos Gage talked with the crowded room, […]
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 […]
Nov. 09, 2012 | 6:51 p.m.

‘Firefly': Sean Maher wants Whedon to make ‘Serenity’ sequel

Sean Maher, 'Firefly' (featured image)
Few stories inspire the kind of passion and devotion shown by the fans of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly.” The short-lived sci-fi western followed Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew as they stole and scavenged their way across the universe, trying to keep their raggedy spaceship Serenity afloat. “Firefly” was canceled a decade ago, but support for the show has spawned a movie sequel, comic series, packed comic convention panels and now a one-hour reunion special on Science Channel. “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” features a roundtable discussion with cast members Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher and writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina, as well as separate interviews with Jewel Staite, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. The discussion reveals closely guarded plans for the second season that never was, including a child for Zoe (Torres) and Wash (Tudyk), […]
Nov. 08, 2012 | 2:33 p.m.

‘Firefly': Jewel Staite calls Whedon show ‘the one that got away’

'Firefly' Jewel Staite (featured image)
If Nathan Fillion’s rough-and-tumble Capt. Malcolm Reynolds was the leader of Serenity in Joss Whedon’s short-lived television series “Firefly,” Jewel Staite’s mechanic Kaylee Frye was the ship’s (and the show’s) heart. Staite, Fillion and the rest of the Serenity crew are back on the air together for “Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” a Science Channel special commemorating the show’s 10th anniversary. The one-hour special features a roundtable discussion with cast members Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher, and writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina, as well as separate interviews with Staite, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. The special also includes footage from this summer’s “Firefly” reunion at Comic-Con International’s Hall H, during which the cast members reflected on the show’s premature cancellation a decade ago and subsequent second life on the big screen. The special airs Sunday at […]
Aug. 01, 2012 | 4:43 p.m.

TV’s top 50 sci-fi characters: Mr. Spock, Starbuck and…TOBOR?

Sci-fi 50 (featured image)
Mad scientists and mechanical men, space cowboys and time travelers,  man-monsters and man-eating aliens — clearly this is our kind of crowd. We came up with a list (in no particular order) of 50 essential characters from the sci-fi small screen. Check them out in the gallery above, or better yet, head to the iTunes store and download our Hero Complex Magazine app, which features our Sci-Fi 50 as well as interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“The Dark Knight Rises” and “Looper”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes” and the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel), a story about Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Prometheus”) and more. The magazine app also features extra behind-the-scenes photos, video and an interactive “Star Trek” quiz. The invasion from above began on June 27, 1949. On that evening, as America sat down to […]
July 13, 2012 | 6:25 p.m.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon thanks Browncoats at tearful ‘Firefly’ reunion

Alan Tudyk, left, Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres reprised their "Firefly" roles in "Serenity," a big-screen sequel to the canceled show. (Sidney Baldwin / Universal Studios)
Fans of “Firefly” keep the imagined sci-fi Western universe alive, Joss Whedon told more than 4,000 people (many of whom camped in line overnight) in the jam-packed Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con International on Friday afternoon. Whedon also talked about an upcoming comic book series from Dark Horse, which will pick up some time after “Firefly” and “Serenity” left off. The emotional panel, which started and ended with tears and standing ovations, reunited most the main cast of the short-lived but much-loved series. Creator (and “The Avengers” director) Whedon; actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher; and writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina took photos of one another and the crowd as they entered the stage, greeted by deafening applause. “Firefly,” which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, chronicles the misadventures of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (Fillion) […]
July 06, 2012 | 5:17 p.m.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon has message for ‘Firefly’ fans

Joss Whedon
COMIC-CON: BURNING QUESTIONS As we close in on the 2012 edition of Comic-Con International, we look at some of the burning questions that will be answered in San Diego. What’s next for Joss Whedon? Writer-director Joss Whedon now has a resume that lives up to his reputation — “Avengers” is closing in on a staggering $1.5 billion at the box office — and he returns to San Diego as a triumphant figure who can pick his next shot. Whedon is in the rare position of having cult credibility and mainstream momentum and his next choice will reveal plenty about what career course he plans to set. Will it be “Avengers 2″? Or a “Hulk” film with Mark Ruffalo? (Don’t laugh; the character is considered the second most recognizable Marvel Comics character for consumers of all ages around the globe. Spider-Man […]
May 11, 2012 | 11:01 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival: A weekend guide with wax-pack fun

"RoboCop" was screened at 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival. (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)
It’s almost here — we’re just one week from the start of the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival and with the franchise in its third year we’ve moved to a sweet new home (Regal Cinemas at LA Live, where in September we brought you a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Harrison Ford) and expanded the program (four days now with more than a dozen guests, including three that haven’t been announced). To get a bead on the festival, peruse the photo gallery above — be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option if you don’t see text across the bottom of each image — and you’ll get a snapshot description of all of eight of our separately ticketed screenings. The box here on the right leads to the ticketing page. And how about those fun images in the gallery? […]
Nov. 08, 2011 | 9:13 a.m.

Nathan Fillion, a pop culture king beyond ‘Castle’

Nathan Fillion (featured image)
If you settle for 20th century definitions, Nathan Fillion is a prime-time television star – after all, his Monday night series “Castle” is cruising through its fourth sly season on ABC with more than 13 million viewers a week. But in this pop-culture era of digital tribes it’s really not fair to limit his celebrity with that sort of remote-control thinking. These are the days of compartmentalized fame and there are few better examples than Fillion, who is able to able to anchor a popular network series even as he puts together a dynamic resume of cult-audience projects, be they beautiful misfires (Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”), bold misfits (James Gunn’s “Super”), experimental farce (Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog”) or cosmic cartoons (he returns to the role of Green Lantern in the upcoming animated movie “Justice League: Doom”). “When I go to […]
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