Feb. 11, 2013 | 3:50 p.m.
Geoff Johns, whose work on “Green Lantern” brought the character out of relative obscurity to the top tier of DC Comics’ slate of superheroes, announced Monday that his run would end in May with Green Lantern issue No. 20. Johns’ tenure at the helm of “Green Lantern” began in 2004 with the six-issue “Rebirth” series, which brought longtime Green Lantern Hal Jordan back into the corps, reinstated much of the Green Lantern’s earlier elements (including Guardians of the Universe and archenemy Sinestro) and set the stage for Johns’ ever-expanding suite of characters. Johns announced his decision in a post at DC’s the Source, in which he spoke of his contributions to the Green Lantern mythos. “It’s hard to imagine a Green Lantern universe without characters like Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, the Indigo Tribe or the rest of the gang anymore,” […]
Aug. 20, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.
For comic book fans of the 1960s and 1970s, the name Neal Adams was an especially electrifying signature to see on a cover — there was no artist in the era that was more distinctive or dynamic than the man who brought an especially evocative commercial art sensibility to Batman, Green Lantern and the X-Men. For the newest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” we talked to Adams about some of his most memorable covers and the unpredictable art of superhero iconography. The interview, the first of two parts, was conducted on the floor of Comic-Con International in San Diego — it was on the convention’s second day in the hour before the show opened, in case you were wondering why the crowd was so thin. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Women in comics and the tricky art of equality Joe Kubert, the good soldier […]
June 04, 2012 | 7:59 a.m.
In crime novels such as “The Jook,” “Bangers” and “The Underbelly,” Gary Phillips draws some scary chalk outlines around the City of Angels but in real life the author has nothing but love for his native Southern California. Born in 1955, he grew up amid the tumult of the Civil Rights era, Watts ’65 and the Vietnam War — and he also was in prime position to take in the Marvel Comics revolution. Phillips has gone from comics fan to comics creator (“The Rinse,”about a money laundryman in San Francisco, is now in trade paperback from Boom! Studios), but in the following guest essay he reflects on the Marvel Universe of his youth and one of its major Marvel innovations: The black superhero. PHOTO GALLERY ABOVE: BLACK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED (BE SURE THE “CAPTIONS ON” OPTION IS SELECTED.) I grew up on […]
Aug. 02, 2011 | 6:55 a.m.
Green Lantern may have a future on the big screen, but likely not with the same director. Despite the big-budget superhero movie’s disappointing box office performance so far, Warner Bros. executives still want to find a way to make a sequel work. Bringing superheroes from its DC Comics unit to the big screen is a top priority for the studio, and executives believe that the problem with “Green Lantern” was in execution, not concept. They even have ideas on how to turn things around next time. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a […]
July 05, 2011 | 1:59 p.m.
There’s never a dull moment for Hal Jordan. In a narrative set immediately after the events of the new “Green Lantern” film, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game sees the test-pilot-turned-intergalactic-superhero once again tasked with saving the universe. Hero Complex contributor Mike Winder recently chatted with Rise of the Manhunters writer and comics veteran Marv Wolfman — author of “The New Teen Titans,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and “The Tomb of Dracula,” among other titles — about the villainous Manhunters, communicating across the galaxy and writing for video games versus comics. HC: What’s the basic premise of Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters? MW: Hal Jordan was a test pilot — which has been part of the DC mythology since 1958 — and as a test pilot he was always the sole person in […]
June 26, 2011 | 10:55 a.m.
As the summer ramps up with a slew of testosterone-fueled action hero flicks such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Cowboys & Aliens,” here’s a gallery of 18 women from the big screen who can do everything their male counterparts can, and often in heels and lipstick. – Noelene Clark twitter.com/noeleneclark RECENT AND RELATED: LaBeouf on Megan Fox’s absence (photos) Rough-edged LaBeouf says he’s ready to grow up LaBeouf: New “Transformers” is best 3-D film ever Bay wants you to forget last “Transformers” Bay: “There’s a lot of poison on the Internet … whatever” “Avatar” sequel will dive into the oceans of Pandora Bay talks about Shia LaBeouf’s dark moods Cameron: ‘Avatar’ is my most personal film Bay’s payday? $75 million … and counting
June 25, 2011 | 5:33 a.m.
An impetuous young pilot finds himself on an intergalactic adventure and he learns of a powerful force at work in the universe. On his quest to learn more, he finds himself standing in front of a tiny, shriveled, alien who is as cryptic and old as he is brightly colored. No, this isn’t the Jedi universe, it’s “Green Lantern,” the new Warner Bros film, which features the blue-skinned Guardians of the Universe. “They are the Yodas of this story, though, aren’t they?” The question was asked by Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson who worked closely with the film’s art department to find the mien of this council of diminutive elders (who existed, by the way, in DC Comics for two decades before George Lucas took moviegoers to the swamps of Dagobah). One challenge for the filmmakers was to steer audiences thoughts away from […]
June 18, 2011 | 5:38 a.m.
Why did Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush sign on to portray Tomar Re, the wise alien in “Green Lantern” who looks a bit like a reptilian chicken? “When the role came up they asked if I was interested and they told me about him but I wasn’t sure so I told them to send the artwork with the script,” said Rush, who turns 60 in July. “I saw the artwork and I liked it. I identified with the torso.” Um, huh? “Yes, I identified with the torso, the look of him,” Rush said with a chuckle. “That was enough at this point because I have some expertise in this. I felt experienced enough after doing an owl in ‘Legend of the Guardians‘ and a Koala in ‘Magic Pudding‘ back in Australia and a pelican in ‘Finding Nemo‘ to make the call. […]
June 17, 2011 | 8:27 a.m.
Overall, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times goes against the early critical opinion of Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern,” saying “it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production” makes it watchable in a “comic book kind of way.” Far from high praise, it’s not as scathing as the New York Times’ review or that Rotten Tomatoes’ score. Starting with Hal Jordan himself, Turan’s take on Ryan Reynolds seems positive; he says that “Reynolds can handle most of what the script by Greg Berlanti and Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg throws at him. The problem is, not all of that stuff is worth doing.” Turan goes on to point out that the visual depiction of the planet Oa, “home base of the Lanterns and their […]
June 17, 2011 | 4:48 a.m.
The glowing green ring of Green Lantern can give shape to any imagined object, but that only created a hardship for the design team on the new $200-million Warner Bros. film: How could they come up with one piece of jewelry that lived up to that sort of cosmic mystique? Ngila Dickson, who picked up an Oscar for her work in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” said that for years in the comics the ring was an object of solid green and there was a sleek surface to it like a solid, carved hunk of some sort of alien-world emerald. She opted to go in a different direction with a metal band that holds a green gem to the hand like some authority symbol of antiquity. She looked at royal jewelry from various cultures and eras. The final product is “an object […]