May 26, 2015 | 10:27 a.m.
Dwayne Johnson, “the Rock” to many, is conquering earthquakes in “San Andreas,” the wrestling ring in his WWE exploits, and even the finances of sports figures in the new series “Ballers.” But it’s his role as agent Luke Hobbs that may have people the most excited, and though “Furious 8” is a ways off, he reprises that role at Universal Studios newest attraction: “Fast & Furious — Supercharged.” Hero Complex has an exclusive first look at a poster showing Hobbs doing what he does best as part of the grand finale to the park’s famous Studio Tour. The ride opens June 25 and also features appearances by “Fast & Furious” alum Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans. Johnson addressed his theme park appearance in a statement: “When you have something as unique and special as the ‘Fast […]
May 13, 2015 | 8:26 p.m.
Marc Guggenheim may be enjoying a good run right now as “Arrow,” which was picked up by the CW for another season and has its season finale Thursday night, but the showrunner/executive producer is introducing another action-adventure series, in comic book form, later this year called “The Adventures of Jonas Quantum.” Published by Legendary Comics, and with art by Freddie Williams II (Justice League America, The Flash, Robin), Guggenheim introduces us to Jonas Quantum, a “maverick hyper-genius with the power to cure death in the morning, time travel in the afternoon and unlock transdimensional wormholes at night” — as the release goes. Quantum has infinite intelligence, which will make for a very inventive and conceptual book, but will also mean that the character doesn’t play well with others. Hero Complex caught up with Guggenheim on the eve of the “Arrow” […]
May 12, 2015 | 11:06 a.m.
Warning: This post contains spoilers. The identity of the new Thor has been a closely guarded secret since her debut in “Thor: God of Thunder” No. 25 in 2014. Fans have known that the character’s hidden name would be announced in “Thor” No. 8, which comes out Wednesday, but writer Jason Aaron has already dropped the proverbial hammer. Thor is Dr. Jane Foster, a longtime ally and love interest of Thor Odinson, notably during his time as his alter-ego, Dr. Donald Blake. Jane Foster was created way back in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, first appearing in “Journey into Mystery” No. 84. She has been played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Natalie Portman, though her origins there have been altered from being a nurse or EMT to being a scientist. The “Thor” writer released the […]
April 28, 2015 | 7:38 p.m.
The villains on Fox’s “Gotham” were often thought to be the most compelling part of the pre-Batman show, and Robin Lord Taylor, aka Penguin, may have been the breakout character among them. The actor made a few memorable comments during his Emmy contender video chat with Los Angeles Times reporter Greg Braxton. You can watch the entire chat above, or over on Show Tracker, but we plucked out five moments from Taylor that may give a little more insight into how the actor connects with his character and the show in general. 1. How his journey on the show parallels that of his character, Oswald Cobblepot. In a way, I’m coming into [“Gotham”] with a low status, working with someone with incredible status such as Jada Pinkett Smith — and she is absolutely fabulous, both on-screen and off — finding […]
April 20, 2015 | 6:38 p.m.
They came with Son Goku’s orange training suits on, with wigs of his golden or brunet or red spiky hair, or dressed as the Saiyan Prince Vegeta, or dressed ornately as Goku’s main adversary Frieza — but they were all gathered at the Egyptian Theatre to celebrate the premiere of a new Dragon Ball Z movie, and toast one of the franchise’s biggest stars. “Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection of ‘F'” opened in Japan this past weekend, and the 19th installment in the popular anime series debuted at the top of the box office charts with $7.6 million, besting even the hard-charging “Furious 7” premiere. Filmmakers plan to screen the film in 74 countries worldwide. It’s scheduled to open in the U.S. this summer, but it premiered on April 11 in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre. On that day, an […]
April 17, 2015 | 5:28 p.m.
Ray Park has gotten to be in some high-profile projects. Snake Eyes in “G.I. Joe.” Toad in the “X-Men” films. The martial artist even got to play Chuck Norris in “The Legend of Bruce Lee.” But killing a Jedi puts you in a whole different stratosphere of fandom. As Darth Maul in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” Park helped create the most well-known and popular villain in the franchise since Luke Skywalker’s dad and fellow Sith Darth Vader choked out his first victim. And in the panel “Ray Park: The Man. The Sith. The Legend” at the Star Wars Celebration, Park was treated as the royalty that befits any wielder of a double-sided lightsaber. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Darth Maul. It was the best feeling in the world to get […]
April 16, 2015 | 2:44 p.m.
Ryan Gosling may become a replicant alongside Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to “Blade Runner.” That is, if you think Deckard was a replicant in the first place. The “Drive” star is in negotiations to co-star in the film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. Set to begin shooting in the summer of 2016, the film is co-written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and is based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. It was announced earlier this year that Ford, a busy guy, what with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and spectacular plane landings, would be involved in the project. According to the release, the story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Of course, any story details, […]
April 06, 2015 | 10:08 a.m.
WonderCon, the smaller-but-no-less-fervent version of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, has announced that it will move closer to the Hollywood spotlight, relocating from Anaheim to the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2016. “Los Angeles is honored to have been selected as the destination for WonderCon 2016,” read a statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with Comic-Con International, the presenter, and helping them establish a home-base in L.A. We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in L.A.” The Anaheim Convention Center is planning an expansion of their facilities with renovations to include: 200,000 square feet of space on two levels that can be used as exhibit, ballroom or meeting space; loading docks and 1,400 parking spots; and a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connecting to the […]
April 05, 2015 | 2:45 p.m.
Editor Wil Moss moderated a motley crew of writers at the “Marvel: Next Big Thing” panel, though, of course, the next big thing was not discussed much and many of the questions about Marvel’s Secret Wars and its Battleword had to be left unanswered. “We can’t say anything [about ‘Secret Wars’] except that we’re excited,” said panelist Rick Remender, a writer on “Avengers: Rage of Ultron,” “All-New Captain America,” and “Uncanny Avengers.” “Other than the death of Spider-Man. Whoops,” added Remender. Maybe if writer Jonathan Hickman, who is guiding the series, had been there, some things may have leaked out, but this group of writers on the panel — which included Remender, Cullen Bunn (writer, “Magneto”), Sam Humphries (writer, “Guardians of the Galaxy” & “X-Men: The Black Vortex,” “The Legendary Star-Lord”), James Robinson (writer, “Fantastic Four,” “Invaders”) and Greg Weisman […]
April 05, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
DC Comics’ Jeff King did double duty at Anaheim’s WonderCon. The writer of the comic company’s major crossover series “Convergence” also served as the moderator of the comic convention’s panel designed to hype the comics and hopefully answer a few questions about the upcoming special event. It may not have completely succeeded in the latter, but with some of the interesting pairings and crowd-pleasing images, it certainly did OK with the former. Like its rival Marvel’s Secret Wars event, the people speaking about the comic book super series could not reveal too much about what was about to go down. However, an all-star panel consisting of Len Wein, Scott Lobdell, Dan Jurgens, Marc Andreyko and colorist Peter Steigerwald did show images from the titles that they’d be working on, and all talked a bit about how their characters would fit into the “Convergence” universe. First, King did go […]