July 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
When Hero Complex talked with “Batman and Robin” writer Peter J. Tomasi earlier this year about his upcoming plans for the series, he didn’t mince words about the importance of the Boy Wonder to the Dark Knight. “Batman needs a Robin and Robin needs a Batman,” he said. With this week’s release of “Batman and Robin” No. 33, it appears readers will get one step closer to that necessary relationship as Bruce Wayne is more determined than ever to retrieve the coffin of the last Robin, his son Damian Wayne. You can grab a sneak peek at Issue no. 33, from Tomasi and his longtime artist ally Patrick Gleason, in the galley above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 Last week […]
June 17, 2014 | 10:18 a.m.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Aquaman. Jason Momoa is set to suit up as the Atlantean king in Warner Bros.’ superhero movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” according to multiple reports. HitFix was first with the news. No official announcement has been made; so far the studio and Momoa’s reps have been mum. Momoa, a swarthy hunk who played the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the title role in 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” has been rumored to be circling “Batman v. Superman” for months but has largely disavowed any involvement. In January, he told MTV News, “I get it all the time. It’s just a rumor. I swear.” He added, “Man to man. You can punch me in the face [if I’m lying].” The 34-year-old actor would bring a different look to Aquaman, who in the comics is a blond […]
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 21, 2014 | 12:44 p.m.
Warner Bros. has announced the title for the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It has a certain je ne sais quoi, no? Set for release on May 6, 2016, the follow-up will be directed by Zack Snyder, with Henry 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, though Holly Hunter will appear in a role newly created for the vehicle. Other notables include Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, all reprising their roles from “Man of Steel.” Last week, Snyder released the first […]
May 18, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Geoff Johns has always had big plans for Lex Luthor. When the “Forever Evil” story line, the first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 more than two years ago, began last year, he spoke with Hero Complex about his interest in Superman’s longtime nemesis. “For me, Luthor has always been about being humanity’s hero. I think the arrival of superheroes really destroyed everything he had planned out for his life and his eventual role in the world. And this is a chance to take it back.” So far, the events of the “Forever Evil” series, which sees the Crime Syndicate devastating the League and the world, have slowly laid the foundation for that vision. In “Justice League” No. 30, it appears that Lex Luthor is finally ready to lead. Hero Complex […]
May 13, 2014 | 1:08 p.m.
Filmmaker Zack Snyder got the Internet buzzing Tuesday with a reveal of Ben Affleck wearing the new Batsuit he’ll sport in the director’s upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel,” and fans were quick to weigh in on this first glimpse of the latest incarnation of the Dark Knight. Many have pointed out that the suit seems influenced by Frank Miller’s take on the Dark Knight from the legendary graphic novels “The Dark Knight Returns” and “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” — which is fitting, as Snyder has said that Miller’s take on Batman will inform the film, due for release May 6, 2016. Some, though, criticized the noticeable interlacing veins that cover the suit as an ill-conceived touch. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck to Batman Even in its earliest stages, the upcoming movie, which brings together a triumvirate […]
May 12, 2014 | 12:49 p.m.
Bat-fans take note: Zack Snyder, the director of the “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, is hinting that he’ll reveal the new design for the Batmobile on Tuesday. Snyder took to Twitter on Monday with a message that included a glimpse of the new machine. Check it out below. Could be time to pull the tarp…Tomorrow? http://t.co/Nmm0QqWYYH pic.twitter.com/E6iKluZNDj — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 12, 2014 Set for release on May 6, 2016, the superhero sequel will see Henry Cavill reprise his “Man of Steel” role as Superman, with Ben Affleck taking over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portraying 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 […]
April 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
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 […]
Dec. 07, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Stargirl may need more than optimism to get out of this one. Lucky for her, she has Martian Manhunter in her head to help. The cosmic-staff-powered young heroine has freed herself from an otherworldly prison only to run right smack into Secret Society members Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadowthief, as seen at the end of “Justice League of America” No. 9. As No. 10 opens, however, she’s not quite back to reality. But she does have a mental link with the green hero from the Red Planet after their experience in the psychological-weakness-exploiting supermax that still holds many Justice League and JLA members. Her positive attitude and youth overcame the facility’s mind-warping capabilities, but an Earth in the clutches of the League’s alternative-reality counterparts the Crime Syndicate is no real escape. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of […]
Sept. 19, 2013 | 1:23 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE In 1961, Stan Lee was overseeing a middling line of titles for Timely Comics while across town, longtime industry titan DC was experiencing a huge bump in sales. DC’s success had a lot to do with “Justice League of America,” a book that combined all of the company’s biggest heroes — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash, among others — into one super-crime-fighting team. Lee wanted to compete with DC, but Timely had no superheroes to speak of, and no characters as well-loved and recognizable as Superman. So Lee and his top artist, Jack Kirby, created their own super-team: the Fantastic Four. What they came up with wasn’t anything like the JLA. Lee and Kirby took an aloof genius, the genius’ timid girlfriend, the girlfriend’s cocky teenage brother and a gruff, street-smart test pilot and bound […]