Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:31 a.m.
More than three decades after Harrison Ford starred as android-hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the 72-year-old actor is set to reprise the role in a sequel. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) is in negotiations to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2016, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. In the 1982 sci-fi thriller, Ford played ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard, who gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants (humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs) who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp. The sequel is set several decades after the original film’s conclusion and is based on an idea by Ridley Scott and “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher; the screenplay is penned by Fancher and Michael Green (“Green […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 2:37 p.m.
Disney has revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its upcoming theme park attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.” The addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla., is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora, the lush home of the film’s blue Na’vi protagonists. Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and Disney is finally unveiling some of their creations in a video and Disney Parks blog post. The video shows a recent gathering of executives, including Cameron, at Imagineering’s offices in Glendale, Calif. In the video, Cameron inspects models and walks in Disney’s version of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest; the ground lights up with each of his footsteps. “We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.
Tickets go on sale today for “Insurgent,” and the final trailer for the “Divergent” sequel shows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) facing off against enemies both real and in her mind. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, pits Tris and her allies against a ruthless leader (Kate Winslet) who is hellbent on hunting down people who are Divergent, meaning they don’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a futuristic Chicago. The film is slated for release March 20. Fans who purchase their tickets today on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, AMCTheatres.com or Cinemark.com can receive a free download of “Divergent.” The new trailer shows Tris and love interest Four (Theo James) arriving at peace-loving Amity faction, a farming community led by Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer). The trailer also features Tris’ new ‘do; she cuts her long locks […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.
A new poster for Marvel’s upcoming tentpole superhero movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” unites the entire team as well as revealing new character Vision. The poster, which was released on The Avengers Twitter feed, features the original cinematic Avengers — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new recruits Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But flying above the pack is a caped figure, obscured by the sun, whom comics fans may recognize as Vision, an evolved form of Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent butler Jarvis. The character, voiced in the film by Paul Bettany, was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema and introduced in a 1968 issue of “The […]
Feb. 20, 2015 | 7:29 a.m.
The first image of Jason Momoa in costume as Aquaman is out, revealing the “Game of Thrones” star decked out as the DC Comics superhero. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder tweeted the image late Thursday with the caption “There is only one true King. #unitetheseven.” It’s unclear whether the hashtag refers to the seven seas, over which Aquaman rules as the King of Atlantis, or the seven members of the Justice League superhero team, of which Aquaman is a founding member. The character is expected to appear in Snyder’s upcoming film, which also unites Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (“Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). The other original members of DC Comics’ elite superhero team are Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. In the new image, Aquaman appears to have undergone a […]
Feb. 18, 2015 | 7:56 a.m.
‘X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its Nightcrawler, casting 18-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee as the teleporting indigo mutant. Director Bryan Singer announced the casting on Instagram late Tuesday. Nightcrawler, whose real name is Kurt Wagner, in the comics is the child of shape-shifting mutant Mystique and possesses powers of teleportation, night vision and superhuman agility. Also, he has a tail. The character was previously portrayed by Alan Cumming in 2003’s “X2.” Smit-McPhee, whose credits include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “ParaNorman” and “Let Me In,” joins young actors Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), who were cast last month. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne are reprising roles they previously played in the film franchise. Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline […]
Feb. 17, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.
Two newly-released deleted scenes from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ offer glimpses of Katniss Everdeen preparing to become the Mockingjay and Peeta Mellark in a tense conversation with President Snow. The scenes were released Tuesday in time for the film’s digital HD release. The film is due out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 6. One deleted scene features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) intervening as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is primped before appearing as the Mockingjay. “This is the face of a revolution, not some cave painting,” Effie exclaims, chasing Katniss’ makeshift stylists from the room. “Don’t worry Katniss, we’re going to make this work. For you, and for me, and for Cinna.” In the other scene, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) orders Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) to appeal to the public’s sense of reason in an effort to quell […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Accio new toys! Funko and Warner Bros. are reimagining Harry Potter and his Hogwarts pals for the Pop! vinyl figures toy line. Hero Complex readers get a first look at renderings of the Dumbledore and Hagrid figures. Concept art for the complete toy line is debuting at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. This is the first time J.K. Rowling’s wizarding-world characters are being featured in Funko’s popular collectible toy line, which already includes fan-favorite characters from franchises such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Star Wars” and the DC and Marvel universes. The toy line will include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. Check them out in the gallery above. What are you most looking forward to at the New York Toy Fair? Let us know in the comments. […]