May 02, 2015 | 9:30 a.m.
Josh Trank, who was attached to direct a “Star Wars” standalone film, has exited the project. “I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path,” Trank said in a statement Friday. “I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities.” Trank was set to direct the second of several standalone “Star Wars” movies Lucasfilm has planned to exist alongside the existing trilogy, the prequel trilogy and the upcoming sequel trilogy. Few details have been unveiled about the film, which is expected to be released in 2018. Trank had been working on the project for a year. His absence from a planned presentation at last month’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim raised eyebrows, though Trank blamed the flu. Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s vice president of […]
May 02, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.
Marvel’s lastest tentpole film “Avengers: Age of Ultron” introduces several mysterious new characters to the superheroic team. One of the most intriguing additions is the Vision, played by Paul Bettany. For those who haven’t seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” be warned: Spoilers lie ahead. The film sees Tony Stark’s operating system and virtual butler Jarvis (a name derived from the acronym for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System”) transform into a being not unlike the villainous Ultron in terms of power and intelligence, but on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of worldview. Hero Complex sat down with Bettany, who voiced Jarvis in the previous Marvel films, to talk about becoming the Vision. When did you find out that your role was expanding? About three years ago I got a phone call from Joss Whedon, and it was […]
May 01, 2015 | 1:36 p.m.
“Shadowhunters” has added two new actors to its demon-fighting team. “The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series has cast Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia in key roles, ABC Family announced Friday. Based on the bestselling YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clarissa “Clary” Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters. Clary is accompanied on her demon-fighting quest by her geeky-yet-handsome best friend Simon, to be portrayed by Rosende. In the TV series, Simon is an accounting student by […]
April 30, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Olsen is doing more than bringing the Marvel Comics character Scarlet Witch to the big screen in Friday’s tentpole film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” She’s also doubling the number of women on the Avengers roster. “It’s really cool, and I don’t take it for granted,” said Olsen, 26, a self-professed fan of the comic book film franchise. Previously, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, was the sole female member of the muscle-bound team of super-studs, comprising Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. With four Marvel movies under her utility belt and a fifth (“Captain America: Civil War”) slated to begin filming next week, Johansson, 30, is a veteran of the flourishing Marvel Cinematic Universe. And she’s eager to welcome more women to the franchise. “For […]
April 22, 2015 | 1:54 p.m.
Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel,” DC Comics’ “Multiversity,” Image’s “Saga” and Monkeybrain’s webcomic “Bandette” topped the roster of nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards — considered the Oscars for comics. The nominations were announced Wednesday, with DC, Marvel and Fantagraphics topping the list of publishers. DC and Vertigo (DC’s imprint for edgy, offbeat comics) received 14 nominates plus four shared. Marvel was close behind with 12 nominations plus six shared, and Fantagraphics garnered 15 nominations. Image Comics, which led last year’s nominations field with 17 nods plus three shared, this year had seven nominations and seven shared. Image’s nomination count was once again aided by “Saga,” which last year won the painter prize for artist Fiona Staples as well as its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, who is also known for his television work […]
April 22, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.
Magic, a Medieval fighting tournament and a mysterious stranger set the stage for the “Last Man” graphic novel series, by French comics creators Bastien Vivès, Michael Sanlaville and Balak. “Last Man,” which won the Prix de la Serie at the Angoulême International Comics Festival earlier this year, is available in English for the first time from publisher First Second. The six-issue story follows Adrian Velba, a young fighting school pupil preparing to enter his kingdom’s gladiatorial contest. When his partner falls ill the day of the tournament, Adrian’s luck appears to improve with the arrival of Richard Aldana — a stranger who fights without magic and has little knowledge of the local customs — and the pair team up to take on the kingdom’s most legendary fighters. The tale’s first installment, “The Stranger,” was released in English in March to critical praise. “The Royal Cup,” the second issue, […]
April 21, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.
A TV series spinning off from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is in the works, Hero Complex has confirmed. Though details about the new show have yet to be revealed, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series regulars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are set to star. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski are teaming up to helm the project. In “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Palicki portrays highly skilled agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, better known in the comics as Mockingbird. Nick Blood plays Bobbi’s ex-husband, Lance Hunter, a former British soldier and mercenary. The potential spinoff comes after Marvel’s critically praised limited series “Agent Carter,” which starred “Captain America: The First Avenger” actress Hayley Atwell as the eponymous Agent Peggy Carter, on a mission to save Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) from well-meaning but wrong-headed investigators at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.). – Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark […]
April 21, 2015 | 8:16 a.m.
In a new trailer for “Jurassic World,” the fates of 20,000 trapped tourists rest in the claws of Chris Pratt’s pack of trained velociraptors. The much anticipated fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton, introduces a new dino-foe in the Indominus rex, a genetically modified predator that out-sizes a Tyrannosaurus rex and out-smarts a velociraptor. Also, she ate her sibling. “Every time we’ve unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked,” the park’s asset manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) says in the trailer. “Corporate felt that genetic modification would up the wow factor.” “They’re dinosaurs,” responds trainer Owen (Pratt). “Wow enough.” As in the other “Jurassic Park” films, the vicious attraction gets out of hand, and the mega-beast escapes, claws out her tracking implant and begins killing for sport, leaving a bloody trail […]
April 20, 2015 | 12:47 p.m.
A new trailer for the “Fantastic Four” reboot is out, offering a closer look at the titular heroes’ superpowers as well as the villainous Doctor Doom. At the head of the “Fantastic” quartet is Miles Teller’s Reed Richards, a scientist who “knows answers to questions we don’t even know to ask yet,” says Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg Cathey). An experiment with interdimensional travel endows Reed and his team with superhuman abilities. Reed gets super-stretchy powers; Kate Mara, who plays Dr. Storm’s daughter Sue, can make herself invisible; Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm can turn into a human fireball; and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) becomes a rock-like giant known as the Thing. The film’s origin story diverges from the Marvel comics, in which the four are endowed with their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a scientific space mission. […]
April 20, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.
“The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its Jace Wayland, casting “Vampire Academy” actor Dominic Sherwood as the male lead. Sherwood will portray the “narcissistic and lethally gorgeous” demon-hunter who serves as the love interest for the story’s heroine, Clarissa “Clary” Fray, ABC Family announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace — a skilled soldier […]