Noelene Clark

April 16, 2015 | 7:32 a.m.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director Zack Snyder teases Monday’s trailer

A screenshot from a teaser for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Zack Snyder / Warner Bros.)
Batman and Superman fans may finally get a glimpse of the upcoming DC superhero tent pole movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to tease an upcoming trailer, which will screen Monday at select IMAX theaters. Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space. RSVP http://t.co/TasYGlJGig https://t.co/fnxFIERUlv — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 16, 2015 Snyder posted a 20-second video featuring the eponymous characters’ costumes and their superimposed symbols, along with a link to a website where fans can reserve seats at “special teaser screening events” — screenings of a teaser trailer with a “special intro” from Synder. Events that are full offer the option of joining a waiting list. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film “Man of Steel,” and is expected to unite DC Comics’ most […]
April 15, 2015 | 7:46 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman': Warner Bros. hires new director Patty Jenkins after Michelle MacLaren’s departure

Wonder Woman
Praise Gaea! “Wonder Woman” has landed a new director. Days after Michelle MacLaren departed as director of the DC Entertainment superhero film, Warner Bros. has hired Patty Jenkins to take the reins, Hero Complex has confirmed. Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in 2003’s “Monster,” was originally tapped to direct 2013’s “Thor 2: The Dark World” for rival studio Marvel Entertainment. She dropped out, citing creative differences, and “Game of Thrones” alumnus Alan Taylor directed the Chris Hemsworth- and Tom Hiddleston-starring sequel. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years More recently, Jenkins earned an Emmy nomination for directing AMC’s crime drama “The Killing.” MacLaren, whose departure from “Wonder Woman” was announced Monday, is also a respected television director whose credits include prestigious series “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would have marked her big-screen […]
April 13, 2015 | 7:26 p.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Olivia Munn joins cast of mutants as Psylocke

Olivia Munn attends the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica in February. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Olivia Munn is joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” as the telepathic mutant Psylocke. Director Bryan Singer announced Munn’s casting on his Instagram account Monday. Psylocke, aka Betsy Braddock, was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe, and made her comic book debut in 1976 in the Marvel U.K. series “Captain Britain,” as the titular character’s twin sister. Over the years, she became a heroine in her own right and through a series of complicated events acquired the body and skills of a Japanese ninja named Kwannon. Munn, whose previous credits include “The Newsroom” and “Magic Mike,” joins a cast of up-and-comers, including Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and newcomer Lana Condor (Jubilee). Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age […]
April 13, 2015 | 5:13 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ postmortem: Most intriguing moments in the Season 5 premiere

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), left, as de facto leader of the Night's Watch, planned to assassinate Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), but ended up capturing him with the help of Stannis Baratheon and his army. (HBO)
The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” kicked off Sunday night with a flashback, angry dragons and a grisly death. The premiere episode, titled “The Wars to Come” and co-written by series creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, offered something of a slow burn, gradually reintroducing fans to the sprawling cast of HBO’s lavish fantasy drama, which is based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Hero Complex examines some of the most intriguing moments in the premiere. If you haven’t seen the episode, read no further; instead, catch up on where we left off in the gallery above. Cersei’s creepy flashback foreshadows more deaths The season began with a flashback to young Cersei Lannister (Nell Williams), some 25 years prior to the events of the show. Cersei and […]
April 13, 2015 | 12:39 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ clips: Hulk fights Hulkbuster, Tony Stark talks ‘endgame’

Marvel’s hype machine is kicking into high gear in the ramp-up for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; the studio has released several new clips from the film ahead of its Hollywood premiere tonight and May 1 release. The latest clip, released Monday morning, shows Tony Stark at odds with the other members of Marvel’s mightiest team of superheroes. It seems Iron Man’s fellow Avengers are taking him to task for inadvertently creating Ultron, the film’s titular villain — an artificial intelligence with a robotic body, portrayed by James Spader. “This could have been avoided if you hadn’t played with something you don’t understand,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) scolds Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the clip. When fellow scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) tries to talk Stark down in a confrontation with Captain America (Chris Evans), Stark accuses Banner of cowardice. “Really? That’s […]
April 13, 2015 | 7:44 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’ trailer sees Marvel villain Yellowjacket battle Thomas the Tank Engine

A scene from the "Ant-Man" trailer. (Marvel)
A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick “Ant-Man” sees its diminutive hero battle the villainous Yellowjacket, and Yellowjacket face off against a less nefarious foe — Thomas the Tank Engine. The trailer, released Monday morning, shows Paul Rudd as the titular character, a thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. An imprisoned Lang is offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. Lang is enlisted to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. “Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while,” Pym tells Lang in the trailer. “You’re different. I believe everyone deserves a shot at redemption. Do you?” “Absolutely,” Lang responds. “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over. What do you want […]
April 09, 2015 | 12:51 p.m.

‘Daredevil': See Charlie Cox don the red costume in new Netflix image

A promotional image for "Daredevil." (Netflix)
Marvel fans get a first look at Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in a new promo for “Daredevil.” The Netflix series, which premieres Friday, stars Charlie Cox as the blind superhero. Up until now, the character has been shown wearing a black mask, shirt and pants during his bouts of crime-fighting. On Thursday morning, Netflix tweeted an image of the character undergoing a transformation, first donning a suit and tie, then the black mask, and finally an armored version of the red suit the character wears in the comics. The real journey to becoming a hero starts here. #Daredevil #Spoiler https://t.co/sjSEgpEn2Z — Daredevil (@Daredevil) April 9, 2015 Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
April 05, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘iZombie’ channels ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Buffy’

Rose McIver as Olivia "Liv" Moore in "iZombie." (Cate Cameron / The CW)
The CW’s comic book-inspired series “iZombie” may have invented a new TV genre — the zombie comedy romantic drama, or “ZomComRomDram,” as the show’s creators and cast called it during their Saturday presentation at WonderCon. The panel was attended by an enthusiastic crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The CW series, from co-creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (both of “Veronica Mars”), is based on the comic book series of the same name by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred; the latter designed the show’s comic-style titles and bumpers. MORE: ‘iZombie’ episode recaps on ShowTracker The story centers on Rose McIver’s undead protagonist Olivia “Liv” Moore (get it?), a young woman whose recent zombification leads her to abandon her fiancé (Robert Buckley) and her prestigious medical residency in favor of assisting medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) in […]
April 04, 2015 | 5:55 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: Warner Bros. shows off ‘San Andreas,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

From left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee as Dag (Smiley), in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jason Boland / Warner Bros.)
The Rock was missing, but explosions were plentiful at Warner Bros. WonderCon presentation, which kicked off Saturday’s lineup in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The studio showed footage from the upcoming Dwayne Johnson disaster flick “San Andreas” as well as George Miller’s much anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) was on hand to discuss the film, along with cast members Carla Gugino (“Watchmen,” “Sin City”) and Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians”). Absent was Johnson — a force of nature in his own right — who stars as a rescue helicopter pilot who sets out to save his ex-wife (Gugino) and daughter (Daddario) after a massive earthquake and resulting tidal wave leave the California coast decimated. It’s a big-budget action movie, but during the panel, Peyton emphasized the film’s […]
April 04, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: Cosplay looks from the Anaheim expo

Carter Stednitz, 8, as Star-Lord from "Guardians of the Galaxy" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Legions of Links, citizens of the Land of Ooo and the various iterations of Batman descended upon Anaheim on Friday for the first day of WonderCon, the annual pop culture expo celebrating everything sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comics. Last year the convention drew nearly 60,000 attendees to the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the most devoted attendees are fans who, via their costumes, display their creative talents and knowledge of even the most obscure characters, from TV franchises to web-comics. Some of the cosplayers spotted so far include new favorites such as StarLord to classics such as Batman and Joker. WonderCon, now in its 29th year, was born in Oakland and moved to Anaheim after renovations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center forced the convention to seek a new home in 2012. Produced and operated by San Diego’s Comic-Con International, WonderCon […]
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