Noelene Clark

Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

‘Gotham': Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series. Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday. The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement. “Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse. Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:23 a.m.

‘Planet of the Apes: Evolution of the Legend': Exclusive first look

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014) concept art of the apes hunting wildlife in the forest. (TM & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)
Fans of “Planet of the Apes” can get a behind-the-scenes look at the series’ production in “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend,” out Tuesday from Titan Books. The 256-page tome, from authors Joe Fordham of Cinefex and Jeff Bond (“Danse Macabre: 25 years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton,” “The Music of Star Trek”), features production art, costume designs, makeup tests, posters, interviews with key crew members, and rare photos from the Charlton Heston-starring 1968 adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planète des Singes” all the way through this year’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar. The book also features a foreword by “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis, who portrayed a friend of Jake (Michael Stearns) in 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

NYCC: ‘Black Sails’ renewed for third season before Season 2 premiere

A scene from "Black Sails." (Frank W. Ockenfels III / Starz)
It seems more seafaring adventures are in store for the swashbuckling crew of the Walrus. The Emmy-winning pirate series “Black Sails” has gotten the green light for a third season, Starz announced Saturday at New York Comic Con. The news arrives before the show’s second-season premiere, slated for Jan. 24. The series follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie. The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker Kennedy as young prostitute Max; and Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate to Flint. Season 2 sees Tadgh Murphy’s debut as Ned Low, a pirate with a penchant for violence. […]
Oct. 10, 2014 | 7:21 a.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman gets his own postage stamps

Batman, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio reveal the new Batman stamps at New York Comic Con on Thursday. (Dario Cantatore / Associated Press)
In time for his 75th anniversary, Batman is getting his own postage stamps. The limited edition “forever” stamps, unveiled Thursday at New York Comic Con, chronicle the Dark Knight’s evolution, depicting Batman from four eras of comic book history — the golden age, silver age, bronze age and current era of comics. The stamps also feature Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon’s iconic Bat Signal. Check them out in the gallery above. On hand to reveal the stamps were DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, whose art is used for the modern age stamps, as well as U.S. Postal Service executive vice president James Cochrane and art director Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet. PHOTOS: New York Comic Con cosplay “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

(Disney XD; DC Entertainment; AMC)
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 1:49 p.m.

Exclusive first look: ‘Sonic Boom’ comic takes a humorous spin

Variant cover 1D of a four-part collectible cover by "Sonic Boom" series artists Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms. (Archie Comics)
Sonic the Hedgehog is speeding back into pop culture with an upcoming film, a TV series and now a new comic book series. The first pages of “Sonic Boom” are being unveiled at New York Comic Con this week, but Hero Complex readers get an early sneak peek. Check out the preview pages in the gallery above. “Sonic Boom,” by writer Ian Flynn (“Mega Man,” “Sonic Universe”) with art by Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms, features new character designs for the blue speedster and his zany friends, as well as several new characters, such as Sticks the Badger. The comic ties into a new “Sonic Boom” TV series on Cartoon Network and a new video game for the Nintendo WiiU and 3DS systems. “Boom,” from Archie Action comics — home to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” and […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

‘Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor': Capaldi’s Doctor comes to comics

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Featured image)
The newest incarnation of the Doctor is making his comic book debut this month in “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor,” a new series from Titan Comics. The first five-issue run is written by Robbie Morrison (“The Adventures of Nikolai Dante,” “2000 AD”) and features art by Dave Taylor (“Batman: Death by Design,” “2000 AD”). In the 32-page first issue, which hits comic shops Oct. 15, Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) is getting ready for an evening of grading papers and going out on a date when the freshly regenerated Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks her to a faraway world where they face down alien flora and fauna. And despite the Time Lord’s new, more serious visage, it seems he still makes time for witty banter, poking some fun at the 11th Doctor’s fashion sense. “You humans […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

J.K. Rowling teases fans, tweets riddles about ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Sorry, Potterheads. Harry isn’t getting another novel, despite enigmatic tweets from author J.K. Rowling that led some to believe book No. 8 was in the works. Rowling enchanted her online fans Wednesday with a series of riddles and hints about her current projects. She posted an anagram, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Magic-loving Muggles on Reddit tried to decipher the cryptic clue and came up with, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.” Sadly for Potter fans, Rowling debunked the theory, calling another book about the Boy Who Lived “wishful thinking.” FULL COVERAGE: Harry Potter through the years Instead, fans eventually figured out, the anagram’s solution was, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” — the first line of a synopsis for the […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Gotham': Exclusive video spotlights villains in Batman prequel

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Robin Lord Taylor in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
A new teaser video shines a light on the seedy underworld in “Gotham,” Fox’s Batman prequel series. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the video, which examines some of the more twisted players in Det. Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) stamping grounds. And “Gotham” suffers from no shortage of villains. “When we being the series, Gotham City is struggling,” DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says in the video. “It’s in the midst of a crime wave. It’s battling corruption.” At the center of Gotham’s organized crime is mob boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Doman. “The Falcone crime family runs the city,” McKenzie says in the video. “They have relationships with everyone from law enforcement to the judicial branch to the mayor’s office.” The turmoil following the death of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents could potentially […]
Oct. 03, 2014 | 11:59 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1′ gets Mondo vinyl LP

Tyler Stout's album artwork for Mondo's vinyl release of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack. (Mondo)
If Marvel’s summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” left you hooked on Blue Swede, you’re in luck. The sci-fi adventure’s hit soundtrack “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ is coming to vinyl in a deluxe, handmade packaging from Mondo, the the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division. The Mondo album features screen-printed cover artwork from Tyler Stout, a record pressed on 180 Gram Purple Infinity Stone colored vinyl, and one of nine randomly inserted screen-printed handbills featuring characters from the film. Check out Stout’s vintage-inspired artwork in the gallery above. The oldies-dominated soundtrack, which plays a key role in the film’s plot, features the talents of David Bowie, the Jackson 5, the Runaways and more. The 12-track album topped the charts after the film’s release this summer. Check out the complete track listing below. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede Go All the […]
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