Noelene Clark

Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds offers first look at Marvel hero’s mask

Ryan Reynolds is starring in Fox's "Deadpool." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the Tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016, exactly one year from now. The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

’11/22/63′: James Franco to star in Stephen King time-travel series

James Franco has been cast as the lead in "11/22/63," J.J. Abrams' new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Netflix for comics': Scribd adds 10,000 Marvel, Archie, IDW comics

The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection. (Scribd)
It seems the long-awaited “Netflix for comics” has arrived. The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection, from top publishers including Marvel, Archie, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Valiant, the company announced Tuesday. For $8.99 per month, subscribers will have access to the comics selection in addition to Scribd’s catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd, in a press statement. Readers will be able to browse comics by character, by series or using Scribd’s curated collections. The addition of comics increases Scribd’s library to more than 1 million titles. While Scribd isn’t the first subscription service to offer comics […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 1:43 p.m.

Marvel-Sony ‘Spider-Man': Who should play the new Spidey?

Who should play Spider-Man?
Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger? Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel, ‘Doctor Who’ and more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2015
Was your meet-cute at Comic-Con? Do your date nights involve dice or game controllers? Do your love notes feature panels and word bubbles? If so, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide is for you and your geeky sweetheart. Whether your lover would rather command the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise or ride rogue in the Millennium Falcon, fight with the Avengers or the Justice League, capture ghosts or cast spells, we’ve got you covered for your last-minute gifts. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at our Valentine’s Day selections, or check out the list below, organized by price. Under $25 “Bounden” game, $3.99. Developed by Netherlands-based three-person studio Game Oven in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, “Bounden” is a mobile game that aims to teach players ballet, or at least inspire them to get closer […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 1:46 p.m.

DC shakes up its comics roster with 24 new titles, more diversity

Click through the gallery for a look at some of DC's new titles. (DC Entertainment)
DC Comics is overhauling its series lineup in June, introducing 24 new comic book titles and a slew of new talent, in addition to continuing 25 existing titles. The shakeup is meant to offer diversity and accessibility, DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in an announcement posted to DC’s blog on Friday. “This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” DiDio said, noting that the new lineup aims to appeal to both longtime readers and comics newcomers. The 24 new series will begin at issue No. 1. The 25 ongoing titles will continue without a break in issue numbering. In addition to these 49 titles, the roster will add more series […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

All-women ‘Avengers': Marvel brings its ‘A’ game in new comic series

"A-Force" (Marvel)
Earth’s mightiest heroines are assembling in a new Marvel comic series featuring an all-female Avengers team. “A-Force,” which launches in May, is to be co-written by G. Willow Wilson (the scribe behind the extremely popular “Ms. Marvel” series) and Marguerite K. Bennett (“Angela: Asgard’s Assassin”) with artwork by Jorge Molina (“X-Men”). The series marks the first time an all-women team has taken on the Avengers name and features power players from across the Marvel universe, including She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies,” Wilson said in a press statement. The artwork released for “A-Force” (check it out in the gallery above) also reveals a glimpse of a starry new character, the cosmically powered Singularity. “Singularity […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 7:27 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2′ to screen in IMAX 3-D

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment in the  Jennifer Lawrence-starring film franchise, will be shown in IMAX 3-D. The film, which was shot in two-dimension, will be digitally remastered and released in IMAX 3-D theaters Nov. 20, Lionsgate announced Friday. The penultimate movie in the quartet, last year’s “Mockingjay – Part 1,” was released in 2-D in North America, but remastered for 3-D for this weekend’s release in China. It is the first film in the franchise to see a 3-D release. “We recently saw the 3-D version of ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic,” director Francis Lawrence said in a press statement. “Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting.” The films, based on the […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 12:14 p.m.

Lego to introduce ‘Doctor Who’-themed set later this year

A "Doctor Who" Lego set will materialize this year. (BBC America / Lego)
The Doctor will undergo yet another regeneration — this time, materializing as a Lego character. A “Doctor Who”-themed Lego set will go into production this year, the Lego Group announced Wednesday morning. The concept for the set was chosen after “Doctor Who” fan Andrew Clark submitted a design on the Lego Ideas website, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas to be produced. Clark, who works as a video game artist, offered a design featuring an unfolding TARDIS (the Doctor’s time machine and spaceship) and a range of Doctors, including incarnations played by fan favorites David Tennant and Tom Baker, as well as the current actor, Peter Capaldi. His concept also included several companions and monsters, among them Daleks and Weeping Angels. Lego has yet to release details about which characters and features will appear in the toy set, […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 7:22 a.m.

‘Daredevil': Marvel’s first trailer for Netflix show reveals a conflicted hero

A screenshot of the trailer for "Daredevil." (Netflix / Marvel)
The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series is out, revealing a hero conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante. The blind superhero Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox in the Netflix series) is shown in a confessional with a priest. “I’ve been preoccupied of late with questions of morality, of right and wrong, good and evil,” Murdock says. “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do. I’m just trying to make my city a better place.” And if the trailer is any indication, Murdock’s quest for justice will take him to some dark places. 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 […]
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