March 07, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
“Star Wars” fans let out a collective howl of anguish last year when it was announced that one of the casualties of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The fan-favorite series was canceled without a satisfactory conclusion, yanked from the schedule of Cartoon Network, where it had aired since 2008. That ultimately made way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” set to premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD. So, when word came that the final 13 episodes of the show’s sixth season would become available to fans on Netflix, the news was met with good cheer. As of Friday, viewers can check out “The Lost Missions,” which will join the previous five seasons on the streaming video service, including some director’s cuts of those earlier episodes. “The Lost […]
March 05, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
The CW’s hit superhero show “Arrow” continues to glide through its second season, getting ever more deeply embedded in the greater DC Comics Universe; already this season it’s introduced memorable DC villains, with other fan favorites such as Suicide Squad still to come. In the run-up to Wednesday’s episode, “The Promise,” Hero Complex caught up with “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim to chat briefly about the out-of-the-ordinary nature of this week’s story line. Fair warning, there are some spoilers ahead for anyone not fully caught up with the latest episodes. Hero Complex: So “The Promise” is bigger in scope than usual? Marc Guggenheim: This episode is a sequel to last year’s Episode 14, which was an episode where we flipped the paradigm and told more stories in the past than we were in the present. The mission last year was […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 6:41 p.m.
The upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has introduced another new character — one of the show’s heroes, the so-called “cowboy Jedi” Kanan. In the series, which is set to premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel but will air regularly on Disney XD, Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., is a former Jedi Knight who survived the Emperor’s massacre of the order in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and has gone into hiding. He no longer uses his lightsaber for fear of being discovered, and he’s ultimately turned from the path of the Jedi. But, as the series rolls out, Kanan just might find his way back toward the way of nobility and light. According to “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 6:54 p.m.
Grumpy Cat was just one of about two dozen Internet stars that turned up at Disneyland in Anaheim Tuesday as part the company’s unveiling of its new marketing push, dubbed Disney Side, which is attempting to harness the power of social media “all stars” to promote the parks. The new campaign is designed to encourage people to express the “Disney side” of their personalities, and includes original contributions from stop-motion Vine animator Ian Padgham, Instagram photographer Lauren Randolph, wacky video personality Mark Malkoff, “CuteGirlsHairstyles” YouTube-r Mindy McKnight, singer Tiffany Alvord, fashionable dog Trotter Pup, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy Zeddie Little and “How to Be a Dad” blogger Charlie Capen, among others. The 24 creators chosen by Disney have a combined fan following of 30 million and have generated an estimated 2 billion views online. “We looked for people with a solid […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 3:09 p.m.
Say hello to the Inquisitor. “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni introduced the first new character from the upcoming animated series in a video appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday, and he’s quite the fearsome-looking foe. But the image of the villain isn’t the only new artwork available from the show that is set to pick up the “Star Wars” animated mantle from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled earlier this year. Hero Complex is pleased to debut an exclusive piece of concept art featuring some spacecraft that will look familiar to any fan. Check it out below. Set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major […]
Aug. 04, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.
It’s official: Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new Doctor. The 55-year-old Scottish actor is by no means a “Doctor Who” discovery along the lines of the most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith. In fact, the new Doctor already has his own following from the British political satire “The Thick of It” and the big-screen spinoff “In the Loop.” In both the series and the film, Capaldi played a foul-mouthed political spin doctor named Malcolm Tucker. But fans worrying that this casting means the Doctor is about to go down an adults-only path should relax. As Capaldi reassured fans just moments after the announcement of his casting: “Malcolm has been banished from the mirror by this new Doctor, who wouldn’t put up with Malcolm’s language.” The big reveal was made during a live telecast on Sunday hosted by British […]
July 22, 2013 | 12:10 p.m.
NBC’s “Community” may struggle with middling ratings on TV, but at Comic-Con on Sunday it was the next best thing to a god. The series upgraded from the smaller Ballroom 20 last year to the massive Hall H this year, the same place where Marvel and Warner Bros. make their huge movie announcements. Perhaps to live up to the expectations of such a large venue, “Community’s” creator and returning showrunner Dan Harmon took a page from the Robert Downey Jr. school of massive entrances, coming out in a handmade Iron Man costume to throbbing rock music. Clearly, the story of “Community’s” renewal is all about Dan Harmon. And though he professed that it wasn’t all about him, all discussion of the show seemed to revolve around Harmon’s return, including Harmon’s own tongue-in-cheek introduction, “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.
“Breaking Bad” is coming to an end and no one is as heartsick as creator Vince Gilligan, who bid farewell to the fans at Comic-Con’s Hall H on Sunday. “I’m going to miss you guys and coming to Comic-Con,” he said. “I’m satisfied with the ending. I hope you will be too.” The final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad’s” five-season run will begin airing on AMC on Aug. 11. If there were a singular moment from the panel, it was series star Bryan Cranston walking onstage wearing a mask of himself as Walter White, then removing it and placing it on his microphone, where he appeared to almost make out with himself. Of course, series costar Aaron Paul did make out with the mask. One of the most surreal images in “Breaking Bad” – and Comic-Con – history. FULL COVERAGE: […]
July 21, 2013 | 12:04 a.m.
The CW’s “Arrow” did a skillful job in its first season of courting both superhero and non-superhero audiences alike with its adaptation of the “Green Arrow” comic books. It introduced enough characters from the mythology to keep comic fans happy, while minimizing the more outlandish aspects of the character. For instance, Oliver Queen’s costumed alter ego was never referred to as Green Arrow, or even Arrow. He was always “The Hood.” But it appears that may be changing in the new season. With “Arrow” the top-rated drama on the CW, the show’s executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti all apparently feel more comfortable about embracing Queen’s comic book roots. In a sizzle reel of footage from the upcoming second season of “Arrow,” Queen (played by Stephen Amell) tells his trusted bodyguard Diggle (David Ramsey) that he doesn’t […]
July 20, 2013 | 11:54 p.m.
Many have said CBS’ “Person of Interest” is one of the best science-fiction shows on TV, and others haven’t even realized it is science fiction. But according to series creator Jonathan Nolan, it may have become even more obviously science fiction to avoid being a docudrama. “I’m unabashed about the fact that it’s a science-fiction show,” Nolan told the crowd at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday. “Part of the reason science fiction fans may not embrace it is they sense that it’s true. Now that reality has caught up to us, we aim to push a little further in the third season out into that [science-fiction] space.” Though the action drama series has always enjoyed mainstream popularity, real news events have conspired to put the show about government surveillance into a unique position, where it could possibly grow even […]