Feb. 05, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.
Mark Hamill might not have a lot of screen time in director Matthew Vaughn’s new film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” but what he has is certainly memorable. In the opening sequence, which arrives in theaters Feb. 13, Hamill watches an operatically violent tussle unfold inside the remote chalet where his character, a kidnapped professor, is being held. The blood-spattered action sets the tone for the gleefully violent R-rated sendup/love-letter to classic spy flicks. The scene likely will ring familiar to comic readers who know the Mark Millar-Dave Gibbons title that inspired the film (notably, the comic was co-created by Vaughn), though it does play out a bit differently on the big screen. Hamill is not, as he was in the comic, appearing as himself, nor is he listening to complaints about the inferior quality of the “Star Wars” prequels. In […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 1:27 p.m.
The DC Comics spinoff series “The Flash” is getting a full series. The CW has given a full series order to the spinoff of its hit show “Arrow,” the network’s president, Mark Pedowitz, announced Tuesday. “The Flash,” which stars Grant Gustin as a young Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, opened to positive reviews and delivered the network’s highest-rated series premiere with 6.1 million viewers tuning in live or watching on DVRs within three days of its air date. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who shepherded “Arrow” to success. The Barry Allen version of the Flash first appeared in 1956 and was a founding member of the Justice League of America, though it’s unclear whether an iteration of the hero will feature in Warner Bros.’ planned “Justice League” […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 2:05 p.m.
Emmy-nominated actor Victor Garber is set to join the CW’s new series “The Flash,” playing Dr. Martin Stein, one half of the DC Comics entity known as Firestorm. Warner Bros. Television announced “Alias” actor Garber’s casting Thursday in a statement describing Stein as “a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist” who becomes fused with the younger, impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). “The Flash” is from Warner Bros. Television and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who shepherded “Arrow” to success. Nutter also directed the show’s first episode, which premiered Tuesday to solid ratings — ranking as the CW’s most-watched and highest-rated series premiere since “The Vampire Diaries” in 2009. According to WBTV, 4.54 million viewers watched the first episode, which introduced audiences to actor Greg Gustin’s take on the role of Barry Allen, the fastest man alive. The […]
Oct. 07, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
As a child in Norfolk, Va., actor Grant Gustin had an all-consuming obsession with a certain DC Comics superhero — just not the one he’ll be playing this fall when “The Flash” comes to television with his own series. “I went everywhere in Superman pajamas I had amped up with red rain boots and red Fruit of the Loom underwear I wore on the outside,” Gustin said during a recent phone interview. “That lasted for a couple of years. I had baby sitters quit because they didn’t want to be seen in public with me.” Although his passion for the Man of Steel hasn’t subsided — he even had the words “Superman, I love him” tattooed on his arm a few years ago — he’s developing a rival fondness for the fastest man alive since bringing him to the screen […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Barry Allen is in a race against himself – specifically, his future self – and Wally West’s life hangs in the balance. The time-bending story that writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen launched when they took over “The Flash” earlier this year reaches a major turning point in “Futures End: The Flash” No. 1, out Wednesday, and the team discussed that, what’s to come and the challenges of introducing a new version of Wally for DC’s New 52 with Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Fair warning: There are spoilers below (and in the gallery above), and if you’ve yet to read the new issue, you might want to stop reading now and come back later. Wally, originally introduced in 1959 as the white, redheaded nephew of Barry Allen’s girlfriend Iris West, was the Flash to readers from the […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 23, 2014 | 4:54 p.m.
If you’re planning to spend any time in downtown San Diego this weekend, keep an eye out for Homer Simpson’s head. That iconic bald pate is expected to take up a noticeable portion of the city’s shoreline in a clever bit of promotion for “The Simpsons,” one of thousands of movies, TV shows, comic books and video game titles vying for attention at the annual pop culture expo that kicks off Thursday. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Comic-Con International long ago evolved from its modest origins — it began as an intimate gathering in the basement of San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970 — into an important marketing platform for Hollywood, an opportunity for studios and networks to bring an increasingly broad range of movies and series directly to an enthusiastic audience of roughly 130,000 fans amid a frenzied, carnival-like […]
July 12, 2014 | 2:38 p.m.
The July 26 schedule for Comic-Con 2014 was officially released Saturday, with big offerings from Warner Bros. and the always highly anticipated Marvel Studios panel topping the day’s events. Warner Bros. will be kicking off the day from 10 a.m. to noon in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center, the event’s 6,500-seat premier venue, in a big way. Peter Jackson will be on hand to share details of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” set to open Dec. 17. Director George Miller will also be appearing to share an early look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which reimagines the post-apocalyptic saga and stars Tom Hardy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky. Finally, “Matrix” creators Lana and Andy Wachowski will be on hand to share their first original science fiction film […]
July 02, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.
Warner Bros. Television will bring a host of new series to Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month. On Monday, word came that Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham” would premiere at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in its first public screening, as would the CW’s new show “The Flash.” But in a release issued Wednesday, the company confirmed that a total of 15 shows will make appearances at the annual pop culture expo, including “iZombie,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural.” The complete list is “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Constantine,” “The Flash,” “The Following,” “Gotham,” “The 100,” “iZombie,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural,” “Teen Titans Go!” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Among the actors set to travel to San Diego are Kevin Bacon from “The Following”; Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder from “The Vampire […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.
“Gotham” has been teasing fans with casting and posters and trailers, but now some will finally get to see a world premiere of how all of that dark imagery jells — at the one place that could possibly make or break the show: Comic-Con International. The chronicle of Det. James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne set to air on Fox isn’t the only DC Comics-based show that will invade San Diego. A complete pilot for the CW’s “The Flash,” a glimpse at Season 3 of its network ally “Arrow” and footage from NBC’s “Constantine” will all be presented by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, during the pop-culture exposition. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make appearances throughout the night following the screenings. The three-hour event will bring together the shows for […]