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 […]
June 25, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.
When “The Flash” premieres in October on the CW, the network wants to make sure the Scarlet Speedster doesn’t blow by you too fast. The new series, a spinoff of sorts from DC Comics-based action drama “Arrow,” represents a significant investment of programming time for the oft-overlooked network. The new television series starring Grant Gustin (“Glee”) as Barry Allen, a police scientist who becomes the fastest man alive, premieres Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in what will be its regular Tuesday time slot. At 9 p.m. the next night, the first episode will get an encore airing following the Season 3 premiere of “Arrow.” “The Flash’s” second episode, airing Oct. 14, similarly receives a post-“Arrow” encore showing Oct. 15. “The Flash” could sprint to success and eventually perform something like the previous long-running, DC-based “Smallville,” which chronicled Clark Kent before he was Superman and ended in 2011. But […]
May 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in the first full trailer for the new CW series. The five-minute clip, released Thursday, reveals a closer look at Gustin’s take on the superhero for the network’s upcoming comic-book series “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. Gustin’s red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. Check it out below. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on the CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared […]
March 21, 2014 | 11:33 a.m.
The Flash is the fastest man alive, but is that enough when chasing a ghost? In “The Flash” No. 29, from writer Brian Buccellato and artist Agustin Padilla, Barry Allen is in hot pursuit of who he believes may have killed his mother, a crime for which his father has long languished in prison after being wrongly convicted. But the serial killer in question is a spirit, one that possesses the living to do its bidding — and is now hunting down descendants of the man who founded Central City. Luckily, the Scarlet Speedster has some help from Deadman, who also can possess the living. Whether the spectral Keystone Killer was behind the death of Nora Allen isn’t the only mystery afoot. There’s also the question of the nature of the relationship that Capt. Darryl Frye, Barry’s superior at the […]
March 11, 2014 | 11:03 a.m.
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in his first full Flash costume image. The image, released Tuesday, reveals a closer look at the superhero suit Gustin will wear as the star of The CW’s new pilot “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. The red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on The CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared in comics in 1956 and […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 10:52 a.m.
The Flash has arrived. The first image of actor Grant Gustin as Barry Allen’s super-fast superhero was released Friday, highlighting the costume designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. The hero is gearing up to headline his own series for the CW, with the pilot for the new show expected to go into production next week. David Nutter will direct from a script by “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. The lightning-quick DC hero has a storied history in comics. The character who becomes the fastest man alive in the wake of an accident first appeared on the paneled page in 1940 and went on to become a member of the Justice League of America. This isn’t the Flash’s first foray into live-action television, […]