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April 25, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad': David Ayer reveals Jared Leto’s new look for the Joker’s 75th anniversary

The Joker, Jared Leto
Happy anniversary, Mr. J! “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer celebrated the Joker’s 75th anniversary Friday by revealing a controversial new image of Jared Leto as the iconic supervillain. Ayer and Leto have been using various social media platforms to slowly tease grainy bits and pieces of the Oscar-winning actor’s transformation into the character for the DC ensemble film. But when Ayer turned to Twitter once again Friday, the photo he shared was unmistakable. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 While it is still too early to know if this is the villain’s permanent look for the film, for now it seems the only similarities between the “Suicide Squad” Joker and the previous movie incarnations of the character are the green hair and red lips. […]
April 24, 2015 | 6:10 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Take a trip to your local comic book shop

'Convergence: The Question"
Welcome to another edition of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite geek merchandise including books, games and toys. Young Bobby Drake was outed during a conversation with Jean Grey in this week’s issue of “All New X-Men,” making Drake’s Iceman one of the most high-profile LGBTQ superheroes in Marvel comics. In light of this occasion, this week’s paycheck goes to our local comic book shop to pick up some of our favorite comics featuring queer characters that hit the shelves this month. It’s only fitting to start with “All New X-Men” No. 40 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Muhmud Asrar. An ongoing series since 2012, “All New X-Men” centers on younger versions of the five original X-Men members who were brought from the past to face their future counterparts. The issue follows “The […]
April 24, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie talks Brienne’s journey in Season 5

(AP; HBO)
In its fifth season, “Game of Thrones” has shown that Westeros is not a kind place for kindhearted people. In this hostile environment, Brienne of Tarth journeys on, her sole focus to fulfill the oath she swore to Catelyn Stark to safely return the Stark girls to Winterfell. Portrayed by actress Gwendoline Christie in HBO’s epic fantasy series, Brienne was first introduced in Season 2, winning her place among Renly Baratheon’s personal guard despite her gender. Since then Brienne has spent much of her time traveling through the Seven Kingdoms after swearing fealty to Lady Stark following Renly’s murder. Lady Stark tasks Brienne with escorting the captive Jaime Lannister back to King’s Landing in exchange for the safe return of Sansa and Arya Stark, and it is this promise that Brienne is struggling to fulfill with Arya and Sansa rejecting her […]
April 23, 2015 | 4:11 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration complete coverage: Every video, image and story from the fan expo

Peter Mayhew, left, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels at Star Wars Celebration. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney)
J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Gareth Edwards joined an estimated 60,000 “Star Wars” fans in Anaheim last weekend for Star Wars Celebration, a four-day convention for all things past, present and future of the iconic franchise. Some fans camped out overnight for a first look at the new movie, some donned Jedi robes and others even got “Star Wars” tattoos while at the Anaheim Convention Center. Hero Complex was at ground zero during the event, where some highlights included the unveiling of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, news about “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Star Wars Rebels,” and various panels with “Star Wars” stars. Here is a look back at our coverage of the weekend’s events. ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ Fandom’s force awakens at Star Wars Celebration, and Disney knows it Star Wars Celebration: […]
April 23, 2015 | 12:07 p.m.

Animated ‘Spider-Man’ in the works with ‘Lego Movie’ directors Lord and Miller

'Spider-Man'
Make way for more Spider-Man. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been tapped to develop an animated “Spider-Man” film, Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, on Wednesday. The animated “Spider-Man” will exist independently of the live-action “Spider-Man” universe, which is in the process of being revamped under a deal between Marvel and Sony that brings the iconic webslinger into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe before swinging back to his own franchise at Sony Pictures. Lord and Miller, who are writing the treatment in addition to producing the animated feature, are the directing team behind “The Lego Movie,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street.” Spider-Man, of course, has seen many animated incarnations on TV starting with the 1967 TV series which is perhaps best […]
April 22, 2015 | 3:45 p.m.

‘DC Super Hero Girls': DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. to launch a universe aimed at girls

'DC Super Hero Girls'
Girls can like superheroes too. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have heard the rallying cry of geek women everywhere and are launching “DC Super Hero Girls,” a new universe featuring some of their most iconic female characters re-imagined for girls ages 6-12. The announced lineup includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy and Katana (redesigned in age-appropriate attire, of course), a combination that will allow girls to explore their affinity for both superheroics and supervillainy. “’DC Super Hero Girls’ represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment in a press release. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.” “DC Super Hero Girls,” set for an initial launch […]
April 21, 2015 | 2:07 p.m.

‘Captain Marvel': Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve set as writers for 2018 film

Nicole Perlman, left, and Meg LeFauve will write "Captain Marvel." (Marvel)
Captain Marvel is on her way to being the star she was always meant to be. Marvel has announced that Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve have been tapped to write the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film. Perlman, of course, is not new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was the co-writer of last year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which introduced audiences to the ragtag crew of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot as they formed a team to stop Ronan from destroying planets. “Captain Marvel” will be LeFauve’s first venture into the MCU. LeFauve was the co-writer for Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated film “Inside Out,” which revolves around the world of personified emotions that live within the mind of Riley, a girl who was recently uprooted due to her father’s new job, as they struggle to help Riley adapt. […]
April 20, 2015 | 7:04 a.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Princess Leia fans praise her strength and femininity

Princess Leia
The love for Princess Leia Organa was strong among the “Star Wars” professionals, fans and professional fans attending the “What Princess Leia Means to Me” panel on Sunday at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Panelists and audience members took the occasion to share the many ways the iconic character has influenced their lives. The panel, moderated by Jennifer Heddie, a senior editor at Lucasfilm, featured actress Catherine Taber, artists Cat Staggs and Katie Cook, author Christie Golden and Lucasfilm creative executive Rayne Roberts. ———— For the Record April 21, 1:37 p.m.:  This story lists the “What Princess Leia Means to Me” panel moderator as Lucasfilm senior editor Jennifer Heddie. Her name is Jennifer Heddle. ———— For a number of the panelists Princess Leia was the first example they encountered in media that showed women could have agency. Princess Leia […]
April 17, 2015 | 5:18 p.m.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer released early after online leak

'Batman v Superman' trailer
The wait is over early for Batman and Superman fans. The new “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer was officially released Friday in advance of the announced IMAX screenings set for Monday. The trailer offers viewers a glimpse into the gritty world that exists after the events of 2013’s “Man of Steel” that exposed the populace to Superman. “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” asks a mysterious voice as various scenes featuring Superman, played by Henry Cavill, flash across the screen. As the trailer jumps between more scenes featuring the Man of Steel, various voices are heard discussing saviors, aliens, hope, power and corruption before focusing on a desecrated statue of the extraterrestrial superhero. Fans who have been anticipating more looks at Ben Affleck as the titular […]
April 17, 2015 | 4:45 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ with a collection of your own

Dressed as "Star Wars" character Oola, Moe Hunt of Chicago poses with Roxy the Rancor during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Welcome to a special “Star Wars” edition of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite toys, books, games and other merchandise. In honor of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this weekend, this week’s paycheck goes to expanding (or starting) the “Star Wars”-themed shelf in your geek cave. Included are picks for items available outside the confines of the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as some exclusives from the expo. First up we have the Lego Slave I set. When building a collection, it’s quite apropos to have a trophy that also displays your building skills. What better way to celebrate the “Star Wars” franchise than with a model of a ship that appears in films from the original trilogy and the prequel series? The Lego Slave I set also includes figures for Boba Fett and a carbonite-sealed […]
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