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March 23, 2014 | 6:58 p.m.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ offers clues at PaleyFest

'Agents of SHIELD' Clark Gregg (Featured image)
The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” characters and stars have Level 7 clearance. The PaleyFest  audience was granted Level 7 clearance. But the show’s producers and writers are Level 8, and they’re protective of their secrets. But this much was declassified: Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens April 4, and a new episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs April 8 — and, it was hinted repeatedly, the two may be related. (Hey, Cap does work with S.H.I.E.L.D. — and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian Lady Sif, both Marvel movie presences, have appeared on the series.) That piece of intel was released during the ABC comic-book-inspired adventure show’s panel Sunday afternoon at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where secrets were the order of the day. “This whole  season has been one of jaw-dropping surprises” for the cast […]
Nov. 30, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Almost Human’: J.H. Wyman talks sci-fi cop show’s brighter futurism

John Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) are dispatched to investigate a murder and high-profile missing persons case in the second episode of "Almost Human," titled "Skin." (Liane Hentscher/Fox)
When it comes to sci-fi, bleak and brutal are all the rage, but with his new Fox series “Almost Human,” J.H. Wyman is attempting to shine a little light onto all the darkness. “When you think about shows or movies that are placed in the future, the tendency is it rains all the time and the atmosphere is messed up,” Wyman said. “In the future, you’re telling me that no one has a 7-year-old daughter that they have a birthday party for and maybe buy her a present? Nobody’s happy? I don’t believe that.” With its gleaming silver skyscrapers and high-tech gadgetry, “Almost Human” is more late-model “Star Trek” than fashionably dystopian nightmare, which is perhaps not surprising given both J.J. Abrams’ executive producer role and the presence of star Karl Urban. Fresh off two stints as Leonard “Bones” McCoy […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.

Marvel’s Netflix series: Nine heroes who deserve their own shows

Marvel Netflix series (featured image)
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
July 02, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Vikings’ will land with stars, free comic, boat races

'Vikings' comic (featured image)
Ragnar Lothbrok is leading a major “Vikings” raiding party to San Diego. Comic-Con International attendees are in for better treatment than the monks of Lindisfarne, however: Costumed shieldmaidens will beckon them to board miniature Norse-styled ships, grab a paddle and race on the “Vikings” Interactive Waterway close to the convention center, and fans who turn up at the hit History show’s Friday night panel will receive a free comic book. Hero Complex readers can take the first look at the comic’s cover, which shows the bold, bright Ragnar, his fierce, loving wife Lagertha, his envious, scheming brother Rollo and the all-father, Odin. (See a larger version of the cover here.) The story is written by show creator Michael Hirst and features interior artwork by Dennis Calero (“X-Men Noir”). It’s set before the events of Season 1 and sees Ragnar and […]
April 01, 2013 | 12:51 p.m.

‘Under the Dome’ preview: CBS unveils Stephen King thriller

Executive producer Stephen King (left), director Niels Arden Oplev (center) and executive producer Jack Bender (right) on the set of "Under the Dome" in Wilmington, N.C. The series premieres on CBS  on June 24. (Michael Tacktt/CBS)
“Under the Dome,” the ambitious series adapted from Stephen King’s 2009 novel, isn’t set to debut on CBS until June, but the network, maybe wisely taking advantage of the apocalyptic mania stoked by Sunday’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” has released a teaser promoting the new show in which King promises that viewers’ eyes will “bug out of their heads” when they see it. The novel centers on what happens when a giant transparent dome suddenly seals off the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill from the rest of the world. It became a bestseller earning King rave reviews — writing for The Times, critic Jedediah Berry hailed the 1,000-plus page tome as “the work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun.” The series ensemble features a number of familiar faces, including “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris, […]
March 30, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.

WonderCon 2013: ‘Vikings’ invades, offers sneak peek of new episode

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel, center) leads his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) to loot new lands in History's "Vikings." (Jonathan Hession / History)
“Vikings” star Travis Fimmel had a simple message at the series’ WonderCon panel in Anaheim on Saturday when reminded that some members of the audience may have been under 18. To those, he said: “Get out!” The Australian model-turned-actor was joking, as he had been about “Viking foreplay” and, in referring to a scene in which his character and wife invite a monk taken as a slave to join them in bed, telling costar George Blagden, “The offer’s still on the table, George.” Amid audience cries of “Ragnar!” and laughs, Fimmel, Blagden, actress Katheryn Winnick and History channel executive Dirk Hoogstra discussed the characters, teased their futures, and took audience questions — including one about the network’s plans for any future seasons (the gist from Hoogstra, despite goading from the cast: Can’t say yet) — before showing a sneak peek […]
March 27, 2013 | 9:39 a.m.

Quiz: Superman at 75 — how well do you know the Man of Steel?

Superman comic book covers throughout the years. (DC Comics)
Superman is turning 75. When Superman first leaped (not flew, mind you) onto the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938, the Man of Steel heralded the beginning of the superhero comics genre, paving the way for Batman, Spider-Man and many more spandex-wearing crime fighters. But there is only one Superman. His super-speed, super-strength and a noble devotion to truth, justice and the American way have helped make Superman the most enduring figure in comics, inspiring several landmark portrayals in television, on stage and in film, including the upcoming “Man of Steel,” in theaters June 14. “It’s precisely because we have so many dark heroes (Batman), and fraught ones (Spider-Man), that we’re aching for a big blue Boy Scout who knows right from wrong instinctively, and never wavers from the light or is sidetracked by anxieties,” said Larry Tye, who wrote […]
March 08, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

International Women’s Day: Superheroines with some kick

Emma Watson in the "Harry Potter" films and Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars." (Warner Bros., Lucasfilm)
International Women’s Day is being honored today with that singular cultural touchstone: a Google Doodle. The doodle drawing of faces of women around the world artistically honors the advancement of women’s rights — one of the chief goals of International Women’s Day — and the fact that a woman’s work, it seems, is never done. Hero Complex is celebrating International Women’s Day in the best way it knows how: with a photo gallery of women from film, TV, games and comic books who embody female empowerment and, let’s face it, kick booty. (Yes, we said “booty,” but only because the L.A. Times censors made us.) Beyoncé as Wonder Woman? Now we know there’s a long list of complaints about women in genre. Chiefly, that they are hyper-sexualized sidekicks who do little more than bust out of their curve-hugging costumes. And, […]
March 04, 2013 | 11:28 a.m.

Zombie fans divided as ‘SNL’ spoofs ‘Walking Dead’

Zombie-lovers and “Walking Dead” fans were divided over a “Saturday Night Live” send-up of the cult hit AMC series. Some felt the skit was absolutely hilarious and others slamming it as absolutely horrible. The zombie parody dove into some dicey racial politics as the skit depicted “Walking Dead” characters crossing paths with Lyle, played by this week’s host, Kevin Hart. MORE: The plight of the black zombie The group fears allowing Lyle to join their ranks — he’s acting like a zombie, after all — but Lyle uses those fears to prey on white guilt. What did you think? Did the skit go too far? Were you thrilled to see the comedy sketch show tackle “The Walking Dead” and zombies? Or did you find it to be one of this week’s less-than-funny sketches. (That Z-shirt thing? Would have been much […]
Feb. 27, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ piracy comment rejected by HBO

“Game of Thrones” fans, HBO has a message for you: Don’t take your downloading tips from director David Petrarca. The premium pay channel issued a terse statement Wednesday morning countering Petrarca’s comments suggesting that “Game of Thrones’” distinction as the most pirated show on TV is actually a good thing. “’Game of Thrones’ is sold worldwide, available legally on a large variety of viewing platforms and is one of HBO’s most popular series,” the statement said. “With that kind of success comes a great amount of social media chatter so can’t say we see an upside to illegal downloads.” QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge Petrarca comments were pinging around the blogosphere this week after he suggested that piracy can contribute to a show’s “cultural buzz” and added: “That’s how they survive.” The comments were documented by the Sydney Morning Herald […]
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