July 25, 2014 | 2:03 p.m.
Benedict Cumberbatch made his first trip to Comic-Con on Thursday with DreamWorks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar,” and after leaving the shrieks of Hall H, he stopped to chat with Hero Complex. Cumberbatch talked about the trick of playing the smartest guy in the room, from a modern detective in “Sherlock” to an animated wolf who runs an elite undercover interspecies task force in “Penguins of Madagascar” to World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the upcoming drama “The Imitation Game.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 “I’ve been very, very fortunate so that it looks like there’s something going on behind my eyes that looks like I’m thinking about or understanding or encompassing the brilliance of their minds,” Cumberbatch said. “Brilliant people have private moments of self-doubt, which we can all relate to, but they also have these extraordinary moments of discovery.” In the midst of extreme fandom […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.
The first trailer for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released Thursday, offering a glimpse of the latest big-screen incarnations of the heroes in a half shell. The trailer opens with a montage of destruction scenes in what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.” Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines. “People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.” What follows is a […]
March 24, 2014 | 9:11 a.m.
The new trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is out, showcasing the epic scale of Bryan Singer’s mutant saga that’s set to arrive in theaters May 23. A familiar sonorous voice-over opens the clip, pondering what events have led the mutants to the futuristic wasteland seen in the accompanying images. “So many dark battles waged over the years and yet, none of them like this. Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?” “Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First […]
Sept. 05, 2013 | 4:05 p.m.
The first trailer for the upcoming “RoboCop” reboot is out, featuring plenty of action and a sleek new suit that pays homage to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at some images from the upcoming film (check them out in the gallery above), as well as some perspective from the director, José Padilha. The Brazilian director made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. Padilha’s first big-budget Hollywood action flick is a remake of Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” which involves a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a crime-ridden, dystopian Detroit. Verhoeven’s satiric film, which earned two Oscar nominations, was underscored by political commentary and made […]
June 13, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.
The latest trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated sci-fi adventure “Elysium” offers a more detailed look at the “District 9″ director’s dark vision of future Earth and sheds new light on the story surrounding Matt Damon’s Max Da Costa, a man desperate to reach the titular space habitat. Set in 2154, the film takes place in a world in which the wealthy have migrated to a station in the stars run by Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt. By contrast, the poor have remained on a decimated, overpopulated Earth depleted of both natural resources and hope for a better life. On the way to his job, Damon’s sarcastic reformed thief manages to find himself in trouble — his bad day includes a run-in with robot authorities and a workplace accident that leaves him terminally ill. His only hope for a cure rests in […]
April 17, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.
The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is out, and it’s heavy on frontier action, with scenes of speeding locomotives, arid Western vistas, shootouts and one giant explosion, not to mention lots of chummy camaraderie between Armie Hammer’s title character and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. A cheeky Helena Bonham Carter also turns in an appearance. The new clip helps relate the story of how the masked man came to acquire his white hat, his best friend and his thirst for justice and suggests the same kind of comedy-inflected action-adventure that has helped make the Depp-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise so valuable for Disney. Set for release July 3, “The Lone Ranger” sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski. The pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release […]
April 16, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.
Tom Cruise was on hand Monday night in New York for an early screening of his new Universal film “Oblivion,” hosted by Hero Complex, and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star talked at length about his interest in making the film, citing in particular filmmaker Joseph Kosinksi, calling the writer-director seated beside him “a world creator” and a “true visionary.” Based on a 2010 graphic novel Kosinski penned with comic book writer Arvid Nelson, “Oblivion,” which opens Friday, takes place on a future Earth left decimated by an alien invasion. Former Marine Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of a few people left on the planet to mop up after the war. The movie, written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael deBruyn, also stars Morgan Freeman as a 102-year-old insurgency leader, Melissa […]
July 19, 2012 | 9:38 a.m.
Daniel Clowes draws lonely weirdos, sulking man-beasts, leering hipsters and human canisters for a savage ennui. They live in numbed-out neighborhoods beneath skylines of spinster gray and seasick blue. And, yes, for 25 years now, all of it has been a wonderful sight to behold. Clowes is the guest on the latest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which you can find here below or over at Chris Hardwick’s mighty Nerdist Channel on YouTube. This interview was conducted at Meltdown Comics and it veers across the considerable career of Clowes — not unlike the recently released monograph “The Art of Daniel Clowes” (Abrams ComicArts, $40) or the tie-in exhibit, “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes,” now underway at the Oakland Museum of California. Clowes is best known for “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” both of which were adapted to film by director Terry Zwigoff. For 2001’s “Ghost […]
June 25, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.
Peter Weller is most famous for playing the stoic heroes in outlandish sci-fi but the man definitely has a crazy button — and Denzel Washington hit that button with his Oscar-winning performance in “Training Day.” If you want to see for yourself, go to the 11:35 minute mark of this video as Weller rants about actors who grab the wheel of a scene and promptly wreck it. There’s nothing meek about Weller, who looks like the leader of a Mayan motorcycle gang and has harsh words for the upcoming “RoboCop” remake (that’s at the 8:20 mark) but an inspiring passion for art, the lessons of antiquity and the possibilities of Method acting. This is the 25th anniversary of “RoboCop,” Weller’s signature role, but he also made his mark in “Naked Lunch” and the cult hit “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across […]
June 07, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.
HERO COMPLEX: THE SHOW Malcolm McDowell was on a roll, riffing (and ripping) on “The Avengers,” “Star Trek,” Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers and Hollywood. Then he caught himself. “This is going to be on the bloody Internet isn’t it? I keep forgetting about this [expletive] Internet.” Well, the Internet isn’t going to forget this interview anytime soon. The third episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” is a special “on-stage” edition with the firebrand actor from “A Clockwork Orange,” “Time After Time,” “Star Trek: Generations,” “If…” and “Caligula.” McDowell, soon to be filming “Monster Butler” in Scotland, served up plenty of dish too, weighing in on “The Avengers” (“mindless crap”), Patrick Stewart in “Trek” films (might as well “watch paint dry”) and his perspective on killing Capt. James T. Kirk (“I did them a favor”). He also spoke at length about the legacy […]