March 19, 2012 | 8:59 a.m.

Mark Millar’s ‘Supercrooks’: Pack your bags, villains

If super-villains read as many comic books at Mark Millar they would be renewing their passports instead of stewing inside Arkham Asylum or Ryker’s Island. “Here is something I’ve wondered ever since I was a kid: Why do super-villains always commit crimes n Metropolis, Gotham and New York City when Batman, Superman and Spider-Man are there?” asked Millar, the Scottish writer of “Kick Ass” and “Wanted.” He added: “The entire cast of the Avengers live in New York so if I were a super-villain I’d go somewhere I’m less likely to bump into Captain America. That’s the basic conceit of ‘Supercrooks.'” “Supercrooks” arrives on comics shelves this Wednesday and, above, you’ll find an exclusive preview of the first 10 pages. For this tale of bad-guy tourism, Millar reteams with his “Superior” co-creator, Leinil Yu. “Just about the best artist in the business,” Millar said of his Phillipines-based collaborator. […]
Nov. 05, 2008 | 6:53 p.m.

Angelina Jolie “Wanted” to die

EXCLUSIVE SPOILER WARNING: This guest post by Los Angeles Times movie writer Chris Lee gives away some major plot twists in the film "Wanted," so don’t read  if you were waiting to see it on DVD! Angelina Jolie did not want to ride off into the sunset. At least, not when it came to portraying a sexed-up super assassin in the summer action hit "Wanted." The Oscar-winning actress now says that she accepted the role of the sleek killer named Fox only after the filmmaker agreed to a crucial script revision: She didn’t want her character still breathing when the final credits rolled. It was a major change from the story in the graphic novel of the same name but, as anyone familiar with both already knows, there were plenty of huge differences between Mark Millar’s dark comic-book tale and […]
Sept. 05, 2008 | 5:40 p.m.

Mark Millar wants a shot at ‘Superman’ on screen

Comics writer Mark Millar (who brought the world “Wanted,” “Superman: Red Son” and Marvel’s “Civil War“) is a big fan of Richard Donner’s 1978 film “Superman.” How big? Well, he has one of Christopher Reeve‘s capes from the movie hanging in his home in Glasgow and (this is not a joke) he bought the stuffed and mounted corpse of Frisky, the stranded cat that Superman plucks from a tree in the movie. He recently got a chance to meet Donner and giddily compares it to “meeting Gandhi.” Millar was in Los Angeles visiting Golden Apple and he chatted with Blair Butler of G4’s Fresh Ink for an interview and the subject turned to the future of Superman on the screen, which is quite the hot topic right now. It turns out that, a while back, Millar hatched an idea for […]
Aug. 04, 2008 | 3:37 p.m.

Schwarzenegger underwhelmed by early ‘Terminator Salvation’ footage

"The Terminator" will be back next summer, but the original killer robot, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a bit puzzled by this new model, at least so far. "I still don’t know how it will play out with this one," said the star-turned-politician, who said he was given a private screening of early footage from "Terminator Salvation" by producers of the franchise reboot directed by McG. "They showed me some footage, but I don’t have a feel for the movie. I didn’t see enough. I wasn’t sure who the Terminator was. I don’t know if there is one or if he’s the star or the hero. These are the things that determine the success and how the strong the movie will be." This will be the fourth of the "Terminator" films but the first without the Austrian-born muscleman who became […]
July 18, 2008 | 5:56 p.m.

Gerard Way’s Essential Shelf, Part 1

We’re starting a new feature here at the Hero Complex called The Essential Shelf in which we invite some esteemed talents to tell us about their favorite graphic novels. Our first guest is Gerard Way, the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance and the writer of “The Umbrella Academy,” the wonderfully surreal Dark Horse series that (we hear) may be coming to a theater near you in the next few years. Here’s No.’s 8, 9 and 10 on the list of 10 that he e-mailed me, the rest will be posted here over the next few days. “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction,” by Mike MignolaThis book was an inspiration in the format I chose to do ‘The Umbrella Academy’ in, as well as the publisher, Dark Horse. This comic is extremely pure, it is the opposite of pretentious, […]
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