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May 13, 2015 | 7:20 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ first look: CBS releases extended trailer for DC Comics TV series

CBS has unveiled an extended first look at “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist as the highflying DC Comics heroine. The one-hour drama, which was picked up by CBS last week, centers on Superman’s similarly super-powered cousin Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it was destroyed. “Glee” and “Whiplash” actress Benoist plays a 24-year-old Kara who works as an assistant to a media mogul but who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. GRAPHIC: A guide to the upcoming TV season The trailer, released Wednesday, opens with an emotional goodbye on Krypton as Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El (Laura Benanti), tells her young daughter, “On Earth, you will do extraordinary things.” Viewers are introduced to grown-up Kara via the standard rom-com setup, with Kara toting coffee and making calls for her high-powered boss, self-made media magnate Cat Grant […]
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 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 10, 2015 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer teases Jared Leto as the Joker, pays homage to ‘Killing Joke’

The cover for "The Killing Joke," left, and an image of Jared Leto as the Joker. (DC / David Ayer)
“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer has shared another image teasing his upcoming movie, this time focusing solely on Jared Leto as the Joker. When Ayer tweeted a photo of his cast of supervillains on Wednesday, fans were quick to notice one prominent member was missing. Some even speculated that perhaps Leto was the one to snap the image. As if playing on that response, as well as paying homage to an iconic Joker image, Ayers followed up by tweeting a photo offering fans a look at Leto’s transformation into the Joker role. #WhereIsJared #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/D5tMnMGBop — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 10, 2015 If the image is eerily familiar, it’s because it mirrors the cover of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Eisner Award-winning 1988 graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke.” The one-shot story is a version of the Joker’s origin tale […]
April 09, 2015 | 4:37 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer reveals his cast

(David Ayer / Twitter)
David Ayer has shared the first image of his “Suicide Squad.” The director tweeted a photo taken of the actors assembled for a table read of the upcoming Warner Bros. movie featuring a roster of supervillains who are recruited by the government to take on black-op missions in exchange for clemency. The film is part of the studio’s announced slate of DC superhero films which also includes the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” While Jared Leto, who is set to play the Joker in the film, is absent from the shot, the image also includes a few faces that had not previously been associated with the film. Cast read through today! #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/yajjcB5aEb — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 9, 2015 In addition to Leto, “Suicide Squad” will feature Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ casts first villain: David Harewood to play Hank Henshaw

David Harewood has been cast as Hank Henshaw in "Supergirl." (Warner Bros. / DC)
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

Exclusive: Harry Potter characters get Pop! vinyl figures

Funko and Warner Bros. are introducing a line of Harry Potter-themed Pop! vinyl figures. (Warner Bros. / Funko)
Accio new toys! Funko and Warner Bros. are reimagining Harry Potter and his Hogwarts pals for the Pop! vinyl figures toy line. Hero Complex readers get a first look at renderings of the Dumbledore and Hagrid figures. Concept art for the complete toy line is debuting at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. This is the first time J.K. Rowling’s wizarding-world characters are being featured in Funko’s popular collectible toy line, which already includes fan-favorite characters from franchises such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Star Wars” and the DC and Marvel universes. The toy line will include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. Check them out in the gallery above. What are you most looking forward to at the New York Toy Fair? Let us know in the comments. […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.

‘Supergirl’: Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in "Supergirl." (Teddy Smith / Bubble Releasing; Kerry Gammill / DC Entertainment)
“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role. Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:39 p.m.

‘Pan’ trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard sails through Neverland [video]

Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in "Pan." (Warner Bros.)
Hugh Jackman channels his inner pirate in the new trailer for “Pan,” the latest fairy tale retelling headed for the big screen. Directed by Joe Wright, “Pan” serves as a prequel to the traditional Peter Pan story, with Jackman stepping in as Blackbeard, the leader of a clan of flamboyant pirates who ferry young Peter (newcomer Levi Miller) from an English orphanage into the colorful realm of Neverland. There, he encounters a dashing — and not yet villainous — Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and an empowered Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). Acclaimed filmmaker Wright is perhaps best known for period dramas such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina,” and the trailer for his latest underscores his facility for sumptuous detail, though he wasn’t the sole architect of the movie’s distinct look; Aline Bonetto, who previously collaborated with singular stylist Jean-Pierre […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.

‘Batman: The Complete Series’: Watch Catwoman in exclusive clip

Catwoman in "Batman: The Complete Series." (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
The classic Batman, Robin and Catwoman are returning to the small screen with the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The celebrated series, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968, starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin — a crimefighting duo who faced off against a series of comic book villains, including Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze and, of course, Catwoman, artfully portrayed by Julie Newmar. Hero Complex readers get a peek at Newmar’s Catwoman in an exclusive video from the series. The clip (watch it below) features West’s Batman trapped in a room with Catwoman’s tiger Tinkerbell. PHOTOS: Batman actors through the years “Batman, it’s been fun, but all good things must come to an end, and the goodest ending I can think of […]
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