March 30, 2013 | 1:41 p.m.

WonderCon 2013: ‘Superman: Unbound’ is unveiled

Matt Bomer played Superman/Clark Kent in "Superman: Unbound." (DC / Warner Bros.)
“Superman: Unbound” is the title of the latest DC Universe animated original movie, but Lois Lane sure gives the Man of Steel a run for his money in the “unbound” department.  A rude gesture having to do with Lane and Brainiac was perhaps the most memorable moment of the film’s world premiere at WonderCon on Friday night. “I think she’s the best character in the movie,” said screenwriter Bob Goodman during a panel discussion after the screening at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena. The film, which features Superman and Supergirl taking on Brainiac, a being that collects cities and destroys worlds, was adapted from a comics storyline written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank. It is rated PG-13 and slated for release on May 7 on DVD/Blu-ray and digital download. The Q&A featured producer-director James Tucker (“Justice League,” […]
March 29, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.

WonderCon 2013 cosplay: The masquerade begins

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their "Game of Thrones" costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)
Sci-fi, fantasy and comics fans and professionals are descending on WonderCon this weekend in Anaheim. Let the masquerade begin. This year’s conference, the second year for WonderCon in Anaheim, is shaping up to be a big event. The crowd is expected to be as large as last year’s, which just fell short of 40,000. Attendees are invited to send pictures of themselves and their cosplay friends for inclusion in our gallery, above. Just upload them above or tag them with the hashtag #HeroComplex on Instagram or Twitter today and throughout the weekend. After all, the costumes and imagination of WonderCon fans are among conference highlights. GALLERY: WonderCon highlights: Your guide to the con Other highlights: panels on big-budget Hollywood films “Pacific Rim,” from Guillermo del Toro, and “The Conjuring,” directed by James Wan.  And author Cassandra Clare and director Harald Zwart […]
March 28, 2013 | 8:17 a.m.

WonderCon 2013: Your guide to the Anaheim comic convention

WonderCon 2013 kicks off Friday. Click through the gallery for Hero Complex's top programming picks. (Los Angeles Times; Sony Pictures; Warner Bros.)
There may be more costumed characters across the street from the Happiest Place on Earth than in it this weekend as thousands of sci-fi, fantasy and comics enthusiasts arrive for WonderCon 2013, which kicks off Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Run by the organizers of Comic-Con International, WonderCon is in many ways a junior sibling to that massive pop-culture expo in San Diego, featuring panel discussions for blockbuster films, popular television shows and comics creators, not to mention portfolio review for aspiring professionals, book signings, a cosplay masquerade and plenty of geek-friendly shopping on the convention floor. This year’s WonderCon programming lineup includes panels for Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. kaiju film “Pacific Rim,” the Sam Raimi- and Bruce Campbell-produced “Evil Dead” remake and Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” among others. Click through the gallery above for Hero Complex’s top picks for WonderCon this year. It’s […]
March 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ at 50: Meet the 11 faces of the Time Lord

"Doctor Who": The 11 regenerations of the Doctor include William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith. (BBC)
“Doctor Who” returns Saturday with “The Bells of St. John,” starring Jenna-Louise Coleman as mysterious new companion Clara opposite Matt Smith’s Doctor. It’s an auspicious year for “Doctor Who” as the sci-fi series turns 50. Whovians are celebrating the anniversary with commemorative postage stamps, an audio drama, a three-day event in London and two TV movies — one about the filming of the first “Who” episode and the second an adventure rumored to feature all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. “In Britain, you can practically define yourself, your generation by which actor played the Doctor when you were a kid,” executive producer Steven Moffat told Hero Complex. To celebrate 50 years of “Who,” Hero Complex takes a look at the many faces of the time-traveling Doctor, as well as the monsters he fought and the friends who traveled with him, in […]
March 27, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

Hero Complex the magazine: Spring issue available now

Hero Complex Magazine spring 2013 features 'Doctor Who' (featured image)
Want to hear what Marvel Studios guru Kevin Feige has to say about “Iron Man 3″? Or Damon Lindelof’s take on why he’s like a covert agent in Hollywood, guarding some of the most exciting “Star Trek Into Darkness” secrets? Or how about director Joseph Kosinski talking about the aesthetics of spaceship design for his upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer “Oblivion”? Then check out the spring issue of the Hero Complex magazine, available for free at Meltdown Comics in L.A. or any of the three Midtown Comics locations in New York. In addition to stories about highly anticipated films, you’ll also find details on “The Walking Dead”; a preview of the game that hopes to bring new dimension to the survival horror genre, “The Last of Us”; and a thoughtful examination of the legacy of “X-Men” writing talent Chris Claremont. The cover […]
March 18, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Trance’: See Danny Boyle’s new thriller early, free in Anaheim

Rosario Dawson in "Trance." (Susie Allnutt/Fox Searchlight)
“Trance,” the latest film from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), doesn’t open in theaters until April 5, but Hero Complex readers will be able to see the art world-set thriller early — and free — at a special screening March 30. Boyle will be on hand for a Q&A moderated by Hero Complex contributor John Horn following the film. The first feature from Boyle since the 2010 drama “127 Hours,” “Trance” stars James McAvoy as Simon, a fine art auctioneer who becomes mixed up with a criminal (Vincent Cassel) and seeks the help of a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson). There was a sneak preview of the film earlier this month at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest Film Festival, where Boyle and his longtime musical collaborator Rick Smith from the English techno duo Underworld partnered on a DJ set at a […]
March 15, 2013 | 9:04 p.m.

WonderCon schedule: ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Much Ado’ and more

The programming schedule for WonderCon 2013 is out, featuring panels for Guillermo del Toro’s robots-versus-kaiju movie “Pacific Rim,” Joss Whedon’s Shakespearean adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing” and the upcoming reboot of “Evil Dead.” The annual gathering of sci-fi, fantasy and comics professionals and fans — sort of a little sibling to San Diego’s Comic-Con International — runs March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center and offers movie and television panels, previews from comic publishers, a cosplay masquerade (click through the gallery above for a peek at last year’s costumes), autographs and book signings, portfolio review for aspiring professionals and, of course, plenty of geek-friendly shopping. This year’s roster includes panels devoted to several big-budget Hollywood productions. A Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel Saturday at 11:30 a.m. will feature”Pacific Rim” director Del Toro and “The Conjuring” director James Wan. And Sony’s […]
Jan. 22, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.

WonderCon 2013: Tickets now on sale for Anaheim pop culture expo

Tickets are now on sale for 2013′s WonderCon, the annual gathering of sci-fi, fantasy and comics professionals and fans. The pop culture expo — a sort of little sibling to San Diego’s Comic-Con International — runs March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center and offers movie and television panels, previews from comic publishers, a cosplay masquerade (click through the gallery above for a peek at last year’s costumes), autographs and book-signings, portfolio review for aspiring professionals and, of course, plenty of geek-friendly shopping. The full 2013 schedule will probably be released two weeks prior to the event, but announced guests include Bent Anderson, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, J.M. DeMatteis, Jane Espenson, Mark Evanier, Dean Koontz, Jim Lee, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Ann Nocenti, Jason Palmer, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Slott, Jeff Smith, Jim Steranko, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. It’s WonderCon’s […]
Nov. 14, 2012 | 11:20 a.m.

‘Adventure Time’: Post-apocalyptic ‘candyland’ attracts adult fans

'Adventure Time' (featured image)
“Adventure Time” at first glance is a typical kids’ show. Finn, a 14-year-old boy, and his buddy Jake, a magical dog with super stretching powers, battle candy zombies, evil gnomes and their arch-nemesis Ice King in a shiny world called the Land of Ooo. In the show’s Season 5 premiere Monday, Finn fights a gang of neon-colored, village-burning hoodlums while Jake goes hot-tubbing with Cosmic Owl and a pink, wish-granting being named Prismo. Hot-tubbing? “If somebody pitched me verbally an episode plot of an ‘Adventure Time’ cartoon, I’d probably think, ‘That’s the dumbest thing ever,’ ” said Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher. “But somehow in the hands of ['Adventure Time' creator Pendleton Ward], the nuance with which this is executed, it’s perfect.” The Emmy-nominated cartoon is one of the Cartoon Network‘s most popular shows, consistently ranking No. 1 […]
Nov. 12, 2012 | 12:37 p.m.

WonderCon is returning to Anaheim, not San Francisco, in 2013

WonderCon 2012 (featured image)
WonderCon, the annual gathering of fantasy, sci-fi and comics enthusiasts, will again be held in Anaheim despite initial plans for the 2013 edition of the convention to return to its home in San Francisco. WonderCon — Comic-Con International‘s little sister — was held at the Anaheim Convention Center this year due to major renovations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, where the pop culture convention was held for the previous six years. The convention, in its 27th year, started in Oakland and was expected to return to its Bay Area roots in 2013. However, WonderCon officials announced Monday morning that although the renovations are complete, the dates offered by the Moscone Center are for the fall and coincide with another major event, resulting in “unavoidable conflicts” and expensive hotel room blocks starting at $300 per night. PHOTOS: Cosplay at WonderCon 2012 […]
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