May 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
For about four hours in the summer of 2012, Simon Kinberg came perilously close to revealing the secrets of the universe — or, to be more precise, the secrets of several fictional, widely deliberated universes. The busy writer-producer — whose latest blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” storms into theaters Friday — had checked into a San Diego hotel ahead of an appearance at Comic-Con International. But before the afternoon’s close, he’d misplaced an iPad containing sensitive information at the annual pop culture expo, the epicenter of geek movie fandom. “I had ‘Star Wars’ stuff on there, ‘X-Men,’ Neill Blomkamp, ‘Elysium’ stuff,” recalled Kinberg, a trace of anxiety still detectable in his measured voice. “It would have been jackpot for hackers. Thank God the housekeeper just picked it up and was holding onto it.” With the possible exceptions of J.J. […]
May 13, 2014 | 1:11 p.m.
Hoping to rack up serious mainland box office, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” premiered Tuesday in Beijing, with cast members Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage and Fan Bingbing strolling the red carpet in the Chinese capital. Hollywood superhero films are doing strong business in China of late. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has taken in $55.6 million in its first eight days of release — $5 million more than the first installment earned in 2012, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday — while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” has topped $115 million on the mainland. The “X-Men” sequel is set to open in China on May 23 – the same day as many other countries around the world. The film adapts one of the most popular storylines from “X-Men” history, a two-part saga from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that […]
May 13, 2014 | 10:55 a.m.
Actor Channing Tatum is set to join the mutant universe, playing Gambit in an “X-Men” standalone film. Tatum previously had expressed interest in playing the character, whose given name is Remy LeBeau. A Cajun charmer from Louisiana, Gambit has the ability to control kinetic energy, often charging items he touches, turning them into explosives and throwing them as weapons (playing cards are a favorite). Created by Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee, the former thief made his comic book debut in 1990 and has been featured in several “X-Men” animated series and video games. Taylor Kitsch originated the character in Gavin Hood’s spinoff film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The project is the latest in a series of films for the busy actor. Tatum will next be seen on the big screen opposite Jonah Hill in “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to […]
April 26, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Marvel is sending some of its most famous characters into the future this summer. The comics giant unveiled plans Saturday at Chicago’s C2E2 convention for a limited run of five 100th Anniversary Special issues of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” “The X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” The one-shot issues will arrive weekly in July, hypothesizing what shape the characters’ adventures will take in the year 2061. “We thought that it would be a really fun idea to … almost treat these like time capsules from the future,” said Marvel editor Nick Lowe in an interview with Hero Complex. “We were talking about how we’d just been through a bunch of 50th anniversaries — we had the 50th anniversary of the Fantastic Four a few years ago, we had the 50th anniversary of the Avengers and the X-Men last […]
April 24, 2014 | 12:56 p.m.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has officially bowed out of efforts to promote the May 23 release due to the ongoing legal scandal that erupted in the wake of a teen sex abuse lawsuit filed against him. “The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film,” Singer said in a statement issued Thursday. Just this past weekend, Singer had been scheduled to take the stage in Anaheim for Fox’s presentation at […]
April 15, 2014 | 9:02 p.m.
The final trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has debuted, and the clip spotlights the critical role in the narrative played by Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. “I was sent here for you, from the future,” Jackman’s Logan says to a younger Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy. “Could you give me that one more time please?” the disheveled Xavier asks with a laugh. Mutant fans can check out the clip promoting the director Bryan Singer’s film, which is set to arrive in theaters May 23, below. Adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars actors from Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,”and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the current golden age of comic book films. “Future […]
April 14, 2014 | 1:38 p.m.
Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) are on the run in the latest clip from Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Mutant fans can check out a new sequence from the Fox film, which is set to arrive in theaters May 23. “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 Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the current golden age of comic book films. “Future Past’s” expansive cast includes James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, with Michael Fassbender and Ian […]
March 31, 2014 | 10:31 a.m.
Hugh Jackman is set to return to the big screen as his comic book alter-ego Wolverine in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but over the weekend, the actor tackled the character from a different, more musical, angle. In an appearance on a BBC radio program, Jackman gamely belted out a new set of lyrics to the song “Who Am I?” from the musical “Les Miserables” — the Australian actor was nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of the long-running production. (Jackman, of course, is an accomplished song and dance man who is preparing to return for the fourth time as host of the upcoming Tony Awards in June.) The roughly two-minute spoof centered on the conflict between Jackman’s identity as the mutant superhero and his own true self. There is […]
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 […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]