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Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

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New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

Darth Vader to cameo on ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion’ on ABC

“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” the one-hour animated film that launched the new Disney XD series, is coming to ABC — with a special appearance from a certain well-known Dark Lord of the Sith. Iconic villain Darth Vader, once again voiced by actor James Earl Jones, will make a cameo in the extended version of the movie, which is set to air Oct. 26 on ABC. “Spark of Rebellion” premiered Oct. 3 on Disney Channel, though “Star Wars Rebels” is set for a regular run on Disney XD. “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni said in a statement. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into [the show's villain] the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.” Set in the time period just before the original 1977 “Star […]
Oct. 07, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘The Flash’ star Grant Gustin slides into superhero role for CW series

Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, a young man who gets struck by lightning and becomes the fastest person alive in "The Flash." (Cate Cameron/The CW)
As a child in Norfolk, Va., actor Grant Gustin had an all-consuming obsession with a certain DC Comics superhero — just not the one he’ll be playing this fall when “The Flash” comes to television with his own series. “I went everywhere in Superman pajamas I had amped up with red rain boots and red Fruit of the Loom underwear I wore on the outside,” Gustin said during a recent phone interview. “That lasted for a couple of years. I had baby sitters quit because they didn’t want to be seen in public with me.” Although his passion for the Man of Steel hasn’t subsided — he even had the words “Superman, I love him” tattooed on his arm a few years ago — he’s developing a rival fondness for the fastest man alive since bringing him to the screen […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Gotham': Exclusive video spotlights villains in Batman prequel

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Robin Lord Taylor in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
A new teaser video shines a light on the seedy underworld in “Gotham,” Fox’s Batman prequel series. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the video, which examines some of the more twisted players in Det. Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) stamping grounds. And “Gotham” suffers from no shortage of villains. “When we being the series, Gotham City is struggling,” DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says in the video. “It’s in the midst of a crime wave. It’s battling corruption.” At the center of Gotham’s organized crime is mob boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Doman. “The Falcone crime family runs the city,” McKenzie says in the video. “They have relationships with everyone from law enforcement to the judicial branch to the mayor’s office.” The turmoil following the death of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents could potentially […]
Oct. 03, 2014 | 1:57 p.m.

‘Constantine': First look at demonic trailer, poster for NBC horror show

Constantine poster (featured image)
“Constantine” premieres on NBC on Oct. 24, and Hero Complex readers can get a first look at a new teaser video as well as a poster featuring John Constantine that will be distributed to comics retailers to help promote the new series. The new poster, from artist Gene Ha, features British actor Matt Ryan donning the DC character’s trademark trench coat for the show, based on DC Comics’ antihero John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine,” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” The new teaser video (above) hints at Constantine’s dark past, including […]
Oct. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels': Ralph McQuarrie legacy on view in animated series

Lothal's cities in "Star Wars Rebels" draw their inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie's Alderaan. (Lucasfilm)
The sun was shining brightly on one recent afternoon at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ lush yet cozy retreat in Marin County. But Kilian Plunkett, art director for the new animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” was not outside enjoying a stroll through Lucas’ vineyard or taking a dip in the waters of Lake Ewok. He was inside, in the dim light of the Lucasfilm archive, holding a bit of cinematic history in his hands. At just 18×41 centimeters, artist Ralph McQuarrie’s gouache concept paintings for the original “Star Wars” trilogy are smaller than expected, but then again, so is the Mona Lisa. Physical size bears no relation to the impact these paintings have on pop culture. “I always assumed these things were giant movie poster size,” Plunkett said as he pointed out the finer details of McQuarrie’s style. For “Star Wars” […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ animated TV series renewed for second season

A scene from "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
“Star Wars Rebels” is getting a second season, Disney announced Thursday, the day before the cartoon’s first season premiere. Disney XD has ordered a second season of the new animated series, which has been praised by critics as well as fans who saw a debut screening at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July or who caught early screenings on digital platforms. “The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring,” Lucasfilm’s vice president of creative development, Kiri Hart, said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.” “Star Wars Rebels” is meant to be the origin story of the Rebel Alliance — the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:18 p.m.

‘Phineas and Ferb': Romero, Pegg, more drafted for Halloween special

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“Phineas and Ferb” is getting into the Halloween spirit this weekend with a “Night of the Living Dead”-inspired special called “Night of the Living Pharmacists.” Among the star-studded cast are horror heavyweight George Romero and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, reprising their characters from Edgar Wright’s beloved zombie sendup “Shaun of the Dead.” In this latest episode, Doofenshmirtz’s newest “-inator” machine accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies. Phineas, Ferb, Agent P and others must work together to save the city. In the exclusive clip above, reporter Don Adaded (voiced by Romero) falls victim to the Doofenshmirtz disease. The show has been on a roll with its special projects of late. “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof provided the plot for “Phineas and Ferb: Lost in Danville,” which aired Monday. Earlier this year, creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Black Sails’ Season 2 launch set for January; see new teaser art

Teaser art for the second season of "Black Sails." (Starz)
Fans of “Black Sails” won’t have to wait long for more adventures from the decks of the Walrus. Season 2 of the Emmy-winning pirate series will set sail Jan. 24, Starz is announcing Thursday, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at new teaser art for the show in the gallery above. The art was inspired by the show’s main title sequence, which garnered an Emmy nomination earlier this year. (Check it out in the video below.) The series, executive produced by Michael Bay, follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie. The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

‘SNL’ spoofs Marvel success with ‘Guardians’ star Chris Pratt

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Is Marvel so successful that it can do no wrong in the eyes of moviegoers? Maybe, according “Saturday Night Live.” In the show’s premiere this weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt joined the “SNL” cast in a satirical trailer poking fun at Marvel’s ever-expanding roster of superhero films and their apparent box-office invincibility. The faux trailer begins with images from “Guardians,” which has earned some $644 million at the worldwide box office, and a voice-over explaining that, after the success of a film based on “a super-obscure comic book” and the hype surrounding the studio’s eagerly anticipated “Ant-Man” (“It’s about a guy who talks to ants. What? Yeah!”), Marvel doesn’t need comic books anymore. “We made a superhero team by pointing at a bunch of random words in the dictionary,” the trailer deadpans, introducing “Creatures of the Cosmos,” […]
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