Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Aside from a few dreamy appearances by deceased flame Jean Grey, The Wolverine was a solo outing for the grizzled X-Man. He doesn’t don the leather costume or call Westchester to check in, and none of his X-friends are around when the shit hits the fan.
But screenwriter Mark Bomback reveals that wasn’t always the plan. According to him, an earlier draft of the story had Wolverine teaming up with one of his favorite teammates from the original trilogy. Hit the jump to find out who it was, and why that plotline was dropped.
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Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Fox’s X-Men universe is a rich one filled with beloved characters of all kinds. But by far the most recognizable figure in it is Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman in a record seven films: X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Which means Jackman’s been brandishing those adamantium claws for well over a decade. At this point, it’d be understandable if he felt the urge to move in. But Fox, not surprisingly, is hoping he’ll stick around, and rumor has it they’re willing to pay him very handsomely to do so. Like, $100 million for four movies handsomely. Hit the jump to get the dirt.
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After years of development, the second standalone film featuring Marvel’s favorite claw-wielding mutant is here. The Wolverine had a hell of a development path, but finally came together with Hugh Jackman reprising the title role under the direction of James Mangold. Their inspiration was the mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that cemented Wolverine’s popularity in the early ’80s.
The team took quite a few liberties with Claremont/Miller — characters are changed, and with them so are some of the broad strokes of the story — but there’s a definite path that links the films.
Is that link, along with the film’s other positive factors, enough to make this one work? Let us know below — what did you think of The Wolverine? Is this a lot better than the first standalone movie, or just a bit better? (It can’t possibly be worse; on that point I think everyone can agree.) As always with posts of this sort, spoilers are encouraged in the comment thread below.
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Comic Con is too large of an event for celebrities to actually walk the show floor, but that doesn’t stop some of them from trying. Justin Timberlake once walked Comic-Con dressed as a ‘Sesame Street’ character years ago. Many other actors have famously thrown on a Stormtrooper helmet and walked the show floor with just a half-assed cosplay presentation — so if you ever see someone who just threw on a mask and it looks like they didn’t try hard enough, ask yourself which actor might possibly be hiding in plain sight. Michael Cera just threw on a fierce-looking Gorilla mask one year.
This year, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Doctor Who‘s eleventh doctor Matt Smith and The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman are among the actors we know who donned a disguise and walked the show floor this year. After the jump you can see how they did it.
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Earlier this year, director Bryan Singer made headlines when he revealed the 2014 sequel to X-Men First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, would not only bring back the First Class cast, but most of the cast from the original trilogy too. That created all kinds of questions, even though many fans are familiar with the time travel storyline of the title.
So how do you get fans excited for a film that’s over a year away and still filming? You bring the whole cast to San Diego Comic-Con‘s Hall H and present a brand new trailer that lays out some of the story. That story shows Professor X (Patrick Stewart, once James McAvoy) and Magneto (Ian McKellan, once Michael Fassbender) sending Wolverine (still Hugh Jackman) from some kind of desolate future into the past, to meet up with their younger selves, played by McAvoy and Fassbender.
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James Mangold has done something miraculous with The Wolverine. He’s made us care about the character beyond the claws. After X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it seemed like audience might be ready to write off Hugh Jackman‘s portrayal of everyone’s favorite adamantium-laced madman. With this film, though, Mangold takes the character back to his roots. We get into the psychology of him, his thoughts and desires, all wrapped around a very specific story set sometime after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
The Wolverine opens on July 26 and as we get closer, we’ll have much more on the film. For now, watch this spoiler-free video reaction with myself and Peter Sciretta. Read More »
When San Diego Comic-Con announced their 2013 schedules last week, there was one big, glaring blank spot. It read “20th Century Fox – TBD – Hall.” Fans all wondered what the studio could be bringing. Their upcoming X-Men movies, The Wolverine and X-Men Days of Future Past? The teen sequel Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters? Next summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service? Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four? The questions were endless and now we have a partial answers.
Fox will bring stars and presentations for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and one unannounced “major” surprise. Read More »
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Footage from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has been slightly confounding as it isn’t quite what some people expected — or hoped — to see. Fans have known the film is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s early mini-series featuring Wolverine, published as he was on the cusp of becoming Marvel’s biggest character. Set in Japan, the story is a dark tale of vengeance, redemption, and love, which leads to certain assumptions.
The footage is more glossy and colorful than that story origin might suggest. But this is a studio summer film that has to be sold to as many people as possible. It can’t be that weird. And so there’s a fight scene on a bullet train — one of many additions to the story, and one of the big ones that looks least like the original source story.
Now Fox has released a big chunk of that fight scene online, so you can get a taste of how it plays out. Read More »