We’ve got more stopgap marketing points between the announcement of a film and the first trailer than ever before. One is the motion poster — essentially an animated GIF that still doesn’t manage to say very much about a movie, but sometimes looks pretty cool. For a film like The Hunger Games it works well, because those flaming mockingjay pins are great little icons.
But for The Wolverine, anything short of a looped image of Wolvie clawing up some ninjas will seem like small stuff to some. Here’s a motion poster, and it doesn’t feature violence. Instead, it features brooding and rain. But we’ll take it. When he stands up, hopefully this will be a fresh and clean Wolverine, ready to burst forth into a movie that has little in common with X-Men Origins. The violence will be seen soon, don’t worry. Read More »
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Live from the Australian set of the latest film in the X-Men saga, star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold sat down Monday to answer fan questions about The Wolverine. The discussion ran just about 20 minutes, and there weren’t any incredibly big revelations outside of what we already know. Jackman and Mangold reiterated that the film will be set after the previous X-Men movies, it’s based on the classic Chris Claremont and Frank Miller mini-series, etc.
There were, however, a bunch of very juicy teases about the film. These include the nature of the central villains, the level of action, and how the overall themes explore Logan’s mindset. After the jump, read a bunch of highlights from The Wolverine chat and check out the brand new official teaser poster. Read More »
Whether or not you like this new image of Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine might depend to some extent on your feelings about the character’s claws. See, in early Wolverine comics appearances the guy was a mutant whose skeleton had been enhanced with adamantium, and his claws were added during that process. Later, Marvel wrote in a big change: the claws are actually bone, and have been with Wolvie since birth; they were coated with adamantium when the guy’s skeleton was tweaked. That’s one of many small (and some not so small) changes to the character over the years as Marvel tried to keep fans reading about the anti-hero.
But now, in addition to this image that clearly shows bone claws, we also learn that director James Mangold says The Wolverine takes place after all other X-Men movie continuity. So if the film isn’t a prequel to the X-Men films (as we had assumed it would be) is this a flashback shot? Read More »
If you’ve been successfully avoiding spy photos from the southeast Asian set of James Mangold‘s The Wolverine, you’ve about to be rewarded with claws and veins. 20th Century Fox has released the first official image from the X-Men side story starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium laced badass. It’s scheduled for release July 26, 2013, check out the image below. Read More »
What films are influencing James Mangold on the set of The Wolverine? Want to see a slew of concept art from movies like Green Lantern and Spider-Man 3? Has someone made an Formula 1 car influenced by The Dark Knight Rises? How is the new Avengers video game coming along? What would Iron Man look like with Boba Fett‘s helmet? Did Edward Norton have anything interesting to say about his experiences as The Incredible Hulk? Why is Joss Whedon making out with Clark Gregg? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
James Mangold‘s The Wolverine is shooting now with Hugh Jackman reprising the title role, making his fifth appearance as the adamantium-strengthened mutant warrior. (Or the sixth, if you count one brief cameo.) The film, scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, is based on the short but defining Chris Claremont and Frank Miller series that sees Wolverine in Japan trying to wrangle his affections for a young woman whose father doesn’t exactly accept the gaijin suitor.
Given how far X-Men Origins: Wolverine strayed from fans’ preferred template for the character, we’ve wondered whether or not The Wolverine would be a better take. The prospects seem good, in part due to the source material, the good word on McQuarrie’s script, and the fact that Darren Aronofsky was set to direct for some time.
Now Jackman has commented on the general approach to the film, and while it’s a given that the star is going to say positive things about his current projects, his precise words are going to make some people happy. Read More »
After seemingly years of delays, the second Wolverine solo film, simply called The Wolverine, is clawing towards its start date. Hugh Jackman returns as the popular Marvel character and the Japan-centric story will be directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Casting is still ongoing, as is set construction, but one Australian website has gotten hands on some behind the scenes photos featuring set construction as well as a bulletin board of highly revealing concept art.
Check it all out below, however, beware, this stuff should be considered major spoilers. Read More »
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The efforts to cast Viper in James Mangold‘s The Wolverine have been more publicly complicated than is typical for a supporting part, but it seems like things might be sorted out soon. Jessica Biel was brought up as a likely choice to play the semi-antagonist Viper, but those talks broke down, leaving the role open and Fox and producers looking at other choices.
Now Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, who hasn’t been in many English-language films but did have a prominent role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (as pictured above), is reported to be the new choice. Read More »