This is a particularly good edition of Superhero Bits, I’m not going to lie. Do you want to see some new Thor: The Dark World character posters? What does Natalie Portman know about female superhero movies? How about storyboards from a deleted scene in The Wolverine? Were Killian and Pepper supposed to have sex in Iron Man 3? Has Hot Toys made not one, but two, brand new Batmans? Was Jeff Bridges as annoyed at R.I.P.D. as the rest of the world? Read about all this and more in today’s edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over the past six X-Men movies — seven if you count the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past — Hugh Jackman has proved invaluable to the Fox franchise. Indeed, he’s so important to the series that this week’s rumor that he’d been offered $100 million to stick around for four more installments sounded entirely plausible. That’s not something you’d be able to say about most movie stars, no matter how lucrative their franchises.
However, Jackman has now gone on record denying that report. “I would never do that,” he added. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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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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Want to see a new image from Thor: The Dark World? How about one from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Where can you read about Thanos for real cheap? What does Glenn Close have to say about Guardians of the Galaxy? Who is really stopping Wonder Woman from making the big screen? Which villain do the writers of Amazing Spider-Man 2 really like? Was Ultron ever a part of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man plan? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want to see some gorgeous concept art for The Wolverine and Iron Man 3? Where can you watch a bunch of interviews from Kick-Ass 2? Why is James Gunn getting death threats about Guardians of the Galaxy? Did Aaron Taylor-Johnson meet with Joss Whedon about Avengers: Age of Ultron? Where might Batman vs. Superman be filming? Can you see exclusive footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Which Emmy-award winner was asked to be a Marvel movie villain? Did Chris Hemsworth comment on the Comic-Con footage for Thor: The Dark World? How does Godzilla fit into the Marvel Universe? Read about all this and more in today’s massive Superhero Bits. Read More »
Dave, Devindra, and Peter Sciretta discuss the culture of line-waiting at Comic-Con, Spike Lee’s new Kickstarter project, the achievements of Netflix, and whether 2015 will lead to the end of cinema as we know it. Be sure to read up on why there will be not be a Dredd sequel, The Daily Beast’s profile on Laverne Cox, and what Spike Lee’s Kickstarter can teach us all.
ALSO: It’s been pointed out that the plot of the Oldboy remake could actually be the same as the Park Chan-Wook original. We shall reflect on this.
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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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Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Though the comic book world can be a very dark place, what with all those evil supervillains and bloody battles and heroic deaths and whatnot, a comic book movie director can only show so much of that stuff without risking the film’s commercial prospects. Mainstream superhero tales will push the constraints of the PG-13 rating as far as they’ll stretch, but it’s very rare that they’ll actually break through them.
But hey, that’s what unrated director’s cuts are for. In the case of The Wolverine, James Mangold states that while he’s “very happy” with the theatrical cut, he has plans to release an even more violent unrated edition for home video. Hit the jump to see what he wants to add in.
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