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Anything happen in the world of superhero movies in the past week? Holy crap. After Saturday at Comic-Con it feels like everything is different, but the Bits are now back!

Does Chris Evans know who Ultron is? Is Jeff Wadlow writing X-Force? Want to see some Guardians of the Galaxy costumes? What happens in Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter? Will there be an unrated version of The Wolverine? Is a Venom movie still possible? Want to watch some new footage from Kick-Ass 2 and what’s up with Vin Diesel‘s Marvel meeting? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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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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This past Saturday in Comic-Con’s Hall H will go down in history as one of the best days ever at the Con. We found out about a Superman/Batman movie, saw footage from Godzilla, a teaser for Warcraft, footage from every single upcoming Marvel movie and so much more.

One of the major highlights was director Bryan Singer parading out the entire cast of his 2014 sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. We’re talking about a murderer’s row of Oscar winners, legends, and A-listers including Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence and Peter Dinklage. We’ve already written about what happened and talked about the footage but now, thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch the whole thing yourself. Read More »

The Wolverine

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 »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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 »

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What’s the latest on Hellboy 3? Where can you see an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. billboard? Does Sam Rockwell want back into the Marvel Universe? Want to see some new TV spots and images from The Wolverine? Where is Captain America: The Winter Soldier now filming? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Wolverine

The last week has seen the release of a lot of new material for The Woverine as Fox tries to raise awareness of the film prior to its opening later this month. We recently featured an edit bay visit and a long interview with director James Mangold, just for starters. Now there’s a new featurette that focuses on Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in his in-story role as a sort of ronin. The featurette also talks more about the story points that see the character’s traditional relationship to his healing powers changed somewhat. There’s some new footage, but for the most part this is an expansion of the aspects of the film that have already figured prominently into marketing the movie.  Read More »

James Mangold The Wolverine

James Mangold has directed a little bit of everything — drama, romance, biopic, action, thriller, western — and now he’s attempting to bring all that experience to the superhero genre. On July 26 he’ll present The Wolverine, the big screen return of everyone’s favorite adamantium skeletoned mad man. Hugh Jackman is once again putting on the claws for a solo adventure that’ll take the character to Japan in search of a cure to his immortality.

After Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, audiences might feel superheroed out this summer. However, watching the first 20 minutes of the film, it’s obvious The Wolverine isn’t anything like those massive films. Audiences have already seen the character in X-Men, X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (and to some extent X-Men: First Class) but here Mangold is digging deeper with the character, telling a much more personal story.

I, along with reps from Latino Review, FirstShowing and ScreenRant, sat down with Mangold for a half hour to discuss the film. While the previous article had some highlights of that talk, what you’ll find below is the full transcript. In the discussion we talked about working around the constructs of the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont Wolverine story, the original movies, his trepidations about the project, how the superhero audience is changing, how Christopher Nolan’s approached influenced him, if he had to hand off to Days of Future Past, developing the bullet train sequence, marketing in the Internet age, meeting Mark Millar, the work of Darren Aronofsky and Christopher McQuarrie and more.

If you’re looking forward to The Wolverine, this interview is packed with insight and information. It’s a great long read.

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