Posts Tagged ‘The Wolverine’

James Mangold has tweeted a new one-sheet poster for The Wolverine, this one in the same vein as the previous Logan art print only with the Silver Samurai.

Silver Samurai poster

I do love this style of teaser poster. Not only does it convey the theme of the movie but it’s just beautiful artwork on its own.

It’s also interesting that Silver Samurai gets his own character poster when he’s been all but ignored in the trailers, though I had previously suggested that they might be leaving him for closer-to-time advertising. This also does not give us a clear look at him either, we still have the dark few seconds clip of him from the trailer.

Of course, if I was a cynic (which I often am) it could simply be we’re getting this poster because Wolverine and Silver Samurai are the only characters distinctive enough to work with this style of art…. though I think a creative artist could easily represent the others so hopefully we’ll see others.

In any case, a little over two months to go!

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The Wolverine title card

The Wolverine has finally given us some trailers.

US Domestic:


What have we learned from these trailers?

Logan has been living in Canada (likely) and basically bumming around, feeling a bit lost and empty after the events of X3. Yukio then finds him on behalf of ‘her employer’, Shingen Yashida, who is dying and wants to thank Logan for saving his life long time ago during the war.

Shingen - The Wolverine

Now, in the comics, none of this happened. For one, Shingen was a bad guy who did not approve of Logan and Mariko at all… so this ‘life debt’ just came out of nowhere and is almost the opposite of the comics dynamic of the relationship between them. Now, Shingen does tell Logan he can make him mortal (cause Logan obviously suffers from Highlander-syndrome) and that could actually be Shingen being evil. Instead of it being ‘a mercy’ it could be “I’m gonna steal your healing factor to save myself and I’m okay with whatever happens to you”.

The Wolverine

Shingen does die (or pretends to) and the funeral is attacked by ninjas and Mariko is taken. However, Logan apparently gets dosed with the ‘cure’ anyway (Which, yeah, didn’t we see this in X3?) as he’s not healing properly. It’s a safe bet he didn’t know he was dosed because he acts very “what is happening to me” in the trailer. The question is, did Shingen do it or Viper on her own or on Shingen’s behalf? This would be more like the comics where Shingen has Logan poisoned.

Viper - The Wolverine

Speaking of Viper, she’s apparently a head scientist for Shingen which means no HYDRA. She also seems to be playing around with hallucinogens because she appears to trick Wolverine Mystique-like in the Domestic trailer and then she starts to literally shed her skin. I’m thinking hallucinogen makes he look all snakey like or they made her a mutant who actually sheds her skin. She is getting all the face time, villain wise, in these trailers.

There are some very big fight scenes and the one that I thought was ‘on a plane’ is actually an elevated train and looks pretty cool the way they use the momentum and jump above road signs and stuff. There is also another very Kung Fu looking fight with ninja’s coming out of the woodwork in a snowy village setting. Yukio also gets her share of action in the trailer as well. So far no complaints in the action department, it does look really good.

What we don’t see?

Mariko - The Wolverine

For one, there is very little attention paid to the love story between Logan and Mariko. The International trailer doesn’t give even a hint of it while the Domestic only has a few split seconds and almost no specific reference to it at all. Mariko was one of Logan’s greatest loves, he actually cried when she called off their wedding. I can understand that they don’t want to make the whole trailer look like a romance movie but almost ignoring this important plot point… not sure if that was a wise move. Maybe we’ll see that in a second trailer. Or… maybe they don’t hook up in the movie? I have said she seemed a little young for the role… and Logan is an anti-hero… hhmmmm…

Silver Samurai - The Wolverine

In a flip from above, the Domestic trailer has absolutely no Silver Samurai while the International only has a small glimpse. They really are keeping a tight lid on this character and I have to wonder why. Is there a twist they are trying to hide? (In the comics, Silver Samurai is the half-sister of Mariko.) Doesn’t quite make sense to me, maybe they think it would be too much for a trailer? Make it look too campy or comicbooky as they are really going for a Ronin look in the trailers?

My personal opinion?

The style is about what I was expecting, very on par with previous X-Men and Marvel super-hero movies only a little more on the darker side. It actually doesn’t look as ‘dark’ as I was thinking it could be but I’m not going to complain there. The fact that Shingen’s relationship with Logan is changed and the lack of Mariko and Silver Samurai does have me a tad worried, but above all, I’m still about the same I was before the trailer. I do want to see this film, it has the potential to be so awesome!

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It’s going to be a big week for Wolverine, the trailer for the film is set to debut with G.I. Joe 2 this friday, with an advance of the trailer to appear Wednesday.

So here is some of the new stuff we got today and what it all means.

BleedingCool – The Wolverine “Tweaser” Footage Released On Vine By Director James Mangold – It’s a bit pointless to do a screen cap run down of this as the full trailer is just around the corner. From what I can see though, we have Wolvie fighting a samurai who may or may not be the Silver Samurai as there is no costume on the guy, so could be a lackey. We do get a glimpse of the Silver Samurai but they really are being less than generous with showing him. We also see the funeral get ninja’d by some… ninjas. Wolvie is also held by Viper (which we see in the stills below). A lot of shirtless Hugh Jackman.  Some kind of fight on a plane or helicopter. Most of this we already knew… the rest is hard to figure out without more context. So, yeah, don’t know a whole heck of a lot here other than a confirmed cameo which I talk about farther down. Expect a more detailed analysis from me once we get the full trailer.

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Director Talks  Death, Pain, Toxin And Anime
Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is Logan’s primary love interest in the film.  Mangold provided a little background about where we find  Mariko at the start of the film, “At the time this movie opens, there’s a  kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and  there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion.  So she’s someone who’s under threat.” – I don’t know this story as well as I’d like… but I always thought of Mariko as someone who could take care of herself? If not through force than through cunning. Hopefully we’ll see some of that here rather than this being boiled down to a tropey ‘hero saves the princess’ storyline.

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE trailer rated by BBFC – The BBC has rated the Wolverine trailer as 15 which overlaps the US’s PG-13 and R. Trailers tend to get cut down so that they can play on more screens because you don’t want to put a rated R trailer on a rated PG-13 film. Now, there is a lot of over lapping as the US and the UK do not always see eye to eye on what is acceptable, but the fact that the trailer for Wolverine is rated 15, even if this is an International cut that we won’t get except via YouTube, means that Wolverine is going to be a very violent film and unlike all the other X-Men films before. Somehow I doubt it will get an R rating here in the US as they’ll want to keep open a wider audience for the film, but now it seems likely they are going to push the limits of the PG-13 rating. The question is, does this bode well or bad for Wolverine? Well, Wolverine is an inherently violent character and samurai films aren’t exactly light on the violence either… so it really comes down to the way it’s done… though I’m sure a lot of fan boys are very happy to hear that Wolvie won’t be pussy-footing around.

ComicBookMovie – Sneak Peek At THE WOLVERINE  Confirms Famke Janssen Cameo – I thought about listing this as a spoiler but then realized that they put it right out in the sneak of the trailer so they aren’t exactly hiding it. This, added with the fact that it’s all glowey in the image which usually denotes some kind of memory/flashback, means to me that it’s just that, a flashback. This was one of the two possibilities that we had for Jean returning. So, unfortunately this means Jean doesn’t show up at the end in a ‘I’m not dead, you need to go and change the future, blah blah blah’ which would have been a great tie into First Class (if Wolvie is the time traveler). Now, this doesn’t mean that both can’t happen, a memory flashback in the first of the film to remind the audience where Wolvie is in his life and then boom, Jean shows up again at the end and it’s a massive WTF moment that will leave people in anticipation of Days of Future Past.

ComicBookMovie – 20th Century Fox Puts New  International Poster For THE WOLVERINE Into Motion

Entertainment Weekly – ‘The Wolverine’: 8 New Photos!

Most of the shots we get of Logan has him either in this black suit (from a funeral) or in the tank (see below). The funeral is likely early on in the movie as this will bring Logan and Mariko together, but they are holding back on showing us some of the later stuff, especially with the Silver Samurai.

You can already see that Wolvie and Yukio do not seem to like each other. And now that I think about it, could the tank be what’s under his shirt? Like maybe Logan doesn’t get a chance to change? That would make this a rather face paced “happens over a short period of time” kind of film.

Viper is originally a HYDRA villain and it’s unknown at this time just how much, if any, HYDRA is involved or even exists in the X-Men universe. We haven’t see any HYDRA symbols or badges so she could just be a bad guy who goes by Viper. And seeing as she has been showed off and the Silver Samurai hasn’t… makes me wonder just how big a role she actually has… not that it’s bigger, but that they don’t mind spoiling scenes with her. Or maybe they just want to entice the male audience…

Yukio isn’t messing around it appears… I do like the way they have her here, a much more modern version of the character… but like Mariko, she seems too young for her role. We’ll just have to see how she plays it.

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE: Hugh Jackman  Unleashes His Rage In 2 New Posters – Yeah, they should have kept the Japanese style and not gone for a Darth Vader NNNnnooooo!!! moment… and the ninja poster looks like a really bad fan poster photo manip… eek! Fox’s horrible movie posters strikes again!

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CinemaBlend – Will X-Men: Days Of Future Past Bring Back The Hellfire Club? – It makes sense that they wouldn’t be back in DOFP because a) they don’t have anything to do with the original plot line and b) the first movie wasn’t really about the Club, they weren’t really the villian either, Shaw was, the Club was just what he happened to be doing at the time, though ultimately, it was about Magneto becoming the villian… so yeah… not surprised and not worried.

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Lauds X-MEN: DAYS  OF FUTURE PAST Script; “Different, New and Unexpected” – “Then also, getting to team up with Sir Patrick. I don’t know if I get to work  with Sir Ian, but it should be a real exciting time I think.” – that seems to indicate that the two Xaviers will meet unlike McAvoy previously said before he actually read the script…

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Talks X-MEN 3 And  X-MEN: DOFP; “Ellen Page Was Something I Liked…” – “There are parts of X-Men 3… it isn’t what I would have done, but parts of it, I  liked. Ellen Page was something I liked in X-Men 3 and I’m bringing her to Days  of Future Past. Certain things are different. There was a lot going on in it and  I wasn’t so happy with so many people dying, but then there were some really  sweet moments with that kid, the cure kid.” – I put my faith in you Bryan, don’t let me down!

ComicBookMovie – Oscar Winning Visual Effects  Team Joins X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

ComicBookMovie – Mark Millar Teases Big  Announcement From Fox; Confirms He Has Now Spoken To Bryan Singer – I really don’t care what he has to ‘announce’.

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee And  James Mangold Discuss THE WOLVERINE –  “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just  like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his  physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger.”

CinemaBlend – Wolverine Hi-Res Stills Have Blood Dripping From The Mutant’s Claws

ComicBookMovie – Details For Online Premiere Of  THE WOLVERINE Teaser Trailer; Sneak Peak Coming Next Tuesday

CinemaBlend – Wolverine Set Photos Introduce Logan And His Key Ladies – still not sure what to make of Mariko, she just seems a little young for Logan, even if going by Hugh Jackman’s age (and not Wolvies) but we’ll see just how the relationship goes and how the actress plays it and if the chemistry is there

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CinemaBlend – Hasidic Jew Community Enraged Over Amazing Spider-Man 2 Shooting Schedule – so nothing against Spidey himself, just the dates they decided to film…

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CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Discusses Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Campaign As It Relates To A Firefly Follow-Up – I knew that was going to have a ripple effect… Firefly isn’t the only fandom that has jumped on this.

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James Mangold, director of highly anticipated (by me at least) The Wolverine, tweeted on Saturday: “I’m posting images from films that inspired / influenced THE WOLVERINE. Name the movies. Even better, go see them.”

Here is the list:

Chungking Express

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Samaurai Trilogy


Black Narcissus

Happy Together

13 Assassins

French Connection



This is quite the collection of classic Western and Kung Fu cinema, with some of these being the very definition of art-house film. This is not the usual fare for a Superhero movie, even a Nolan-verse film, but it’s very fitting for classic Wolverine. In fact, some of these images seem to come straight from the pages of 1980s Wolverine comics.



The first trailer for The Wolverine will be shown on the G.I. Joe 2 movie March 29th and we’ll get our first look at the tone of the film. I really can’t wait!

I also can’t get over the fact how much Eastwood looks like Logan in this still from The Outlaw Josey Wales

If I had mad-photoshop-skills I’d totally replace those guns with claws… it’s just so uncanny!

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CinemaBlend – Fantastic Four Reboot To Get A Touch-Up From Dark Shadows Screenwriter – eek!

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Twitter – James Mangold tweets another behind the scenes pic

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CinemaBlend – Bryan Singer Hints About Peter Dinklage’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past Character
“He’ll be himself. Not that he’ll be playing Peter Dinklage, he’ll be playing this character. It’s not a shy character. He’s just such a phenomenal actor; I’m a huge fan of Peter’s and Game of Thrones. He was my first choice and I was really happy [about the casting]. It’s so funny to talk to him because he does that impeccable accent [on Game of Thrones] and then you talk to him and he’s this guy from New Jersey.”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Teases Return Of  Scott And Jean In X-MEN: DOFP; Hints At Shared Fox Universe
When the site put it to him that a lot of fans would like to see Scott and Jean  return, he teased: “Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can  say. The good news is that we’re all on the same page!”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Talks About His  Role In X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
“It would be [weird to direct Days of Future Past]  if I didn’t write the story for X-Men: First Class. I wrote the story to that  movie and I produced it and I was instrumental in the casting, in design and  involved in the post-production, so I was part of that movie. I initiated that  movie and originated it so in that way, and worked with Matthew and I was the  one who actually hired Matthew so in a way I feel like I’m not completely  entering someone else’s franchise. I’m entering one that he executed  wonderfully, but one that I was also part of.”

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Facebook – New Mandarin poster for Iron Man 3

Twitter – James Mangold shares another The Wolverine behind the scenes photo.

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Facebook – New The Wolverine Image – is it just me or is Wolvie looking kinda old?

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“Oh, very excited to see it. I love the trailer, and I think Zack Snyder is incredibly talented,” says Singer. “It would have been strange for me if this was a few years ago; it would have been a little weird. But now there’s so much distance from that world that I’m actually pumped to see it, genuinely. So I’m just looking forward to it.”

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Twitter – Mangold tweets behind the scenes picture from The Wolverine

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Bryan Singer has tweeted an image of Xavier’s iconic wheelchairs, but has anyone else noticed that there is a poster for The Wolverine on the wall of the cubicle behind them?

Specifically this one.

The Wolverine International Poster

The Wolverine International Poster

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ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Role Will Be “Large”
THR also says that Jackman’s role in Days Of Future Past will be “large”, and that he’ll be reunited with many members of the original X-Men cast. He then says that he has yet to read a finished script, and that he has only seen an eight-page synopsis. – I keep saying he will likely be the time traveler, if his role is as ‘large’ as this suggests then that would do it.

CinemaBlend – X-Men: Days Of Future Past Adds Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage – no news who he will play, but Puck seems to be the frontrunner of the speculation

ComicBookMovie – More From Bryan Singer On X-MEN: DOFP; Reveals Richard Nixon Will Be A Character – I already said, if they are doing 1973, no way they couldn’t do the Watergate Scandal.

CinemaBlend – X-Men: Days Of Future Past Will Shoot In 3D, And Bryan Singer Explains His Secrecy
“There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise.”

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ComicBookMovie – Does A Late Trailer Date For THE WOLVERINE Signal Trouble? – not that it means the movie is of bad quality, just that waiting so long could easily not help in box office returns

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ComicBookMovie – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Shoot Moves To The Cemetery – who died? there are a few options…

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“Production has already started! Completely. It started months ago and we have an entire team in London already – we start shooting in June. Our director [James Gunn] travels next week and it’s going, baby! It’s a fast train to a beautiful place.”


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Rhodey As The Iron Patriot

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