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A new international trailer has been released, it goes a bit more in depth to the beginning of the film, how Logan knows Yashida and all that. It also seems to confirm a suspicion that Yashida might be using Logan to gain his own immortality which would fit with Yashida being an adversary to Logan. We also see that Viper has some tricks up her sleeve.

But I can’t help thinking that they have given way the ending… at least the boss battle…

Anyway, just a month and a half to go!

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From Spinoff Online



Seven times might be the charm for longtime Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star of The Wolverine hinted he might be done with the character following his appearance in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I wasn’t even sure after the first film if I would do another,” Jackman said regarding X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

Jackman has played the popular character in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, and he has The Wolverine and Days of Future Past ready to roll out this summer and next.

When asked what he thought about recasting the role of Wolverine, James Bond-style, Wolverine producer Hutch Parker said the idea “feels somewhat blasphemous.”

The Wolverine will premiere July 26, while X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

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BleedingCool – A Film Based On A Comic Book Just Won The Palme D’Or At Cannes

CinemaBlend – Composer Carter Burwell Leaves Thor’s Dark World

ComicBookMovie – Thor: The Dark World Debuts New Stills And An Official Website

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Director James  Mangold Talks 3D, Easter Eggs And Possible After-Credits Scene

CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Won’t Let The Villain Overshadow The Heroes In The Avengers 2 – “I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them.”

ComicBookMovie – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER  SOLDIER Shoots A Car Crash In Cleveland Set Video

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Reveals More X-MEN:  DOFP Details; Wolverine The One Who Travels Back In Time? – “Hugh’s got a big part,” the Scottish actor teased. “You throw Hugh  Jackman in there and he comes with so much rage. I’m really looking forward to  working with him. He’d better [frick]ing bring it.” – Even though I have thought and still think Wolvie could be the time traveller, this is not convincing to me. It could be 1973 Wolvie that is running around with the gang. Though I am a bit dismayed at him having ‘a big part’. This is X-Men, not Wolverine and some Other Guys

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Reveals His  Enthusiasm For An AVENGERS And X-MEN Movie Crossover –  “I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal  situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it  possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr.  and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great.”

io9 – Uh, DC just randomly killed the hell out of a major character – and the annoying part, I usually get this title but for some reason didn’t get it today when I got my pull list…

io9 – 7 Television Shows That Took Potshots at Fanfic Writers – let’s face it, Supernatural did it the best…

CinemaBlend – Theater Owners Want To Limit Trailers To Two Minutes Long

Empire Magazine – The Wolverine Empire Cover Is Here!

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From IGN

by Lucy O’Brien

Director James Mangold isn’t really interested in making a comic book movie. Not in the traditional sense. He’s not really interested in explosions or bombastic action sequences or 3D. He’s not interested in quip-spouting super heroes or nudging his audience in the ribs with a sly wink.

What he is interested in, is character. Mangold, whose previous works include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, is an actor’s director. He’s the man responsible for Angelina Jolie’s Lisa Rowe, Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash and Christian Bale’s Dan Evans. Mangold is unequivocally sincere in his approach and his actors have the Oscars to prove it.

It might seem odd, then, for a director who cut his teeth on character-driven drama to be turning his attention to a comic book franchise, particularly one so established in the pop culture consciousness as The Wolverine. But Mangold is approaching the Marvel poster boy as he would with any of his sociopaths and his addicts; with a confidence that here is a multi-faceted, flawed human, waiting to be probed and exposed.

He just happens to be a mutant.

(Story details on The Wolverine ahead)

“One of the most interesting things about Logan is his immortality,” says Mangold on a sunny Thursday at The Wolverine set in Sydney’s Chinese gardens, near the production’s central home at Fox Studios. “The fact that there’s a kind of exhaustion that sets in when you’re here forever. And I wrote these lines on the back of my script when I first met with Fox: ‘everyone I love will die.’ I felt that the saga I wanted to tell was the story about a man who in a way felt cursed. And everyone he’d ever cared about in the world, whether it be the people he fought with – the X-Men, his wife, or others – had perished.”

It’s a point Mangold returns to many times, this idea of finding Logan not at his iconic yellow and black high but at his most defeated low, with his “tank empty,” as he puts it.  “There’s this idea of the ‘ronin’. Which in a sense is exactly what Logan is. A hero without a purpose. A hero without a mission. Does he even have interest in a mission any more? Or is he so bored with them because mankind keeps f*cking up. What’s the point?

“I think that’s a really interesting place to start a film. And a really interesting place for this character to go on a journey.”

Logan’s New Era

The Wolverine doesn’t lend itself easily to an elevator pitch. It’s not an origin story; X-Men Origins: Wolverine already trod that ground. It’s not part of any existing narrative chronology in the Marvel film universe. It’s a reboot where the central star remains the same as the previous films. In fact, the only definitive thing you can say about The Wolverine is that it is a standalone film. While Hollywood’s ruthlessness cannot be discounted in the future, this is not a movie made to birth a ‘The Wolverine’ trilogy. And for Mangold, that’s liberating.

“The Wolverine doesn’t deny the world, but it also is its own film. And in that way, the liberating aspect of the journey to another country, has freed us from the shackles of a lot of standard sequel making. It’s just a movie. A movie on its one from the moment it fades in to the moment it fades out. The aspect that I think we’ve gained from that is we don’t have the burden of doing the origin story. We can start in media res. We can start in action. We can just start telling you a story.”

That story, of course, is based on the classic 1982 Claremont/Miller Wolverine comic book mini-series, which famously took the common portrayal of Wolverine as a bruiser and brawler and turned him into that aforementioned ronin, the Samurai without a master. These days it is widely regarded as one of the most influential Wolverine story-lines, redefining the character as someone grounded by a strong moral code who struggles with his animal nature. The movie adaptation will take the bones of the character arc but update it for a contemporary audience; not least by stripping it of its rampant ‘80s look.

Broadly – and if you don’t want to know anything about the film’s storyline please stop reading now –  The Wolverine sees Logan, isolated and in despair, travel to Japan in pursuit of an heiress named Miriko with whom he has fallen in love. There, he must contend with her murderous father Shingen and a female mercenary called Yukio, who is deeply attracted to Logan’s wild nature. The emotional through-line is grounded in Logan’s inner-conflict between his base instincts and his purer self, reflected in the honourable Miriko and the chaotic Yukio. Throw in the yakuza, the seductive villainess Viper and Shingen’s illegitimate son The Silver Samurai, and you’ve got yourself a film that still fits nicely into the ‘comic book movie’ mould but houses a character drama at its heart.

“To me, the idea of exploring the idea of gods,” explains Mangold, “which is what superheroes really are – mutants, superheroes, are all in a sense touched people, bigger-than-people, more than people, immortal people, what’s interesting is to explore that but still be rooting for who they are and what they are and give a sh*t. Because to me, any sequence in the kind of arms race between movies of spectacle; the one way you’re going to be more spectacular is if your audience gives a sh*t. If you’re not just bludgeoning them over the head with sound and fast cuts but if they’re actually emotionally invested in the outcome of the sequence they’re watching.”

Keep reading on IGN…

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A new trailer for The Wolverine has been released, you can watch it here:

First off, called it on the Jean thing being a dream/memory, turns out it’s a dream, though more like a nightmare. It’s actually kinda lame in its presentation, content and acting… though that could be how it’s cut for the trailer, I’m assuming there is more to it… or I would hope so.

Yukio get’s a little more screen time kicking butt in a ‘I don’t really have to try’ kind of way.

Then some more of the action is shown, the train sequence does look to be rather fun and possibly intense, can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

There is also a little more of the Silver Samurai who looks to be attacking Logan when he is sleeping with Mariko, though not sure what kind of ‘sleeping’ is being had.

As for Viper, she literally is a snake-like woman, at least has a snake tongue, which would mean her shedding seen in the trailers is actually probably real (though could still be drug induced hallucination).

And what the heck is up with the robot/Silver Samurai? Is there someone inside that thing like a mech? I think I need to go back and reread these issues cause I know it’s been awhile but I honestly don’t remember this… though it could be an interesting twist if done right… though they just kinda gave it away…

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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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ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Says He’ll “Correct A Few Things”
When asked if Days Of Future Past will be a reset of sorts for the series, Singer lets slip that, “I’ll be able to correct a few things.”

BleedingCool – X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rumour – Peter Dinklage Playing Bolivar Trask? – could work, though the irony might be a little to much

CinemaBlend – Could Game Of Thrones’ Jason Momoa Be Joining The Guardians Of The Galaxy? – Yes please?

ComicBookMovie – MAN OF STEEL Screened For WB Execs To Rave Reviews

ComicBookMovie – Henry Cavill On MAN OF STEEL

ComicbookMovie – Todd McFarlane Updates On New SPAWN Movie; Second Animated Series In The Works

BleedingCool – The Death Of Wolverine In 2014? – taking bets on how long that ‘death’ will actually last

CinemaBlend – The Rock’s Lobo Movie Has Fallen Apart

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ComicBookMovie – Mark Millar Shares His Thoughts  On Wolverine’s Role In Future X-MEN Movies
He doesn’t go so far as to say there is such a thing as too much Wolverine… but he does believe in giving the other characters a fair shot. This is the most promising thing he’s said in awhile.

CinemaBlend – Reddit-Inspired Screenplay Rome Sweet Rome Assigned To New Writer
If the internet can inspire a movie… and as previously mentioned a possible reboot of a tv series… then maybe it can inspire an X-Men series? It’s a thought…

ComicBookMovie – ARROW Showrunners On The Show’s  Future, Deadshot And China White Team-Up Confirmed
“We were able to go through the hell of the first seven or eight [episodes] that  I think you have to go to, to sort of calibrate how to make a good episode …” But… they haven’t made a good episode yet!

CinemaBlend – The Hobbit Has Made So Much That New Zealand Wants Its Money Back What this is… I don’t even….

New image from Marvel:

Iron Man 3 - Iron Man and Pepper

Iron Man 3 – Iron Man and Pepper

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EW posted an interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold. I recommend reading the whole article but here are some choice bits:

How closely do you follow the Claremont/Miller comic book series that inspired this movie? Sampling the vibe and some images?

It’s definitely more. A lot of that story and a lot of beats from that saga are in there — and a lot of characters. Without being religious about it, I think it’s a very admiring adaptation. …

Chronologically, this follows all the other movies featuring Wolverine.

It’s set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to X-Men 3. …

So why did you choose to set yours after all those others?

Because of some of the themes in the Claremont/Miller saga. I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you’re dealing with a character who is essentially immortal.

Are there any other pitfalls you feel comic book movies fall into?

A fantasy film is often improved by some kind of human reality. What makes them hard to sit through is that the modern-day tentpole film has become a lot of fast cutting and an incredible amount of money spent generating effects. What are we left with? We’re left with what we see – a kind of inundation, a head-banging barrage in which they keep turning the volume up on the mix, and flying things at you faster in the hope that it keeps you in your seat. For me, the idea of making a film with hardcore action, with physical action like I grew up reading in the comic books, but also with a heart – and this character has great heart – to me, it’s no different from making a western. Or a cop film.

Sounds like you’re leaning hard on the despair of this character.

What I wrote on the back of the script when I first read it was “Everyone I love will die.” The story I’ve been telling, he enters it believing that. Therefore he’s living in a kind of isolation. He gets drawn to Japan by an old friendship and then finds himself in a labyrinth of deceit, caught up in the agendas of mobsters, of wealth, and other powers we come to understand.

Is there anything about the earlier Wolverine films that you want to avoid?

What I felt like I hadn’t seen as a comic book fan, was I felt I hadn’t seen Logan and his rage. That sense of darkness. … The liberty I have making a film like this is I can find him.  I’m not cutting away to catch you up on any of the Thunderbird team members. It’s his emotional experience, his trajectory, his sense of loss, and his own ambivalence about his powers and talents.

True, Logan can heal — but he still feels the pain.

That to me is so interesting, the pain. I mean, Wings of Desire – all sorts of great films have been made about what it is to live on the edge of humanity, watching humanity, but not being able to fully participate – because you’re forever.

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It’s been announced via Twitter, Hugh Jackman will indeed be in Days of Future Past.

What does this mean for DOFP? Depends on how big of a role the man plays. I still think that Wolvie would be the best option for time traveler due to his ageless-ness, but at the same time I cringe at the thought of another Wolverine-centric movie (there are other mutants people).

Singer did X1 and X2 which were basically the Wolverine-Show with Some Other Guys… he obviously likes the character… let’s just hope that if Wolvie does get that central part this doesn’t mean the other characters will get side-lined. Wolvie can do his job, deliver the info, follow some orders, and let the rest of them do what they do best…


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