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X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 to conclude Brian Singer's X-Men universe


As long as something like X3 never happens again
Apr 28
// Matthew Razak
Some unclear news coming from the old rumor mill. El Miyambe reports that once X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 are done so is the Bryan Singer X-MEN universe that started back in 2000. You can read his full q...
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Michael Green now writing new Wolverine movie


How many ways can a man write "Bub?"
Apr 27
// Jackson Tyler
People hated X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but people seemed to like The Wolverine, so a sequel presses on. Following the Fast and Furious school of naming, Hugh Jackman's one final ride will be called simply: Wolverine. Snappy. ...
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The Wolverine 2 to follow X-Men: Apocalypse


The rush to copy the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues
Mar 19
// Mike Cosimano
We've known for a little while that a sequel to last year's The Wolverine has been in the works, but returning director James Mangold recently gave us an idea of when that movie would be coming. Since X-Men: Apocalypse is cu...

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The Wolverine getting a sequel because money


WOLVERIIIIIIINES!!!!
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
Because the X-Men spin-off sequel The Wolverine did so well in theaters (making $413 million dollars worldwide), it's only natural that talk of another film would start soon because people like makin' money. According to the ...

NRH's Weekly Analysis: X-Men something something, Part 2

Aug 05 // Nathan Hardisty
The first effort to get a swing of the bat, or should that be a claw at the... fence, was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Another feature titled Origins: Magneto was also in development, with the Wolverine title acting as a filmy petri dish of sorts to see if a solo X-Men film could actually play out. I do still believe such a thing is possible to do, if hard to manage. Jumping from ensemble fare to deep character focus is a tricky thing for any franchise to do. It's fair to say then that Origins was surprising in just how blatantly blasphemous it was and how it made The Last Stand look like a fun movie. Origins misunderstands practically every single aspect of Logan (AKA Wolverine) to a point of anger. The film decides to sweep aside his entire life from his Civil War days to World War One to Vietnam to the deep stretches of the Cold War. In a matter of an awful montage we're shown all the possibilities, all the fantastic long stretches of historical material that could serve as the base for a great Wolverine film. Instead we're placed into a stupid action film that throws in the Blob, will.i.am, some sort of Gambit character and Deadpool. That last move is probably the one that manages to score the most scorn points. Turning the merc with a mouth into a mouthless, generic 'end of game' boss.   I think I could probably harp on about Origins: Wolverine for at least a whole other Weekly Analysis. It manages to get so much wrong and practically none of it is redeemable. Hugh Jackman seems to just grin his way through the script, which manages to use all possible cliches and tropes to destroy all sense of fun, pacing or compelling elements. There is very little in the way of 'good' in Origins: Wolverine.  After the critical panning and the 'fair' box office performance, the creative folks decided on a rethink. Returning to the 'present' day X-Men films was on the table as was the Magneto solo venture. Perhaps out of a need to keep familiarly fresh whilst not being too risky, the studios decided another ensemble flick might be worthwhile, but this time set in the past. All of the notable X-Men outside of Wolverine would be given their Origins stories all in one. So we come to First Class.   Let's just say I have a big grand soft spot for First Class. January Jones really phones it in, some of the action sequences fall flat, the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis is reduced to a cinematic backdrop and the film murders most of the continuity that it set out to reaffirm. In reality, however, we have a film that, in some respects, practically erases the entire existence of the events of The Last Stand and some of Origins given the paradoxes that it plays out. The film manages to capture both the drama and scope of these two competing ideologies within the same group that eventually sprout into opposing sides. Under the same 'Mutant' banner it was Magneto that took on militarism and Xavier that attempted compassion. First Class charts their relationship in growing complexity, the Erik/Xavier relationship has always been one that's just been brilliantly realized in both comic book and film, and manages to ground the film in a more intimate conflict. McAvoy and Fassbender play the chemistry practically perfectly too, alongside the rest of the cast. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique is one of the smartest casting decisions I can think of, and the rest of the mutant power fun fun group manage to get in some clever pieces now and then. The only scenes that really turned me off are the ones including January Jones and that one in which all of the mutants show off their powers and name each other. It just feels a bit shoved in to the middle-ground, and it's hard to take a film about co-existing ideologies even the slightest bit seriously. Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw is also a grand highlight, bringing a great degree of fun and bubbling charisma to the role. And so we go to The Wolverine. First Class works given it takes the familiar X-Men mutant ensemble picture into a whole new timeline, adding in some spliced themes of racial issues and sixties movements. The Wolverine works because it is a solo venture fully centered on showing the impact, psychological torment and destruction of one of its X-Men. Origins was focused, loosely, on filling the continuity with disgusting and dumb action that ruined comic book lore. The Wolverine is a pretty smart action flick that orbits thematic concepts from existentialism to cultural familiarity. It never 'comments on' or attempts to seriously 'dive' into these issues but it still treats its setting and surroundings with respect. The Wolverine, for the most part anyway, gets over a lot of problems with the X-Men series actually and how Wolverine dramatically fits into those films. Logan's healing factor and claws mean that the only places we genuinely feel he's under peril is when he's faced with mutants. Otherwise we likely don't feel worried about him specifically in any of the other action sequences. The Wolverine strips Logan of his healing factor and has that entire question of his valued life be the emotional flagpole of the entire story. There's a lot not to love: the Silver Samurai's entire portrayal, some of the plot logic and how it uses Jean Grey as a crutch for Wolverine's own development, but The Wolverine is head and shoulders about Origins. It's a very competent and sometimes surprising solo X-Men effort. That's all for now, I think? I've only recently seen The Wolverine and will probably attempt another Weekly Analysis at some point exclusively on the Wolverine character. Days of Future Past is also shaping up to be utterly exceptional, so that will certainly be the main man of Part 3. Until them, however, I'd like to end with some thoughts on the series as a whole. While the people at Marvel are dancing around their multiple characters and cinematic universe and Sony is too busy ruining Spider-Man, the X-Men series has been constantly surprising. Not always for the best reasons. First Class and X-Men 2 might be some of my favorite superhero flicks of all time given they both 'get' how to do an ensemble flick in which everyone is a rewrite away from being Norse gods. The rest of the series are either shallow but pleasant (X-Men and The Wolverine) or utterly revolting (The Last Stand and Origins). The transplant of the social agenda of X-Men from page to screen is, however, mostly successful in the films. I look forward to seeing more of the mutant forces of the comic books getting their own grand adventures. I just hope Brett Ratner will never be involved with, well, anything actually.
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More thoughts on the mutant series
So last week I took a look at the original X-Men film trilogy and so, as promised, here's some thoughts on the following films. They're an odd bunch; two solo ventures and a complete reboot/prequel/fanservice extravaganz...

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Here's sweet concept art of Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine


Josh Nizzi's Silver Samurai and Iron Man 3 Armor art!
Jul 30
// Nick Valdez
The Wolverine and Iron Man 3 turned out surprisingly well. Since the character building was done well, it would've been a shame if the rest of the movie wasn't handled as well. Josh Nizzi (an artist who's worked on The Avenge...

Review: The Wolverine

Jul 26 // Matthew Razak
The WolverineDirector: James MangoldRated: PG-13Release Date: July 26, 2013  [embed]216173:40497:0[/embed] 20th Century Fox must have learned something from how Marvel was handling its Avengers heroes. They're finally pulling together their plethora of X-Men characters into a cohesive plot with X:Men: First Class being the first installment and The Wolverine being the next step leading into Days of Future Past. Thus, we see Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) post X-Men: Last Stand struggling to find himself after killing Jean Grey (Famke Jansen). Enter Yukio (Rila Fukushima), who is sent by a dying man that Logan saved during WWII to bring him to Japan. Once there Logan learns that he may be able to lose his mutant ability to regenerate his quickly and thus not live "forever." Of course things are never as they seem and everything starts to fall apart as we're taken on a surprisingly introspective ride through the character of Wolverine. It's not so surprising if you know the subject matter that the film is based on which is the classic Wolverine comic book mini-series, as that's one of the most respected character stories ever told in comics. It's still surprising for a Hollywood blockbuster that adheres almost religiously to all the rules of the game. The movie is paced and constructed by every trick there is, from a perfect three act set up to scene reversals from the beginning popping up at the end. Yet these tricks work here and deliver a character, not just a man with claws. It's very much in line with Iron Man 3's take on Tony Stark where the hero gets stripped of what makes him special and thus the focus in on the man. A tactic that Man of Steel was sorely lacking.  It's no hindrance that Hugh Jackman actually commits to this rule full tilt. He's been Wolverine long enough that he's begun to define who and what the character is, and he's simply perfect for it. Just the right balance of hard exterior and softer inner soul -- with adamantium claws of course. And yes, they're real (for the most part) this time around. Not even Jackman could salvage X-Men Origins: Wolverine from the hideous special effects and complete lack of anything interesting happening. It seems the filmmakers learned their lesson from that film as The Wolverine is almost the exact opposite. That goes for the action as well, which is fantastically original while still paying homage to many classic samurai and westerns. One especially creative fight takes the standard train rooftop fight scene, but shakes it up by putting it on a bullet train where the only way the fighters can hold on is by slamming their knives/claws into the top of the train. It is nods to the genres that inspired it like this that make The Wolverine a bit more than its cookie-cutter parts actually are. If you know your stuff you'll be thinking of Kurosawa and other classic Japanese directors pretty often. This is what happens when you get a director like James Mangold to helm a big action flick. Any guy who can make something like Knight and Day work clearly has some skill and it's clear in The Wolverine. Still, this is a big Hollywood picture and its smarts don't always overcome its roots. The film can often wallow in cliches and a few poorly written scenes. While Mangold keeps many of the scenes stunning he can't keep them from feeling planned. The beat for beat hits of the screenplay are often too obvious making the overall feeling of the film lean more towards summer blockbuster than originality. In that case The Wolverine fails only because it feels like exactly what it is, which, in the end, isn't the greatest fault in the world. When The Wolverine is at its best is when it rises above its painstakingly crafted (not in the good way) screenplay. When Mangold and Jackman are able to take the film to a character level and not a superhero movie it can actually be stunning. When the action challenges what we've been seeing over and over in other blockbusters it can be truly awesome. When it's just a summer blockbuster, well, then it's just a summer blockbuster. Nothing wrong with the latter, but man does the former make you want more.
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When the claws come out, so does the character
Around the Flixist office we've been discussing the screenwriting book Save the Cat, which has become Hollywood's sort of point-by-point playbook for how to put a film together since it came out. It's made a lot of movies fee...

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Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past gets two not terrible posters


Plus the first look at Bishop!
Jul 23
// Nick Valdez
When the first posters for X-Men: First Class appeared to be nothing more than a noteworthy idea ruined by terrible photoshop decisions, you'd think Fox would keep from trying that "merging old and new" again. Well, they trie...
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See The Wolverine early and free


Washington DC screening
Jul 17
// Matthew Razak
There have been plenty of big, superhero movies this summer, but the last one into the gate is The Wolverine. Judging from its god awful predecessor we shouldn't have much faith that it will be good, but from the trailers it ...
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Let's hope The Wolverine is as good as this fight clip


Or as cheesy.
Jul 08
// Nick Valdez
The clip above contains an extended look at the fight on a speeding bullet train teased in The Wolverine's trailers. From what I can see Hugh Jackman is hilariously angry, everyone seems to have enough strength to not only j...
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Trailer: The Wolverine


Still failing to excite
May 21
// Matthew Razak
I get less and less excited about The Wolverine as we get closer to release. It was already the summer superhero film I was least looking forward to, but the trailers just aren't exciting me. This new one digs a bitter ...
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Silver Samurai gets solo poster


May 06
// Logan Otremba
Last Saturday, a new poster for director James Mangold’s The Wolverine was released. This time the poster was for the villain in the movie, Silver Samurai. The poster was done in the same watercolor style as the first p...
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UPDATE: Trailer: The Wolverine


Samurais and psychics and superpowers, oh my!!
Mar 27
// Geoff Henao
UPDATE: The domestic trailer has been added to the post! You're getting two trailers for the price of one! But...there's maybe like two seconds of new footage...so there you go, I guess.  The latest trailer for The Wolv...
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Actor portraits for The Wolverine released


Mar 14
// Logan Otremba
Director James Mangold of The Wolverine has posted some photos on his twitter of some of the actors during their last day of principal photography. While it is only three photos, it should be enough of a teaser until whenever...
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New image from The Wolverine is staring you down


Feb 21
// Hubert Vigilla
This new image from The Wolverine features Hugh Jackman about to jack someone the hell up. I don't know what the context is for this image, but I assume Wolverine is urinating in the corner of a Japanese nightclub and someone...
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Hugh Jackman puts a shirt on in new Wolverine images


Ab lovers everywhere weep
Jan 28
// Matthew Razak
Don't worry. Images of shirtless Hugh Jackman with claws are still readily available, but it is nice to see that he will be donning some upper body clothing at some points during the upcoming The Wolverine. And damn if it ain...
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New Wolverine image is just like the others, shirtless


Jan 15
// Nick Valdez
I'm noticing a pattern here. The Wolverine is all about reminding us of how sexy Hugh Jackman is. No seriously. From the very first veiny promo image, to the reveal of his bone claws, to the badass motion poster, each image h...
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New poster for The Wolverine is greatest film poster ever


...well, maybe not EVER, but still pretty awesome.
Dec 13
// Geoff Henao
While The Wolverine may not be as awesome as it potentially could have been under Darren Aronofsky, it's still shaping up to be a formidable entry in the X-Men film franchise. With the film taking place in Japan, f...
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The Hobbit to feature a new Wolverine trailer also


Nov 20
// Nick Valdez
Even if you're like me and aren't the most interested in The Hobbit releasing a few weeks from now, here's another reason to plant your butt in those seats. Along with a Star Trek Into Darkness prologue, new trailers for Man ...
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The Wolverine gets badass poster and release date


Oct 30
// Nick Valdez
Fresh off the announcement that The Wolverine takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolvie getting bone claws again, we have some brand new information and badass poster that were revealed during an online chat the othe...
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The Wolverine gets bone claws, set after The Last Stand


Oct 26
// Nick Valdez
After the first sexy teaser image, this new image (courtesy of Empire) has Wolvie sporting some bone claws. Which admittedly might have been the only good thing Origins had going for it other than Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. O...
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Mark Millar is consulting on Fox's Marvel properties


Sep 28
// Thor Latham
Guys, I think this comic book movie business is getting pretty serious. This is usually where you would see a pic of slowpoke, but you'll just have to use your imagination. My point is, studios are going to do whatever they c...
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First image of The Wolverine has a veiny Hugh Jackman


By which I mean super sex-ay!
Sep 24
// Nick Valdez
Even if this first official promo image from the upcoming sequel/probably not sequel The Wolverine doesn't give away to much, it premieres two very important things, Hugh Jackman's bulgy, veiny, and sex-ay muscles and Hugh Ja...
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Update: Jessica Biel is NOT in The Wolverine


Jul 18
// Matthew Razak
Update: Well, that was short lived. Turns out Jessica Biel will not be starring in The Wolverine. Talks seem to have fallen through. This doesn't mean Viper won't be appearing in the film, but Jessica Biel won't be playing he...
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PG-13 and R-rated versions of The Wolverine a possibility


Oct 11
// Hubert Vigilla
Hugh Jackman said there may be two versions of The Wolverine, one that's PG-13 and one that's rated R. "There is such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine," Jackman said during an interview with MTV. "I mean, I've al...

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