Everyone has been all aflutter over the rumor that celebrated auteur Darren Aronofsky will direct the second X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, and now it's confirmed, straight from the Logan's mouth. While Aronofsky has worked with Hugh Jackman before and is arguably the best there is at what he does (and what he does is so, so pretty), many are questioning how the dark director will handle the New Avenger. But Jackman himself is quick to point out that Wolverine is far from cuddly, and we wholeheartedly concur; if you ask us, the franchise could easily go a lot darker. In fact, if you look at Logan's comic book history along side Aronofsky's body of work, you'll see a lot of similarities!
Scary monsters. Super creeps. Sienna Miller. All are represented in this week's new movies on DVD, as wolverines, wolfmen, zombies and overrated actresses stalk the moors. And by moors, we mean Best Buy.
As someone who occasionally has big, bushy muttonchop sideburns, people may think I'm a bit biased towards Wolverine. But while I've read X-Men comic books since junior high, it wasn't until Hugh Jackman played him that I really took to the guy. Jackman gave him a humanity and vulnerability that I could never really see in the comics, which is why I'm psyched that they finally got around to making a solo Wolverine flick, even if it has the clunky title X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The first trailer debuted this past weekend in front of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and while it has less Sabretooth than the earlier San Diego Comic-Con footage did, it still looks awesome. These are the five things I liked most about it, and the five things I liked the least.
When Bryan Singer left the X-Men film franchise to film the reboot of the Superman, comic fans were torn: on the one hand, he was leaving the characters he'd knocked out of the park twice already, in X-Men and X2: X-Men United, but on the other hand he was hopefully going to make Superman cool again. It's a win-win! Well, cut to a few years later, and it's a lose-lose: the retro throwback Superman Returns is underperforming at the box office and Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand is underperforming in fans' expectations. With Superman in line to get another, more reboot-y reboot, Singer is no longer involved, and is now talking to Fox about rejoining the X-Men franchise. While a small part of us would love to see a proper sequel to the first two decent X-Men movies, we mostly want him to stay far, far away. Here's why.
In comics and on the screen, Wolverine has been the most popular X-Man for years. In fact, it could be argued that the first two X-Men movies were de facto Wolverine films. But now he's making it official, with the first movie to actually put his name on the marquee, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Since his origin is one of the most mysterious (read: sexy) things about him, all signs point to this being a pretty amazing movie. But it's hard to tell from just the trailer, unless you're an über-nerd with a stack of Wolverine comics in your closet. Luckily, nerd-scholars Omar G. and Pablo G. are here to explain everything to us in their latest installment of "Trailers Without Pity"! See the video after the jump.
I come bearing some comic book movie news for Moviefile readers. Back in August, I wrote about the slightly disturbing possibility of a fun-n-bouncy X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Back then, the whispers on the wind were saying that Fox CEO Tim Rothman went so far as to have one of the dark, moody sets repainted to be something altogether brighter. If these rumors were giving you unwanted visions of a cheery Logan, an interview at Coming Soon with producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that the movie is actually "darker and sadder and it's kick-ass."
If there's one thing I hate more than dolls, it's talking dolls. I'm not afraid of them; I just loathe them. For two days in a row, there was news in the Moviefile about talking dolls. And I'm counting those garden gnomes, because, well... shudder. So, clearly the universe hates me. And just to kick me when I'm down, now comes news from Hollywood Elsewhere that the Powers That Be are trying to screw around with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The problem? The director and the producer are now arguing over the "look" of the movie. Hasn't most of it already been filmed? They showed footage at Comic-Con, for crying out loud, and now they're arguing about how they want it to look? I guess I should just be glad they haven't changed the lead character into a talking Wolverine doll.
With a big box office weekend looming (Paramount hopes) with the opening of Iron Man tomorrow, the stars of other superhero franchises are coming out of the woodwork to promote their own upcoming projects. Dark Horizons has both Hugh Jackman of the X-Men offshoot X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Brandon Routh of Bryan Singer's new Superman series out seeing who can out-superhero whom on the publicity circuit.
Although it's not officially confirmed yet, word on the street is that Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade will direct Wolverine 2. While Wolverine fans worldwide are probably groaning that the director of a girly vampire film may be put in charge of the rugged anti-hero, they should consider two things: 1. Eclipse was one big vampire-werewolf fight. 2. Logan and Edward Cullen have a lot in common. Check out our long list of similarities between the two.
With Iron Man 2 whipping everyone into a frenzy, and the promise of Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America for 2011, talk has turned to what Marvel movies to put out after The Avengers in 2012. Or even sooner; after all, the movies they're talking about aren't big blockbusters, they're smaller, less expensive films starring lesser-known Marvel characters. The best-case scenario would be 1998's Blade, which spawned a trilogy; the worst would be The Punisher series, or the straight-to-DVD Man-Thing. Of the thousands of Marvel characters in existence, several are being discussed (including sorcerer supreme Dr. Strange and urban hero Luke Cage) and films are already in the works for shrinking Avenger Ant-Man and the villain-spawn Runaways. But there are a ton of superheroes we'd love to see get the big-screen treatment, perhaps with an A-list hero making a cameo appearance. Here are a few that we think have big-screen potential.