Wolverine

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If Superman is the boy scout of DC Comics, then his goody-two-shoes counterpart in the Marvel universe is Captain America. Fitting in nicely with the squeaky clean stereotype of the soldier who fights for truth, justice and the American way, Steve Rogers exemplifies all of the ideals of the classic American hero. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t womanize. He fiercely believes in just one God, even though he happens to personally know two other gods from Norse mythology, and he has rippling abs and bulging biceps. However, this clean cut image is not all a conscious decision. In the film Captain America: The First Avenger, he explains that he doesn’t drink only because he is being a good guy. Instead, he doesn’t drink because his body metabolism is so efficient in processing toxins that alcohol basically has no effect on him. And that got me thinking… super soldier or not, this would suck for Steve Rogers at your average Fourth of July picnic. Could Captain America ever get drunk?

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There was once a time when superhero movies weren’t scheduled a decade in advance. That time is gone forever. Now, you wanna make a movie where a guy in a cape punches another guy who’s probably also wearing a cape, you schedule that thing out years in advance. And Fox would very much like to continue making movies about cape-adorned man punches (and, on rare occasions, cape-adorned woman punches), so they’ve submitted their future schedule for all to see. Via the Twitter of BoxOffice.com, we now know when each of Fox’s various Marvel movies will debut, all the way through 2018. Here’s what their full superhero slate looks like: X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014 Fantastic Four – June 19, 2015 X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016 Untitled Wolverine Film – March 3, 2017 Fantastic Four 2 – July 14, 2017 Untitled Fox/Marvel Film – July 13, 2018

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The Reject Recap is back following a week off for the takeover of Comic-Con coverage. Of course, now that Comic-Con coverage is the main focus of the latest review of Hollywood’s biggest news and FSR’s greatest original content. Fortunately and unfortunately, some other notable announcements came out in the past seven days that had nothing to do with San Diego’s fanboy event. For instance, we lost actor Dennis Farina. Also, we pretty much lost all possibility of a Freddie Mercury/Queen movie. Meanwhile, we considered new directions (for better or worse) of such iconic characters as Wolverine, Rocky Balboa and Spike Lee. And we’ve been having panic attacks just from watching a few clips from one of the most anticipated films out later this year. As always, we’ve rounded up the most significant bits of what everyone’s been talking about — or should have been talking about — over the past week. There was the announcement of the latest Toronto International Film Festival slate (with its Oscar-coveting titles), the release of a new Woody Allen movie and, yes, the excitement over possibly seeing Batman and Superman kick the crap out of each other. Here’s your chance to get caught up so you’re not clueless at all of tonight’s parties. Because you know there’s likely to be some discussion of The Act of Killing and its representation of violence. Or there should be, and now you’ll be able to bring it up and be the life of the occasion. Start your weekend […]

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Back in 2009, Gavin Hood came off some smaller independent character pieces to direct the big-budgeted superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After a work print leaked online, resulting in a string of negative reviews, the film still did well in the early summer box office. It was a hit from a financial angle, but it left a lot of fans cold and led to a very different approach taken in its follow-up film The Wolverine. Now, looking back at the film, we can see how things played out behind the scenes as Hood talks over the movie in his commentary. Available on the original release DVD and Blu-ray, this commentary track highlights Hood’s love for Ryan Reynolds’ comedic timing and his views on how mutant powers manifest. But if you’re looking for an apology, it’s not here. Here’s what is:

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The Wolverine Motion Poster

Here comes the rain again indeed. If there was any doubt that James Mangold‘s The Wolverine wasn’t going to be a seriously emo(tional?) outing for Hugh Jackman‘s eponymous mutant, please direct your eyes to the above motion poster from the new X-Men film. Lighten up, Wolvie, good God. At least Logan’s got his bone claws all shined up nice? Want to see the motion poster actually, uh, in motion? Just give the poster a click! The Wolverine opens on July 26, 2013. [Facebook]

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If you’re anxiously awaiting Wolverine, or if you just love hearing Australian accents, this video from News 7 has both. The production headed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is currently filming in Kurnell, and  the local news caught some excellent looks at a WWII Japanese POW camp that looks very, very beeg. The character’s X-Men Origins entry was a giant mess, but after so much off-and-on development as well as hype surrounding the Christopher McQuarrie script that takes its cues from the seminal Frank Miller/Chris Claremont mini-series set in Japan, it’s just good to see filming underway. Plus, the set looks impressive. [JoBlo]

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It didn’t take long after the character of Wolverine got added to the X-Men back in 1975’s “Giant Size X-Men #1” for him to take the pop culture world by storm and become one of the most beloved and prolific characters in comic book history. By the time 1982 rolled around, the character was so big that he was ready for his first solo title, and so a Chris Claremont-penned Frank Miller-penciled four issue mini-series was released seeing the character travel to Japan, get engaged to a woman named Mariko, and battle some modern day samurai. That first Wolverine in Japan storyline showed the most human side of the character we had seen yet, and over time it has become pretty seminal. That’s why the upcoming sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, adapted to the screen by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie and simply titled The Wolverine, will be drawing on it heavily for inspiration. But we’ve known all of that for a while. What is the new news on the development of this project? The Wolverine used to be a highly anticipated upcoming film back when Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct, but once he dropped off the hype machine died down quite a bit. The last we heard about it, 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold was most likely to be stepping into Aronofsky’s shoes, and shooting would most likely begin in fall. That news was met with a collective “meh” from the online world, so we haven’t […]

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Not too long ago Fox’s supposed filmmaker wish list for “The Wolverine” was leaked. For the most part, it was filled with fairly safe choices. To no great surprise, the studio has decided to go with one of those many easy picks: director James Mangold. While the director hasn’t signed on yet, an offer has gone out and Deadline Fukushima makes it sound like a sure deal. The idea of going from a guy like Darren Aronfosky to Mangold is disheartening and disappointing, but worse switches could happen. He’s a perfectly competent journeyman filmmaker. Walk the Line, Cop Land, Identity, and 3:10 to Yuma are all solid films, and even Knight and Day ain’t too bad. We probably won’t be getting a Wolverine film as ambitious as what Aronofsky would’ve done with the material, but I’d much rather see the director of 3:10 to Yuma than Tokyo Drift take on the Japan storyline. The Wolverine is expected to shoot this fall with the use of Christopher McQuarrie‘s (The Usual Suspects) draft.

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I guess that would be X-Men: Second Class, and according to Bryan Singer, this is a possibility. When talking to IGN about including Wolverine in future plans for the series he said, “I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself first, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing.” That might seem ridiculous for several reasons, but it could also make sense if done right. Firstly, it might be weird as Hugh Jackman is a holdout from the first series of X-Men films, and this seems to be something of a reboot; but that might not be an issue because this could also be seen as a prequel that is directly connected to the original trilogy of X-Men films. And despite the fact that Jackman would be much older than the crop of young actors bringing the X-Men to life in First Class, Wolverine’s mutant healing factor would go a long way in explaining that away. According to comic lore Wolverine has been around for quite some time looking exactly the same as he does now due to his mutant genes. The only problem would come when Jackman starts looking too old to be the same age as the guy who played Wolverine in the first X-Men. God forbid. This comment from Singer flies directly in the face of quotes that Lauren Shuler Donner has made about the future of the X-Men franchise, however. According […]

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You’ve stumbled upon Circle of Jerks, our sporadically published, weekly feature in which we ask the questions that really matter to our writers and readers. It’s a time to take a break from our busy lives and revel in the one thing that we all share: a deep, passionate love of movies. If you have a question you’d like answered by the FSR readers and staff, send us an email at editors@filmschoolrejects.com. What movies would you recast/recrew? My answer:  Topher Grace as Spider-man.  Tobey Maguire is humorless.  And I’d somehow keep Ryan Reynolds from being the Green Lantern so he can be The Flash instead. And I’d like to have seen Preston Sturges direct just about any romantic comedy. – Sara F.

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Could it be? Could Bryan Singer really be talking to Fox about the possibility of returning to the franchise he made popular? Get your hopes up, nerds.

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Kevin Carr rages some sour grapes about not being able to make it to Comic-Con this year.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil and Kevin go completely ga-ga over the new Star Trek movie, singing praises to J.J. Abrams and the gang. Neil also laments the fact that he now has to start reviewing movies again while Kevin gives us his take on Next Day Air.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine clawed its way to an outstanding opening weekend, proving that fans love the X-Men franchise, and that it’s best to lower our expectations for comic book films.

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With the success of X-Men Origins Wolverine, we’re a step closer to some new X-Spinoffs. But do we want them?

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Once again, two members of the FSR staff have squared off. This week it is Josh Radde and Paul Sileo talking circles around who is the bigger badass, Wolverine or Wolverine.

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Right now it’s just wishful thinking on the part of Tom Rothman, but if Ridley Scott’s schedule clears up, he might be coaxed into going back into space.

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If you don’t know Scott Adkins by name right now, after X-Men Origins Wolverine you’ll at least know him as that guy who has awesome spin kicks.

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Upon my rise from the depths of slumber this morning, I was greeted with a few options: (a) take a shower and eat breakfast like a normal person or (b) check Twitter and see what has been going on for the past 9 hours. I chose the latter, as I always do.

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Check out this brand new extended action sequence from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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