Expecting this Movie: The Wolverine

Preview-The-Wolverine-Movie

Logan is leaving his past in the past, and moving forward with The Wolverine. Rather than a prequel to the original three X-Men films, The Wolverine visits the titular character after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan has ended up in Japan (an iconic location from the comics) and he finds himself presented with a cure for his mutant ability.

While the character took quite the critical beating after The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there’s still something compelling about Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character. So much so, that we’re willing to give him another shot. This film appears to be much darker in tone and chooses to explore a side of the character audiences have yet to see. Release date is July 26th.  Check out the trailer below:

Marvel Select Figure The Wolverine Movie - Hugh JackmanOrder Now Red

WOLVERINE by Hot Toys and Sideshow

Sideshow Colelctibles and Hot Toys bring us an awesome figure based on Hugh Jackman’s performance as X-Men powerhouse WOLVERINE, based on his look in X-Men: The Last Stand. A screen-accurate design, it has a ton of features/accessories to brag about but before you look at those, check this out:

Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the X-Men: The Last Stand movie
Approximately 30 cm tall muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
Movie-accurate facial expression featuring his angered expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture Detailed hair sculpture and beard
Three (3) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms including:
One (1) pair of fists with blades
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of relaxed palms
One (1) set of X-Men suit including one (1) leather-like black jacket and one (1) pair of leather-like black pants
One (1) pair of black boots
Light-up figure stand imitating the movie scene with transparent pillar (Requires AAA Batteries – Not Included)
Figure stand with Wolverine nameplate and the movie logo

HUGH JACKMAN WOLVERINE

A brand new figure of Hugh Jackman as WOLVERINE has just arrived!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is one figure you don’t want to miss. Not only because he looks so good, but because he boasts some truly impressive features, too.

Approximately 30 cm tall Muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
Movie-accurate facial expression featuring his angered expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
Detailed hair sculpture and beard
Three (3) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms including:
One (1) pair of fists with blades
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of relaxed palms
Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
One (1) set of X-Men suit including one (1) leather-like black jacket and one (1) pair of leather-like black pants One (1) pair of black boots
Light-up figure stand imitating the movie scene with transparent pillar (Requires AAA Batteries – Not Included)
Figure stand with Wolverine nameplate and the movie logo

Hugh Jackman Wolverine Movie Promo Photo

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine 2013

Hugh Jackman bares his claws — and some incredibly ripped abs — in this first official image from The Wolverine.

The movie, a follow-up to Jackman’s 2010 flick X-Men Origins: Wolverine, went off the rails temporarily in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. The film’s original director — Black Swan auteur Darren Aronofsky, who teamed with Jackson on artsy time-travel picture The Fountain — quit around the same time as the earthquake-induced meltdown.

New helmer James Mangold (I Walk the Line) then took over production of The Wolverine, which is currently filming in Japan. In the sequel, alpha mutant Logan, having spent his solo movie traipsing around North America, finds himself in Japan unsheathing his adamantium claws to shred battalions of samurai warriors. The story, scripted by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback, is based on a 1982 Marvel Comics adventure.

The Wolverine, which includes Will Yun Lee as the Silver Samurai and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, is slated to open July 26, 2013.

Marvel Select Action Figure: Wolverine Yellow Costume

New Sideshow Statue: WOLVERINE

The new 17-inch WOLVERINE statue from Sideshow Collectibles is a stunning example of the kind of work the Sideshow folks are capable of. Not only does this thing stand tall, but Logan is clad in a real fabric costume that gives a brilliant sense of realism on top of such a dynamic pose. The nod to his Canadian heritage in the form of a red maple leaf? That just makes it even better. Check it out in our Marvel Sideshow section!

And for Wolverine fans, there’s some more good news. Which, unfortunately, becomes kind of bittersweet news if you’re a Hugh Jackman fan in general. Here’s the info from MovieWeb:

Hugh Jackman has reportedly turned down an offer to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards due to his prior commitments filming the upcoming sequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.

The Academy Awards will be held on February 27th next year. Jackman and director Darren Aronofsky will be gearing up to leave for location shoots in New York and Japan at that time, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 beginning its principle photography at the beginning of March.

Jackman, who hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, proved to be quite popular, and was expected back for 2011’s ceremony, as he told producers that he wanted to skip a year before returning. Now it seems we’ll have to wait another year before seeing Hugh take the stage at the famed Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Oscar hosts are normally announced by November 3rd. Deadline, who first reported on Jackman’s recent decline to host the awards ceremonies, speculate that we will see a host announced very soon. And that the choice might be quite surprising…

Justin Bieber, anyone?

And on that slightly scary note, here are the links to click if you’re looking to grab the first Wolverine film on DVD or Blu-Ray!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

New 8-Inch GAMBIT Figure by Marvel Select

X-MEN’S GAMBIT is the latest Marvel character to be given the Diamond Marvel Select treatment, which, as usual, means a classic look given new life with brilliant sculpting, a background for display and the accurate accessories you’d expect–nay–demand from a deluxe 8-inch figure. Take a look!

Sculpted by the incredibly talented Jean St. Jean, he features not only accessories but multiple hands that allow for dynamic posing. Plus, the Danger Room backdrop allows him to be combined with Cyclops to form a diorama ideal for display. He joins the likes of Deadpool, Magneto, Sabretooth, Wolverine and more in the Marvel Select collection. Check him out!

And there’s more good news for X-Men fans, actually, with the upcoming Wolverine 2 starting to get people–including its star–talking! AndPop.com has the news…

X Men Origins: Wolverine 2, is in the works and Hugh Jackman is raving about it. [Jackman] has seen the script and said it’s going to be a lot darker than the previous film.

The film is a sequel to Wolverine, which is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script for the new film and Darren Aronofsky, (Requiem for a Dream) is set to direct. That already seems like a winning team.

With Aronofsky directing, the film is sure to be a lot darker and more obscure. However, Aronofsky does seem like an odd choice to direct the film. He usually stays within the boundaries of artistic dramas and psychological thrillers, Wolverine is definitely new ground for the director to cover. Additionally, Aronofsky’s new film, Black Swan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was praised by nearly all critics. The success of Black Swan will only bring good publicity to Aronofsky and his future films.

It will be interesting to see a more artful take on a superhero franchise. Christopher Nolan attempts to do the same with Batman, but the films lack intriguing dialogue and are drowned with action. Perhaps, Aronofsky and McQuarrie can bend the lines of the superhero genre with Wolverine 2. We’ll just have to wait and see…

The film is set to begin production next year.