I wish it was Wednesday. “Wolverine Tuesday” just doesn’t have that alliteration panache, you know?
Anyway, a couple things from The Wolverine hit the blogosphere today.
Answers from Monday’s fan Q&A with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold are available. A new teaser poster was released, and 3D post conversion has been confirmed.
Let’s start with the Q&A. The discussion ran just about 20 minutes, and there weren’t any discernible details outside of what we already know. You can watch the video below, but here’s a list (courtesy of ScreenRant) of the most interesting bits covered:
- Villains get to Wolverine in ways other characters haven’t in the previous films
- Mangold’s aim was to avoid the “super-duper abilities” and keep the film ”grounded” in that what Wolverine does feels physical and possible for someone with his “credible abilities” - bring things down to earth, no less visually exciting, little less dependent on CG
- Action is very physical, fight choreography is amped up big time.
- Hugh: Wolverine’s ultimate weapon is his rage and that shows through more than ever.
- Mangold compares to The Bourne movies and The Dark Knight
- Hugh talks about training harder, eating better and starting earlier.
- Wolverine deals with Yakuza, industrialists, politicians, etc.
- Jackman and Mangold talk their favorite Wolverine comics and superpowers
- The Wolverine is more action-packed than any other X-film
- For Hugh, film and its development feels fresh, even after starring in four series installments already.
I always thought the most interesting thing about Wolverine was how the character -at his core- was a beast trying desperately hard to find his humanity. It doesn’t seem any of that allegory is evident in Mangold’s vision. Regardless, I think this will be the best iteration yet.
The live chat ended with the unveiling of the first official poster (above) for The Wolverine, which was inked Japanese style with broad brushstrokes. I for one, like it. Tag anything with a little Japanese flair, and it make it inherently cool.
Lastly, According to the StarkIndustries.ru (Twitter) account, Fox Russia have officially confirmed that The Wolverine will be released in 3D.
90% of the blockbusters are released in 3D, so this really isn’t a surprise. It’s just too bad because this does not seem the type of movie that will benefit in any form of 3D. On the other hand, fan-boys will flinch gleefully at the first SNIKT, and I’m sure the ladies won’t mind a shirtless Jackman in 3rd dimension either.
The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013