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In 1975, Chris Claremont and John Byrne took over an under selling Marvel comic The X-Men taking the series to new heights in sales and popularity over the following 16 years. When the X-Men movies in early 2000 jump-started the superhero movement to the big screen, many of the characterizations and plot points were pulled straight out of the Claremont/Byrnes run. In a recent interview at New York Comic Con Claremont talked with Hugh Sheridan (via BleedingCool) and discussed the current state of the X-Men comics at Marvel. (more…)

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Yesterday, we reported that the Marvel temper tantrum that resulted in the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book series’ was no more than the internet’s best way to avoid blaming itself.  Rather than accepting that low sales killed FF, many fans are blaming Marvel’s decision to pull the plug on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  If these fans are to be believed, Marvel is actively trying to sabotage the film’s success by removing any products that they consider advertising for the 20th Century Fox reboot.  This notion seemed completely ridiculous and implausible, considering the fact that Marvel really has nothing to fear from any other studio at this point.  Well, as much as I hate to think it, we just received some news that lends more credibility to rumor. (more…)

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They got Yukio way wrong, drastically re-positioned the timeline of Logan’s affair with Mariko Yoshida, and threw a bit of Viper into the mix. This is not Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s epic comic book story of honor, love, and corruption in Japan transferred to the screen, this is something totally different.

That’s not to say that James Mangold’s The Wolverine is a bad movie. It’s not, and relative to this character’s long past on the screen — through three X-Men films, a solo misfire, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class — this may actually be the finest and fullest representation of Wolverine that we have seen, but it’s still far from perfect.

Mild Spoilers Ahead!

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20th Century Fox has released a new international poster for The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima (Yukio on right) and Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper on left). Based on the celebrated Chris Clairmont and Frank Miller limited comic book series, Wolverine, the movie sees our pint sized’ claw swiping hero fight ninjas and other nefarious villains in Japan. The official synopsis is below:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Sounds scary doesn’t it. Hopefully this movie is finally going to give fans the Wolverine solo film they’ve been crying for since the first X-Men movie hit the big screen.

Via: Comingsoon

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And now, we here at Nerd Bastards bring you some more teasers to wet your appetite for the upcoming barrage of super hero flicks.  This time around, we have Bryan Singer tweeting a ridiculous teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past, along with some new set pics from the upcoming Wolverine and Spider-Man 2 flicks.  Check it all out after the jump.

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‘X-Men’ Round-Up: Claremont and Casting News

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So Jack the Giant Slayer didn’t exactly wow them at the box office over the weekend, probably because people are generally more excited about about Bryan Singer‘s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Oddly, Monday has brought a proverbial avalanche of new X-Men news.

First up is a comment from none other than Chris Claremont. Claremont had a legendary 20-year-run as the writer of Uncanny X-Men, including the “Days of Future Past” storyline in Uncanny #141, so who better to hear from on the subject of the upcoming film version of it. Or at least that’s what Newsarama (via Comic Book Movie) seemed to think.

Here’s what Claremont had to say:

“The challenge, I would think, for Bryan is that the heart of the original story is not the fight with the Brotherhood back in the present day. The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it’s going to turn out. You think it’s going to be a happy ending, but you’re not sure, because pretty much everybody dies — in the comic, anyway. You can’t not be invested. That’s pretty much most of my working life, dancing around or through the X-Men as a concept.

“You could look at it as time travel, or you could look at it as pan-dimension. It’s all a matter of how you want to define it, and I’m sure they’ve got some brainiacs out on the left coast earning a small research stipend figuring out a plausible way of making it fly. That’s the fun and games of Hollywood. How the hell they’re going to fit it into 120 minutes, I have no sodding idea. I’d be looking on this as your basic 1974 film with an intermission.

“In movies it’s a one-shot item too often. If we’re doing Days of Future Past, we need Ororo, we need Logan. OK, we’ve got Hugh Jackman, but that means we’ve got to get Halle Berry. I’m sure some accountant at Fox is going, ‘Huh? ‘We’re talking how much?’ On the other hand, you never know when a major talent is willing to do a Scarlett Johansson, and come in perhaps at scale, just for the fun of it. The really nice thing with Future Past is that you actually have a superhero film — much to everyone’s surprise, I will hope — that is about something. It’s about racism, I hope. It’s about resisting oppression. It’s about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together.”

Meanwhile, the Days casting train continues to chug along with a pair of announcements today. On the one hand we have news of another returnee from X-Men films past in the form of Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who will reprise the role of Storm in the new film. Singer made the announcement via his preferred media partner, Twitter (brought to you by /Film).

Couldn’t be more excited that has joined the cast of . Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal.

Berry will join fellow castmates from the first three X-Men films Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Aaron Ashmore and Anna Paquin, as well as returning cast members from X-Men: First Class James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.

In more Twitter news by Singer (again via /Film) the director introduced the world to the second actor to be cast in the film who’s had no previous X-Men experience.

Thrilled to welcome the brilliant from the amazing film to the cast of !

No word on who Omar Sy will play in the film, just as we don’t know who Peter Dinklage will play, probably because they haven’t been in any other X-Men movies before. Days of Future Past should go before the cameras later this summer, for a July 2014 release.

More news as it develops.

Sure, we’ve all seen the leaked shots from the set of James Mangold‘s The Wolverine showing off Hugh Jackman looking – once again- ripped to the core. We get it, he’s the pinnacle of  masculinity.  One thing, though,  those leaked images never confirmed if Jackman’s shorter hair style was official.

Now the first official image of The Wolverine has been released by 20th Century Fox, which is based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s 1982 limited series. And, judging by the first look, Logan is keeping the much shorter locks – Oh joy.

I for one actually welcome the new look. Not the veined out shirtless Logan. That’s always impressive to those of us that get their exercise from a Wii fit. It’s the hair… it no longer looks like it’s going to spread wings and fly.

There’s no real details you can get from this other then he’s in a temple and adamantimum claws mean shit is about to go down, look’s like a blast so far.

The Wolverine is scheduled for release July 26th, 2013.

Source: /Film 

There’s some new details about the currently in production The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold. The news comes directly from the Facebook page for the movie, but don’t get your hopes up. The page is depressingly lacking in anything besides the brief description below.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

The page is only six days old, but one would think that the Hollywood powers that be a MGM could at least put up a post a day with some little tidbit, that’s how you build an audience. The page doesn’t even have the above approved and released to the Internet teaser poster above. It has the much lamer:

There was an additional nugget of casting news to be found buried in the page’s basic information section. Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will be costarring with Jackman. This could only be the much rumored and talked about role of Viper. At least that casting was settled before the production begins shooting in Japan.

Hugh Jackman recently talked with Total Film Magazine about the movie and what fans could expect.

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

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The first movie had elements that sang and more that really tweaked off long time Wolverine fans, let’s not even talk about Deadpool. The script is based on the 1982 four issue mini series created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller. That’s a great read if you haven’t already enjoyed the book. The Wolverine hits theaters on July 26th, 2013, and also co-stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee.

Go ahead, lie down on the couch and tell your fellow NerdBastards all your feelings about the first Wolverine movie and your hopes and dreams concerning The Wolverine in the comments section below.

Good news, everyone! After rumors The Wolverine would be shooting in Australia exclusively, where they apparently get a very nice tax break, Fox CEO Tom Rothman has confirmed the production will indeed do location work in Japan. He clarified to MTV, “we’re doing the stage work in Australia… the location work will be in Japan.”

It’s such good news they’re filming in Japan, where much of Christopher McQuarrie‘s script is set. Had they tried to reproduce the Japanese scenery in an Australian sound stage I think they would have lost some of the heart to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine, on which The Wolverine is said to be based.

Rothman added,

It’s set in Japan. A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it’s based on the very famous run of the comics… I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine.

Fuck. Yes.

Of course, Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine with James Mangold directing. They’ll be working from Mark Bomback‘s revision of McQuarrie’s script.

The Wolverine will release July 26, 2013.

Source: /Film