James Mangold


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!



The Wolverine is just about here and, love it or hate it, the movie will be cemented within Fox’s new X-Men franchise.  One thing about the clawed menace, however, is that he tends to leave a trail of seriously mangled bodies in his wake (at least when he’s doing what he does best).  And though this is not financially viable for a studio trying to pull in a PG-13 rating and sell some tickets, it does look like we may get a little more of the Wolverine we know and love once the Blu-ray/DVD arrives.

Digital Spy chatted up The Wolverine director James Mangold who had this to say about what we might expect from the unrated, extended version of the flick.

“I’m very happy with the cut, and the studio was very generous in terms of letting me finish the movie as I wanted, but I do think we will have a slightly more violent version… let’s say an unrated, a bloodier version. There’s about ten or 12 minutes of scenes that I’d love people to see, that we’ll produce some kind of longer version of the movie at some point on Blu-ray or whatever. There’s another great scene with Hiro Sanada and a much more elaborate battle with ninjas from the third act that is a pretty huge battle sequence that you’ll see.”

In the meanwhile, check out the rated version come this Friday, July 26th.


Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.


When the schedules for San Diego Comic Con began releasing each day was filled with glee and anticipation. As Friday’s and then Saturday’s schedules rolled out they were simply FULL of awesome panels featuring awesome stuff no single person could ever hope to fit in. Then there was FOX‘s Saturday Hall H panel with only “TBA” listed under its programming description. TBA?! WTF!?!

These schedules are released two weeks prior to the con, so what the hell was FOX waiting for? The news of their X-Force movie to trickle out, apparently. But also, as THR points out, X-Men: Days of Future Past was left off the schedule, so perhaps Bryan Singer and co. will surprise us. The panel does tease, “something major,” after all.

What’s guaranteed, though, is Hugh Jackman and James Mangold appearing to promote The Wolverine, which will release nationwide the following weekend. FOX’s sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will also be represented with stars Andy Serkis Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves attending.

FOX’s Hall H panel is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th at 4:15 pm PST.

Source: THR


By now you’ve seen at least one trailer for James Mangold‘s directorial work with The Wolverine and you’ve had to have noticed the funeral fight scene. Among the ensuing chaos we get to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in a quick moment of weakness having “performance issues” with his healing factor. No worries ladies, it’s only a flesh wound for our Canadian friend.

Now, thanks to the fine folks at Yahoo, we get an extended look at the “funeral fight” scene with Wolverine and Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima. Check it out below:

Damn, that Yukio really know how to put a couple of those goons out of commission permanently. Hopefully she has a bit more screen time over other female supporting Marvel characters that have been in other super hero movies recently. I personally can’t wait to see The Wolverine once it comes out and hope you do too.

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.

The Wolverine is in theaters everywhere July 26th, 2013.

Source: CBM


James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has released a new featurette titled Logan. There’s just two weeks for the movie’s opening weekend and as the marketing kicks into over drive, HBO has thrown its hat into the marketing ring with their “First Look” series at The Wolverine. Both videos are below, take a look and let us know what you think!

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents 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.

The featurette, Logan:

The HBO First Look:

The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

Via: Coming Soon


Fans are are heavily invested in James Mangold‘s The Wolverine to right the wrongs done to the character in both X3 and Wolverine: Origins. With the release date, July 26th, looming ever closer, Mangold, Hugh Jackman, and others discuss what sets The Wolverine apart from previous stories in this latest featurette, A Ronin Story. In it, Jackman touches on the isolation of Wolverine, saying,

Wolverine is the ultimate outsider. And in our movie, which takes place after X-Men 3, he’s probably more isolated than you’ve ever seen Wolverine. He has lost hope, and it’s a dangerous place for someone as powerful as Wolverine.

But the talking heads aren’t really what you’re here for, are they? What you want is the new footage, which is inter cut between interview snippets, but still gives us the best look at the movie since the trailers.

Man, does this movie look awesome! I can only hope I won’t be woefully disappointed. I remember how excited I was for X3 and Origins, and the distasteful sting they left me with. Have you decided to give The Wolverine a chance? Or have your wounds yet to heal?

Source: Digital Spy via Blastr


With it’s release date more than a month away, a new international trailer dropped for the James Mangold directed The Wolverine staring the Hugh Jackman. With Logan’s last solo cinematic outing  a complete time wasting crap-fest unfit for human viewing, by the looks of it fans will be less disappointed when this one hits theaters on the 26th of July.

Hell this trailer makes the movie actually look like it might be pretty fun.

A healthy dose of new footage, including a lot of Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova,) some great action (Silver Samurai!) and a rather thorough outline of the film’s plot  packed into two and a half minutes does not erase the handling of Deadpool in Origins, but I am willing to forgive the use of a Black-Eyed Pea in the other movie now.

So, progress.

Here’s the clip:  (more…)


Hugh Jackman holds something of a place of honor among Marvel characters brought to life on screen. No other actor is so associated or beloved as Jackman’s Wolverine, and with both The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’ll have played the character a total of seven times! An almost unheard of achievement for any role, perhaps except James Bond. Take that, RDJ.

Even when the movie’s a stinker like X3 or Wolverine: Origins, Jackman comes out on top. No matter what, fans love him as Wolverine. Which is a good thing, because like I said, he’s got two more films coming down the line. Making the press rounds lately, Jackman’s been talking nothing but Wolverine, and here I’ve gathered the best quotes and clips from his interviews.

Speaking with Screen Rant, Jackman discussed why James Mangold‘s The Wolverine doesn’t need to rated R in order to be intense,

We talked about it. Darren and I talked about it. Jim and I talked about it. The studio and I talked about it. By the way, they were open to that idea because if you’re ever going to make a real character R-rated, Wolverine’s the one, and I can… part of me would just love to indulge in the freedom that that gives you. On the same point, and I worked with him, but I’m forever grateful to Chris Nolan because I think what he’s shown is actually the R-rating is not necessary to give you a satisfying, smart, dark, emotionally complex story. All I said to Darren and I said to Jim, I said, ‘It’s tempting , could be great.’ Obviously, the samurai elements, and you think of the history of blood spattering and all of that, the visuals, all of that, which is so tempting, I can’t tell you in the last 10 years how many 11, 13, 15 year olds, 17 year-olds that I’ve met that it’s not just ‘cool movie, man,’ what it means to them. And so, I say, we’ve gotta have an incredible reason to deliberately exclude them, because that’s what we’re saying. We’re saying, ‘This is not for you,’ or ‘you can watch it in six years’ time. I mean, of course, they’ll all watch it anyway. But the message is, ‘This is not for you.’ And I just said, ‘In the end, actually, everything we wanted to do with an R-rated version, we are doing in terms of who the character is.’

First of all, can you imagine Jackman rattling this answer at super speed with his accent? The man’s clearly excited. But he also brings up a great point with the distinction about kids still seeing a R-rated film, but the message it brings is it wasn’t made with them in mind. I like how considerate he is of the audience. And of course, no matter the rating, we’ll still get plenty of Wolverine beating the snot out of everyone. That’s guaranteed.

Hit the jump for more from Jackman about this summer’s The Wolverine, as well as his role in Bryan SingersDOFP.



Yesterday, your collective worlds were rocked by a cinematic trailer ALMOST as awesome as Pac Rim’s: James Mangold’s The Wolverine – presented by your good friends here at NerdBastards.

Today, as you see, Hugh Jackman as Wolvie gets the cover of Entertainment Weekly, just as Henry Cavill’s Man Of Steel graced their Summer Preview Issue recently.

What’s to be said about this? Well, Jackman‘s been playing Wolverine for 13 years, and he still looks fantastic. We’re living in interesting times, aren’t we? Hollywood’s elite BEG for roles as characters that would barely have been considered popular enough for cartoons 20 years ago.

More than that, we’re past the point where A-List stars turn superheroes into household names….Now superhero portrayals are turning up and coming actors into major celebrities.

Brave New World – ain’t it, nerds?

Source: Cinemablend


Hot on the heels of yesterdays two new movie posters, James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has a new trailer making the Internet rounds. There are lots of new, unseen footage this time around and a great tag line at the end. Take a look and meet me on the other side to discuss.

Well, we certainly got a look at Famke Janssen‘s cameo with Hugh Jackman, I’m just wondering if that’s the extent of it. If so, I find it interesting that Mangold didn’t hold it back as a fan treat.  Now I’m wondering if Stan Lee might finally make a cameo in a wolverine movie.

That last line in this trailer from Wolverine is great. It shows Wolverine’s back in the game and done with hiding out from life and those around him. What did you think? This trailer has bolstered  my hope that the movie will be well-rounded.

Via: Comingsoon