James Mangold


Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe both have big blockbuster movies coming to the big screen this summer. James Mangold‘s The Wolverine and Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel are going to tear it up in theaters everywhere. There’s some new production stills out today from both movies.Let’s start with The Wolverine.


“Hiro Sanada and HJ rehearse clash of claws and blades. Hiro is a truly great actor, martial artist and friend.”

I’m wondering if this is one of the early meetings between the two, perhaps where Hiro’s character (Silver Samurai) finds out he needs much better armor if he’s going to take on the Wolverine.

Next up is some Man of Steel stills:


Russell Crowe in the Man of Steel family suit. It’s a nice touch, instead of just seeing him in some fancy robes or something, it provides some context for Superman’s costume.


Antje Traue as Faora, there’s word out that Kryptonian women are stronger than the men, something about Kryptonian women converting the solar power quicker than Kryptonian men. I like the sound of that, from what I hear, Faora and Superman have a huge fight near the end of the movie.

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Everyone figured there would be at least one X-Men cameo in James Mangold‘s upcoming The Wolverine, there needed to be some cross-over between the Wolverine movies and the rest of the X-Men franchise. When it was revealed that Famke Janssen would reprise her role as Jean Grey and appear in The Wolverine, many fans figured that was that and stopped trying to put the cameo puzzle together. After all, as far as everyone knew, the puzzle had been solved, but the question now is, has it been fully answered?

JoBlo reports that recent re-shoots that took place in Montreal suggest another important X-Men cameo in The Wolverine.

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James Mangold‘s The Wolverine trailer was shown at CinemaCon 2013 a couple of weeks ago, now it’s hit the Internet and you can take a look below. It’s full of lots of interesting tidbits that should get Wolverine fans excited, including the first quick and shadowy looks at the Silver Samurai costume.

Here are the two frames that show what we can see of the Silver Samurai. In the first panel he looks three times the size of Wolverine, but it’s more like twice since Wolverine is on his knees in that shot. It’s obviously not traditional Japanese armor, it looks like a cross between that and some Iron Man tech.


The sword looks to be on fire, but that’s the Tachyon field that Kenuichio Harada (Silver Samurai) can create using his mutant powers. He usually wraps the field around his sword, making it able to cut through anything like butter, anything except adamantium. I’m wondering if we’ll see him use the teleportation ring from the comics as well.


What do you think? What are you looking forward to in this latest Wolverine movie?

This is going to be a hell of a summer of movies.

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Fan boys and girls everywhere are excited to get a look at James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. Perhaps a few are a tab to excited to get their hands on anything Wolverine, movie posters are disappearing at am alarming rate. In fact, Fox’s Chief Creative Officer Tony Sella reports that over 50% of the Wolverine marketing posters have been stolen from Bus stops and Subway walls.

It’s reached a level where the studio had to make a decision and swallow the cost of poster replacement. The poster in question is below. I’m wondering why the studio doesn’t just put those posters on sale on the Internet or through local comic book shops instead of just putting more up for the taking.


I’ve “bought” a few movie posters under the counter from theater ticket takers in my day, but I’ve never taken one from a Bus stop wall. Have you ever taken a movie poster, if so, which movie?

We’ve also got a look at the Japanese trailer and movie poster. Take a look before this one gets stolen. The trailer title translates to: The Wolverine, Samurai.


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There’s been a release of Hi Res production stills from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine to the Internet, a good mix of new and already seen stills, but in the much crisper Hi Res format. The ninja snow fight looks incredible, and I can’t wait to see some of the Cosplay for Viper and Silver Samurai that will come out of this movie.

I do think it is very interesting that we have not seen a good still of the Silver Samurai yet, Mangold and his marketing team seem to be holding that one back to increase the thrills and chills of a theater screening. The fight between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai should be epic.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, the film takes Wolverine (Jackman) 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 Wolverine claws it’s way onto theater screens on July 26th, starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

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The first full length trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman has finally hit the internet. I was expecting a lot more singing and dancing from Jackman, instead we get a lot of hard eyed glaring and kung fu fighting. Wait, I think I may be mixing up my Jackman trailer reviews.

We’re getting a good look at the main twist in The Wolverine‘s story line. What’s wrong with Wolverine’s healing powers and does Wolverine want to be human? Take a look and meet me on the other side to discuss.

*Added Domestic Trailer that was also released, there are a couple of differences in the two.

Well, what did you think? There’s plenty of action, of course, and we get a little more of Rila Fukushima as Yukio. The train fight scene looks pretty intense, and the snow covered ninja fight scene looks to be off the kung fu chain, I tried to count the ninjas, but there were too many. Just the way I like it. Will this sequel erase the bad taste Wolverine: Origins left in most of our mouths?

The Wolverine slashes its way onto theater screens on July 26th. I’ll be in the theater about halfway back in a dark corner.

Spinning out of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where he falls for the beautiful Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) to the grave displeasure of her father Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) and her half-brother, the fearsome Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). But this isn’t Logan’s first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or his first encounter with the Yashida clan. Based on a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall )and the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.

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Yesterday there was a new poster and a quick teaser from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. Today Hugh Jackman brings us a different teaser trailer with new, unseen footage. The full trailer debuts tomorrow so stay tuned for more Wolverine as the week progresses.

Some interesting stuff in that short 20 seconds. The funeral that brings Wolverine to Japan ends up in a huge fight scene, hints that Wolverine’s transformation at the hands of the Weapon X program might not be permanent, more ninja fighting. I wonder if we’ll get a little of the classic Kung Fu Fighting song in the mix at some point.

What do you think? Will this movie redeem the solo Wolverine movie franchise? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Via: Comicbookmovie



***Director James Mangold posted a teaser trailer, click the link below.***

Wolverine Teaser Trailer

We’ve got lots of new goodies coming from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine production. The latest movie poster above and a great spread appearing in Entertainment Weekly focusing on the female characters in the movie. We finally get some good stills of Yukio (Rila Fukushima), Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and Mariko (Tao Okamoto). Three ladies that each make important impacts on Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) life.

There are some interesting splashes of color in the stills, Yukio is framed in red, Viper’s sharp greens and Mariko surrounded by school girl pink. If we suppose these things were actually thought of before hand and not just happenstance, then I suspect we can expect to see a much more stylish look at the world of our favorite Clawed Canadian.

Take a gander at the gallery below and let us know what jumps out at you in the comments section. The only thing I’m still bothered by is the blonde Viper. Hopefully the comic book villain’s trademark green hair and lipstick will make it into the movie before the end.

The annotated images are posted on the Entertainment Weekly post:

At the time this movie opens, there’s a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion…


[Viper] is brought in to help another one of the film’s baddies… [she] views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There’s kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.


A funeral at a Japanese temple is interrupted by an attack by the Yakuza which naturally brings out Wolverine’s claws.

Via: Bleeding Cool


Any day now we’re expecting the first teaser trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine to drop, but if you want to get a taste of what we’ll see sooner a detailed trailer description has popped up. Apparently, a guest on The Schmoes Know radio show had an early look at the trailer and offered up the details. You can give a listen here, trailer description begins around the 1:24 mark.

If you’d rather just read a pretty concise summary of the description, hit the jump.


‘The Wolverine’ Update – New Interviews & Photos


The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.

“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”

And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.

“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says.  “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”

But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”

In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.


Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.




The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.