Nov. 05, 2013 | 8:48 a.m.
Hugh Jackman is ready for another solo outing as Wolverine. Word came Tuesday that “The Wolverine” director James Mangold is in negotiations to write a treatment for Fox for a sequel to this summer’s “The Wolverine,” which saw Jackman’s lethal mutant travel to Japan. The story line for the sequel is being kept under wraps for the time being, but “X-Men” veteran Lauren Shuler Donner will produce the film. In an interview with Hero Complex this year, Jackman said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired “The Wolverine” when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men,” and was immediately struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent anti-hero and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 7:26 a.m.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer last week tweeted a link to a new clip from a forthcoming trailer to his anticipated “X-Men” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past. “ Just a few seconds of footage, the teaser featured a number of the most iconic X-Men characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. On Tuesday, fans got a look at the full trailer, which is heavy on Wolverine, who must travel back in time to save the present-day mutants. “Days of Future Past,” due out May 23, 2014, picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from both “First […]
Oct. 24, 2013 | 5:18 p.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” isn’t the only upcoming film releasing a teaser to promote a new trailer this week. Filmmaker Bryan Singer today tweeted a link to a new clip from a forthcoming trailer to his anticipated “X-Men” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past. ” Just a few seconds of footage, the teaser features a number of the most iconic X-Men characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. “Days of Future Past,” due out May 23, 2014, picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from both “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
Kirk Jenkins doesn’t seem to notice the young woman suspended in the air in front of him, contorting her body through a hoop, or the man in a nearby corner, spinning a fighting stick. Instead, Jenkins sits on the side of the room of the Cirque School studio in Hollywood, intently focused on the steel blades in his hands. The Wolverine-reminiscent weapons are called kamas, and Jenkins grips them with controlled strength as he quietly goes through the motions of his 30-second audition routine. Jenkins, 24, who flew to Los Angeles from his home in Warrenton, Va., along with his father and coach Ron Jenkins, is one of hundreds of people to audition for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show that will unite many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. The Los […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
A correction has been added to this post. See below for details. The X-Men’s 50th anniversary arrives in the inimitable style of Marvel’s uncanny mutants, with a comics crossover event, “Battle of the Atom,” that involves team members from past, present and future. As “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” No. 1 lands today, Hero Complex takes a look back at the first 50 years of the mutant franchise’s evolution, with 50 images and detailed captions (which you can turn on and off) in the gallery above. There are major moments here across multiple media — classic story lines, key introductions, hit movies — but also a few notable false starts. It’s a journey that begins with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s “X-Men” No. 1, dated September 1963, and follows the “Strangest Super-Heroes of All” from their important but low-selling early […]
Aug. 03, 2013 | 11:27 a.m.
“The Wolverine,” the latest film starring Hugh Jackman’s rage-fueled mutant Logan, offers a more intimate exploration of the character — one Jackman and director James Mangold attempted to fashion based on an influential comic book arc crafted by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in the 1980s. But it was Len Wein who first introduced Wolverine to comic readers in 1974, when the character appeared in “The Incredible Hulk.” Wein recently spoke to Hero Complex to share his thoughts on the latest movie, the joys of being a fan and the frustrations of sometimes standing in the shadows while iconic characters of your creation enjoy robust onscreen lives. Hero Complex: Twenty, thirty years ago, could you have imagined a point where we’d see so many superhero films? At this point, they’ve become a genre unto themselves, and there’s so much variety […]
July 25, 2013 | 5:01 p.m.
With “The Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the rage-fueled Logan, though with this latest stand-alone film, director James Mangold partnered with the actor to create a more intimate portrait of the gruff mutant at the center of the “X-Men” universe. The filmmaker recently spoke to Hero Complex about his long-running friendship with Jackman and how that helped fuel their rapport on the “Wolverine” set, how he took inspiration from films like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “The French Connection” and whether he’d be interested in tackling another comic-book-inspired project in the future. HC: You must be thrilled that the film has generated so much early positive buzz. JM: What I’m very gratified by is that people seem to be getting what we set out to do. When you do something different — obviously this is a comic book […]
July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Striding into a cramped hotel room at the beginning of what will be a long day at Comic-Con International, Hugh Jackman glad-handed onlookers and flashed his million-dollar smile. He’d arrived at North America’s biggest pop culture expo to talk up his new film, “The Wolverine,” which arrives in theaters Friday, and he moved with a seriousness of purpose, one that seemed all the more striking in contrast to the exuberant mirth of the Stormtroopers, Klingons and other costumed revelers flooding into the city’s convention center 12 floors below. For Jackman, though, “The Wolverine” isn’t just another sequel in the long-running “X-Men” franchise, another chance to flay bad guys with adamantium claws and deliver pithy one-liners. The new film offers a definitive look at the character that propelled him to stardom, examining the pain and brains beneath the […]
July 24, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
How did Hugh Jackman feel returning to the character of Logan for “The Wolverine”? “I had more fun than ever,” Jackman said, sitting down at San Diego’s Comic-Con International for an interview with Hero Complex. “I don’t know what it is, maybe being a little older helps playing a character who is two or three hundred years old.” In the new film opening in theaters Friday, Jackman and director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) adapt Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s revered 1980s comic book. Logan’s latest screen adventure sees him travel to Japan only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and falling in love with a beautiful heiress (Tao Okamoto) even as he’s wrestling with his grief over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Jackman was one of the biggest stars to appear at Comic-Con this […]
July 20, 2013 | 7:08 p.m.
Hugh Jackman wasn’t the only “X-Men” star to travel to San Diego to appear at Comic-Con International this weekend — the entire cast of Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” assembled on the Hall H stage during the Fox panel Saturday afternoon. Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Shawn Ashmore and Omar Sy joined Jackman and elder statesmen Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, along with director Singer, writer/producer Simon Kinberg and producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, to thunderous applause. Sy joins the cast as Bishop, and Peters will play Quicksilver. A short segment of moody, evocative footage from the film, which is still in production in Vancouver, was screened for the audience, and the returning actors genially chatted about reprising their roles for the […]