July 31, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” beginning with a marketing campaign for the fictional Trask Industries and its founder Bolivar Trask, played by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage. In the comics, antagonist Trask is the inventor of the Sentinels — robots who hunt mutants in the name of protecting humanity. A newly launched website for Trask Industries features images of Dinklage in full Bolivar Trask costume and reveals details about his character in “Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer. “Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity,” reads Trask’s biography on the website. “Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did […]
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 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Batman and Superman joined forces, Wolverine reunited with an entire team of X-Men, and “Avengers” villain Loki commanded the 6,500 audience members assembled in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to worship him as a god as the rapturous crowd cheered wildly — just business as usual at the pop culture expo known as Comic-Con International. Word of a sequel to the summer’s Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie “Man of Steel,” which is set for release in 2015 and will feature Batman among its cast of characters, was perhaps the biggest news to emerge from the four-day celebration of film, television, video games and comic books that attracts about 130,000 visitors to the city’s downtown — many clad in colorful costumes. One of the most powerful draws for those fans is the opportunity to see exclusive trailers […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:38 p.m.
Marvel Comics announced the launch of “Amazing X-Men,” which begins with the quest for the dearly departed Nightcrawler, and “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe” during its X-Men panel Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Amazing X-Men,” from writer Jason Aaron (“Wolverine and the X-Men”) and artist Ed McGuinness, marks the return of the teleporting blue mutant who died heroically in the 2010 story line “Second Coming.” The title’s team showcases Firestar as a major character for the first time, editor Nick Lowe said, and also includes Wolverine, Iceman, Beast, Storm and Northstar. It’s been secretly in the works since around the time Aaron started “Wolverine and the X-Men” and will solve the mystery of the little blue Bamfs that infest the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in that series. Lowe also suggested a connection between red Bamfs […]
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 […]
July 16, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.
For Hugh Jackman, “The Wolverine” has been 13 years coming. The Oscar-nominated Australian actor first discovered Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s landmark comic book exploring Logan’s past when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s 2000 mutant movie “X-Men.” Immediately, he was struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent antihero. Now, two “X” sequels, a prequel and a spinoff movie later, the story of Logan struggling with his animal instincts while abroad in Japan is finally heading to theaters. “The Wolverine” will open July 26, with Jackman’s “Kate and Leopold” director James Mangold at the helm. Mangold is perhaps best known for films such as “Cop Land,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Walk the Line,” not standard comic book fare. But with “The Wolverine” functioning neither as an origin story nor […]
May 21, 2013 | 3:27 p.m.
Production is underway for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and director Bryan Singer is offering fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the action via Twitter, posting pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage and more. “Days of Future Past,” due out in July of 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. “Future Past” aims to bridge the gap between “First Class” and the original “X-Men” film trilogy. Singer, who also directed 2000′s “X-Men” and 2003′s “X2,” on Monday tweeted a photo of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who is reprising her role as shape-shifting mutant Raven, better known as Mystique. The snapshot shows Lawrence in full costume — revealing blue body suit and paint with a shock of […]