2016 was an eventful year for comic book movies, with an array of successes, disappointments, and downright disasters. ‘Deadpool’ was one 2016’s success stories. While the first film’s writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were talking to Comicbook.com about their new sci-fi-horror ‘Life’, the pair commented on how ‘Deadpool 2’ would be cast imminently.
Like Jean Grey, the magician will be performing feats of mentalism. While it’s common to grow up wanting to be just like our favourite comic book superheroes, almost none of us can make it a reality – except for maybe local magician Ning Cai. Previously known as Magic Babe Ning, the 35-year-old is back with a new persona and a bag of mind tricks.
The Merc with a Mouth will have plenty of crime-fighting company in Deadpool 2. Star Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter today to announce that Zazie Beetz, who plays Donald Glover’s ex-girlfriend/baby-mama on the hit FX comedy Atlanta, has joined the cast as fellow mutant mercenary Domino. Domino first popped up in Marvel comic books in the early 1990s.
Spoilers! Major, huge spoilers for ‘Logan’ follow, so be warned and turned back if you’re yet to see the critically acclaimed superhero drama. ‘Logan’ director James Mangold has confirmed that he sowed the seeds for the new film’s heart-rending ending four years in his first X-Men spin-off ‘The Wolverine’.
“Logan” is an American superhero drama. It is the third film to feature Hugh Jackman as the title character, Wolverine, and the tenth film in the “X-Men” film franchise. The film follows an aged, sick Wolverine and a senile Professor X in a world without mutants.
For a movie anchored by one of the most popular X-Men ever, Logan — Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swan song — is hijacked by the littlest mutant of ’em all: Laura, aka X-23. Played by newcomer Dafne Keen, the pint-sized dynamo has been a fan favorite during her relatively short tenure in the comics, but Laura is an unknown quantity to mainstream moviegoers. With Logan opening in theaters this weekend, we thought we’d offer a brief introduction to the character of X-23 and how she might fit into the X-Men cinematic universe going forward.
It took just one trailer for Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine in ‘Logan’ to go from being a film many struggled to get excited about, to one they couldn’t wait to see. The film is unlike any superhero movie before it. Essentially a western, it’s grisly, astoundingly mature and director James Mangold can’t believe he got to make it.
By now, the trailers for Logan (in theaters March 3) have made it very clear that this is not a typical superhero movie. Quiet and despairing, light on special effects and heavy on character drama, the third Wolverine solo film looks to be a drastic departure from previous X-Men films, not to mention the Marvel and DC Comics films that dominate the genre. At a December press event last year, I previewed the first 40 minutes of Logan, and I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.
The tangled and twisted ‘X-Men’ universe is so full of plot holes and parallel timelines it’s impossible to join the dots. By far the biggest plot hole in ‘Apocalypse’ is the fact that none of the characters seem to have aged at all – the film is set in 1983, 21 years after the events of ‘X-Men: First Class’, but the cast have barely aged a day.
20th Century Fox are in a bind with the ‘X-Men’ franchise following the underwhelming performance of Apocalypse earlier this summer. Because while it has been reported by The Hollywood Reporter that a reboot of the franchise is currently “in the works” at the studio, the publication also revealed that, according to their sources, this could end up being just a reconfiguration. There’s just one problem. ‘Apocalypse’ was the last film of the actors’ three-picture deals with the studio on ‘X-Men’, meaning that if they were to return they’d be after a huge pay increase.
There have been a lot of problems with ‘Deadpool 2’ over the last few weeks. Not just that, but it’s also been reported that the third solo instalment for the character will see him pair up with another team from the ‘X-Men’ franchise, X-Force. The X-Force are a more aggressive and militant version of the X-Men, and their ensemble has in the past included Psylocke, who was played by Olivia Munn in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, as well as Deadpool, Domino and Cable, both of whom are already confirmed for ‘Deadpool 2’.
Creating the perfect movie poster is a pretty tough gig. In fact, an entire Reddit thread popped up earlier this week dedicated to “The Worst Movie Posters Ever”. You can check out some of the candidates below. Not only are they cheap and look as though a five-year has cut out a silhouette of both Magneto and Professor X, but it also appears as though the characters have eaten Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, respectively, who are now trying to escape head first through their stomachs.
Looks like Old Man Logan started something. Days after the debut of the mournful first trailer for Logan (above), Hugh Jackson’s cinematic swansong as the angry, anguished Wolverine, some vintage X-Men outings are getting a similar treatment to the delight of fans. A couple of inspired YouTube creators have applied the trappings of the Logan preview — a tortured Wolverine, a suffering Professor X, and ominous imagery set to the tune of Johnny Cash’s world-weary “Hurt” — into recuts of Bryan Singer’s 1993 sequel X-Men 2 (a.k.a.
Hugh Jackman will face off against the Reavers in his final outing as iconic Marvel superhero Wolverine. In the comics, the Reavers are a gang of augmented human assassins best known for serving Apocalypse in the famed 'Age of Apocalypse’ storyline. In ‘Logan’, the Reavers will most likely be led by Boyd Holbrook’s Pierce, a character known in the comics for leading the villainous group.
Appearing in the upcoming ‘Wolverine’ sequel, it looks as though Stephen Merchant has gone through a bit of a transformation to become Caliban - the albino ‘X-Men’ mutant who is now looking after Professor X. Appearing on Twitter, ‘Logan’ director James Mangold revealed Stephen Merchant’s new look… and it’s a rather impressive transformation. It looks as though Stephen Merchant himself couldn’t resist dropping another picture, too… and this time, we get a very small glimpse of Caliban’s costume.
For most performers, appearing as a character from a Marvel superhero comic would be a dream come true. Howard was really disappointed with Robert Downey Jr – as well as the studio – after the former was let go from the ‘Iron Man’ franchise for apparently refusing to take a lower salary for the superhero sequel. Discussing how he had helped convince studio execs to hire Downey in the first place and hoping for similar aid in return, he told Rolling Stone, “I called Robby…leaving messages with his assistants, called him at least 17 times that day and 21 the next and finally left a message saying, ‘look, man, I need the help that I gave you’.
Following the official announcement that the upcoming ‘Wolverine’ movie is called ‘Logan’ it seems we’ve got our first look at the latest incarnation of Charles Xavier - otherwise known as Professor X. Taking to Twitter, director James Mangold revealed this haunting image of ‘X-Men’ powerhouse, Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart).
A great many fans were crying out for Bryan Cranston to be cast as the new Lex Luthor of the DC Extended Universe – but it seems Warner Bros/DC may have had the ‘Breaking Bad’ actor in mind for another key role. In the interview (which, frustratingly, is not available to UK viewers), Cranston reportedly says that he’d be open to taking on a comic book movie role, if it was one we haven’t seen on screen before – hence his disinterest in the role already famously played by Gary Oldman and Pat Hingle. “I’ve been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon.
The comedian’s transformation into Dr Seuss’s grumpy creation is extraordinary and earned make-up artists Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan an Oscar. Proving just how arduous it is to play a mutant, this is the second time Mystique has appeared on this list.
Looks like Doug Liman is trading one long in-development superhero movie for another. Variety broke the news that the director – whose credits include ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ and ‘The Bourne Identity’ – will now take the helm on the film which was initially set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, who worked on the first draft of the screenplay. As the title suggests, ‘Dark Universe’ will centre on a selection of the more macabre heroes from the DC pantheon, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Deadman.
It’s official – Hugh Jackman has wrapped ‘Wolverine 3’. The currently untitled ‘Wolverine’ sequel has finished filming… and it’s quite an occasion. After all, this marks the final time Hugh Jackman will suit up as Wolverine.
Patrick Stewart says he anticipates that the film may also mark his last appearance as the X-Men patriarch Professor Charles Xavier. Little has been revealed about the third ‘Wolverine’ movie, but it sees the return of ‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold, and is thought to be based loosely on Mark Millar’s popular story ‘Old Man Logan.’ It is also reported that, following the success of ‘Deadpool,’ this film will also be aiming for an R-rating.