Tag Archive: Wolverine


“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

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Director Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise. Is this the mutant extravaganza audiences are craving for?

The Good: There’s a lot to like in DOFP. From the opening sequence, the action scenes are the best in the series. And it is nice to see Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Halle Berry (Storm) and more reprise their roles. James McAvoy (Young Charles), Michael Fassbender (Young Erik), Nicholas Hoult (Young Beast) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique)  are the standouts from the “First Class” cast.

The real joy here is Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. He’s easily the most memorable new character and is a blast to watch. By now, if you’ve seen any of the trailers, you know the basic plot revolving around Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). And seeing the sentinels in action is fantastic, though at least one of the designs looks and acts very similar to the robot from “Thor”. The film is a slick, fun thrill ride and a blast to watch.

The Bad: Honestly, with so many mutants, some characters were going to get the short end of the stick in terms of screen time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many of the mutants serve as nods for fans, but I wish Page got more screen time. I understand why she didn’t given the size of the cast, but she’s such a strong actress, it would have been nice.

No plot spoilers here, but given the story they went with, it does raise some questions, given there are six other X-Men films in the universe. But, it’s not too big of a deal.

Speaking of the plot, Peter Dinklage is, unfortunately, the weak link of the new characters introduced. He’s not terrible, but he gets a little lost in the film and the script doesn’t give him a lot to do.

The Final Word: It’s a fun, and at times thrilling, mutant adventure. This just may be my favorite X-Men film yet and breathes new life into the franchise.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Who is the Silver Samurai?

Here’s a short video profiling Harada (The Silver Samurai) from the upcoming “The Wolverine”.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. James Mangold (“Walk the Line”) is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s a clip from “The Wolverine”.

Starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, this installment is directed by James Mangold (“Walk the Line”).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jackman done with Wolverine?

First came news that Robert Downey Jr. was mulling ending his time as Tony Stark/Iron Man for Marvel. Now comes news that Hugh Jackman may be done with Wolverine after this summer’s “The Wolverine” and Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Jackman told Entertainment Weekly:  “I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

We’ll see, especially if “The Wolverine” turns out to be a hit. It does beg the question if you could only have RDJ or Jackman remain in his iconic role, which one would you choose?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Hoping we all forget “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, this summer’s “The Wolverine looks pretty good. Director James Mangold (“Walk the Line”) I hope found the right tone. Here’s some new footage shown at some recent Cons!

Hugh Jackman returns as Logan.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the trailer for “The Wolverine”!

After the disappointment of Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, this film looks a lot better and pretty epic. It stars Hugh Jackman of course as Logan with James Mangold (“Walk the Line”) taking over directing duties. And there’s no Ryan Reynolds, so that’s a good start.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Ever since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, there’s been talk of a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) wrote the script, but while Hugh Jackman will put the claws on again for “The Wolverine”, Deadpool has been dead on arrival. Reynolds said it’s been a difficult process to get studios to sign on for a hard R-rated film and they’re not willing to water down the film. And, Reynolds said the film would address the character’s appearance in Origins.

“I don’t think you can [tie-in to X-Men Origins: Wolverine], because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him.

I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address ‘Wolverine’ – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in ‘Wolverine.’ Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in ‘Wolverine.’ He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that,” Reynolds told Empire.

I can see why this would be a tough sell. It’s very meta, and would be hard for audiences to embrace. But let’s hope he gets a shot. Reynolds needs to make us forget “Green Lantern” somehow.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was a disappointing film. But with director James Mangold at the helm, ‘The Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman is set to hit theaters this July. Of course that would mean we should be getting some form of a teaser soon right? Yes, but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Reports are that “The Wolverine” teaser will hit theaters with “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum on March 29. That’s still more than a month away, but not too far! Hopefully Mangold, who directed the amazing “Walk the Line” can do Wolverine justice.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Bryan Singer is back. So is much of the cast from “X-Men: First Class”, including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. The big news that has been swirling is the time traveling aspect. We already know Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are back. Hugh Jackman too, and according to Jackman, there could be more than a few more showing up as well.
“You wouldn’t have enough room on the page after you’ve listed them all,” Jackman said. “Every other actor who’s ever put on a superhero uniform will be in it. There’s an element of time travel and, naturally, it will be action-packed.”

Does that mean a return for Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Ellen Page and more?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.