Wolver­ine 3

A bearded Hugh Jack­man gets ready to hit the road…

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GO­ING GREY

“I’ve got three words for you guys: old man lo­gan,” Jack­man told comic-con ear­lier this year. “read into it what you will.” reading away mer­rily, wolf-watch­ers noted Jack­man’s on-set beard and sur­mised that The Wolver­ine di­rec­tor James man­gold’s se­quel, scripted by david James kelly, will adapt the gore-guz­zling mark mil­lar arc in which lo­gan roams a dystopian fu­ture, pow­er­less and tragedy-stricken. and he’s go­ing grey. true or not, pro­ducer si­mon kin­berg seemed to fan these old man-ly ru­mours by con­firm­ing a fu­ture set­ting. mil­lar’s mcu char­ac­ter cameos would have to go, but keep the di­nosaurs…

FI­NAL CUT

#onelast­time, read the tweet. “this will be my last one,” Jack­man told amer­ica’s Dr Oz Show, leav­ing no room for doubt but lots of room for dra­matic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Is his de­par­ture a cue to in­tro­duce fe­male wolver­ine clone X-23, spiky feet and all? or find a new man-face for the mut­ton­chops? or tidy up fran­chise time­lines? what­ever hap­pens, a might­ily fan-pleas­ing send-off is promised. “I can tell you, the peo­ple who are in this room, the fans,” Jack­man told comic-con, “it’s go­ing to be the best one yet for you guys.”

R U SE­RI­OUS?

“we’d made the de­ci­sion for Wolver­ine to be r-rated be­fore Dead­pool came out,” kin­berg has said, slam­ming down fears of a crude cash-in. Jack­man wor­ried over the im­pact on younger fans: “we’ve gotta have an in­cred­i­ble rea­son to de­lib­er­ately ex­clude them,” he said. But kin­berg reck­ons the r-rated rea­son­ing is the right fit for a “rad­i­cal, bold, dif­fer­ent wolver­ine”. the three­quel is “vi­o­lent”, he added, and “kind of like a western in its tone”. kind of like old man’s tonal nods to east­wood’s Un­for­given, then?

SIN­IS­TER RU­MOUR

the in­ter­net claimed kin­berg and Bryan singer’s X-Men: Apoca­lypse nat­ter-track con­firms a role for mis­ter sin­is­ter – nathaniel es­sex, the ge­netic string-puller hinted at in the film’s sting. But man­gold tweeted cau­tion: “uh. who is mis­ter sin­is­ter? sounds kinda corny. Please ad­vise.” at least we know who’s play­ing the vil­lains. Boyd hol­brook will play an “in­tense head of se­cu­rity”, says Dead­line, stok­ing hopes of ap­pear­ances from mu­tan­thater don­ald Pierce and his cy­borg reavers. mean­while, richard e grant plays “a mad sci­en­tist type”, reck­ons Hol­ly­wood Reporter. which cer­tainly sounds sin­is­ter/sin­is­ter…

X-TRAS

of the sup­ports, Ex­tras’ stephen mer­chant and Or­ange Is The New Black’s el­iz­a­beth ro­driguez stand out. also on hand is Pa­trick ste­wart as “a very dif­fer­ent charles Xavier”, ac­cord­ing to the man him­self. could he fill old man lo­gan’s hawk­eye du­ties? or does the girl spied in set pho­tos sug­gest a weapon X/ X-23 arc? maybe, although liev schreiber’s quote about a mooted sabre­tooth cameo reignites old ru­mours: “the old man lo­gan story: that’s ap­peal­ing…” ei­ther way, ex­pect it to sound glo­ri­ous: Drive/Neon De­mon synth au­teur cliff mar­tinez is def­i­nitely scor­ing. the film’s 2 march 2017 re­lease can’t come quickly enough.

DON’T QUOTE ME “I THINK THIS CEN­TURY NEEDS, DE­SERVES, ITS OWN CUL­TURE… THAT’S A LONG­WINDED WAY OF ME SAY­ING I AM RE­ALLY, RE­ALLY SICK OF BAT­MAN.” alan moore doesn’t mince his words.

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