A bearded Hugh Jackman gets ready to hit the road…
“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…
#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?
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…
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.