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The Best & Worst Of ‘The Wolverine’

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 29, 2013 2:19 PM
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Are American audiences starting to get bored with superhero movies? While 20th Century Fox’s “The Wolverine” did solid business overseas this weekend, the James Mangold-directed picture failed to outperform the routinely loathed “X-Men Origins: The Wolverine” stateside, making for the 2nd lowest grossing opening weekend of any X-Men movie so far (though on par with “X-Men: First Class,” and just slightly higher than the original “X-Men”). Was a lack of “X-Men” in Wolverine’s personal story to blame? The movie itself seemed to do favorably, considering its "A-" Cinemascore for those that actually paid to see it, but clearly American audiences didn’t come out in droves.

Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Slashes Into Top Spot, But Trails Opening Weekend Of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 28, 2013 12:40 PM
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Not the most fruitful weekend, with one major wide release on the cards, and "The Wolverine" topped the box office charts with $55 million (this time last year "Dark Knight Rises" made $62.1 million in its second weekend). The James Mangold-directed effort was Fox's second swing at a standalone movie for the character, with Hugh Jackman reprising the titular role, going to Japan and grappling with his immortality and women in his life (dead and alive, sword and poison-wielding), with a few Yasujirō Ozu references thrown in for artsy measure.

Big in Japan: 10 Movies To Watch Before 'The Wolverine'

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  • July 25, 2013 3:41 PM
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10 Movies To See Before The Wolverine
"The Wolverine" isn't just another stand alone movie. Following the disastrous "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's a complete tonal overhaul, with the property being rebuilt almost from the ground up. While there might be traces of the character's 'X'-past, particularly in the somewhat-garbled third act, there is still a very clear attempt to remake the character inside a more atmospheric, emotionally rich context. That, coupled with the movie's welcome change in scenery (it's set mostly in Japan), makes it a very, very different X-perience than you're used to. Sure, it has plenty of it's own issues, regardless (you can read our review of the Hugh Jackman movie here), but keeping all this in mind, we thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a list of ten movies that will get you ready for "The Wolverine" - whether literally, spiritually, or thematically, these movies share some mutant DNA with everyone's favorite metallic-clawed hero.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Review: ‘The Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 24, 2013 2:06 PM
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The narrative for months before and during the making of the movie by James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, was a borderline campaign apology that read something like: “Please excuse the inexcusable ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ We are starting over here. Please take this journey with us as we explore the Wolverine story you’ve always wanted to see on screen.” And so the question for fans is: did the pair succeed in this goal? The answer, in conclusion, is a resounding "no," but it’s but not for want of trying.

Watch: Clips From 'Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter' & 'The Wolverine'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 23, 2013 9:41 AM
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With “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premiering on ABC this fall, Marvel continues its world domination but the television series isn’t the first time the comics giant has experimented with its universe in a non-feature length setting. Since the Blu-ray release of “Thor,” the company has released a series of short films called “Marvel One-Shots” that take place within the existing Marvel cinematic universe. Up until now the shorts haven’t had much bearing on the continuity at large but that all changes with the newest “one-shot” that’s arriving this fall.

First Reviews For 'The Wolverine' Suggest That It's Simply Better Than 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' But Not Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 1:02 PM
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So far for this superhero summer, Marvel hit a home-run with "Iron Man 3," Warner Bros. wiped the sweat off their brow and successfully rebooted Superman in "Man Of Steel" and now it's up to Fox to see if they revive Wolverine after fans and audiences nearly revolted after the revolting "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And with Comic-Con about to kick off, and Fox doing one last push for the movie, hoping the crowd in San Diego will eat up their latest offering, they can't be happy with the early reviews that have started to arrive.

Hugh Jackman Explains Why 'The Wolverine' Isn't R-Rated, Confirms Credits Tease For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 17, 2013 12:04 PM
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There are few mainstream comic book characters who could possibly justify an R-rated film. Even fewer of those characters are bankable properties that can overcome the risk of carrying an “R.” Wolverine is one such character. Though Logan has appeared in cartoons and has done well in PG-13 action films, let's not forget that this man knows how to get down. He’s got knives on his hands; this isn’t the type of character who specializes in temporarily incapacitating dudes. So why haven’t they made a full blown blood-fest "The Wolverine"? Well the obvious answer is money, but Hugh Jackman says that the true reason is a bit more involved than that.

Watch: Honest Trailer For 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' A Reminder Of Every Awful Thing 'The Wolverine' Has To Overcome

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 5:03 PM
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The year was 2009, and few could even anticipate what a colossal trainwreck "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" would turn out to be. Based on a hit character? Yep. Following the fan-derided, but massively successful "X-Men: The Last Stand" (the highest grossing of the trilogy)? Yep. An acclaimed director? Yep, Gavin Hood was riding high off the well-received dramas "Tsotsi" and "Rendition." So where did all go wrong? The terrible script? The casting of will.i.am? The piss poor special effects? How about all of the above?

Watch: Viper, Jean Grey, Yukio & Shingen Feature In 4 Clips From 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:21 AM
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Comic-Con is just a few days away, and even though "The Wolverine" will be rolling into San Diego in a final push to woo and wow nerds, that hasn't stopped the Fox marketing machine. As per usual, they are dumping as much as they possibly can from their summer tentpole short of including the credits, and four more brief clips have rolled online, keeping interest in the fanged hero polished.

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