With James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” releasing in July, more press has begun to surface on the film — including an interview by ScreenRant with Rila Fukushima on her role as Yukio and her different look from the comics.
“I think her personality… She’s very strong and independent and a fighter, but I think… The comic book was written in the seventies, right? Like eighties… So I guess they are trying to bring the character into the modern times,” Fukushima told ScreenRant. “So I was actually surprised about it. Trust me, I had long black hair and I was ready, because I read the comics, you know? So I was like ‘Really?’ I think it works. It’s great.”
Collider spoke with Svetlana Khodchenkova about her portrayal of Viper and the design of the character’s costume.
“All I can say about the costume now is that every costume is really different, and also being a woman I absolutely love it, all the different changes,” Khodchenkova told Collider. “It helps my character, because it progresses with the character throughout the film, her costumes and looks. It’s always changing. The most important costume for the Viper-look, the superhero look, is still in progress. We’ve made different versions of it and we’re still working on it. It’s surprising too, because we’re still working on it.”
The Playlist spoke with director James Mangold about the rumored post-credits scene between Wolverine and Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart), and the director reportedly confirmed that it’s likely not a set-up for a “The Wolverine” sequel.
“It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with what’s inside [‘The Wolverine’],” Mangold said of the scene.
Speaking of sequels, Screenrant spoke with “The Wolverine” producer Hutch Parker, who clarified the nature of the film and whether there might be room for more Wolverine films in the future.
“This is a standalone piece. You guys know the story, it lives really neatly off by itself and doesn’t preclude anything else,” Parker told Screenrant. “It doesn’t preclude reconnecting. It doesn’t preclude other standalone stories. I think part of what makes Wolverine such an iconic character is that it’s an irresolvable conflict. His immortality and the emotional conflicts he has surrounding those issues are limitless in terms of where that character can go and where they would live and become an issue and engage so that, I think you’ve got – To Tom [Rothman]’s credit, to Bill Mechanic’s credit – this is a well that can be mined for a long time. I think the challenge will be the obligation on the part of the filmmakers and the studio to make sure the stories are worthy of going back to the well. Certainly, Hugh’s been a good sport about it over the years he’s done this character. He clearly loves it to death but I do know that it becomes a storytelling obligation to make sure that this one will be a hard one to top, so that we can continue to serve up opportunities for him as a performer that warrant ‘yes, I want to put the claws back on and grow out my mutton chops and do my thing.'”
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Deadline reports that Glenn Close has been cast in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy as a senior leader in the Nova Corps. Close joins the already-cast Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and more.
Opens August 1, 2014
MAN OF STEEL
Sears’ Shop Your Way program has released a featurette for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” on YouTube, featuring some new footage of the upcoming film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced a new animated short produced by Snyder is currently in production. While it’s not known exactly what the short will entail, a connection to “Man of Steel” seems likely, especially considering this is the character’s 75th anniversary.
Opens June 14
THE AVENGERS 2
ComingSoon.net has posted excerpts from a Q&A session with Joss Whedon at the Film Society of Lincoln Theater’s “An Evening With Joss Whedon,” where the director re-stated his desire to have Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in “The Avengers 2” in response to a question about the character also appearing in Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
“That’s not something I can really talk about, but Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are going to be in the movie and they’re going to be awesome,” Whedon said.
This is possibly the first time Whedon has confirmed that the duo will be in the final version of the movie — up until now, he’s only stated they’re currently in a draft of the script.
Opens May 1, 2015
IGN spoke with “Arrow” leading man Stephen Amell about what to expect in the series’ second season this fall.
“We’re just going to find everybody in a different place,” Amell told IGN. “I think we’re actually going to find Oliver literally in a different place at the beginning of next year. It’s our second season, but it’s kind of like a new series. So I’m excited.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
IRON MAN 3
WhatCulture.com spoke with “Iron Man 3” writer Drew Pearce about his take on The Mandarin in the sequel, and the rationale behind it.
“We did a lot of the Mandarin footage in additional photography. Part of the criticism we’ve had for the Mandarin twist is that people wanted to see The Mandarin that we created in the first hour [for the rest of the movie]. That makes me oddly proud, because it means we did our job properly for that first hour,” Pearce told WhatCulture.com. “Shane [Black] and I always meant him to be, as well as an analogue for real life, a riff on Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now- and we both realised what we needed was a sense of the reality of what that character might be. … Here’s the thing with [our version of] The Mandarin — over commentary and satire and everything else, it was just the most entertaining and surprising version we could find. But the evolution of [both personas of the character] and how they ended up on screen is interesting.”
Now in theaters
After yesterday’s reveal of Optimus Prime’s new vehicle look in “Transformers 4,” Michael Bay has taken to Twitter and posted a first look at Bumblebee’s new look — a “highly modified, vintage 1967 Camero SS.”
Opens June 27, 2014
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
ComicBook.com has posted a report from a Phoenix Comicon with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman about the upcoming film reboot of the franchise, speaking about Michael Bay’s involvement.
“He’s been nothing but amazingly respectful, and Jonathan Liebesman’s been the director.” Eastman said. “I’ve seen the script. I’ve seen the design of the characters. It’s fantastic. The story has all the right turtleisms. They’re in the sewers. I’m very excited to see the movie.”
Eastman also definitively stated the Turtles will not be aliens in the film.
Opens June 6, 2014