The movie biz, like almost everything else, more or less closed down for the holiday weekend last week, so don’t expect a lot of big news in this here roundup–unless you’re a fan of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, because that has been oddly active in the past few days. But we’ll chalk that up to Wolverine coming from Canada, and therefore observing a different Thanksgiving holiday altogether. (What other reason could there be?) Here are the highlights of the last seven days’ worth of superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Logan Being the Cinematic Send-Off Wolverine Deserves
In case the trailer for Logan didn’t make it clear that Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine was going to be a different kind of superhero movie, Empire talked to the actor, as well as Logan director James Mangold to make it clear. “We made an effort to scale back on the gloss and greenscreen,” Mangold said about the look of the movie, while Jackman added that it was “essential [that fans] see this as the story of a man who is struggling with mortality and legacy… and whether the world has been better off with him or without him.” What are the odds that things really aren’t going to end well for Wolverine when the movie’s released next year?
Why this is super: Everything that comes out about this movie makes it seem like a good Wolverine movie, which is a little surprising considering how over-used the character has become onscreen. Could Jackman’s last appearance as the hairy, clawed hero end up being his best?
SUPER IDEA: Valiant Comics Continuing Their Journey to the Big Screen
It’s been a while since there’s been an official update on Sony’s attempts to bring the Valiant Comics universe to the big screen, but The Wrap talked to screenwriter Eric Heisserer and got some good news. “I believe Harbinger is out on the director version of Tinder, trying to find a match,” Heisserer said, referring to the adaptation of Valiant’s comic about teen runaways with psychic powers. “We’re trying to find the right filmmaker for that project, but I’m pretty excited about that.” When it comes to nanite-powered super soldier Bloodshot, meanwhile, Heisserer said that he was “right now staring at a revised draft of Bloodshot; that’s what I am working on today.”
Why this is super: Without directors or cast, it’s probably too early to get fully excited about either of these properties hitting theaters, but there’s a lot of potential to be mined from the source comics–especially from Harbinger, which plays out like a contemporary X-Men with more attitude. Don’t mess this up, Hollywood.
SUPER IDEA: Spider-Man Serving Face
Apparently, even movie stars are a little weirded out by the moviemaking process these days. During filming for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland–Spidey himself–had to do some facial-capture work and, as this Instagram post from director Jon Watts shows, found it as weird as it looks to everyone else.
Facial capture w/Mr @tomholland2013
Why this is super: First off, watching Holland react to something that isn’t even happening is quite amusing. Second, knowing that he’s a little embarrassed about it makes us like him even more. Will his Spider-Man be that same mix of humble but ready to do whatever it takes to get the job done? If so, then they’ve got it note perfect.
SUPER IDEA: Fox Releasing More Marvel Movies
Fox is remaining firmly in the Marvel business, announcing the dates for two mystery Marvel movies last week: one will be released November 2, 2018, with another on Valentine’s Day, 2019. Presumably both will come from the studio’s X-Men movie license; we know that New Mutants, Deadpool 2, Gambit, and even X-Force are all in different stages of development, so take your pick… although it’s worth noting that the February slot was where the first Deadpool was slotted. (But would Fox really wait three years for a follow-up? Or is that for Deadpool 3?)
Why this is super: Considering just recently there were concerns about whether Fox had the juice to keep its Marvel movies going, this news can only be seen as a sign that, basically, the haters can go suck it. Now all we need is to know what movies will take these slots.
SUPER IDEA: Deadpool Getting Some New Underpants
Speaking of Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth returned to answer some questions about 2016 (thanks to Ryan Reynolds, who apparently likes to do improv as his masked alter ego) as part of a year-end edition of Empire magazine. None of the answers should be taken too seriously, of course, but it does raise the possibility of getting some “tasteful underwear” into ‘Pool’s costume for the second installment. Well, it’s not like Superman’s using that look right now, is it?
Why this is super: All year, the life of Deadpool outside his movie, in whatever promotional capacity Fox has used the character, has been fun to see. Watching it continue even when there’s no movie to promote is even better, and a good way to keep him in the audience’s mind until the next feature is ready.