TWO QUESTIONS face many fanboy filmgoers this summer:
1. “How many times am I going to see ‘Man of Steel’ “?
2. “Do I really want to see another Wolverine movie?”
As the new trailers arrive this week for “Man of Steel” and “The Wolverine,” we break down these sneak peeks:
I CAN’T FOCUS on this new “Wolverine” movie without getting the last one out of my mind. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” wasn’t exactly “The Dark Knight Rises,” but it did have its moments. The links to the “Origin” storyline from the comic books and his rivalry with Sabertooth were genuinely fun elements, but the fanboy public was demanding more.
I prefer to think of how we first met Jackman as Wolverine in the first “X-Men” movie (2000), thanks to Bryan Singer. Or the last time we saw Jackman as Wolverine, in a seconds-long cameo in “X-Men: First Class” (which, despite its brevity, was one of the film’s best and funniest scenes).
So does Jackman’s Wolverine work best in a setting where he’s leading other X-Men to battle, or where he and his adamantium claws alone carry a movie. The new “Wolverine” trailer has me ready to give Wolverine another shot in a solo-movie.
Here are some highlights:
1. I Dream of Jeannie:
Wolverine is still clearly haunted by the events of X-Men 3 (aren’t we all?) and the death of Jean Grey, as evident by the trailers opening scene that shows Wolverine dreaming of Jean Grey, who reminds him that she died by his claws. Whether Jean plays a bigger part in the movie remains to be seen, but it is interesting that they decided to show this scene of Wolverine dreaming about her. With a new X-Men movie based on the classic X-Men story “Days of Future Past” currently filming (that will deal with timelines and alternate realities_), is it possible we’ll see Jean again?
2. Haunted by his past:
As if nightmares about Jean aren’t enough, Wolverine is approached by someone from his past (during Wolverine’s days of war) who wants to thank Logan for saving his life. How does he want to thank him? By promising to take away the one thing that makes Wolverine who he is: his indestructibility.
“I can end your eternity. Make you mortal,” the man says.
“What they did to me…what I am…can’t be undone,” Wolverine responds.
Later in the trailer, Wolverine appears not to be healing at his normal rate, and to be in a considerable amount of pain. Maybe this blast from the past was right and he can bring an end to the Wolverine.
This is an interesting twist in the move, if for no other reason than: How do you keep a movie interesting when the hero can’t be destroyed? You make him breakable, apparently. It should also be a treat for fans of Wolverine to see scenes set in Japan, since those who have read Wolverine in the comics know that a whole lot of things happened with Wolverine in Japan.
We then get some great imagery of Wolverine in action. We get the standard shot of Logan using his claws to hang on to a moving vehicle (in the first movie, it was a helicopter; this time, it’s a train).
And the best part of the trailer was saved for the final seconds, when we see Wolverine going up against the Silver Samurai. A Silver Samurai that is literally twice the size of him.
But is “The Wolverine” worth a midnight showing and multiple in-theater viewings?
Well, putting him in Japan opens up a whole lot of possibilities. I can’t be the only one who is hoping that once Wolverine deals with the Silver Samurai, he’ll have some family issues to deal with (Daken, anyone?).
Time will tell. And if there’s one thing Wolverine has plenty of, it’s time.
“MAN OF STEEL” TRAILER:
IT WOULD BE understandable if Warner Bros. decided that the last “Man of Steel” trailer would be the final sneak peEk at what is shaping up to be the box-office hit of the summer.
The last trailer showed that Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and Co. could be taking the superhero movie to the next level. The trailer seemed impossible to be topped. But if they did try to top it, how would they?
Two words: More Zod.
One thing is clear after watching the trailer that arrived online last night: This: Zod is not playing around. The trailer begins with a voiceover from Zod (Michael Shannon), letting the people of Earth know that another Kryptonian (Superman/Kal-el/Clark) has been walking among them. A warning is issued to Kal-El to turn himself in — or watch his adoptive planet suffer the consequences.
What follows is more action, much of which has already been seen in previous “Man of Steel” trailers, but there’s enough new footage to make the countdown to June 14 that much more tantalizing
We also get a good look and first listen to Zod’s right-hand woman, Faora (Antje Traue), and from the sound of things, she’s just as sinister as Zod.
“You will not win,” Faora says to (we assume) Kal-El/Superman. “For every human you save, we will kill a million more.”
A few new fight scenes between Superman and Zod and an intense display of heat vision later, and we’re right back where we were after the last trailer:
Counting down to midnight.