Yesterday it was confirmed in a tweet by DC Comics that legendary creator Len Wein had passed away. The cause of death has not been publicly released, but we do know (based off of his twitter account) that Wein had been in surgery just a few days prior.
Len Wein was a legendary comics writer who had a hand in creating a couple of modern comics most iconic characters. Most notably he co-created DC/Vertigo’s Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson (who also passed away earlier this year) and Marvel’s Wolverine with artist John Romita. Wein also worked extensively as an editor, notably on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen.
So it’s official, the rumored Black and White cut of Logan is real, and it’s coming to theaters. The film will apparently be making a one night engagement on theater screens May 16th. Director James Mangold tweeted out the news about the limited rerelease a few days ago:
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
There’s no word on how many screens this release will be on, but don’t expect a lot. Converting the film to black and white was apparently no small task either, as it’s not just a matter of converting the film to grayscale.
In convert to b&w , one must determine which hues go dark/ light, adjust contrast, blacks. Turning down color on tv just makes gray mush.
Converting Logan to black and white, with it’s deep noir and western undertones, will certainly add a new element to the already genius film, and if you’re free that night (and there’s a showing anywhere near you) I can’t imagine anything better to be doing.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
When Logan director James Mangold asked Marvel comics if he could include X-Men comics in the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine installment, he was told he could as long as they weren’t any real comic books. To create the old-school style books for the movie then, Mangold reached out to Joe Quesada and Dan Panosian to create the pages of the books for the movie.
We saw some of them briefly in the trailer, and now that the movie is out we can get a closer look at the art created for the film.
We’ve embedded all of the pages and covers we could get our hands on. Some of these feature prominently in the film, while others were created as filler in case an actor paged through a comic book on screen (notably some pages Panosian posted to Twitter).
They’re all, frankly, fantastic, and really capture the feel of the X-Men books from the 1980s. I love the way they look just close enough while retaining a slightly off aesthetic letting you know this is another world. It just adds to the fabric of a world which just feels lived in.
One of the big things that made Hugh Jackman’s performance as Wolverine the first X-Men movie back in 2000 was his paternal relationship with a young Rogue. Logan’s need to help mentor younger characters has always been one of the more human elements to his character in the comics, and definitely one of the reasons he appealed to me as a reader. Wolverine wasn’t just there to be “the best at what he does” — he was also a sad, tortured man who felt the need to take care of other people.
But as the film franchise went on, that part of the character seemed to drift away. By the time we got to The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’d barely notice that side of the character was there.
But Logan, the third solo Wolverine film (and Hugh Jackman’s last time in the role), seems to be finding its way back to the core of the character. The first trailer for the film (released yesterday) is probably the most emotionally intense pieces of marketing for any film set in Fox’s X-Men Movie Universe. Whether the film lives up to this, of course, remains to be seen — but it’s nice to see part of the Wolverine I’ve always loved show up again onscreen.
The third Wolverine film (likely to be based loosely on Old Man Logan) is marching forward, bringing us ever closer to Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the Clawed Canadian. Besides Patrick Stewart’s expected return to the role of Professor X, not a lot else has been known about the cast so far. Well, at least until this week. Two big pieces of casting news have come out this week though, one of which is to form and the other unexpected.
The first bit is that Richard E. Grant is joining the film. While not a lot is known about his character, he’s expected to play a mad scientist villain. Since that describes like ninety percent of the comic book villains created in the middle of the 20th century, that could be almost anyone. Grant won’t be the main villain of course, as that role is being played by Boyd Holbrook.
The less expected piece of casting is that comedic actor (and co-creator of the original British version of The Office) Stephen Merchant has also been cast in another unknown role. In this case, we have literally no idea what he’s playing, but I don’t really care.
Because it’s Stephen Merchant, and he’s hilarious.
On this episode we talk about Deadpool‘s remarkable turn at the box office, Fox considering an R rating for Wolverine 3, the unfortunate continuation of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Bryan Fuller taking the reigns of the upcoming Star Trek TV series, the final nail in TCE2‘s coffin, and how y’all really need to stop trashing convention hotels.
The Rated R superhero film Deadpool is kicking the crap out of the box office, mostly because it is a pretty solid film that stays exceptionally true to the spirit of the source material (while still fitting in well with the larger X-Men cinematic universe). But we (and quite a few others) predicted that the studios would learn the wrong lesson from this, and that we’d end up with a bunch of rated R superhero movies without any real plot or character reasons for the additional sex and/or gore.
And it looks like the tide has begun.
In an purported image from Toy Fair, the third Wolverine movie is now anticipating an R rating. Now it’s true that Wolverine is a borderline character who in the comics could dance between the equivalent worlds of R and PG-13 when it comes to violence, the film series has established that he works well in the realm of PG-13. And since Deadpool has already more domestically than the last Wolverine movie, I can understand the temptation.
But the studio needs to understand that the R rating isn’t why.
The Wolverine came out with a skeptical audience that last saw the character prominently in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a movie so bad that its own sequel does its best to distance itself in its title. Also, and this is key, Deadpool is a movie that fills no other niche.
Making a rated R Wolverine movie, at this point, is a trap. Trying to force the film that direction won’t give us anything other than the worst of the 90s version of the character.
And trust me, no one wants that.
The third Wolverine movie is expected March 3, 2017.
We attempt to get the episode in some sort of orderly fashion, but barely manage coherance. We talk about the death of Star War’s expanded universe, more details about Episode VII, Wolverine’s upcoming “death,” our thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man 2, Community’s cancellation, Gotham’s new trailer, No Brand Con 2014 and Cherry City Comic Con show us all how NOT to do convention PR.
In this fortnight’s episode we talk about Disney’s new television show with horrible implications, Ant Man finally getting a lead actor, Scott Lobdell being a douchecanoe – and our best and worst picks for 2013.