5/20/2013

New posters for 'The Wolverine', 'Man of Steel', 'Blue Jasmine', and more



Iron Man isn't the only Marvel hero getting in on the summer action. Logan the ol' Canucklehead is hoping to pop a claw into the box office with The Wolverine. At this point the only mystery left surrounding it are the ties to X-men: Days of Future Past, which could be significant indeed if prior rumors turn out to be true, and if all of the cameos come about. A new trailer will debut tomorrow, but for now a pair of character posters sketched in a similar style as earlier ones of Logan and Silver Samurai. These feature Wolverine's sexy assassin ally Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and the evil Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), his former peer now a deadly enemy. The Wolverine opens on July 26th and is directed by James Mangold.


Speaking of comic book heroes, Warner Bros. has one of their own when Superman takes to the skies in Man of Steel. With so much riding on the film's success (like a potential Justice League movie), the studio is pulling out the big guns with what will hopefully be a string of new character posters. The first belongs to Russell Crowe, wielding a massive cannon as Jor-El. Not sure how that will stop a planet from imploding, but maybe I'm missing something! Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Man of Steel arrives on June 14th.


Well, nobody is going to confuse this poster for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine with the stylish, artistic one-sheets for Midnight in Paris. The rather boring image features Cate Blanchett and.....that's pretty much it. Plot details remain scarce, but we know the story centers on a fashionable New York housewife in the midst of an acute crisis. Yep, sounds like Allen. Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. Michael Stuhlbarg, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard co-star, with the film opening on July 26th.


Mads Mikkelsen and the Cannes Film Festival basically go hand-in-hand at this point. Last year he took home the Best Actor prize for Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt, and now he's back again and in competition with Michael Kohlhaas, an adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist's 19th century novel. Directed by Arnaud des Pallieres, Mikkelsen plays the controversial real-life merchant Kohlhaas who goes on a violent lawless streak against the town of Saxony after two of his horses are confiscated. Chances are this will never get a whiff of a major release here in the States, but with a supporting cast that includes Denis Lavant (Holy Motors), Bruno Ganz (Downfall), and Sergi Lopez (Pan's Labyrinth) it may be worth hitting the local art house theater to catch.