We've got a quick pair of 'X-Men Origin: Wolverine' bits as well as minor mentions for 'Spider-Man 4' and 'The Dark Knight' to warm the cockles (or maybe the sub-cockle region) of your icy heart on frosty Saturday evening:
The official website for the new video game tying in to 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is now online at Uncaged.com.
Activision and Raven have set up message boards for fans to chat about the new game and promise updates as the "slash counter" at the top of the page counts down (that is, whenever they feel like).
They have provided fans with this unique 3-D screenshot from the game:
Pretty cool, huh? You can also give them your email for updates and spam.
For more info about the game, Raven is sending folks to 1UP.com, which is reprinting a first-look preview article from the January issue EGM magazine.
In other 'Wolverine' news, Ontario's National Post newpaper posted a feature article on actor Liev Schreiber, who plays the villain in the film. The actor talked about fatherhood, his new movie 'Defiance' and, of course, 'Wolverine'.
Schreiber told the paper that he knew star Hugh Jackman was going to be in top shape for the role, so he worked out a lot, lifting weight, to try to keep up. However, his main challenge was bringing complexity to the character, who has previously been seen only as a grunting thug played by Tyler Mane in the original 'X-Men' movie.
"Victor Creed is Sabretooth, and I just want everyone to know that my character has a name," the actor told the National Post. "He's a person, too."
The actor also said to get a handle on the character he went right to the source.
"I read the comics before I got offered the part," he says. "I mean, I knew the character really well. I even had asked, ‘Is there any chance I might be able to play this Victor Creed guy?' before they thought of hiring me. The research that I did told me Victor's mutant issue has nothing to do with his name Sabretooth."
In true actor fashion, Scrhiever told the Post that he wanted to explore deep into the character.
"I also knew the stuff from the comic," Schreiber explained. "That the character was a savage street fighter. But I was curious to pursue what drives the guy. Rather than just say Sabretooth's a violent brute, I tried to find out what makes the brute tick."
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is due in theaters May 1st.
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, composers for 'The Dark Knight' chat up KCRW radio. The complete audio interview is posted online at the radio website, along with an edited transcript for all you music fans.
/Film quotes an Empire Magazine article which holds an interesting blurb from 'Spider-Man 4' director Sam Raimi.
The helmer told Empire, "I like it in the Marvel comics when Spider-Man fights Morbius. He’s really cool. A vampire! I like that combination of superhero plus supernatural."
Morbius appeared as a bonus villain in the 'Spider-Man 3' vido game, as well as on numerous episodes the the animated TV show. There have also been plans for a Morbius film.
The last attempt to put Morbius on the big screen was in David Goyer's early scripts for 'Blade II'. Goyer told us waaay back in 2002 that he wanted the living vampire as the main foil for the daywalker in that film. However, the studio was skittish about integrating more Marvel characters in that one, as they were in the process of working through a lawsuit brought by Blade creator Marv Wolfman. So the script got tweaked and Morbius was replaced with the made-for-film character Nomak, who was a new, scientifically engineered breed of vampire.