Iron Man 3 started the summer strong, and with it, 2013′s set of high profile superhero films. In just three weeks Marvel’s first post-Avengers film raked in a billion dollars at the box office and over the next two months, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox hope to achieve similar success in their key tentpoles.
Where James Mangold’s The Wolverine aims to deliver the definitive standalone Wolverine experience longtime readers have waited to see adapted into live-action, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel promises a fresh and more grounded take on the iconic Superman origin story.
Both films had their marketing campaigns held to the relative last minute and while both come from franchises with baggage (see: Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine reviews), trailers and glimpses of footage for each have successfully piqued our interest and bolstered our confidence in placing them as two of Screen Rant’s most anticipated films of the year. New one-sheets have been released for Man of Steel and The Wolverine, focusing solely on the key characters in each story.
Warner Bros. shared new international character vertical banners (read: character posters) for Henry Cavill’s Superman, Michael Shannon’s Zod and Russell Crowe’s Jor-El on one of their international Facebook pages and Fox sent out new posters with an announcement that a new trailer for The Wolverine releases tomorrow.
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The Man of Steel images are very reminiscent of the Star Trek Into Darkness posters, slightly out of focus and loaded with lens flares – appearing almost as stills from the film itself. The Wolverine art on the other hand – offering yet another look at the villainous Silver Samurai, along with the mysterious Viper and Yukio – continues to embrace the Japanese brush stroke style of the awesome first poster featuring Logan with his adamantium claws out.
Does Viper actually have a snake’s tongue?
The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold off of Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima. Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.
Man of Steel releases June 14th, 2013 and The Wolverine releases July 26th, 2013.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes which one you’d put on your wall!
Sources: WB, Fox