X-Men: New ‘Wolverine’ Photo, First Class Concept Art & Famke Janssen’s Hopeful Return

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Since confirming Hugh Jackman would return to play Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s recently reactivated Twitter account has been silent on the X-Men news front, and there’s at least one person hoping that changes in the near future: Famke Janssen.

In this X-Men movie news roundup, we also have the latest official still for Twentieth Century Fox’s The Wolverine as well as never-before-seen concept art for X-Men: First Class, featuring costume designs that didn’t quite make the cut.

First, let’s talk about the Jean Grey AKA Phoenix, who was seemingly killed of in X-Men: The Last Stand. In October, rumors had Famke Janssen making her way to Australia to film a cameo for The Wolverine, which if true, we assumed would be for some sort of flashback sequence since the film takes place after the X-Men trilogy and deals with Hugh Jackman’s Logan feeling the downside of immortality after losing another loved one in Jean Grey. Since that time, Jackman did confirm that a character from the X-Men trilogy would be making a cameo in The Wolverine.

Famke Janssen Dark Phoenix Wallpaper 570x320 X Men: New Wolverine Photo, First Class Concept Art & Famke Janssens Hopeful Return

With the next film in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, dealing with time travel and attempting to bridge the gaps between all of the films, it’s plausible that Jean Grey could make a reappearance there as well, potentially allowing Bryan Singer to rewrite what he didn’t love about X-Men 3 (see: X-Men 2 co-writer Mike Dougherty on what X-Men 3 could have been). Chatting with Collider, Janssen claimed that she’s not yet chatted with Singer about the the next X-Men film.

“If you run into Bryan Singer, just tell him I’ve been sitting by the phone, I’ve been hearing rumors of all these people getting cast; what about me?  I’m waiting!”

Janssen did however, play it cool with MTV a few months back where she told fans to “stay tuned,” teasing the idea of a Phoenix return:

“One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.”

As for who’s officially returning, Fox released a new image for The Wolverine featuring Jackman, enraged, claws out, ready to brawl in what looks to be a Japanese apartment.:

The Wolverine High Res Photo 570x379 X Men: New Wolverine Photo, First Class Concept Art & Famke Janssens Hopeful Return

As for Days of Future Past – a film Bryan Singer promises won’t feature black leather outfits - the film that came before it did feature superhero duds, retro-inspired ones that paid respect to the original X-Men comics. However, they almost looked quite a bit different as depicted in this concept art by Thomas Whitehouse, featuring Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).

Check out the concepts below for their heavy-on-the-blue costumes, as well as designs for key locations and Azazel’s bladed weapons.

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.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.


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Sources: ColliderThomas Whitehouse


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  1. with those veins… Hugh really looks vicious!

    you cant deny he must love this character if he always put his body through all that hard work to make his body look chiseled.

    • Agreed, you get the feeling he very much wants to make this Wolverine work from his interviews coupled with the fact that he looks more jacked than ever. I have high hopes for this film, hope it doesn’t let me down. Was there ever any more word around an R rated directors cut for this film?

      • There’s a reason why his name is Jackman!

    • whats more awesome is that jackman doesnt give a rats ass about the money thats what makes him as wolverine so much more fun

      • Indeed. He also wants to get the most out of the character (not in a £££ sense, but in an ‘explore his depths’) before he inevitably ages out of the role…

    • Yup. And when you look at how skinny he got for Les Mis, you really gotta admire Jackman’s dedication. Reminds of Christian Bale in that sense, and his insane bodily transformations

  2. So um… is Hugh Jackman gonna be running with out a shirt 99% of the time in this movie or something?

    • would that be a problem?

      • Not one bit.

      • There are no shirts in Japan big enough for Hugh Jackman.

  3. No, spank you on Jean Grey.

  4. As long as his claws don’t look as terrible as they did in Origins

    • Agreed they looked like lame ass cartoons

  5. When are we gonna see the black n yellow outfit in a movie… if they can do captain America they can do the real x men outfits.

    • Who’s ‘they’? X-Men is a Fox IP, Captain America is Marvel (technically, they’re both marvel, but Fox have the distribution rights to X-Men). Just because Marvel can pull of their own characters, doesn’t mean Fox can.

  6. They can never get his hair right.

    • lol why do you say that

  7. I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Huge Jackman

    • Hugh Jackedman

  9. yea… no thanks on the pheonix. wont that be the daughter anyway? Rachel or something?

  10. hope the time travel completely erases xmen 3.

  11. Good God, those costume concepts are terrible. I actually didn’t mind the black leather, but THAT was actually considered?!

  12. They should just use the X-Force costumes designs or make an X-Force movie. As long as Deadpool is in it.

    • I’m SO GAME for that.

    • Yeah! Cable should be in there as well!

  13. awesome!!

  14. I really can’t take Hugh Jackman seriously as Wolverine. From Peter Allen to Wolverine – sure. The all singing, all dancing Wolverine – right. Russell Crowe would be my pick to play a truly badass Wolverine. Unfortunately, he probably considers himself above that. Hugh Jackman is too goody goody even with that physique.

    • I always thought Colin Farrell would’ve made an awesome Wolverine. Hair, anger, violence…that not old but not young look.
      Hugh does a credible job, but Farrell would’ve made it epic.

      I’ll also pass on Famke Janssen, didn’t care for her in any of the movies.

  15. mmmm Hugh Jackman bulge…you can kind of make it out in that pic…yummy ;)

  16. That photo of Logan is from last week.

  17. I go stone cold steve Austin he suits wolverine better than Hugh jackmam but Hugh of course is a better actor but fox will never replace him

  18. Those are adamantium claws, right? I think they’re adamantium, but I can’t tell for sure.

    • I think they are. Just a lot sleeker, I could be wrong, but they really don’t look like bone to me

    • Yeap, you can tell from looking at his left hand in the large version.

      • Ok thanks. So when in the film is Magneto gonna pull out his adamantium skeleton? ;)

  19. Famke Janssen will have to be evolved further into the White Phoenix of the Crown ! She returned from death..

  20. too many people have been waiting for Famke Janssen to reincarnate anymore.. we agree 100 % Famke Janssen must be reprising to return with her bigger role in X men Days of Future Past 2014 after she was done before as Dark Phoenix in X-men Last Stand which she wore a red one but the next she wears a white one, her powers appears really so much much much much more powerful than Dark Phoenix.

    -Halle Berry must return as a leading actress ( Onroro Munroe / Storm )
    -Charlize Theron must be there as an older Emma Frost after a young Emma Frost ( January Jones ) even JJ is doing in X men Days of Future Past 2014
    - Angelina Jolie is the best to be Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
    - Kelly Hu must be there as Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike
    - Rebecca Romijn must be there as an older Mystique
    - Anna Paquin must be there as Rogue along with Taylor Kitsch as Gambit
    - James Marsden and Alan Cumming as Cyclops and Nightcrawler must be there
    - Ian Somerhalder as an older Havo Shared with Lucas Till as a young Havok
    - Terry Crew is a new character as Bishop
    - Tyler Mane and Ray Park must return as Sabretooth and Toad
    - Ryan Reynolds and Kelsey Grammer must return as Deadpool and Beast
    - Kevin Durand, Vinnie Jones, Peter Rasputin they must come back as Blob, Juggernaut and Colossus
    - Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford they must come back as Kitty Pryde, Iceman, and Pyro…
    - Ben Foster and Kevin Bacon must come back as Archangel Sebastian Shaw
    - added other characters Selene Gallio / The Black Queen and Avalanche

    most people request for major villains are Apocalypse, Sinister, Holocaust, and Exodus.. even Bastion and Nimrod are villains for X men Days of Future Past they can work together in Age of Apocalypse…

  21. I’m more excited for this rather than The Wolverine, even though I am a fan of nearly every other. 1,2,3, and 5 we’re good, 4 had it’s moments, I don’t see what was wrong with 3 though… and 5, 5 was and is my favorite – but I have a feeling this one OR Wolverine will get even better, I hope they get better with critics soon and continue for like 12 movies.