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Even The COMIC Wolverine Knows About His Movie Issues

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Ever since they leapt onto the big screen in the first X-Men movie, Marvel’s mutants have been depicted very differently on film than in the comics. And it seems Wolverine and the rest of the comic book characters have taken note.

While their comic book counterparts continue to wear brightly colored skintight costumes, their movie versions opt for black leather battle suits (although later films saw a move towards more comic book-accurate versions of their outfits). While these changes were made in an attempt to create more “realistic” versions of these fantastic characters, many comic book creators have their own thoughts on how the mutants should dress – and offer them in tongue-in-cheek asides in their comic book storylines.

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In Wolverine: First Class #17, for instance, writer Peter David allows the X-Men’s intangible mutant Kitty Pryde to voice her thoughts on Wolverine’s ideal outfit. The story takes place in the past while Kitty was still a young teenager being mentored by Wolverine. Logan preferred a hands-on approach to teaching, however, and frequently took Kitty on his missions, using her phasing power to sneak into places.

On their current mission, Wolverine again assumed his identity of “Patch,” a rough-and-tough gentleman brawler from the corrupt island nation of Madripoor. Insanely, Wolverine’s idea of a “disguise” was to simply put an eyepatch over his left eye – not even bothering to hide his distinctive hairstyle or his adamantium claws. Oddly enough, the people of Madripoor had no problem acting as if they didn’t know “Patch” was really Wolverine (although many were probably laughing at Logan behind his back). Kitty herself found Logan’s disguise ridiculous and at one point she calls it “dumb.” In response, Logan sarcastically asks, “What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?” – a funny jab at Cyclops’ line from the original X-Men film when the movie’s version of Wolverine mocks the X-Men’s black leather outfits.

Kitty’s response, however, is equally hilarious when she snaps back, “Of course! Who wouldn’t?” Her retort mirrors the sentiments of many comic book fans who would have loved to see Hugh Jackman don Wolverine’s classic comic book outfit at least once in the films. The rest of Kitty and Wolverine’s adventure played out with Peter David’s trademark wit – but the writer wasn’t done mocking the X-Men film franchise yet…

In the very next issue, Wolverine and Kitty find themselves on the streets of New York when Logan comes across a man hawking pirated movie scripts. When the man mentions he also sells rough cuts of films that haven’t been shown in theaters yet, Wolverine flies into a rage, hacks off the huckster’s mohawk, and shreds all of his scripts, yelling that people should respect copyright laws, pay to see movies, and judge the films based on the final cut. It’s a funny moment – especially for people who know that when the comic was originally released, a pirated rough cut of Hugh Jackman’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) had been leaked onto the Internet before its theatrical release. By momentarily breaking the fourth wall and yelling at film pirates (and those who download movies illegally), Logan managed to give a shout out to Hollywood movie makers.

Although comic book movies will continue to make changes from the source material, it’s heartening to see that many of them are beginning to realize that a more comic book-accurate look can work on film and please audiences. Fans have noticed films like Deadpool and the MCU Spider-Man films feature costumes closer in design to the characters’ comic book counterparts, hopefully indicating the X-Men will start wearing their traditional outfits when they finally make it to the MCU. Kitty Pryde would approve.

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Chronicles of Riddick 4 Script Almost Completed Teases Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel teases that the script for Riddick 4: Furya is almost done being written. Considered by many to be Diesel’s breakout role, the franchise began in 2000 with Pitch Black. It has since grown to include three live-action sequels, an animated feature, several video games, and two novelizations. The series follows Riddick, an antihero that is a member of a warrior race of adapted human who were obliterated by a military campaign. One of the last of his kind, Riddick is distinguished by his eyes, which allow him to see in the dark but also makes him vulnerable to intense light. Because of this, the character wears tinted goggles for protection.

In Pitch Black, which was c0-written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick was depicted as a dangerous criminal. While being transported to prison in a spacecraft, an emergency landing leads Riddick to escape on what appears to be an empty desert planet. Riddick is soon attacked by aliens, joining forces with the surviving crew and other passengers in an attempt to make it out of the planet alive. Pitch Black grossed more than $53 million against a budget of $23 million. The sequel, officially titled The Chronicles of Riddick, was released in 2004. The third installment, titled Riddick, came out in 2013.

Related: Every Chronicles Of Riddick Movie Ranked, Worst To Best

Blending horror with action and sci-fi, and containing a number of memorable quotes, the franchise has maintained a fanbase since its premiere over two decades ago. News of the fourth installment has continued steadily over the years, helped by Diesel's occasional updates on the status of the script, and even revealing the film's title. Taking to Instagram, the megastar teased that the script for Riddick 4: Furya is almost done being written. The actor also offered a window into how he’s dealing with self-isolation. Check it out below.

Critically, the franchise has received mixed reviews. While the second entry of the series has proved to be the nadir among analysts, the franchise has earned praise for its sci-fi thrills and for turning Diesel into a household name.

Given the relatively long gap between the third and fourth installment and given the fact that the franchise’s lead has since been more closely linked to some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymaking blockbusters, Diesel might be better known as Dominic Toretto and Groot. Still, for those who associate the actor with the antiheroic warrior that made him famous, the tease about Riddick 4: Furya will definitely be welcomed. The time away may even result in the franchise’s strongest outing yet.

More: Bloodshot Proves Vin Diesel Needs Fast & Furious More Than He Thinks

Source: Vin Diesel via Instagram

Chronicles of Riddick 4 Script Almost Completed Teases Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel teases that the script for Riddick 4: Furya is almost done being written. Considered by many to be Diesel’s breakout role, the franchise began in 2000 with Pitch Black. It has since grown to include three live-action sequels, an animated feature, several video games, and two novelizations. The series follows Riddick, an antihero that is a member of a warrior race of adapted human who were obliterated by a military campaign. One of the last of his kind, Riddick is distinguished by his eyes, which allow him to see in the dark but also makes him vulnerable to intense light. Because of this, the character wears tinted goggles for protection.

In Pitch Black, which was c0-written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick was depicted as a dangerous criminal. While being transported to prison in a spacecraft, an emergency landing leads Riddick to escape on what appears to be an empty desert planet. Riddick is soon attacked by aliens, joining forces with the surviving crew and other passengers in an attempt to make it out of the planet alive. Pitch Black grossed more than $53 million against a budget of $23 million. The sequel, officially titled The Chronicles of Riddick, was released in 2004. The third installment, titled Riddick, came out in 2013.

Related: Every Chronicles Of Riddick Movie Ranked, Worst To Best

Blending horror with action and sci-fi, and containing a number of memorable quotes, the franchise has maintained a fanbase since its premiere over two decades ago. News of the fourth installment has continued steadily over the years, helped by Diesel's occasional updates on the status of the script, and even revealing the film's title. Taking to Instagram, the megastar teased that the script for Riddick 4: Furya is almost done being written. The actor also offered a window into how he’s dealing with self-isolation. Check it out below.

Critically, the franchise has received mixed reviews. While the second entry of the series has proved to be the nadir among analysts, the franchise has earned praise for its sci-fi thrills and for turning Diesel into a household name.

Given the relatively long gap between the third and fourth installment and given the fact that the franchise’s lead has since been more closely linked to some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymaking blockbusters, Diesel might be better known as Dominic Toretto and Groot. Still, for those who associate the actor with the antiheroic warrior that made him famous, the tease about Riddick 4: Furya will definitely be welcomed. The time away may even result in the franchise’s strongest outing yet.

More: Bloodshot Proves Vin Diesel Needs Fast & Furious More Than He Thinks

Source: Vin Diesel via Instagram

Superman Was Chosen as Green Lantern BEFORE Hal Jordan

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Superman may call the Green Lantern a close friend and fellow Justice Leaguer, but if things had originally gone as planned, the emerald power ring would be resting on the Man of Steel's finger -- and NOT Hal Jordan's.

While most of DC's comic book stars are born, trained, or transformed by chance into godlike champions, Hal Jordan became Green Lantern in a completely different way. The world may not have known about the Green Lantern Corps monitoring the entire galaxy, but when a new recruit was needed, Hal Jordan was deemed fit for the job as a man capable of "overcoming great fear." That quickly, the hero Green Lantern was chosen. Over time DC would reveal other Earthlings who were up for the job, but even devoted fans may have never known that Hal Jordan secretly came second to Superman... and only got the ring on a technicality.

RELATED: Could Green Lantern's Ring Take Down Superman?

The full story was first revealed in the pages of Action Comics #642, in a tale fittingly called "The Decision." The events perfectly match those already known to Green Lantern fans, with the alien Lantern Abin Sur dying inside of his crashed spaceship. With only minutes to spare, Abin orders his ring to find his replacement with a simple command: "My successor will be absolutely without fear. Find my successor." At those words his ring sends a tendril of energy off to find such a being on planet Earth. And while readers might expect the story to proceed just as they know it from here -- with Hal Jordan selected to become Earth's newest protector -- the truth is a twist of an entirely different sort.

The man chosen by the ring is none other than Clark Kent of Earth, the man most capable of living up to Abin Sur's directive. While fans might debate the meaning of Abin's words, since a nearly-invincible being would be "absolutely without fear" is more a question of practicality than willpower. But Clark still shows himself to be the compassionate hero the world knows: using his Kryptonian x-ray vision, he shift's Abin's body to relieve his pain for what time he has left. Allowing the fading member of the Green Lantern Corps to learn the truth about the man chosen as his successor on Earth. But there's just one problem.

While not of Earth himself, the Lantern of Space Sector 2814 knows Clark Kent's behavior and abilities exceed those of normal humans. Analyzing him reveals that Clark Kent is actually born of Krypton, located in a completely different sector of space. According to Abin Sur, this means Clark can "not qualify to be my successor... Guardian Law requires a native." As a result, Superman is bid farewell, and has his memory of the encounter completely erased -- paving the way for Abin Sur's ring to fetch his next selection. Meaning Hal Jordan of Earth was more than qualified to become the next Green Lantern... but it was Superman chosen first. Who knew?

MORE: Superman Became a Green Lantern in The WEIRDEST Way

Superman Was Chosen as Green Lantern BEFORE Hal Jordan

0

Superman may call the Green Lantern a close friend and fellow Justice Leaguer, but if things had originally gone as planned, the emerald power ring would be resting on the Man of Steel's finger -- and NOT Hal Jordan's.

While most of DC's comic book stars are born, trained, or transformed by chance into godlike champions, Hal Jordan became Green Lantern in a completely different way. The world may not have known about the Green Lantern Corps monitoring the entire galaxy, but when a new recruit was needed, Hal Jordan was deemed fit for the job as a man capable of "overcoming great fear." That quickly, the hero Green Lantern was chosen. Over time DC would reveal other Earthlings who were up for the job, but even devoted fans may have never known that Hal Jordan secretly came second to Superman... and only got the ring on a technicality.

RELATED: Could Green Lantern's Ring Take Down Superman?

The full story was first revealed in the pages of Action Comics #642, in a tale fittingly called "The Decision." The events perfectly match those already known to Green Lantern fans, with the alien Lantern Abin Sur dying inside of his crashed spaceship. With only minutes to spare, Abin orders his ring to find his replacement with a simple command: "My successor will be absolutely without fear. Find my successor." At those words his ring sends a tendril of energy off to find such a being on planet Earth. And while readers might expect the story to proceed just as they know it from here -- with Hal Jordan selected to become Earth's newest protector -- the truth is a twist of an entirely different sort.

The man chosen by the ring is none other than Clark Kent of Earth, the man most capable of living up to Abin Sur's directive. While fans might debate the meaning of Abin's words, since a nearly-invincible being would be "absolutely without fear" is more a question of practicality than willpower. But Clark still shows himself to be the compassionate hero the world knows: using his Kryptonian x-ray vision, he shift's Abin's body to relieve his pain for what time he has left. Allowing the fading member of the Green Lantern Corps to learn the truth about the man chosen as his successor on Earth. But there's just one problem.

While not of Earth himself, the Lantern of Space Sector 2814 knows Clark Kent's behavior and abilities exceed those of normal humans. Analyzing him reveals that Clark Kent is actually born of Krypton, located in a completely different sector of space. According to Abin Sur, this means Clark can "not qualify to be my successor... Guardian Law requires a native." As a result, Superman is bid farewell, and has his memory of the encounter completely erased -- paving the way for Abin Sur's ring to fetch his next selection. Meaning Hal Jordan of Earth was more than qualified to become the next Green Lantern... but it was Superman chosen first. Who knew?

MORE: Superman Became a Green Lantern in The WEIRDEST Way

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