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Released here in the UK back in July, The Wolverine still has plenty to roar about.
Hugh Jackman's second solo X-Men spinoff has just become one of the few Hollywood movies to be granted a release in China - and it went straight to the top of the box office.
The Wolverine took $18.17million in its first week - according to latest figures from The Hollywood Reporter - and this will push its global total towards $400million.
Such a late release for a movie in another territory normally means poor ticket sales because many people would already have seen it on bootleg DVDs or illegal downloads.
Jackman no doubt helped raise the film's profile when he flew to Beijing for promotional appearances directly after performing a one-man show in Los Angeles for the Motion Picture Television Fund.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, China only allows about 20 foreign films to be shown in its cinemas each year. And that's under an agreement in which studios collect less than 20 per cent of the box office takings, compared to more than twice that in the USA and other international markets. Talks are under way to try to persuade the Chinese government to increase that quota.
The Wolverine now has the highest gross overseas (outside North America) of any of the six films in the X-Men franchise to date. Previously, X-Men: The Last Stand had held that title.
Conversely, The Wolverine had the lowest domestic (North American) gross and lowest domestic opening weekend in the franchise, perhaps because its story is set largely in Japan and features a large cast of lesser-known Japanese actors. But that didn't give it much of a Japanese box office boost - it opened in third place there last month.
Nonetheless, the latest tally from China is great news for this series of comic book adaptations, which will release its next instalment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, in May 2014.
Well, that was fast. Following the recent web chatter that Paul Bettany could be playing Ultron in the Avengers sequel, Marvel has rushed to dispel the swirling rumours by announcing that James Spader has been cast as the robot villain.
Reports had suggested that Bettany - who voices Tony Stark's household AI program JARVIS - may have become Ultron in the upcoming film.
But it appears not to be the case. However, with Ultron being a robot that doesn't have a human face, the specifics of the role aren't clear. Will Spader be inside a metal suit, or doing motion capture, or just providing the voice?
Avengers: Age of Ultron is released on May 1, 2015.
When Marvel announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the Avengers sequel would be called Avengers: Age of Ultron, it also told fans the name of the villain.
Followers of the franchise had all been expecting it to be Thanos, the red-faced baddie glimpsed at the very end of the first Avengers film.
Ultron (above) is a near-indestructible sentient robot, created by scientist Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man). Taking on an evil life of its own, Ultron has an array of abiltiies including superhuman strength and speed, flight and weapons such as energy blasts and a coma-inducing 'encephalo-ray.'
Director Joss Whedon told Entertainment Weekly that some of those powers would be reduced or removed for the film world.
Whedon has also clarified that the big-screen Age of Ultron tale would be unrelated to Marvel's recent crossover comic book series of the same name.
In that comic, the A.I. menace had taken over the world, and Wolverine and Invisible Woman travelled to the past to kill Pym so that Ultron would never be created.
Whedon explained to Marvel LIVE! at Comic-Con: "A lot of people - because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book Age of Ultron just recently - assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case. We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.
"And the other thing is in the origin story there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed he was going to be in the mix but he's not, because we're basically taking the things from the comics that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
Ant-Man is instead being introduced in his own solo movie on November 6, 2015, six months after Age of Ultron's debut on May 1, 2015.
So, in the absence of Pym, Ultron will arise in some other way.
Whedon hinted: "We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about."
That seems to suggest Tony Stark and his various armoured suits - which can operate without him even being in them, as we saw in Iron Man 3 - could be the key to the movie version of Ultron.
But what about the being's artificial intelligence?
Well, according to Unleash The Fanboy, sources have indicated it will be Stark's household AI computer program JARVIS that will transform into Ultron. It seems a logical step within the existing framework established by the films.
Paul Bettany voiced JARVIS in Avengers and the Iron Man films. He'll definitely be returning as the virtual butler and we now have to wait to find out if he will also be appearing in a physical role as Ultron or if some other scenario is happening instead.
It opens the door to possibilities such as the eventual inclusion of Vision, the android Avenger created by Ultron in the comics.
In the source material, Vision becomes romantically involved with Avengers team-mate Scarlet Witch, who has been confirmed to be a new character in the upcoming film. Saoirse Ronan had been linked to the role but reportedly declined, with Elizabeth Olsen now the hot contender.
Scream queen DeeDee Bigelow - whose credits include Machete Betty, Violent Blue and upcoming movies Legend of the Red Reaper, Spreading Darkness, The Road Killer and Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation - has netted a new role and a change of genre.
DeeDee will appear in Animal Planet's adventure show Hillbilly Handfishin' on August 30.
On the show, she will compete with several others in the sport of noodling, which is catching catfish using only the bare hands and feet.
Bigelow will appear in Season 2 of the show, in the episode Luck of the Irish.
This episode features three pairs of people, from different walks of life, who take a shot at fishing in the Red River of Oklahoma. Bigelow is no stranger to physical roles, but the catfish in this river bite back.
Two early stills have been released from this episode. The first shows Bigelow behind the scenes in makeup. This episode will offer a fright and a surprise, thanks to Robert Hall (Almost Human) and Chase Birdsong's makeup effects.
The second still shows Bigelow in the waters of the Red River as she is set to catch her first catfish.
DeeDee has appeared in more than 30 film and television projects.
In Hillbilly Handfishin', the horror starlet appears with fellow genre actress Jillie Riel to get down and dirty in the rough Oklahoma waters.
They are joined by Simon and Joanne, an Irish couple from Boston, who travel down south with the hopes of wrangling the biggest catfish in Cotton County.
But before they do a victory jig, Trina and Scott, a pub owner and assistant from Savannah, Georgia, prove it takes southern charm, grace and a little bit of muscle to nab these monster catfish from their underwater lairs.
By Gary Young
Doctor Who - The Ice Warriors (RRP £20.42, released August 26, 2013)
With the Doctor Who publicity juggernaut grinding remorselessly towards the 50th anniversary celebrations, the programme's past is being highlighted like never before.
The latest classic story to be dusted off and lovingly restored is the Patrick Troughton epic The Ice Warriors.
With two episodes missing from the BBC archives, previous releases have always been unsatisfying - but the sterling work of the Doctor Who restoration team in animating the missing segments to the surrounding soundtrack result in an effect similar to replacing a missing tooth in a much-loved smile.
Patrick Troughton has always been the Doctor's Doctor - all subsequent actors who have taken on the role seem to fall over themselves to praise his performance.
Following the irascible anti-hero first Doctor William Hartnell, Troughton set the template of the kindly, gentle but morally-driven Time Lord - and introduced us to some of the major characters, baddies and situations that sustain the show today.
UNIT, the Brigadier - the Time Lords themselves - were all introduced on his watch, along with the Ice Warriors.
Troughton's tenure on the show is obviously still resonating with the current production team, with The Great Intelligence and the Ice Warriors both cropping up in the latest season of the show.
And it is the actor's warmth and charisma that light up the screen whenever he is in a scene, making The Ice Warriors such a delight.
As a child I was brought up on the classic Pertwee and Tom Baker episodes, but Troughton was always my favourite Doctor, simply from reading the Target novelisations. The stories seemed taut, imaginative and ambitious in scope, with deft characterisations and classic adversaries. I never dreamed I would be able to watch them - especially with so many episodes missing - all of which makes the current releasing of reconstructed stories such a treat.
It is fair to say though, that to modern sensibilities the Troughton shows are not without their faults. The pace can be plodding, the production values laughable, and the old cliché of endlessly running up and down corridors, screaming assistants and pointless captures and escapes are not without foundation - with the grinding need to create a cliffhanger every 25 minutes.
At six episodes the pace of the Ice Warriors does slacken occasionally, some of the action sequences are positively clunky, and the Ice Warriors themselves are the epitome of the classic Doctor Who villain - men clad in ridiculous, oversized costumes lumbering about slowly with limited visibility, often bumping into the sets and making them wobble.
But these 'faults' frankly add to the charm of the shows - especially when measured against modern episodes with their frenetic pace, sketchy characterization and occasionally over-wrought plotting.
Troughton himself, with his gift for whimsy and slapstick matched only by his sense of kindly integrity and bursts of righteous indignation, keeps the show grounded - and his chemistry with companions Jamie (Fraser Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) is a delight to watch.
The supporting cast is also excellent. Peter Barkworth chews the scenery to great effect as the anti-hero Leader Clent, and Peter Sallis (pre-Last Of The Summer Wine and Wallace and Gromit) gives an unexpectedly gritty turn as the gruff and rebellious scientist Penley.
Bizarrely, the lead Ice Warrior, Varga, is played by the much-loved Carry On stalwart Bernard Bresslaw, who is completely unrecognizable under the mask and shell armour.
And yet under the reptilian hiss the voice is recognizably his, and he manages to invest the faceless creature with a distinctive and dominating character.
The discs come with the usual commentary - provided by Hines and Watling with a selection of supporting cast members and production staff - and extras include a short but satisfying 25-minute making-of documentary, a feature on the animation company, a profile of Fraser Hines and some charming contemporary footage of a Blue Peter design-a-monster competition.
All-in-all, The Ice Warriors is a must-have for any fan of Classic Who.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Production has officially wrapped on Bryan Singer's new epic X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Filmed in Montreal, Canada, with 3D cameras, the movie is due out in May 2014 and brings together cast from the past setting of X-Men: First Class (including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till) with cast from the original trilogy (including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore).
As principal photography ended on Saturday, the director tweeted a picture from the set showing (below, from left) writer Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman and producer Hutch Parker.
Another still from the production (featured at the top of this article) has also surfaced, showing a 1973 scene with Nicholas Hoult as a very human Beast (the change from the blue furry version seen in First Class will no doubt be explained in the story) alongside Wolverine and McAvoy's Xavier.
The cast also features Josh Helman as a younger version of William Stryker, an anti-mutant military scientist who was also in X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In addition, some new characters are introduced including Quicksilver, Warpath, Bishop, Blink and Sunspot.
The story revolves around Wolverine being sent back in time to prevent a terrible future from ever happening. Jackman recently dismissed reports that he had been offered $100 million to play the role in four further films, saying his approach was instead to consider individual projects on their own merits.
Also at the heart of the Days of Future Past story is Peter Dinklage's character Bolivar Trask, who is known to comic book fans as creator of the Sentinels, robots built to protect mankind from the 'threat' of mutants. You can find some background material on the Trask Industries promotional website.
Below are some images released earlier of the Sentinels, one with Bryan Singer, another showing a Sentinel at Ronald Reagan's inauguration.
There's also a couple of Sentinel-themed posters along with stunning posters showing the film's two versions of Xavier and Magneto.
Another recent image tweeted by Singer shows some kind of mutant museum, housing artefacts including what appear to be the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw, the first costume worn by Havok, Magneto's original helmet taken from Shaw and one of the wings from Zoe Kravitz's Angel Salvadore.
Little is known about the details of the story, but with nine months to go before release (which will be taken up with post-production work such as adding special effects) we are sure to get plenty more information. Follow Bryan Singer on Twitter for more tidbits and images.
The geek epicentre and sheer madness that is San Diego Comic-Con is always known for surprises and announcements but this year it seemed to surpass itself.
Among the massive moments at the 2013 convention was an amazing line-up of talent from 2014's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. They were director Bryan Singer, producers Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner, writer Simon Kinberg and cast members Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters and Omar Sy.
Ashmore said of the upcoming movie: "There's some really cool stuff that people don't expect to see or are possibly waiting to see from these characters."
Dinklage confirmed his character is Bolivar Trask, creator of mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels. Various posters at Comic-Con teased Trask Industries and the designs of its Sentinels, and there was a model of a Sentinel head on display. Elsewhere, images of some of the cast in futuristic costumes surfaced, with (above, clockwise) Patrick Stewart as Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Omar Sy as Bishop and Daniel Cudmore as Colossus.
Singer showed the excited crowd some 3D footage - not released online - and as the panel answered audience questions, he agreed the X-Men had vast potential for expanding into further team movies and spin-offs, though no announcements were made and no further news given on X-Force.
Singer said: "The X-Men universe is every bit as large as the remaining Marvel Universe and the DC Universe and I think if carefully explored, movie by movie, much the way Marvel's done and DC is beginning to do, I think there's a lot of room for growing, expanding the film canon for X-Men. Some people can have their own movies, combined movies, all those things are obviously possible because we've seen them working."
At the Marvel Studios panel, Joss Whedon announced that the official title for the Avengers sequel will be Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film is set to begin production in March 2014 ahead of release on May 1, 2015.
The title indicates the villain won't be the cosmic baddie Thanos, who was teased at the end of the first Avengers film, but the artificial intelligence Ultron.
In the comic books, Ultron was created by Ant-Man and was itself the creator of the android called Vision, who becomes a member of Avengers and has the ability to alter body density to become intangible and ghost-like or as hard as diamond.
The reveal of the title adds more momentum to the chatter that Vin Diesel may be in talks to play Vision. The actor has already confirmed he has had meetings with Marvel but won't disclose what has been discussed.
Originally, Age of Ultron was a comic book crossover series in which Ultron had taken over everything and everyone on Earth. It involved not only the Avengers but also Wolverine and the Fantastic Four, though the big-screen version isn't likely to see such an expansive roster unless Marvel and Fox are doing a deal behind the scenes.
The other big news emerging from the convention was the announcement of a Man of Steel sequel that will feature Batman.
It will be the first time the two DC Comics heroes have been in the same movie, though the new caped crusader is yet to be cast. Leading fan choices in one recent poll was Ryan Gosling.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is co-writing the story with David Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is set to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in summer 2015.
Zack Snyder said at Comic-Con: "I'm so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can't wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let's face it, it's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world."
Emma Thomas, who will serve as an executive producer on the project along with husband and Batman filmmaker Christopher Nolan, said: "Whilst our Dark Knight trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack's fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction. His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can't wait to see what Zack does with these characters."
Instead the film chooses a more personal path, adds a distinctive flavour of the Far East and, in setting itself apart in such a way, deserves to claw itself a solid position at the box office.
So far this summer we've had a world-threatening, skyscraper-toppling onslaught of big action movies such as Star Trek Into Darkess, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, so it's a relief to bring things down to earth a little in the sci-fi/superhero genre.
The Wolverine still has action, of course, but far more character-focused than yet another computer-generated city or two falling down in obvious echoes of 9/11.
Director James Mangold's movie is intense, impressive and involving, with a densely-plotted story of dynastic struggles offering intrigue and betrayal, plus franchise-bridging links to films of the past and future and the requisite comic-book touches via the camp-vamp villainy of the Viper and the armoured might of the Silver Samurai.
And, yes, there's humour. Plus some James Bond influences, including a balcony moment borrowed from Diamonds are Forever.
Seen at an advance screening in London, where director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman were the surprise guests and drew cheers and screams from an excited crowd of bloggers and other film fans, this latest offering in the X-Men franchise definitely delivered the goods.
The story, based on a celebrated comic book arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, is not a sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine but is set sometime after the dramatic and tragic events of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. That film saw Logan forced to kill his beloved Jean Grey to stop her reign of death and destruction as she spiralled out of control into the Dark Phoenix.
Clearly those events took their toll and Wolverine, now dishevelled and living a solitary life as a tortured soul like some wild man of the woods, has abandoned all sense of purpose that life with the X-Men had given to him.
Then, out of the blue, he is called to Japan to say goodbye to a dying man whose life he saved decades earlier when the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The invitation comes from Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a scarlet-haired warrior who proves very useful company for Wolverine in the events that unfold.
It transpires that the dying man is Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), now the most powerful tycoon in Asia, and he wants more than to say a fond and grateful farewell. He sees Wolverine as a ronin - a samurai without a master, adrift in the world - and offers to take away his mutant healing ability. By acquiring it for himself, Yashida would be able to live on and protect his increasingly threatened empire while Wolverine has the chance to settle down and grow old like any other normal human being.
But nothing is that simple and Wolverine finds himself caught up in a complex power battle involving Yashida's granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto), with whom he develops a romantic attachment after protecting her from hit-men and kidnappers. It's only then - as he fends off various assassins in tense battles including an amazing fight atop a 300mph bullet train - that he discovers his regenerative abilities seem to have somehow been removed against his will.
Slithering among the deadly nest of deceit is Yashida's doctor and resident scientist, the slinky snake-mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and as the stakes get higher, tensions lead to a thunderous life-or-death showdown featuring comic book archnemesis Silver Samurai and a very real sense that Wolverine might not survive this time after all.
It has to be said, though, that one particular revelation during this Silver Samurai sequence may at first strain the suspension of disbelief but what happens makes sense narratively and climactically.
Facing questions of mortality and the possibility of death during the film, Wolverine is haunted by visions of Famke Janssen's Jean Grey calling on him to give up his struggles and join her on the other side.
As fans of X-Men comics lore will spot - and mainstream critics would not know - these sequences are clearly inspired by the White Hot Room, the afterlife realm where Jean Grey becomes the White Phoenix as she awaits rebirth and resurrection to human form. Could this be a hint at Jean Grey's return in the franchise?
An additional scene midway through the credits offers two other familiar faces who are definitely returning in next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's easily the best such teaser sequence in any Marvel-related film yet, drawing screams and applause from the audience, so be sure not to leave when the credits start to roll.
Jackman had promised big things from The Wolverine when he appeared on stage at the central London screening, saying: "We're re-correcting the character more than re-defining it."
And that is true to a great extent. The movie does bring a new sense of personal struggle and vulnerability to the metal-laced mutant that really does leave you wondering if he will be alive at the end of the movie. The fight scenes pitting claws against swords are vicious and visceral - skilfully shot to retain a 12A certificate - and the bigger action sequences have a powerful impact.
"Nothing here is without meaning," Mariko tells Logan in one scene as he wrestles with the country's customs and traditions, and that applies largely to the film as a whole, which uses themes and symbolism far more than in the previous instalment.
The Japanese setting (made all the more authentic with location filming) and some stylish cinematography help bring something fresh to the superhero genre, although it has to be said that the eastern exoticism is sometimes sacrificed for the inevitable requirements of the Hollywood blockbuster formula (which were also very obviously brought into play in Man of Steel and Pacific Rim).
Most noticeable among the more excessive elements is Viper, who seemed a little overused. While Russian actress Svetlana does look suitably slinky, lethal and treacherous, it feels like her poison powers are shown a few times too often, including a moment where she kills a complete stranger who propositions her in the street; it's a scene that makes no real contribution to the plot. Less is always more when it comes to depicting villains who are supposed to be slippery and traitorous.
A few other scenes, such as Wolverine's early encounter with a grizzly bear, also didn't feel to me like a necessary part of the atmosphere the film was trying to create.
But these are minor quibbles and at least this film isn't stuffed with distracting cameos like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so we get plenty of breathing space to explore the character and get a good grasp of the other leading players such as Yukio and Mariko.
It's a movie I certainly want to see again when it's released on July 25 and some reviewers' disapproving comments that The Wolverine is not like Avengers or the Dark Knight only serve to illustrate the erroneous approach of trying to pigeonhole this film rather than judge it for what it actually is.
The X-Men franchise is clearly its own beast - somewhere between those polar opposites, making its own mark on the big screen - and that beast has plenty of power in this particular adventure.
(Note that the 3D was reasonable, and very good in places where it did seem to add to audience immersion in the intensity and aesthetics of parts of the story. The film has a decent running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, close to the length of the franchise's most highly-regarded instalments, X-Men: First Class and X2.)
New poster for Thor: The Dark World shows Christopher Eccleston as evil elf Malekith and Natalie Portman in Asgard armour
It comes a week ahead of the arrival of a new full-length trailer. The existing teaser trailer is included below.
Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that pre-dates the universe itself.
In the aftermath of the events of the Thor and Avengers films, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, looming over the cast at the top of the poster) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins and is directed by Alan Taylor.
The film is produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the Marvel superhero who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery 83 in August, 1962.
The film releases in the UK on October 30, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Illustrating the hugely polarised views in fandom these days, all three also featured among the results in a question about the most overrated comic book movies.
And although Catwoman was voted worst superhero film, the feline felon was also the character most superhero fans would like to take out on a date.
In the survey by OnePoll, carried out for Ladbrokes Games, there was biggest demand for Wonder Woman to be next on the big screen, and then The Flash.
But despite the love of Batman and the call for fellow DC heroes Wonder Woman and The Flash to be up next for cinematic adaptation, it was Marvel who won in a question pitting it against DC to find the best comic book publisher.
More than 75 per cent of respondents said they pursued their interest in superheroes via film adaptations, 11.6 per cent through comics, 7.1 per cent by watching animated series, 4.8 per cent by playing computer games, and 1.2 per cent via other media.
Full details of the results are included below. Among them, fans name who they would like to see as the next Batman when the caped crusader is inevitably relaunched on the big screen following Nolan's self-contained blockbuster trilogy.
Just over 24 per cent declared Hulk the toughest superhero (excluding Superman). Next came Batman (21.2 per cent) and Wolverine (15 per cent), then Thor (9.8 per cent), Spider-Man (6.6 per cent). Bottom of the list was Magneto (1.20 per cent), while Hit Girl (1.3 per cent) and Professor X (1.7 per cent) didn't fare much better.
Voting on the best superhero vehicle, an overwhelming majority of 61.6 per cent opted for the Batmobile. The X-Men's Blackbird jet was next with 12.2 per cent, followed by the Silver Surfer's surfboard, SHIELD's Helicarrier from the Avengers and then the Owlship from Watchmen.
Asked whether they would choose Marvel or DC comics, most (58.9 per cent) went for Marvel, 22.1 per cent said neither and 19 per cent chose DC.
Spider-Man's web shooters were voted best superhero gadget (38 per cent), followed by Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Batman's grappling-hook gun the Batclaw, Wonder Woman's lasso of truth, Captain America's shield and Batman's batarang.
The Dark Knight came top in a question asking people to name the best superhero film, taking 18.8 per cent of the vote. Next was The Dark Knight Rises (17.7 per cent), then The Avengers (15.8 per cent). Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man came next (10.2 per cent), narrowly beating X-Men (10 per cent). This was followed by Iron Man (9.7 per cent), Superman (8.9 per cent), Kick-Ass (3.2 per cent), Watchmen (2.4 per cent), The Incredible Hulk (1.2 per cent) and 'other' (2.1 per cent0.
Halle Berry's Catwoman won the vote for the worst superhero movie with 22 per cent, followed by Elektra (15 per cent), The Green Lantern (10.6 per cent), Hulk (10.3 per cent), Daredevil (9.1 per cent), Batman & Robin (8.3 per cent), Spider-Man 3 (7.9 per cent), The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises (each with 4.5 per cent), The Spirit (4.3 per cent), and 'other' (3.5 per cent).
Catwoman is the comic book character most fans (16.7 per cent) would like to date, followed by Wonder Woman (15.5 per cent), Iron Man (11.9 per cent), Batman (11.1 per cent), Wolverine (10.7 per cent), Superman (9.7 per cent) and Thor (7.9 per cent). There wasn't much love for the X-Men's female members, with Storm bottom of the list (3.4 per cent) and Jean Grey (4.3 per cent) just above. Black Widow wasn't much more popular either (5 per cent).
Broken down into gender, this particular vote shows men favouring Catwoman and then Wonder Woman, with Black Widow a distant third, followed by Jean Grey and (in what could be seen as an acknowedgement of the top choice for gay male voters) Superman. Female voters preferred Iron Man, then Wolverine, followed by Batman, Thor and Superman.
As for who they want to see next on the big screen, fans mad a decisive call for Wonder Woman (32.8 per cent), then The Flash (18.4 per cent) and Avengers archer Hawkeye (14.1 per cent). There was a considerable demand for the return of X-Men teleporter Nightcrawler (12.7 per cent) and then for Deadpool (10.4 per cent), more than the desire for Aquaman (8.5 per cent).
The Joker had last laugh by winning the vote for toughest supervillain with 24.8 per cent of the vote, beating Magneto (16 per cent), Bane (15.3 per cent), Lex Luthor (12.4 per cent) and Green Goblin (7.9 per cent). Next on the list was General Zod (5.8 per cent), Loki (4.9 per cent), Doctor Octopus (4.2 per cent), Two-Face (3.1 per cent) and then 'other' (2.1 per cent).
The Incredible Hulk was named most overrated superhero movie ever (17.5 per cent of the vote), followed by Kick-Ass (12.2 per cent), Watchmen (10.8 per cent), The Amazing Spider-Man (10.6 per cent), The Dark Knight Rises (10.1 per cent), Thor (8.6 per cent). X-Men: First Class (7.8 per cent), The Avengers (7.3 per cent), The Dark Knight (6.3 per cent), Iron Man (5.3 per cent) and other (3.5 per cent).
While most people (25.5 per cent) opted for 'no one' when asked who should play the next Batman, it does seem likely we will get another caped crusader on screen at some point but very unlikely that Christian Bale will return. The next top choice in this question was Ryan Gosling (15.9 per cent), who leads the actors named as possible replacements to don the Batsuit, then Michael Fassbender (13.2 per cent), Jake Gyllenhaal (13 per cent), Bradley Cooper (11.5 per cent) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (7.9 per cent). Other names that came up were Josh Brolin (4.3 per cent), Sam Worthington (3.9 per cent), Armie Hammer (3.1 per cent) and Jon Hamm (1.7 per cent).
Superhero enthusiasts love to imagine showdowns - most of which would probably never happen on the big screen - and fans said they would most like to see a fight between Batman and Iron Man (19.1 per cent)
But only just. Wolverine vs Iron Man came a very close second with 19 per cent. Others wanted to see Hulk vs Optimus Prime (17.5 per cent), Batman vs Captain America (15.5 per cent), Magneto vs Iron Man (11.9 per cent), Hulk vs Bane (11.2 per cent) or some other face-off (5.8 per cent).
Poll winners recap:
Toughest superhero (apart from Superman) - Hulk
Best superhero vehicle - Batmobile
Best superhero gadget - Spider-Man web-shooters
Best superhero film - The Dark Knight
Worst superhero film - Catwoman
Superhero you'd most want to date - Catwoman
Superhero you want to see next on big screen - Wonder Woman
Toughest villain - Joker
Who should be next Batman - No one (and then Ryan Gosling)
Lamest sidekick - Jimmy Olsen
Most overrated superhero film - The Incredible Hulk
Most wanted superhero fight - Batman vs Iron Man
Worst superhero disguise - Superman/Clark Kent
But in the meantime, some interesting gossip indicates an X-Force spin-off is being developed, possibly as the next film after 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Fansite X-Menfilms.com spotted that the studio had registered the domain XForceMovie.com.
And this was followed with Rob Liefeld suggesting on Twitter that such a project would feature Cable and Deadpool as main characters, with Ryan Reynolds reprising the Deadpool role he first played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Liefeld has been an artist on several X-Men comic titles, including X-Force and also Deadpool, which he co-created.
But the American comics creator cautioned against too much premature excitement over an X-Force movie until it had become more definite by moving beyond development and into the casting stage.
However, it's clearly proceeding at some pace because The Hollywood Reporter says Jeff Wadlow has been hired to write and possibly direct the X-Force feature. Wadlow is the writer-director of Kick-Ass 2, released in the UK on August 16.
The follow-up to Skyfall - the highest-grossing film in the franchise - is set to arrive in cinemas on October 23, 2015, in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US.
An annoucement was made by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, of EON Productions; Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, Inc; and Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
They today confirmed that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan.
Bond 24 will be Daniel Craig's fourth time in the Bond role following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.
Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, "Following the extraordinary success of Skyfall, we're really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan."
Mendes said: "I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."
Barber added: "We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.
"As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze."
Lynton and Pascal said: "It's a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to SKYFALL and we, along with our partners at MGM, can't wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world."
Next up on the 2013 comic book movie calendar is The Wolverine, released on July 26.
And fans of Hugh Jackman's adamantium-enhanced antihero can now see what it feels like to be Wolverine.
Twentieth Century Fox International are bringing the character and upcoming movie to life with Be The Wolverine, a unique Kinect experience that allows users to take part in an interactive adventure.
The experience allows fans to become the metal-clawed mutant, through simulated fighting moves atop a speeding bullet train travelling through Tokyo. By slicing through obstacles and defending themselves from ninja attacks, fans will experience a virtual thrill ride, based on an action scene from the new film.
Be The Wolverine uses Kinect technology to register when fans walk by, scanning and activating a hologram to attract and invite interaction. On completing the experience, fans then have the opportunity to share a photo of them taking part via Facebook.
Over 17 countries are participating in the Be The Wolverine experience, including; Mexico, Brazil, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and UK.
Bettina Sherick, SVP Digital Strategic Marketing from 20th Century Fox International says: "The Wolverine is such a beloved superhero, and we are thrilled that fans around the world will have a chance to Be The Wolverine. The interactive experience provides a great rush of adrenaline, just like our upcoming film."
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to modern Japan.
Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.
Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against the immortality granted to him by his regenerative abilities.