‘The Wolverine’ Director Talks Unrated Cut, Sequel Potential & ‘Sandman’ Movie

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Comic-Con 2013 may be over, but there’s still a major comic book-related event to look forward to this week: The Wolverine, the second solo movie featuring Hugh Jackman in the titular role, which sees Logan heading to Japan at the behest of a character from his past who wishes to “repay” a very old debt.

Given Logan’s tendency towards getting extremely angry and violent, it seems almost a shame that The Wolverine is being released as a PG-13 movie in order to ensure a decent box office take from younger audiences. After all, when a character’s primary superpowers include the power to heal from even the most gruesome of injuries, and adamantium claws that can rip through just about any material with ease, it would be a pity not to show these features off to their fullest, bloodiest extent.

The Wolverine director James Mangold agrees that there are scenes which were cut from the theatrical version of the film that X-Men fans would probably love to see, and as such is hoping to release an unrated cut of the film when it comes to home video. When asked by Digital Spy about the possibility of different cuts, Mangold promised that there’s more to be seen:

“I’m very happy with the [theatrical] cut, and the studio was very generous in terms of letting me finish the movie as I wanted, but I do think we will have a slightly more violent version… let’s say an unrated, a bloodier version. There’s about ten or 12 minutes of scenes that I’d love people to see, that we’ll produce some kind of longer version of the movie at some point on Blu-ray or whatever. There’s another great scene with Hiro Sanada and a much more elaborate battle with ninjas from the third act that is a pretty huge battle sequence that you’ll see.”

Screen Rant also had the opportunity to speak to both Hugh Jackman and James Mangold at Comic-Con this year, with in-depth discussion of how Logan’s chaotic, berserker rage style of fighting clashed with the grace and controlled form of Japanese martial arts and sword-fighting. If you enjoyed the clip of Logan battling the yakuza on the top of a bullet train that was released recently, the director and star also give plenty of insight into how that scene was shot and translated onto the big screen.

During the interview, we quizzed Mangold a little on the subject of a sequel to The Wolverine, and his response was simply that he will “never say never” to such an idea. When Screen Rant spoke to The Wolverine producer Hutch Parker during a set visit, he said that there is “absolutely” room for more movies, and that the goal during the making of The Wolverine was to create a film that would demand a worthy follow-up.

Never say never” was also the sentiment expressed by Mangold in a question-and-answer session with fans conducted on Yahoo. Mangold has spoken multiple times about his passion for comic books and his love of the Chris Claremont & Frank Miller saga upon which The Wolverine is based, and therefore was inevitably asked if he’d want to direct another movie about the character. It sounds like it would all depend on the pitch:

“If it presented me with the opportunity as this one did then yes. What I mean is the location and the world in Japan really presented me with a unique set of freedoms. Certainly any project with Hugh is enticing, but if someone came to me, or I came up with a strategy that stays as inventive and as exciting, I wouldn’t hesitate to do another one.”

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The question of whether or not The Wolverine will get a sequel – being the second standalone movie about the character and one that we’re hoping will make up for the weaknesses of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – will likely be answered once Fox have finished counting the box office dollars. With the surging popularity of comic book movies, however, there are plenty of other characters who could be tackled, and Mangold was asked which of his comic book favorites he would like to work on in the future. He was very assured in his response:

“The Sandman. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is a great property. Actually I’ve talked to Neil about it before. I think it’s one of the great really interesting modernist tales. Also, on the complete other side of the universe I’ve always been a fan of The Flash. Although the outfit would have to definitely change, with those little wigs on his ears.”

The last sentence seems to contain a typo that should read “wings,” but you’ve got to love the idea of the Flash with little ear toupees. Of the two characters mentioned by Mangold, the Flas has already begun making his way onto the big screen, since Warner Bros has already put the movie into development and has a solid script for it, but Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” is perhaps an even more interesting project.

Published under DC’s darker, edgier imprint Vertigo, “The Sandman” tells the story of the Lord of Dreams, who escapes after 70 years of imprisonment and is left to pick up the pieces of his kingdom and restore himself to his former glory. Along the way he meets an expansive number of gods, demigods, demons, fairies – including his sister, Death herself – and runs into a number of other characters from the DC universe.

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Gaiman fans would no doubt be delighted by the prospect of a Sandman movie, and it may not be all that far away. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson described Sandman as being “right on top” of the list of comic book properties that she’d like to bring to the big screen. Given how popular the series is, Mangold may find himself having to duke it out with other prospective directors for the helm, if Warner Bros does elect to go ahead with The Sandman. Failing that, there’s potential for Sandman to make a cameo appearance in Guillermo Del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie, though that is also still awaiting a green light.

There’s plenty of food for thought here. Do you want to see Mangold take on The Sandman or are you withholding judgment until you’ve seen The Wolverine?


The Wolverine arrives in theaters on July 26, 2013.

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  1. I’m going to have to wait for The Wolverine, the reception isn’t too bad so far so I’m expecting something at least solid. Sucks how the 12 minute footage won’t be in the theatrical cut though, seems like it showed Wolverine’s raging side. Also don’t think it’s a good idea to announce that before the film is actually released aha. Either way, I’m most likely going to pick up the blu ray release if it’s good so no worries over here.

    Not really familiar with Sandman but the description of him in the article seems pretty cool. Very different from the other superhero movies coming out so I’d appreciate a fresh face.

  2. noooooooooo

    now im struggling to decide what to see. the cinema version or wait for the uncut version.

    ive heard so much praise for this movie. they really seem to have redeemed themselves for the bad movie that was origins.

    • Lmao I totally saw this coming. If I were you, I would see the cinema version and if you like it, wait for the blu ray release to watch it a second time all the while getting some bonus footage. Just a suggestion, I’m doing the same.

  3. DAMMIT! I want the unrated version noooowww =p

  4. Unrated Wolverine? Thank you!

    • Your character workaround of the rules
      against profanity is not welcome.
      And it should be removed.

    • The rules against profanity are in place for a reason. I second Robert Palmer’s statement of removal.

      • Taking out profanity does usually provide a little more civility, which is why I prefer the comments section here more than Collider. And on topic, I’ll probably wait until the blu ray comes out. There really hasn’t been much to get me excited about this movie. Though it does look better than the origins movie.

      • what a funking crybaby

    • Not even the power of the diaeresis can protect you from the all-seeing eye of Screen Rant, I’m afraid.

      However, stay tuned for Screen Rant Unrated, coming to DVD and Blu-ray soon.

      • 😀 Excellent work, Screen Rant. Thanks for keeping your high standards.

  5. I don’t think there’ll be a sequel considering Days Of Future Past will retcon the whole thing.

  6. What is wrong with the Flash’s lightning wings? I could see them being in a movie.

    • Lol i was going the post the same. There just an added detail, why would they be so out of place? I wonder. Think they’d make him different in a good way. I’d go so far as say they are iconic to the character. Remove them and its just a dude in a red unitard.

    • “Those little wigs on his ears” are not dismissible features.

      Flash’s wings are based on the winged sandals worn by Hermes,
      messenger of the gods, and the god of transitions and boundaries.

  7. Flash needs to keep his wings. They could have as scene were he drinks a red bull and wing pop out of his head.

  8. The movie was overall pretty solid. However, the ending tie end the next First class perfectly. Also look to the right of Logan when walking through metal detector you will see Bishop.

  9. While Days would more or less serve as a reboot or ‘retcon’ of the X-films, it may leave into question a Wolverine II and/or if Hugh Jackman will return to the role. It’s all up in the air at this point. However, Mangold has directed several pix that are loved or well liked aside from Wolverine.

    The mere mention of Sandman – that would be, I think, it would bring him back into ‘Identity’ style flavors. However, that said, it would not shock me in the least if WB did read his statements and said ‘ Yeah, Sandman’s nice but if he’s serious about The Flash…?”

    Look – nobody had much issue with the lack of Superman’s red briefs in MoS, right? I mean, not overall. Batman’s suit has slightly altered not just in the Burton-Schmacher films but also the Nolan trilogy, correct?

    Wings or no wings, if the essence of Flash is there, I can see such an interpretation. So as much as I’d look forward to Sandman and as much as I can see Mangold directing such a project…? I think WB would snatch up Mangold for The Flash…or better yet, think about his work on Identity and Copland and offer him JLA (or have him on a short list at least).

  10. I find it kind of funny that the writer makes a statement about a typo in a quote, and then in the very next sentence makes his own typo – “the Flas”.

    Anyway, now I’m really undecided as to whether I should see this in the theatre, since I’m not really that excited for it and would rather wait for the unrated cut.