‘The Wolverine’ Featurettes: Logan is Ronin

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With Man of Steel having made its run and banked its cash, fanboy attention – and corporate marketing – have turned toward the next big superhero movie of summer 2013, Fox’s The Wolverine. The latest installment in the X-Men movie franchise is going the Iron Man 3 route – i.e., only sustaining a loose connection to the films that preceded it and opting for a more standalone story that examines the titular character’s search for new identity while also dealing with the loss of his powers.

After a some increasingly impressive trailers, our own extensive interviews with cast and crew, and an extended fight clip that hinted at some of the 3D action (and unrealistic physics) that audiences can expect, today we have not one but two new Wolverine featurettes that examine the character of Logan (Hugh Jackman) as we find him – disheveled and hairy – after the tragic turns of X-Men: The Last Stand.

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Clearly director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is choosing to put his own stamp on the classic “Wolverine in Japan” storyline first concocted by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller (Sin City) in the 1982 Wolverine limited series comic book. This movie version contains the same traces of character exploration (Wolverine learning a Samurai code to balance out his bestial nature), but of course some big blockbuster spectacles have been added to the mix to keep things (fun?) for the general masses.

We could talk about the massive Silver Samurai armor, or the inclusion of a blonde-haired Lady Viper and a red-haired Yukio, but since these featurettes focus squarely on Logan himself, I’ll say that Hugh Jackman (despite his height) looks as into the part as he’s ever been – with the physicality to match. That reason alone should make The Wolverine a much better experience than the lackluster X-Men Origins: Wolverine – but as you can see in the quick snippets of footage included in the featurettes, there will definitely be some ninja/samurai/Yakuza/mutant action to give the movie a strong pulse.

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The Wolverine will be in theaters on July 19, 2013.

Sources: Fox & HBO

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  1. When you have no expectations, it’s hard to be disappointed.

    While I would LOVE to see Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men get a full and proper reboot and recast, I’m still a big Jackman fan and will check this flick out in theaters.

    Maybe there is some sort of DoFP tease at the end?

  2. We all saw how iron man 3 really screwed up with not having shield present and no
    Real mandarin with real alien rings and a monumental battle royale. Then not lay
    the seeds with iron man going into to space to at least buildup an audience to
    guardians of the galaxy. Not a good plan considering iron man could have at least
    passed the darknight rises in domestic gross. So bad plan fox to further aggravate
    the fans.

  3. I’ve been impressed by all the trailers and build up to this so far. It took a while for anything to surface, which worried me, but ever since I heard it was using Logan’s character like Josie Wales, I took interest. I like outcast,conflicted anti-heroes and I’m hoping this is going to be great.

    • First Class and United did greatly both critically and financially. Out of all the X-Men films, it is the first I find minor compared to the others due to horrible special effects and a crappy dialogue. Thank pork chops Singer stepped his game up in X2 and you cannot say you did not like that epic battle scene in the climax of Last Stand since it was one of the most amazing scenes I’ve experienced in which goes for the same for Origins; Origins delivered a great plot, phenomenal acting and decent special effects quality.I still can’t see how Origins was a “lackluster”, can anyone explain this to me?

      • X3 gets a hard time in my opinion. It’s not great but it isn’t as bad what most people say. I have been told however, I haven’t read any of the old Xmen comics like Dark Phoenix, so I don’t understand how good these films should have been.
        Personally, I’m just happy to see Jackman chewing on a cigar, cracking wise and kicking ass.