Despite being overwhelmingly panned by critics (and a great many fans, too), X-Men Origins: Wolverine was an unadulterated box office smash. Still, it’s fairly obvious that Hugh Jackman and company took the terrible reviews to heart in crafting the sequel, The Wolverine, as it looks almost nothing like the thrice-titled original.

For example – whereas the first film was all about slow motion, bright colors, and bombast  (the hallmark of the post-Matrix superhero film), the newly released motion poster for The Wolverine exudes grit, mood, atmosphere, and intrigue. In fact, it looks more like a neo-noir film than an X-Men spin-off.

Check out the motion poster below (and check out the official Wolverine website for some ambience to go with the poster):

You can also check out the plain version, if you so choose:


The poster depicts Wolverine as, essentially, Batman – shrouded in darkness and overlooking the city (in this case, Tokyo) from on high, propping himself up with his own katana. Could this be another example of the Christopher Nolan influence? We already know that the film will take its creative cues from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine run from way back when, wherein Wolverine returned to Japan to deal with old flames, evil ninjas, Yakuza bosses, and more. The poster is just further evidence of that.

Visually, the motion poster is reminiscent of Frank Miller’s art work, but less from his run on Wolverine and more from his work on The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City. The rain, the kneeling, the silhouette (well, almost), and the subdued, practically black-and-white foreground and sky are all very Miller-esque.

Much of what we’ve seen from The Wolverine is cause to have hope that the film might actually be – dare we say it? – not bad. Maybe even good! Not only is the story being adapted from one of the most revered Wolverine comic book runs ever, but the promotional materials have been pretty excellent so far (the motion poster included), and the writer (Christopher McQuarrie) and director (James Mangold) have a respectable track record (The Usual Suspects and 3:10 to Yuma, respectively).

Obviously, we’ll have to wait for a trailer to make any serious pre-judgments, but it never hurts to hope.

What do you guys think of the motion poster, Screen Ranters? Do you like the new cinematic take on the world of Wolverine? Drop us a line in the comments.

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman as said Wolverine, hits theaters July 26th, 2013.

Source: The Wolverine Official Website