Hugh Jackman On Creating the ‘Definitive’ Wolverine; Trailer to Debut February 12th?

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The Wolverine is fast becoming one of the more interesting superhero projects of 2013, thanks in part to director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) and the decision to make a film diametrically dissimilar to its predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Apparently, another way in which The Wolverine will differ from its predecessor – and assumedly the three X-Men films that preceded it – is in its portrayal of Logan himself. According to star Hugh Jackman, the forthcoming spin-off will feature the “definitive” Wolverine in a way that no film has thus far. Plus, a new rumor is making the rounds claiming that a teaser trailer for the film will be released February 12th.

In an interview with Empire (via Comic Book Movie), Jackman said:

“I still don’t think we’ve seen the definitive Wolverine. And the longer I play the character, the more the desire to get him right grows. The more I speak to fans and explore his world, the more it means to me. Look, there’s no question that it’s a great role.

“I didn’t fully understand that when I went in, you know? The pressure now is [much bigger]. I feel I understand why there’s the passion. I understand the character and the legacy and I don’t feel, up until this movie, that we’ve completely lived up to that. So that’s what I intend to do.”

I’m sure there are a great many fans out there would vehemently disagree with Jackman here. After all, he was the breakout star of X-Men, and his portrayal of Wolverine led to the first (and only) spin-off film based around a single X-Man. That said, I’m sure there are just as many fans who would totally agree with him, though they might not hold Jackman accountable for the discrepancy (height issues notwithstanding).

While the first two films certainly got Wolverine’s rage, loner attitude, and general grumpiness right, some fans were understandably frustrated that the guy constantly got his ass handed to him (courtesy of Mystique, Sabretooth, and Lady Deathstrike). Despite being known for his speed in the comic books, the movie version of Wolverine was a regular punching bag.

Wolverine Versus Mystique in X Men 2000 Hugh Jackman On Creating the Definitive Wolverine; Trailer to Debut February 12th?

The point is, fans of the character have wanted for a very long time to see a Wolverine who was more than just an unkillable brawler with metal claws on the big screen. The Wolverine of the comics can fight. In fact, he regularly wins fights, which is why he’s always telling people that he’s the best there is at what he does.

Hopefully, The Wolverine will give the ol’ canucklehead an opportunity to finally show off some serious fighting skills (in addition to some serious character development), which seems pretty likely considering the movie will be exploring his samurai side.

James Mangold previously said on the subject: “Japanese fighting, Japanese martial arts have had an effect on this movie. And certainly the movie is dripping with Japanese tradition, both cinematically, fighting-wise, and philosophically as well.”

Sounds good to me.

Regardless of your thoughts on whether or not the “definitive” Wolverine has yet been captured cinematically, it’s nice to hear that Jackman is continually striving to do right by the character and his fans. Of course, there’s no greater proof of that than The Wolverine itself. In some ways, it almost seems like an apology for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Are you looking forward to The Wolverine, Screen Ranters? Do you agree with Jackman that the definitive Wolverine has yet to be captured cinematically? Let us know in the comments.

‘The Wolverine’ Trailer to Debut February 12th?

In other Wolverine news, there’s a rumor – courtesy of Comic Book Movie – that the first trailer for the film will be debuting online on February 12th (and then it’ll appear in theaters before A Good Day to Die Hard on Valentine’s Day).

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine1 Hugh Jackman On Creating the Definitive Wolverine; Trailer to Debut February 12th?

There’s no telling how much truth there is to the rumor, but seeing as the film’s premiere is just seven months away, we can probably expect a trailer to be released sometime soon.


The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold, from Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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Source: Empire Magazine [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. Ive never been disappointed. But then again, I’m not a cry baby.

  2. Call me what you will, but I’ve been nothing but disappointed with Fox’s depiction of Wolverine and the X-Men. I hope that someday they finally get it right, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • Hello, where’s the frickn costume?

  3. You might as well try to make Rock Hudson into an action star…oh wait, I think they tried that with ICE STATION ZEBRA, Howard Hughes favorite film. Oh well. I for one cannot wait to see the latest offering from the singing, dancing actor who brought Peter Allen to life.

  4. Hey Hugh….We will never get the definitive wolverine as long as you hold the character hostage.

    • Lol @ crazy fanboys:D

  5. I think there’s hope yet for our favotite mutant Ginsu. Jackman has the chops (acting and mutton) to portray Logan accurately. The only complaint I could make is that he is too tall; bulking up the way he has helps a little, but he isn’t the sawed-off prick (no pun intended) that he is in comics. Oh well, boo-hoo. If Jackman has grown to love the character as much as we insignificant fanboys have, The Wolverine will surely wash the foul taste of Origins and X-3 out of our collective craws. I predict an epic and extremely powerful adaptation of the Frank Miller 4-issue masterpiece that will introduce the true Logan to the ignorant masses, and illuminate what it is that makes Logan so endearing to us and (possibly) the most popular comic character ever.

  6. Very assuring words… hopefully it’s true 😉
    Right now The Wolverine is one of my 5 most anticipated movies of the year!

  7. I definitely agree with this article that the first 2 X-men movies definitely got the gruff, loner aspect of wolverine right, as well as his taking a young girl under his wing. However, I am really upset at how much he got his ass kicked and the lack of a berserker fury. Apart from the attack on the X-men mansion in X2 where Wolverine did admittedly kick the as of the soldiers, he really hasn’t held his own against the big boys. And the fights with Sabretooth, which I’m sure go on for hours in the comics, were again woefully one-sided against our favourite mutton chopped canadian.

    There are many aspects to wolverine; he is a very complex individual (which is what makes him so compelling and loved). I have liked Jackman in the role, even though he is too tall (and not hairy enough). As Fox is unwilling to employ some Hobbit style effects to shrink him to appropriate height, I think as long as he gets the essence spot on, it shouldn’t really matter.

    CAN Jackman finally deliver the definitive Wolverine on screen? I think that he can. WILL he? That remains to be seen. We’ll definitely know a bit more once the trailer gets released

  8. I never read the comics so I don’t know how close Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is to the comics, but I don’t care and neither should Hugh. Fanatics will b**** and complain no matter what you do with Wolverine or any other X-Men instead of agreeing to let filmmakers attempt to make a story suited for the silver screen, because taking a comic book SERIES and turning into a 2 hour movie is freaking easy so they have to change the characters (like Wolverine) so they have a proper development.

    • I hope you’re not trolling, Mr. Fraser, because I would think the goal in ANY adaptation is, and should be, attempting to profit from what makes a character popular to begin with. I agree that “hardcore” (ignorant) fanboys will b**** about anything, no matter what, but what makes characters popular and profitable is their complexity; (comics) Wolverine may be the most complex and conflicted character in the history of comics, which means that a successful adaptation could be the most rewarding in all senses of the word. Some changes are inevitable, but the translation is not impossible for a competent team of filmakers…

      • Wolverine in the grand scheme of things is not that complex. He is Jason Bourne.

        What he has is a rich and complex history. The reason he has such a rich, complex and storied history is because of his anti aging ability.

        Complex character? Not so. Deep history yes.

        The issue you have (well not you but movies) is trying to compress that into a 120 minutes of explainable and cohesive information WHILE still giving the fans what they want which includes action.

        I think this is what Mr. Fraser was trying to say.

        I would disagree with you in the complexity making a character popular and profitable. Captain America is not that complex. Ironman is not that complex. Superman (until they make it that way ZING!) is not that complex.

        Quite honestly the most complex I can think about would be Spiderman. Not just overall but the way he was originally created and how people can relate.

        Popular/Profitable characters need not be overly complex. They need to relate on a certain level to the viewer. I mean how cool would it be to be able to dress in all black and met out some deserved justice? Or be able to fly around and find someone like Bin Laden bringing him to justice? Or just every once in awhile get so mad you rage out being able to protect the ones you love from an insurmountable force? Thats what people (IMO) look at and get out of watching movies like this.

        Do you really think anyone knows the issues Bruce Banner really has? (at least comic book wise) Talk about complex….. It would take 2 movies alone just to explain his childhood.

        This is why I think people when creating these movies are trying to THINK to much.

        Im not hardcore or ignorant. I know what a comic book is I know what a comic book hero is and I know what I want to see out of a comic book hero movie. Just like if I were to walk into Sense and Sensibility…. I wouldn’t expect one of the characters to done a mask and dole out some justice. 😉

        • Excellent points on complexity, but we can amicably agree and disagree on them; I find Tony Stark and Peter Parker to be complex, and Bruce Banner is an excellent example of an extremely complex and tortured character.
          I applaud you for bringing this to people’s attention, maybe someday we can be blessed with an excellent Ruffalo Hulk movie…
          And Logan’s complexity is my opinion; primarily based on his struggle with his bestial side, while trying to live Bushido. This is an aspect of his development as a character that is difficult for writers to convey believably, and could be lead to an amazing performance from our buddy Hugh.
          However, I concede the fact that complexity doesn’t automatically translate to popularity and profitability… When done properly, it generates interest and emotional response to the character. Sawyer from Lost comes to mind.
          One last thought… Man of Steel looks to be properly and realistically deconstructing Superman, and trying to help us empathize with a God among men; displaying complexity to how he relates to “mortals” and how someone of such immense raw power is perceived by an unprepared populace… I have high hopes and expectations for this one…

  9. I was thinking (dramatic pause), wouldn’t it be awesome if they gave us a Wolverine costume in the upcoming ‘The Wolverine’ by mixing the yellow&blue costume (or yellow/brown) with the style of a samurai armor? Wolverine mask reminds me of a Samurai face mask and I think it could work with the story as it would show that Wolverine has stopped being a ronin and has beoame a samurai. Meaning he was lost with out a purpose and master but now has ideal and goal to fight for again. Plus It would be awesome to see him rock it in Days of Future Past since he doesn’t wear a traditional X-Men uniform in the comics.


  10. Gimme Trailer! Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!

  11. love wolverine never get tired of seeing him

    • jackman is so great as wolverine. he was the saving grace for X3 for me. the movie suuuuucked! but that scene when he’s killing people in the forest was pretty cool albeit brief. also origins was somewhat enjoyable due to his charismatic performance. this one looks like it will be really gooood!

  12. Often felt that he was a punching bag or pin-cushion. He never really let anyone have it. You can’t say, “I’m the best there is at what I do…” when you’re always getting it handed to you. Kick some tail and walk away like Billy Bad@ss for once! Make Sabertooth look like “Mitch” for once.

    • If he kicks butt everytime without getting thrown around the fights would suck and lack suspense

      • I don’t think I expect him to be an unbeatable killing machine, but I would like to see him move more quickly and actually (overwhelmingly) win a fight every once in a while. He’s surprisingly slow in these movies.

  13. I’m sorry, but I’m just not excited about this movie. IMO the whole franchise needs to start over, and it needs to go back to Marvel. Fox is acting like they’ve got all these “hot properties” and is trying to imitate Marvel, and they just can’t seem to get right. Its frustrating because in the right hands these characters could be great movies, but not with Fox pulling the strings. WB/DC isn’t even this bad with their heros.

  14. I like Hugh Jackman, he’s cool, but he’s not Wolverine. Never has been, never will be. I appreciate his loyalty to the character, and his determination to make it work but, it’s not working. It’s not his fault, he’s just not the right guy. I don’t know who is, I just he’s not. Fox makes WB/DC look like they know what they are doing, that’s how bad they have screwed up theses franchises, both X-Men and Fantastic Four. Give it up Fox.

  15. Hope the trailer comes soon, I really want to see this I think jackman does have a point and so does this article when it says he was kind of a punching bag, I think they’ll make him a better fighter in this one and I ope they do

  16. Wolverine might have gotten his ass handed to him during the fights, but did everyone forget that in the end he was the winner of those fights not to mention how he handed that guys ass in the cage fight in the first movie.I think Hugh Jackman is great as Wolverine he has capture the personality of wolverine just right just look at his cameo in Xmen First Class, and as far as his height goes does it really matter as long as he looks and acts the part, besides you will never find a guy who is 5’3 who is built like a body builder who can act like Wolverine.

  17. As far as making the definative Wolverine movie that won’t happen as long as Fox holds the franchise hostage once it can get away from fox than maybe they can so how the movies where made is not Hugh’s fault he simply an actor Fox studios is the one at fault since they did not want to make the wolverine movie R-rated like it should have been.

  18. The first two films got WHAT right? Loner attitude maybe. Rage?? NO. We are very much disagreed on that one Mr. Moore. So, Hugh is promising us the definitive Wolverine? Really Hugh? After five movies its finally going to happen? I very much doubt that. I’ll believe it when I see it, which will br shortly after I rent the Dvd for a dollar or so.

  19. ….. will BE shortly……. Blew that one. Hard to look or sound cool on a rant with poor typing skills. Lil,at myself.

  20. ….LOL…..guess I better just give it up.

  21. What can I say? Fox Studios Xmen does that to me.

  22. IIIIIII don’t know, man…..I’ll say this: my expectations for this movie have been quietly building. The last Wolverine movie put such a bad taste in my mouth, though, that I’m a little leery. I’m beginning to wonder if Wolverine can properly be displayed on the silver screen…

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