Fox didn’t initiate the official marketing campaign for this July’s release of The Wolverine until a few weeks ago, which in part accounts for the X-Men flick failing to secure a spot on Fandango’s top 10 anticipated Summer 2013 movies.
However, comic book fans are keeping a close eye on how this installment comes together, for reasons that include wanting to maintain forward momentum after the positively-received X-Men: First Class, and not repeat the fiasco that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Not to mention, the basis for this film is the beloved “Wolverine” mini-series written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Frank Miller.
The Wolverine trailer has kept people interested, but it’s not gone over so well that any doubts or concerns are now restricted to a small minority of fans; though, the consensus remains optimistic, in part due to how this X-Men movie ties back to Logan’s (Hugh Jackman) experiences in X-Men: The Last Stand. Moreover, the overall visual style and thematic emphasis favored by director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) seems like the proper way to go about telling a story where Wolvie wrestles with the down side of immortality, as presented within the context of a neo-Noir adventure set in modern Japan.
Case in point: check out a couple brand-new Wolverine images – and the high-resolution, non-watermarked versions of those previously unveiled – by clicking through the gallery below:
There’s very much a sense of time and place apparent in these Wolverine images, through the use of real-life Tokyo locations and production design from Francois Audouy (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter); not to mention, the modern, yet colorful and stylized, wardrobe favored for Logan, as well as the Japanese warrior lady Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and femme fatale Viper (Sventlana Khodchenkova), which were fashioned by the costume designer Isis Mussenden (The Chronicles of Narnia), based on the original comic book designs.
So far, the film really does seem like the superhero genre equivalent of a pure-blodded Eastern neo-noir – like the upcoming Nicolas Winding Refn film Only God Forgives – in terms of the general color palette and everything shown onscreen. Whether or not the revised version of Christopher McQuarrie’s original script draft - which was written by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) - is equally apt, remains to be seen.
The Wolverine opens in theaters on July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Pastarrives in theaters on July 18th, 2014.
Source: 20th Century Fox