Next year, Marvel's mutant superhero known as Wolverine will turn 40. That's four decades of stories. Four decades of being one of the most popular comic book characters on the planet. Four decades of amazing comics and more than a few lousy comics. And, of course, four decades of trivia.
'The Wolverine' is not what you expect. It is very much a self-contained, somewhat “smaller” superhero movie. More straightforward thriller/noir/espionage film than CGI-heavy slugfest. It's less of a surprise, however, when you look at director James Mangold's body of work.
From 'Cop Land' to 'Girl, Interrupted' to '3:10 To Yuma' to 'Walk the Line' to 'Knight and Day' (which I really liked, by the way) to 'Identity' to 'Heavy,' he's had a go at nearly every genre. Now he's teamed up with Hugh Jackman, taking Logan from atop a hermit's mountain to the bullet trains of Japan.
I had the good fortune to speak with Mangold recently, and he really knows his stuff when it comes to movies.
The Comic-Con 2013 panel from 20th Century Fox was pegged as a must-see event at the convention; not only were fans foaming at the mouth for the latest offerings from 'The Wolverine' and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' -- the former prepping for release on July 26 -- but also for some sort of reveal for Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'
We're just a little over a week away from the release of 'The Wolverine,' and judging by the trailers, we're in for a much better time than 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' This new international TV spot continues the trend of highlighting Logan/Wolverine's trip to Japan, where an old friend promises he can remove the adamantium from our hero's body -- putting his life in more danger than it's ever been.
Hugh Jackman is currently doing the press rounds for his upcoming superhero film 'The Wolverine', so naturally he's going to be bombarded with questions about the character's future and crossover potential. Thankfully, Jackman is apparently game for anything - especially a scenario where Wolverine meets up with 'The Avengers' and/or Spider-Man. And he's got a pretty good idea on how to make it happen.
At the end of the day, 'The Wolverine' has one job and one job only: to be better than 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' Thankfully, that shouldn't be too difficult of a task. In fact, the latest clip from director James Mangold's film is more impressive than anything seen in Wolverine's previous solo adventure, even if it all feels a little familiar.
Though it doesn't seem as noticeable in the trailers, 'The Wolverine' keeps releasing gorgeous, well-composed photos of the cast, which makes us wonder if this will be the most beautiful superhero movie yet. The latest stills to hit are character portraits that highlight Hugh Jackman's new friends and foes in the film.