It is a great time to be a Super Hero fan. The huge success of comic book and graphic novel adaptations has flooded the entertainment industry with superheroes. In the early 2000s we saw X-Men take center stage, then it was Batman, and then Iron Man, Thor – the list goes on and on. Sure, not all superhero films have been great, but most have at least attempted to satisfy fans of the genre. While most would agree that the X-Men trilogy fizzled out with X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), there is still a huge fan base for the franchise, and one character in particular has become more popular than the rest: Wolverine.
It has become almost impossible to think of The Wolverine without immediately picturing Hugh Jackman. His portrayal of the grizzled, rough-talking superhero is superb, and does justice to the original Marvel character. 2009 gave Wolverine the film fans had been clamoring for in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film was a huge box-office success, but many fans were disappointed with its lack of depth. With the announcement of The Wolverine, fans have a reason to get excited again.
Set to release in July of this year, The Wolverine looks to continue the story set up by its predecessors. Jackman has even hinted that the film could be an indirect sequel to the final film in the recently concluded X-Men trilogy. In an interview with Parade Magazine, the star of the Wolverine reveals that in the upcoming film, the clawed hero will be “at his lowest.” Early plot details suggest that Wolverine will travel to Japan, where he will come into contact with the samurai. In addition, Jackman also stated that “there is a cameo from one of the past X-Men in [The Wolverine]”. Which character will no doubt remain a mystery until the movie’s release, so audiences will have to wait for the big reveal.
James Mangold, most notable for directing 2005 hit Walk the Line and the action-packed 3:10 to Yuma (2007), will direct the film, which is set to release in the US on July 26. As mentioned above, Jackman will once again play Wolverine, but the rest of the cast is made up of relative unknowns. Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, and The Last Samurai’s Hiryuki Sanada are the most recognizable stars, but rumors suggest that actresses Famke Janssen and Svetlana Khodchenkova will make appearances as well. Much remains unknown regarding The Wolverine, but superhero fans will certainly want to check it out this summer.
The Wolverine will be distributed by Marvel Enterprises along with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and it would be a surprise if the movie did not rake in $300+ million at the box office. No MPAA rating has been given as of yet, but you can expect a likely PG-13. It is still early for reviews, but check back soon for more information as it becomes available. Until then, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
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