Hugh Jackman Confirms THE WOLVERINE Is a Standalone Story and “Won’t Be Overloaded with Mutants”

     August 13, 2012


X-Men Origins: Wolverine should be wiped from history and all copies of it should be buried next to the Atari E.T. landfill.  The filmmakers behind the sequel, The Wolverine, probably aren’t willing to go that far, but they seem to agree that it’s best to leave Origins in the past and let their new film stand on its own.  We’ve already seen from set photos that the movie will be breaking away from the previous ­X-Men films in terms of Wolverine’s look, but Hugh Jackman has now confirmed earlier reports on how The Wolverine will stand apart from the awful 2009 spin-off.

Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila FukushimaThe Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.

Speaking to Total Film [via the Coventry Telegraph], Jackman says:

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture.”

“With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.”

“The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

Wolverine is an odd character since he’s a lone wolf who’s always drawn into a team dynamic (he’s practically their leader in the first X-Men).  It’s looking like The Wolverine will go back to the loner side of the character when it comes to fighting against bad guys.  It’s a fresh take when it comes to the movies, and I’m eager to see what director James Mangold will do with it.


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  • Tom Arena

    Wow, what a bunch of nitpicky comic geeks! I happily admit to loving X-Men 3, and being very pleasntly surprised by both Wolverine Origins AND especially X-Men Origins. All are highly entertaining films, and I couldn’t give a crap what they do with the whole comic history. I’ve never read an X-Men comic book, an honestly, what kind of an adult still read super hero comics? But the movies? Kepp making them, please! Oh all the X-Men movies, by far my least favorite is the very first one. Too short, and rather predictable. Still fun and all, but I think they series picked up steam as its gone on.

  • Angela Collins

    I agree with Tom, I loved all the X-Men Movies. I love Wolverine, I really don’t understand from reading all the comments why people think it was bad. I love it and have watched it too many times to count. Oh well, everybody has an opinion

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  • matt

    sorry…both x men 3 and x men origins were theatrical abortions. sure im a pretentious comic nerd(many…MANY adults still read comics.) but you don’t have to be to understand why those films are awful. terrible dialogue, terrible action sequences. terrible acting. terrible scripts. terrible editing. gaping plot holes. but hey if lowest common denominator entertainment tickles your fancy more power to you.

  • Jamie

    Matt you giant nugget, how is entertainment the lowest common denominator? You think I would sit though ANY kind of film that is the biggest sack of sweaty balls iv ever seen, just because its “true to the comics”? No. Entertainment is the most important part of any film, because if it makes it that far, it will have a fan base – even if it disappoints the people who know and love the comic book universe.

    Personally I enjoyed Wolverine, didnt think it was great, and as Deadpool is my favourite comic book character, I was really disappointed with the way the portrayed him. First Class I thought was very good, great actors, good action, good script – it worked on all levels I thought, and I cant wait for the next one. X1 and X2 I thought were good, X3 went way off and became a bit too silly, but again, I still enjoyed it.

  • Wolverine’s Mom

    Wolverine is a good boy and those who didn’t think the X-Men Origins; Wolverine movie was very good need to get out in the sun and not read too much into the comics. It’s a fun movie and those who really know my boy enjoyed it.

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  • Jon

    Not one single person in hollywood knows how to make a good movie out of a comic book. None of these goons has probably ever read a comic book in their life. None of these comic book movies fit the mood of the actual comic, none of the characters are played as reflected in the original comics and they always butcher the story line. I’ve given up. Hollywood sucks.

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