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Aronofsky Reveals Title For Next Wolverine Movie: The Wolverine

Wolverine in Japan, by Adam Kubert (from Wolverine #73)

Darren Aronofsky won’t be saddled with a cumbersome title — say, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 — for his Wolverine movie, set to begin production in March. No, the director tells HitFix, his will be called simply … The Wolverine.

If the title weren’t indication enough, Aronofsky referred to the movie as a “one-off” that isn’t a sequel in any conventional sense. That’s probably good news, considering that Gavin Hood’s 2009 film met with decidedly mixed reviews (yet went on to gross $373 million worldwide for 20th Century Fox).

Written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), The Wolverine is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

“This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” star Hugh Jackman said last month. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”


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  • Alex H

    It’s better than “X-men Origins: Wolverine” but, The Wolverine doesn’t work for me – if you say “The Batman” it works because there it reads as “the man who is a bat” – what with there being nothing else called Batman (Turkish towns excepted). The Wolverine, to me, sounds like some quirky indie film where the wolverine of the title is a metaphor for some person’s problems and/or personality.

    At least it surely has to be better than the last one…. doesn’t it?

  • Tomfitz1

    Why not call it something more gripping, like …. The GULO!!!

  • Mwedmer

    Aronophsky equals WIN

  • Mike

    Awesome news. This is the chance to make Wolverine the film it was meant to be. Is DA really attached though? When it is actually official?

  • Alex

    Hugh Jackman was great as Wolverine, but I feel disparaged by the coming of the ‘James’ origin. I just want to go back to reading comics about a guy named Logan who had no clear origin and had the Barry Windsor Smith in the tank adamantium and met Captain America in World War 2. That was Wolverine. Sure, he was in 20 comics a month, but atleast a couple of ‘em were really decent.:)

    I can’t see James as ‘Logan’. Just can’t do it. Not as Samurai Logan or BWS Logan or sitting around the X-Men Mansion drinking beer talking to Jubilee about their troubles. It just isn’t happening.

  • JMC

    Aronofsky sounds like a pretentious git. Same actor, same universe, same studio BUT not a sequel or a prequel to anything ever done with the character in the film series before? If he’s embarrassed to be associated with the history of the character he shouldn’t have agreed to make the movie in the first place. The people coming to see the film are the ones who’ve enjoyed the previous films – good, bad, and shockingly bad parts and all. I can’t see who he’s trying to convince – they won’t be seeing Woverine no matter how big he puts THE in the title.

  • multispaz

    I hear a blunt zoological obsession, since the director is working on “the Tiger” with Brad Pitt also.

  • Alex H

    To be fair, if I was asked to make something that followed XMO:Wolverine or X-men 3 I’d try to distance myself from them too. As long as it doesn’t outright contradict the previous films, ignoring the dodgy parts of it’s predecessors can surely only be a good thing?

  • thesnappysneezer

    Good. From what I hear of this and the First Class film, I am coming to think that continuity is loosely out for now, they quasi exist in the same universe but time is always being rewritten and they just need the idea of the other. They are focusing more on the story at hand and whatever was told before was told before.

  • Thom Vane

    Why not just “Wolverine’. Mind you, I’ll take a “The Wolverine” over “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 – Wolverine Rises” or some nonsense.

    Hell with Aronofsky at the helm he can call it ‘The Funtime Happy hour starring Beak’ and it will still be better than the other x-films.

  • Ken

    Not sure how I feel about ‘The Wolverine’ but it IS a hell of a lot better than ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2′.

    Personally, I think they should just simply title the film ‘Logan’, but that’s just me.

  • Raskal67

    Me too. I don’t think distancing one self from the dubious film history of the character is quite the same thing as trying to be above the character. I think assuring the audience that this story is not in any continuity with the last two films, helps rather than hurts.

    I am excited though about the source material they are using.

  • T AKA Ricky Raw

    I was with you except for the part about meeting Captain America in WW2. To me that was when the dumbness concerning Wolverine’s origin began.

  • Makoto Prime

    As long as they are coming up with the Wolverine mask and costume, I am cool. If not, then I guess not.

  • Kevinjt4

    You people DO realize that when Wolverine was first introduced in Incredible Hulk #181 he was originally called “The Wolverine” – so this is obviously a simple homage to that first appearance.

  • Evil_s2003

    “The Wolverine is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries” which is Hollywood speak for it won’t have anything to do with the source material…

  • Josh Brown

    So basically they are making the movie they should have the first time around….good news if you ask me.

  • Redhawk

    “Wolverine: Electric Boogaloo” was taken?

  • LightningBug

    Cool. If I had my way I’d like to see X-Men/Wolverine (not to mention Spidey) folded back into the Marvel filmverse. But knowing that to be impossible due to licensing agreements etc. this seems like a step in a good direction. DA is an interesting choice. He’s definitely somebody who can make a film. I imagine that since Logan can’t remember what happened in the last film anyway, it won’t be so difficult to pretty much ignore it. Bring on Ninjas! Actually, a film in which Wolverine is fighting ninjas seems like a great excuse to see him put on a costume with a mask! Ninjas wear masks, why shouldn’t Logan when he fights them?

  • Lavish8

    Sounds okay. Honestly, I am SO OVER OVER OVER this character. If I never see him on film again……..I wouldn’t be mad. We shall see how this does.

  • Jackraow21

    Nice! Can’t wait for this.

  • Jcbenitez

    now this is the wolverine movie ive been waiting for!!!

  • Wes

    The Wolverine? I’m sure they’ll tie in the whole marital arts thing; crane, monkey … panda.

    “My God, who did this?”
    “We have footage.”
    “He fights like a madman; like a Wolverine! We need Po!”

  • Odin’s Beard

    Aronofsky is a brilliant filmmaker, Whoever you are, you are the “git.”

    If you look at this like the James Bond franchise, you should be able to appreciate “a one off” take on Wolverine. Besides, the Claremont-Miller “Yakuza” stories were definitive Wolverine and make excellent source material.