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Hugh Jackman Confirms Wolverine Will ‘Feel Like a Standalone Picture’

While 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a financial success for Fox, grossing more than $373 million worldwide, it was widely panned by critics and fans alike. Even producer Lauren Schuler Donner has taken jabs at the movie, saying last year that the frequently discussed Deadpool spinoff would “pretend that X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t happen, or mock it.”

So it come as little shock that everyone, from studio executives to star Hugh Jackman, would rather pretend the hirsute mutant’s nominal solo debut — it had a mutant lineup to rival that of any X-Men installment — never happened (sorry, Gavin Hood). To that end, The Wolverine won’t have any direct links to its predecessor, and it certainly isn’t being referred to as a sequel.

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture,” Jackman tells Total Film (via Coventry Telegraph). “With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.”

Seemingly acknowledging that the first film was bogged down by a sprawling cast, he adds, “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.”

Directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine is based in part on the 1982 miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and finds 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.

The cast includes Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.


  • Dekko

    Yes – the less “comic booky” the better.  Wolverine should seem like the most fantastical element in the movie. (aside from maybe the main bad guy) No Blobs or Deadpool with Optic blasts (???).  And Wolverine’s claws should be used to cut a swath through his enemies, not chop away at fire escapes…

  • Lewis4510

    The last one had such bad reviews from critics and fans alike that this film could be the first X-Men related film to bomb at the box office.

  • Shalaan10

    good… something that will hopefully make us forget that monstrous mess lol

  • kenby

    Just get him in the ICONIC WOLVERINE MASK once and for all on the big screen and Origins will be forgiven.

  • xsikal

    I hated the last one (and the last two X-films, none of which I bothered watching in the theater), but have high hopes for this.  I like the source material, and still think Jackman does a good job as Wolverine… it’s everything else that needs to improve.

  • Kenneth Livitski

    While Origins had a LOT of flaws, I did enjoy the performances in it. I hope if Sabretooth ever returns, they bring back Liev Schreiber. While not the having the size or the look of Sabretooth, he really nailed the role. Jackman IS Wolverine, though. It’ll be one hell of a hard day to recast that character after Jackman’s portrayal. 

  • coalminds

    So movies get to retcon too now? More comic book-like every day.

    Also the extra shiny CG claws need to go.

  • LightningBug

    Totally agree! And fighting ninjas is the perfect excuse to do it. Ninjas wear masks all the time, so it shouldn’t feel too forced. I’ve heard they tried a mask when they did the first X-Men, but it looked floppy and weird, so I guess the challenge would be bringing the mask to life in a convincing way.

  • Renaldo Matadeen

    ANY comic book fox adapts…turns into utter nonsense. no faith in this studio

  • Xsikal

     Movies have been doing so for a long time (not counting reboots)  First I can remember was Highlander 3 (and the tv show) happily pretending Highlander 2 never happened. :P

  • Robert Sienicki

    Well, the X-Men trilogy was awesome. And Fist Class was also fine movie (besides it fucks continuity in the ass, pardon my french). The only weak point in X-Men franchise was that lame Wolverine origins. 

    But I agree that other adaptations from Fox like F4 and Daredevil wasn’t very good.

  • JoeBlow35

    “Wolverine” was awesome, one of the best superhero flicks in recent years, so it would be a shame for this one to distance itself. Hopefully this one will be even just half as good.

  • Darryl Blackstar

    Dos marve not understand they have other  x-heroes?  I would love to see a movie abut cyclops or storm. Wolverine has ben don to death…..

  • Weapon X

    Oh god no! That yellow unitard barely works in the comics let alone the movie. And Wolverine just hasnt ever seemed like a costume guy. And before you point to avengers Ill remind you hawkeye didnt wear his purple wolverine rip off suit because it would look god aweful. And cap had the ultimate version of his look with painted on wings and the movie itself admitted it was old fashion.

  • WonderScott

    I’m okay with ignoring the first film, but I want to see a Wolverine that inhabits a world with other mutants, etc.   Having him solely as ninja Logan isn’t as interesting to me as is the marriage of what a ninja clan and mutants would be like in a world with both.  

  • Guest

    If they don’t want to heavily reference the first one that’s fine, but pretending it never happened is lazy filmmaking.

  • Guydc3

     While I agree with you, I think the iconic mask they are referring to is the brown and black. That being said, yeah, there is no need for a mask or a costume.

  • Wari

    I think it’s incredible that he’s gone 4 movies an no mask. Batmans mask is way over the top ,yet fans an producers make it work. When he’s not wearing the mask he’s Logan. But when he dons the mask he’s like a new kind of Wolvy. I think it would be more fitting for the mask to be used in the X-Men because he hardly wore one in his solo comics…..but X-Men 4 my be way off to wish for. It’s a super hero comic book movie…..give him his mask