‘The Wolverine’ Teaser Poster, Plus Highlights From The Web Chat With Hugh Jackman and James Mangold
Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Live from the Australian set of the latest film in the X-Men saga, star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold sat down Monday to answer fan questions about The Wolverine. The discussion ran just about 20 minutes, and there weren’t any incredibly big revelations outside of what we already know. Jackman and Mangold reiterated that the film will be set after the previous X-Men movies, it’s based on the classic Chris Claremont and Frank Miller mini-series, etc.
There were, however, a bunch of very juicy teases about the film. These include the nature of the central villains, the level of action, and how the overall themes explore Logan’s mindset. After the jump, read a bunch of highlights from The Wolverine chat and check out the brand new official teaser poster.
Here’s the teaser poster for The Wolverine:
And here are a bunch of bulletpoints we took from the chat:
This film is set after the previous X-Men films. The reason for that was Mangold and Jackman wanted to create a movie that was in its own world and didn’t have to answer to other movies. That means that all the other X-Men are gone and Jackman said the character is at the lowest point we’ve ever seen him.
Since taking on the role in 2000, Jackman has wanted to film this particular story because he loved the idea of Wolverine as a tragic hero. Plus the fact that the character is the opposite of Japanese culture, not being one for tradition or rules, set up a great juxtaposition.
Mangold said The Outlaw Josey Wales was a big influence on this film because it was a neat and concise way of immediately setting a character up on a journey of loss, rage and revenge.
We all know Wolverine can’t be hurt but, in this film, we’ll learn what his “kryptonite” is.
The action is more grounded and real. Mangold said Wolverine won’t be taking down any planes in this movie, a jab at X-Men Origins Wolverine.
Going off that grounded action, we’ll get more of the trademark berzerker rage in the character.
On the past X-Men films, Jackman never felt he had enough time to get in proper physical shape but this time he did. He wanted to look almost frightening with muscles and veins, a physical representation of the animal rage. He even called Dwayne Johnson for tips on eating right to get that kind of body.
Mangold describes the film as a labyrinth, meaning there’s a huge array of people who you can’t peg as bad, good, or question marks. He confirmed there will be other mutants involved, but said where most superhero movies have a clear-cut villain, this one is set up more as a mystery.
Where the first few Wolverine movies were all about his origin and how he became this person, this movie surmises that we’re tired of that. It deals with Wolverine’s future and the fact that he’s (their words) immortal. What is it like to live forever? What’s the weight of that? Both Mangold and Jackman agreed the audience had enough of the character looking back and it was time to look forward at how he’s going to live.
Jackman said the title, The Wolverine, gives a big clue to the nature of the film. We’ll see every aspect of the character and that the movie is definitely the most action packed Wolverine adventure yet.
The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013
Watch the full chat here: