Concept Art for James Mangold's The Wolverine
Posted 03.22.12 by BrentJS
After losing Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) as a director and suffering multiple delays, 20th Century Fox's stand-alone sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, has pretty much dropped off of the radar of everyone but the die-hard comic book movie fans. Thankfully, ScreenRant managed to snap a picture of a teaser poster for the movie — though it is apparently only "concept art" that "probably won't be used in marketing the film" — in new director James Mangold's (3:10 to Yuma) office and it reminded us that this X-Men spin-off movie has the best chance yet of capturing the true spirit of one of Marvel's most popular characters by sending Logan (Hugh Jackman) to Japan to fight ninjas and the Silver Samurai in a story based on one of the character's seminal comic book series.
Wolverine was already a popular character before the Wolverine mini-series written by Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller hit the stands in 1982, but the book changed the character forever. Claremont and Miller painted a portrait of Logan as less feral berserker and more masterless samurai, a man without a past who struggles with an inner rage that threatens to strip him of his humanity. The series showed that, coupled with his great capacity for violence and the pleasure he takes in being "the best" at what he does, Logan also has a great capacity for love and a deep sense of honor. It's unknown how closely the screenplay written by Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie) (with rewrites by Mark Bomback, Live Free or Die Hard) will stick to the series, but Jackman has high hopes for it, saying that The Wolverine will be "the one" movie featuring the character that people will remember.
July 26, 2013