There's always been an element of the berserk to Wolverine, but what makes him have to be angry in his latest cinematic outing?
Director of The Wolverine, James Mangold, set out to make a very different kind of film with his Wolvie sequel, but how do you do that when your film, its protagonist, and the lead actor are entrenched in a previous and enduring franchise?
What you don't do, if you're Mangold, is circumvent the previous movies with another prequel. Instead, you move forward, give the man a new hair style, and let the ageless hero grow up.
We've given Logan a new haircut, a shorter haircut that I think is a more handsome haircut. The wonderful opportunity for me with this film is that 90 percent of it takes place in Japan, and even though other elements remain constant from the other pictures, namely Hugh Jackman, we kind of got our chance to reboot the tone and go a little darker and a little deeper than they've gone before with this character.
Which brings us to that drastic change of setting. When you change where a story takes place, you change more than the backdrop, you change the tone and state of mind.
I think there is a lot of ways that Japanese film, Japanese fighting, Japanese martial arts have had an effect on this movie, and certainly the movie is dripping with Japanese tradition both cinematically, fighting-wise and philosophically as well.
Which brings us back to Logan and his anger management issues. In the past, there's been a kind of comedic, dare we say almost slapstick quality to to the rage. Since Mangold has given Wolverine a very different world to live in, he must then transform to mesh with that world.
Honestly, to get really pissed off, not cute pissed off, not quippy pissed off, not funny pissed off or cigar-chomping pissed off, just pissed off. That can then help drive the fighting, drive the combat. That is interesting for me and then for the character, some of the jet fuel underneath some of the combat in the film.
Put all of that together, and you've got a real tonal shift from the Wolverine that Hugh Jackman has been portraying for over a decade. It sounds promising, and we're incredibly excited to see some real footage and discover if the walk can match the talk.
(via MTV Splashpage)