The first reviews for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine are in and they’re not so hot. Hugh Jackman stars in this latest X-Men film that mostly forgets about the horrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine in exchange for a much more darker and mature take on the classic comic book character.
Most of the trailers have ranged from decent to kind of crappy, while the posters and images have continued to impress me from a visual standpoint. My excitement for the film has leveled off at this point, because I really want a good Wolverine solo film to happen, but I just don’t think it’s possible at this point.
An interesting quote worth posting comes from a discussion about the film’s PG-13 rating versus an R. Jackman answers things pretty clearly and makes a lot of sense. There’s no way the film would have ever landed with an R, despite the M-rated Wolverine video game being really bad ass because of the gore and extreme material:
“If there’s ever going to be a comic book character that deserves and could have an R-rated movie, it’s Wolverine, and I, in a way, would love to see that version of it. In the end, it won’t be. The thing about playing this character, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who are teenagers, it means a lot to them, this character, what he represents,” the actor told Hero Complex. “I said to [director] Jim Mangold, I said, ‘Look, we have to have a very, very good reason to deliberately exclude them because that’s what we’re saying, ‘This one’s not for you.’ ‘ We have to have a really great reason to do that, not just, ‘Oh, that would be cool.’ Tonally, this is a darker film than what has been before, but in the end we decided that’s not what we want. We don’t want to exclude them from this story, and I don’t think we need to compromise on that darker side of Wolverine’s character.”
Jackman goes on to say this about a post-credits scene when asked:
He’s obviously talking about Bryan Singer‘s currently-shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Wolverine opens in theaters this Friday.