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Director James Mangold Talks About 'The Wolverine'

– by Philip Sticco

The Wolverine There hasn't been much news lately on The Wolverine. Most fanboys, myself included, are hoping this will be a vast improvement on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I think we're in good hand with James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) running the show.

The director was speaking with MTV recently and dropped some info on the film.

How will The Wolverine differ from other films in the franchise?

"We've given Logan a new haircut, a shorter haircut that I think is a more handsome haircut," Mangold said. "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. That was exciting for me."

How about the level of violence in the film?

"The whole point is not about violence or rating; it's about intensity. I wanted to make a film that in a way captures the intensity of his character. One of the things that has always been a feature of Wolverine in the comics is that he has a berserker rage, that he has anger and some of his abilities are driven by something more primal. 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."

What can we expect to see in the upcoming trailer?

"I think you always want to put your best foot forward," Mangold said. "For me, I'm not the marketing department of Fox, but for my own tastes, less is more. You have a character that's a bit of a given, you know this guy. Hugh is so good in this role. My point of view is 'save as much as you can,' but we will be lifting our skirt and offering a peek or two, certainly in the months to come."

The Wolverine hits theatres July 26th.

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