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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Two New ‘The Wolverine’ Trailers Go Berserker on the Internet Today

Hugh Jackman is back as Logan aka Wolverine from the X-Men series. This will mark Jackman’s sixth film appearance as everyone’s favorite mutant (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class (see video below) – he will also pop up again next year in that film’s sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past).

That is pretty impressive staying power for an actor recurring one role, especially in the superhero genre (most tap out at 2 or 3). But it is not like Jackman is a one tricky pony, the man has got major talent and has appeared in a wide variety of films over the years (he really got his break in Hollywood thanks to Wolverine and the first X-Men).

Now, for the most part I have enjoyed the X-Men film series (minus perhaps The Last Stand and the first Wolverine movie). Some even say that the first X-Men – released back in 2000 before Spider-Man, Batman Begins, or Iron Man – helped kick off this recent flood of superhero/comic book movies of the last decade-plus. And the X-Men universe is interesting and expansive enough that I largely welcome new film entries from it. In fact, I really, really enjoyed First Class and thought it a great way to break away from the original trilogy, so I am looking forward to its sequel next year which apparently will attempt to blend both storylines.

But before that movie has even really begun production, we have another standalone entry for Wolverine. Despite being the most recognizable and beloved X-Men character, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been roundly bashed and lampooned (and rightfully so). Our boy Roger Ebert gave it 2 stars and called the film "assemblies of events," so take that as you want (shoutout to Will Gottfried for reminding us of this wonderfully condescending review). Check out that trailer here if you must.

That film notwithstanding, most are eager see a sequel hit the big screen, especially by adapting a classic, fan-favorite storyline from the comic books that sends Logan all the way to modern-day Japan.

Storyline: In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
 And when the fantastic Darren Aronofsky came on board as a director, fans went it to a fevered frenzy (I admit, it quickly got me interested too). Unfortunately, Aronofsky bowed out before production (to work on his Bible epic Noah - cannot wait for that one) and was replaced by James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma), a hopefully pretty good replacement.

Now I don’t know if the film will turn out to be any good, but it at least has my interest and the TWO! new trailers that hit today certainly didn’t hurt. They are pretty different, so check them both out here:

Domestic Trailer:  

International Trailer:

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