2013 Year In Review: Comic Book Movies

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Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (2013) Movie Image

The Wolverine
Originally to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky, “The Wolverine” ended up in the hands of James Mangold instead. What we got was the movie many feel we should’ve gotten with the first attempt at a solo Wolverine movie. Darker, more violent, and more character driven, this film definitely captures the essence of who the character is. Inspired by the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller graphic novel covering Wolverine’s time in Japan, it had to go through some changes to fit into Fox’s X-Universe, while still standing alone. The focus on the Japanese setting allowed for a visually different film, while still being entertaining. With the release of the “Unrated Cut,” fans get even more — better pacing, more explanation of character relationships, and a deleted scene featuring a well known mask. “The Wolverine” may not be perfect, but it’s still an enjoyable movie featuring everyone’s favorite feral mutant.

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