Hugh Jackman Confirms a Standalone Wolverine Movie


Hugh Jackman as WolverineAnd one that’s apparently not connected in anyway to 2009’s mostly awful “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Even when you consider the title of the 2009 movie, you sort of “get” that it was never meant to be a very good standalone movie. Fox was just trying to jumpstart a series of “Origins” films, starting with Wolvie and, back then, Magneto was supposed to be next. Well that didn’t really work out, and thank God they seem to have ditched that clever idea. Now it’s back to just trying to make one good movie at a time, starting with “The Wolverine”. The thing is, with Christopher McQuarrie behind the script and James Mangold directing, I’m not sure how you could possibly go wrong here. It’s going to take a bit of effort to screw this up, I think.

But just in case you weren’t sure that “The Wolverine” will be a standalone movie, separate from the rest of the “X-Men” universe, star Hugh Jackman confirms this once again to Total Film magazine (via Geek Files):

We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.

The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.

So there you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

“The Wolverine” will take Logan to Japan, where he tangles with forbidden love, the Yakuza, and dudes with Samurai swords that can cut through anything. Well, almost anything.

Shooting is currently underway and you can expect it in 2013.

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  • Dominique

    I don’t think this is neccessarily a good thing. One of the biggest things Fox has screwed up since they’ve started the prequel films is a sense of continuity. X-MEN ORIGINS and FIRST CLASS have already shot the continuity of the first three films all to hell, and this “standalone” route is supposedly the one they’re going to take with DEADPOOL (if it ever gets made) and with DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in the pipeline, it’s only gonna get worse.

    I wish the producers would either stay with the established film canon or dump it altogether and stop picking out and adhering to the parts they like and ignoring the rest.

    • Dedpool

      Well see that’s the thing. Taking Wolverine out, First Class can easily be part of the continuity. That being said having this be a standalone may allow them to connect it better to the first trilogy and even First Class. And if they are discounting Origins, then discounting Deadpool in that isn’t really doing anything. Much like the change from Hulk to incredible, or on a similar note “Predator” to “Predators.”

      • Dominique

        That’s true, but it was easier to distance HULK from INCREDIBLE HULK (for example) because they had a completely new cast and origin story. I don’t think it’s neccessary for every X-Men movie from here on out to just ignore XO:W. It wasn’t that bad. They can just as easily acknowledge it but make what comes after it BETTER. The PREDATOR series come to mind; the third film didn’t explicitly reference part 2 but in the canon it still happened. It’s called learning from your mistakes. Fox’s strategy with the X-films of “Well that didn’t work, let’s just pretend it didn’t happen” is just lazy.

  • Gforce580

    im pretty sure at this point they’re just trying to forget that x-men origins and x-men 3 don’t exist. with days of future past they could totally just alter a timeline that retcons it or some shit. im totally on board for that because i hate those 2 movies

  • X-Men first Class was a reboot

    x-men first class was a reboot of the x-men franchise, so there is no reason this new wolverine title cannot fit into the continuity of what first class laid out as a foundation.