Is This a Teaser Poster for The Wolverine?

Wolverine Minimalist Comic Book Portrait by Artist Andres RomeroIn case you didn’t read the headline, I’ll ask it again: Is this the teaser poster for James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”?

Maybe, maybe not. Hard to believe they’ve already whipped up an official teaser poster when the film itself keeps getting delayed, and have now been pushed back to 2013. But I suppose it’s not entirely impossible, though when it comes to comic book movies, you have to consider that fanboys love whipping up fake posters, and there are some incredibly talented geeks out there.

Screen Rant points to the poster’s origins here:

It is from Mangold’s offices where our first look at The Wolverine may have leaked through an Instagram photo which we’ve straightened out for a clearer image. Check out what may be the first teaser poster for The Wolverine, featuring the Japan flag in the background being sliced by Wolverine’s claws.

They link to an Instagram page that no longer has anything on it, so, yeah, do with that what you will…

What we do know is that Mangold will direct, and Hugh Jackman will star as the hairy Canuck with deadly claws. The story will take Wolverine to Japan (hence the Japanese flag-inspired poster below), where he will deal with all sorts of unsavory folks in black pajamas and wielding sharp swords.

The Wolverine Movie Poster