Film Still for ‘The Wolverine’ Unleashed; Mangold Talks ‘Wolverine’

A promotional image from The Wolverine was released last month, but now we have the first official film still from the upcoming film. With Hugh Jackman sporting the bone claws, fans can surmise that this is a flashback scene, as it was just announced – by director James Mangold – that the film will be a loose sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Check out some quotes from Mangold on The Wolverine from Empire, courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com:

“It’s rooted in drama. Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that’s either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with supervilains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons; it’s going to make it a very different film than people have seen.”

“The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring – honour, a sense of duty, of conflict – really fit beautifully around Logan. Our film find Logan at a point where he’s very much a ronin; a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone.”

“When I say realistic, what I mean is that it’s not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure; it wouldn’t be a movie about gods if you didn’t have epic physicality. But we all feel we’re making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it.”