As we approach the impending July 26th release date for The Wolverine, I can’t imagine the pressure mounting on the shoulders of director James Mangold. He’s no stranger to the blockbuster (3:10 To Yuma, Knight & Day), but there are so many fanboys biting the tips of their worried fingers. The Wolverine aims to resurrect Marvel’s favourite son, James Howlett (formerly known as Logan), from the ashes of X-Men Origins.
Mangold took over from Darren Aronofsky, who’d been attached to the project for nearly two years prior to production. Those of us with eyes glued to the internet imagined what a visually stunning world that might be. When Aronofsky backed away, the project was became stuck in turnaround.
Despite initial personal reservations about Mangold jumping into the director’s chair, I’m starting to regain a lot of confidence in this project. Mangold seems to know his audience and has, over the last couple of months, tweeted lots of set pics to coincide with official images & posters. Now, all we need is a trailer.
Here’s the latest from Mangold’s Twitter:
A shot from when we finished work on one of Francois Audouy’s amazing sets. There’s a world through that blast hole.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world 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.