James Mangold discusses The Wolverine and Logan’s berserker rage

the-wolverine-2013 The positive buzz surrounding the forthcoming The Wolverine has been steadily building momentum in recent months with all signs indicating that this sequel will be a truer representation of the iconic comic book hero.

Speaking to MTV

All that talk about getting darker and more intense had us wondering how that might affect the film’s rating. “The whole point is not about violence or rating; it’s about intensity,” Mangold said when asked exactly how dark and dangerous things get. “I wanted to make a film that in a way captures the intensity of his character. One of the things that has always been a feature of Wolverine in the comics is that he has a berserker rage, that he has anger and some of his abilities are driven by something more primal.”

And how do you showcase the primal nature of those abilities? Easy, Mangold said: You give the character opportunities to get pissed off. “Honestly, to get really pissed off — not cute pissed off, not quippy pissed off, not funny pissed off or cigar-chomping pissed off, just pissed off — that can then help drive the fighting, drive the combat,” he explained. “That is interesting for me and then for the character, some of the jet fuel underneath some of the combat in the film.”

After the disappointment of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the pressure is undoubtedly huge for this movie, starring Hugh Jackman, to succeed. To do so, the filmmakers must win over a very sceptical core fan base, which is achievable and judging from early reactions, the fans are willing to forgive any previous wrong-doings.

All eyes will now focus on the first trailer, which is scheduled to debut early this year.

The Wolverine is due for release in the US and UK on 26th July 2013.

  • Douglas Coburn

    Sorry to disagree but I think X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a great movie. Too bad it didn´t do too well on the box office, I would have liked a sequel following the same lines of the first movie.