As part of the live event, the pair teased a kind of ‘Kryptonite’ in next summer’s blockbuster.
When asked a question about the difficulty of feeling the danger with a character who is essentially immortal, Jackman answered,
“Actually, in this movie, how do we put it? Let’s say, he discovers his Kryptonite.”
Mangold went on to elaborate a little, saying that there is indeed something/someone that his enemies have found to use against him, and also a more metaphorical side to it.
“We’re addressing that. There is a challenge he faces that poses a challenge to him and makes it harder for him… There’s two aspects. One is what Hugh is alluding to, which is that some of the people Logan is up against might have found ways of getting to him that are different to we’ve seen before… We’ve made a very concerted effort to make the film feel more real, to also pull back a little on some of the super duper abilities of Logan… It’s grounded, I wanted the action to feel physical and feel possible… Part of it is also bringing things down to earth that is no less exciting, no less visually exciting, but is a little less dependent only on giant CG.”
Adding to that, they also go into detail about the importance of approaching that idea of immortality from a different direction.
In the past films, Wolverine has always been portrayed as being haunted by his past, and Jackman and Mangold are very clear that the upcoming film will be more concerned about the impact of the future on his character – What is it like to live longer than all of your loved ones?
“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”
Mangold is directing from a script penned by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback, with Jackman starring alongside Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, Hal Yamanouchi, Brian Tee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova.
The Wolverine will be hitting the UK on 25th July, 2013, arriving in the US a day later on 26th July. The film is naturally set to be one of the biggest of next year, and I can’t wait for it to arrive. For now, here’s the brilliant new teaser poster, which you can click to enlarge.