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Published On: Fri, Jul 26th, 2013

Director James Mangold discusses director’s cut of ‘The Wolverine’ and lack of mutants in the film

Hugh Jackman returns as the popular X-Men character for the sixth time in The Wolverine and director James Mangold discussed with Digital Spy the “director’s cut” of the film.

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine battling ninja“I’m very happy with the cut, and the studio was very generous in terms of letting me finish the movie as I wanted, but I do think we will have a slightly more violent version… let’s say an unrated, a bloodier version. There’s about ten or 12 minutes of scenes that I’d love people to see, that we’ll produce some kind of longer version of the movie at some point on Blu-ray or whatever. There’s another great scene with Hiro Sanada and a much more elaborate battle with ninjas from the third act that is a pretty huge battle sequence that you’ll see.”

The film notably has far fewer mutants than other films in the franchise and Mangold explains that is indeed by design.

“It was quite intentional, I think part of the trouble they fell into was sticking too many mutants in. The confused title of the first movie is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I mean it sounds like a card file at a library. It’s like subject, section, title, it’s trying to promise that it’s not just Wolverine but at the same time saying it is.

“Either that or its already preparing for what it’ll say on the binding for the nineteen-DVD set of movies about all these individual characters. I guess it’ll be X-Men Origins: Rogue, I don’t know if that’s what they were envisioning at that point.”

Check out the full interview here as Mangold details the decision of moving the film to Japan and reuniting with Hugh Jackson.

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