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Published On: Sun, Jan 27th, 2013

Director James Mangold promises comic fans ‘berserker rage’ in ‘The Wolverine’

After the cinematic failure that was “X-Men Orgins: Wolverine,” there’s some pressure on “The Wolverine” to redeem the legacy of  Marvel’s most popular mutant. “The Wolverine” returns Logan to his roots following the action of “X-Men: Last Stand” and director James Mangold continues to reassure fans the film will please them.

The Wolverine rain motion poster banner photo“The whole point is not about violence or rating; it’s about intensity,” Mangold told MTV News in a Jan. 24 article. “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.”

Much of the comic book series takes the hero to Japan and here Logan goes East to train with a samurai.

“There is a significant amount of Japanese spoken in the movie, and the cast is almost entirely Japanese,” he said of the film’s international flavor and setting.

“So there is this wonderful sense of cross-pollination between a very Western character and a far Eastern culture, and I think it’s very cool and something we haven’t seen so far.”

Mangold adds that a few elements from traditional Eastern films, like storytelling, levels of mystery, fighting, combat techniques and shooting style, are all key to this film.

“I think there is a lot of ways that Japanese film, Japanese fighting, Japanese martial arts have had an effect on this movie,” he said. “And certainly the movie is dripping with Japanese tradition both cinematically, fighting-wise and philosophically as well.”

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in The WolverineThe film stars Hugh Jackman but attempts to “reboot the series, well…sorta.

“The wonderful opportunity for me with this film is that 90 percent of it takes place in Japan, and even though other elements remain constant from the other pictures, namely Hugh Jackman, we kind of got our chance to reboot the tone and go a little darker and a little deeper than they’ve gone before with this character. That was exciting for me.”

Check out the entire interview here

“The Wolverine,” which opens July 26, also stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

Jackman is also set to play Logan for a seventh time in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise as director.  Jackman is appearing in that time-travel adventure alongside original X-Men players Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, with X-Men: First Class actors Michael FassbenberJames McAvoyNicholas Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence leading the film.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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