First Official The Wolverine Picture

Hugh Jackman is back in action

So far, X-Men fans awaiting James Mangold's upcoming adaptation of The Wolverine, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's astonishingly good 1982 limited comic series, have had to make do with dodgy pap shots and the occasional tweet from either the star or the director.

Now, thanks to this brand new official still, that's all changed. Meet the new old Wolverine: fierce, furious and surprisingly veiny – but in an exceptionally toned and very muscular way, of course.

Speaking to Empire back on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Jackman has previously stated that he wanted a more brutal look to the much-loved character, and this looks like it may well be it.

"I had this image in my head of De Niro in that remake of Cape Fear. You were terrified of that character from the moment he took his shirt off and you saw all the tats; you know he was this coiled spring that would rip your head off, no matter how nonchalant he acted. That's who Wolverine is. I always thought of him as being lean, animalistic, not necessarily pretty. He has all this berserkery, and he's terrifying when he loses all reason in blind rage."

"...lean, animalistic, not necessarily pretty" sounds about right. But what do you think? Does this image fill you with confidence – that Mangold and Jackman will do Claremont and Miller's seminal work justice on the big screen after the disappointment of Origins?

Let us know in the comment box below and remember, The Wolverine is in cinemas July 23 next year.