Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

LFF 2015: Empire's High-Rise Gala
We present Ben Wheatley's latest triumph. You're welcome!
More Movie News

First Promo And Poster For Paul Bettany's Shelter
Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie live on the streets
More Movie News

We'll Never Have Paris
30 December 2019
More Future Films

I Believe In Miracles (2015)
Empire Star Rating
By Our Selves (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Bill (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Precinct Seven Five (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Sugar Film (2015)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Comic-Con 2013: Mangold And Jackman Talk The Wolverine
How do you keep going when everyone you love dies?

21 July 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

submit to reddit

the wolverine comic con 2013 japan

James Mangold and Hugh Jackman appeared at Comic-Con to launch The Wolverine today, and the crowd went nearly as berserk as Wolverine himself. Mangold paid tribute to Jackman's attachment to the role, putting it in the ranks with Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in the great character/actor pairings.

The footage shown from The Wolverine was pretty darn cool: there were seemingly endless action beats. We've seen a few highlights from the train fight and temple brawl in the trailer, but this goes far beyond that. We see Wolverine run through with a samurai sword before slowly drawing it out. He threatens a witness - "You've got ten words and if I don't like what you say you're going straight out that window" - and after throwing him off the balcony the witness lands in a pool. "How did you know the pool was there?" marvels Yukio. "I didn't", he replies.

"Everything Jim and I wanted to do for this movie was to make sure that this was something completely fresh, completely different," said Jackman, emerging to huge applause. "Obviously you know it comes from one of the most famous comic arcs. Thirteen years ago I had that book in my trailer when making the first X-Men movie and I said to Lauren Shuler-Donner that this was the movie we should make. And we're finally here, and you do get to see the berserker rage."

"One of the things we wanted to explore in this movie, which is a big deal for any character who doesn't die," said Mangold, "is how do you go on living when everyone you love dies? We know Logan's been here a long time - well, what's that like, losing the people you care about and having to start again? Let's be honest, Logan is not the most emotionally adept person in comic books. Logan has lost everybody: the X-Men, Jean Grey by his own hand. So at the start we find him having retreated from being with people."

But it doesn't stay that way: four strong women will have an effect on Wolverine's fate in this film, we're told, since Jackman says they've always been his weakness.

Next year, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine will have appeared in more comic-book movies than anyone else. "I'm not fishing for anything, but I have to point out that so many people for many decades before me nurtured the character and made him what he is. Len Wein's here today: from this man's head, heart and hand came my career, so thank you, Len! I wasn't the first choice for Wolverine; not only did I come off the reserve bench but I was deep in the stands to get this role, and I'm not going to let it go easily!"

The Wolverine is out on July 26.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Comic-Con 2013: X-Men: Days Of Future Past's Entire Cast Surprises Us
And the first footage shows it's Wolverine who travels back...
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

""You've got ten words and if I don't like what you say you're going straight out that window" - and after throwing him off the balcony the witness lands in a pool. "How did you know the pool was there?" marvels Yukio. "I didn't" he replies." This is *seriously in the movie? It's straight out of Thunderball, isn't it? More

Posted by raclements at 19:37 on 21 July 2013 | Report This Post

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)