When word broke that acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky would be helming the upcoming sequel-but-not-quite-a-sequel film The Wolverine, many fans had no idea what to expect. Thanks to the Clawed Canuck himself, actor Hugh Jackman, we now have a little bit of an idea, and it involves taking the character back to his roots, both in regards to the movie’s story and the character’s look.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jackman expressed his excitement over the upcoming film, which is based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, a story Jackman has wanted to explore for some time.
“I’m really, really pumped about it,” he said. “I feel like all the planets are finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since [the 2000 Bryan Singer film] X-Men, when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics, because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, ‘Lauren, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen this Japanese story, and I think it’s so good. It’s just genius, it’s brilliant.’ And we kind of always talked about it from there on. I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that [with X-Men Origins: Wolverine], and now this is sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it. I love his gung-ho attitude toward it and great vision. Straight off, it’s not a sequel, it’s a stand-alone, and I think we’re going to make one that people will describe as the best of the bunch.”
Along with basing the tale around arguably one of the most iconic Wolverine stories in all of comics, Jackman said Aronofsky wanted to make the character physically more akin to how he used to look in the old X-Men comics — less tall and fit and more built like a fire hydrant.
“I don’t know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last one, ‘Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine,'” said Jackman. “He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger.’”
To help rectify that situation, Jackman is on a 6,000 calories-a-day diet, already bulking up to approximately 210 pounds. The actor compared the look to how Mike Tyson looked when he first debuted, thick and powerful, “a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build.”
The idea of making Wolverine more like his comic book counterpart ought to appease a generous amount of hardcore comic fans. Although, short and stocky might not appeal as much to the female viewers. Either way, difficult to imagine Jackman even more built than he was in the first film.
What do you all think of this latest news? Does the direction of the film make you pop your claws in excitement?