The Wolverine will reveal a side of the adamantium-clawed hero that movie fans have never seen before, as the character's "berserker rage" makes an appearance in the upcoming Fox feature.
"The whole point is not about violence or rating; it's about intensity," director James Mangold told MTV News. "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."
Just how does he plan on doing that? By getting his film's title character angry, of course.
"Honestly, to get really pissed off — not cute pissed off, not quippy pissed off, not funny pissed off or cigar-chomping pissed off, just pissed off — that can then help drive the fighting, drive the combat," Mangold said. "That is interesting for me and then for the character, some of the jet fuel underneath some of the combat in the film."
He said this incarnation of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will be "a little darker and a little deeper" than previous ones, which he found "exciting." Beyond that, he confirmed that "90 percent" of the movie takes place in Japan, and that there's a "cross-pollination" between the Eastern setting and the Western comic book character.
"There is a significant amount of Japanese spoken in the movie, and the cast is almost entirely Japanese," Mangold explained. "I think there is a lot of ways that Japanese film, Japanese fighting, Japanese martial arts have had an effect on this movie. And certainly the movie is dripping with Japanese tradition both cinematically, fighting-wise and philosophically as well."
As for the long-awaited The Wolverine trailer? It's coming "soon," he promised.
The Wolverine, which opens July 26, also stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.