When The Wolverine, delayed by natural disasters, a change of directors and now Hugh Jackman’s schedule, finally arrives, it could — could — be in two forms: a PG-13 version and … wait for it … an R-rated cut.
“There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that,” he says. “I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it’s Wolverine. However, in the last 10 years, I’ve also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, 15-year-olds who, for them, Wolverine is not just cool, you see it in their eyes. He’s everything to them. So my thing is — which James Mangold and I talked about — is let’s not put it off the table. There’s even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both as you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans.”
It’s all very tentative, of course, with “talk” and “could” and so forth. And while it’s probably unlikely that an R-rated Wolverine will be shown in theaters — Fox wants those teen dollars! — we might hold out hope for a bloody director’s cut on Blu-ray and DVD.
The Wolverine, based on the 1982 Marvel miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, begins production sometime next year, once Jackman is finished with Les Misérables.
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