The somewhat anticipated sequel to 2009’s X-Men spinoff movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is becoming more and more worth your anticipation as time moves forward. From strictly a movie fan’s perspective, Wolverine was all right as an action/superhero flick, but when you have the name Wolverine in your title, a certain level of expectation exists, and comic book fans everywhere were outraged at some of the “minor” adjustments that were made to the mythos.
Because of this, said sequel was never a very exciting prospect…not until recently. In October we found out that one of the more unlikely candidates to direct the movie, Darren Aronofsky, was in fact signing on for the job. Aronofsky has previously directed Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and the upcoming Black Swan, so his involvement in a Marvel comic book movie was a bit strange and unexpected but exciting at the same time.
If Aronofsky’s involvement wasn’t enough to pique your interest a bit, perhaps this might. The director recently chatted with Hitfix and shared the official title for his sequel, which basically paints the movie as more of a sneaky reboot than an actual sequel.
According to Aronofsky, the movie isn’t called Wolverine 2, or Wolverine: Lost in Japan, or Wolverine: Samurai Mutant. No, no — the title of the movie will simply be The Wolverine.
To that, the director also added that this was a “one-off” job and that it wouldn’t feel like a sequel in any sense. Yes, he’s making this Wolverine movie with returning star Hugh Jackman, and it is set in Japan and involves the Samurai as we’ve heard all along, but now we know it will be Aronofsky’s alone, and will not have ties to any other X-Men content we’ve seen. At least that’s how it currently sounds.
This is brilliant, and the first time I’ve been really excited about the movie. We live in a time where movies are rebooted far too quickly, and while this isn’t technically a “reboot,” we all get the idea and understand the reasoning behind all of this: to separate themselves from the failed first movie and attempt to win back the fans that were lost.
What do you think? Finally excited about Darren Aronofsky’s non-sequel sequel called The Wolverine, or are we still skeptical of how things will play out?