It’s due out this summer, July 26. And in case you hadn’t noticed, they’re running into the same sorts of problems titling Hugh Jackman’s various adventures of “The Wolverine” that “The Dark Knight” folks ran into. There was “Wolverine,” (“X-Men: Origins, Wolverine”), and now this second stand-alone film with the character. Hugh Jackman may still be getting some pleasure out of the work, though he’d be my candidate for the first X-Man to get bored with all this. And it’s a pity they can’t look back to the movie serials of the ’40s and cook up better titles — “The Wolverine’s Greatest Challenge” or “Wolverine Tested” or “Love Finds The Wolverine” or what not. I’m being ridiculous, but “Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2” and all these sequels, while needing the branding of their franchise character, really could use a touch more creativity in the first level of marketing — the title.
As for the plot, director James Mangold has let a little of that slip out — referring to the clawed one as a wandering warrior without purpose, a Japanese “ronin,” rogue samurai like figure. Just as he was when he first appeared in the first “X-Men” movie, in other words. So no, that’s not much of a surprise.