‘The Wolverine’ has been one of the most talked about upcoming films over the past three years. Ever since the mediocre release of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, people have been aching to see a Wolvie movie done right.
Wolverine is arguably the most bad ass superhero in the marvel universe (The use of super makes it okay to disregard The Punisher). He’s always had the unpredictability that allowed writers to push boundaries that other cookie-cutter superheroes would never consider crossing. Then, it was announced in Oct. 2010 that Darren Aronofsky was set to direct ‘The Wolverine’ and if I could have, I would have bought my ticket at that moment.
Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite filmmakers of our generation. This gave me great confidence that ‘The Wolverine’ would finally be done right. Then, when he dropped out due to personal reasons, to say I was let down would be an understatement. Three months later James Mangold signed on to direct and I was optimistic again. I was not nearly as excited, but it’s fair to say I was optimistic.
Then came the screen shots and the posters; all of them were just “meh” in my opinion. All of this leads us up to now. The U.S. trailer and the international trailer of ‘The Wolverine’ were released yesterday and I am not impressed.
It might remind you of the feeling you had in 2002 when you first saw the trailer for “Daredevil”. You knew it wasn’t going to be great, but lied to yourself because you were excited that another superhero movie was coming out. Or in 2007 when you saw “Spiderman 3” and really wanted to defend it, because the first two were so good. Well, the truth is no matter how much you tried to argue that song and dance number in “Spiderman 3”, there really is no excuse or explanation. Its like standing on the Titanic an looking in another direction pretending everything is fine.
And that is why we expect more with a Wolverine movie. As fan-boys, we are well aware that it is possible to make a good superhero movie. But why can’t they get it right with Wolverine.
This trailer has no excitement. There is no build-up. It just exists. It shares the same characteristics of every nameless action movie that gets released in January and February with no expectations. And since when does Wolverine want to cure his immortality? I understand the whole “inner-struggle” premise, but it falls flat in this trailer.
Mind you, this is just the trailer and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Mangold and company can deliver. Really, I am. But with everyone making a big deal about the release of this trailer. I just don’t see it.
Take a look and decide for yourself. “The Wolverine” hits theaters July 26, 2013.