If you’ve been wondering where the awkward title The Wolverine came from for the upcoming movie about the Marvel Comics character, Hugh Jackman recently revealed that there is a very important reason for extraneous ‘The.’ Talking with Total Film (via The Geek Files) the actor/producer/director/Australian said “We’ve deliberately not called it ‘Wolverine 2’ because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.”
On the cavalcade of canon breaking portrayals of certain comic book characters, Jackman adds the addition of the definite article to the title means fans will be treated better this time around. “The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”
Ah, the power of grammar.
As for taking on Frank Miller‘s classic Japan saga comic book arc, Jackman seems rather pleased with the direction. “I’m just really glad it’s happening. For a while it’s felt like a rocky ride. I think it’s the best idea we’ve had, the strongest script we’ve had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great.”
Hey, if the plan is to distance the movie from 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they can add all the extra grammatical elements they want.
The Wolverine is set to hit screens on July 26th, 2013.
If it flops, we can assuredly look forward to A Wolverine in 2016.