Hugh Jackman Catches a Train in the First 'The Wolverine' Clip

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:47 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Hugh Jackman Catches a Train in the First 'The Wolverine' Clip

The first official clip from The Wolverine proves that having three retractable, nine-inch blades of indestructible metal between your knuckles can have many a practical application beyond just slicing jugulars.

Those six mega-knives can be used in a variety of inventive ways.  They can, for example, be used for stability in the event that you ever find yourself in a battle with a bunch of Japanese gangsters on the exterior of a bullet train barreling through metro Tokyo at 200 miles per hour.

With the July 26th release date getting closer every day, 20th Century Fox has pulled back the curtain on the first proper clip from The Wolverine, which is inspired by the famed four-issue Japan Saga written by Chris Claremont and penciled by Frank Miller.  As the designation "Japan Saga" suggests, this story finds Marvel's foremost mutton chopped mutant heading to Nippon, where he discovers the samurai code of honor and slices a whole lot of people.

Hugh Jackman, currently filming his seventh turn as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, stars as Logan in what looks to be his most Man With No Name-inspired outing yet.

Clint Eastwood's western hero never clawed his way around a bullet train like Spider-Man, though.  That's just what Logan gets up to in this clip, which does feature some of the editorial choppiness generally associated with action-oriented clips.

Seems safe to say that the last thing an anonymous henchman ever wants to see is Wolverine flying towards them claws-first.

Thirteen years after first playing the character, Jackman still looks to be in fine form as Weapon X, and his Kate & Leopold director James Mangold can clearly handle a visual effects-intensive action sequence on a speeding train.  But will The Wolverine wipe away the stink of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a movie that not only commits so, so many prequel mistakes, but that fundamentally misunderstands its central character's appeal?

Let's hope so.  The fact that Christopher McQuarrie contributed to the screenplay is promising.  But that's countered by the subsequent contribution of Mark Bomback, whose credits include last year's Total Recall remake, Live Free or Die Hard, and Deception, a 2008 Jackman movie that nobody seems to know exists.

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