It's been fifteen years since we were introduced to Logan, a.k.a. the Wolverine, in the X-MEN universe. While he definitely had something of a penchant for resorting to violence and being a badass, he's definitely been more on the restrained side of things when compared to some versions of the comics. After all, he existed in a PG-13 universe for his entire career, and the filmmakers couldn't necessarily adapt his most violent tendencies to the big screen and still expect to get a younger audience into theaters.
The world has changed a lot since the first X-MEN, and as time goes on, the films seem to grow closer and closer to the source material both in spirit and aesthetic. Wolverine is finally getting an R-rated flick next year, and from the sound of it, we'll be able to get a sneak peek at his more violent nature in the latest X-MEN film, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.
In an interview with HeyUGuys, director Bryan Singer talked about what to expect from Logan in his obligatory cameo.
“What’s really nice about his cameo is that he’s the Wolverine you’ve never seen before. He’s truly Weapon X. Not just the guy coming out of the tank, but the weapon.”
Sounds like those fans who have been eagerly awaiting to see this side of the character will finally get their wish. Yes, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is ultimately a PG-13 film, but it can be something of a lead-up and precursor to the eventually R-rated WOLVERINE III film, which is due out next year.
Of course, the process of filmmaking is never linear. While things seem like that in retrospect, the reality is that the creative process is ever-malleable, and even something big like a Wolverine cameo went through many different iterations before it ended up as it did in the film.
Producer Simon Kinberg talked at length about the numerous revisions they made to accommodate the fan-favorite mutant into the film.
“There were a lot of different versions. I didn’t feel pressured to put Wolverine in this movie because I feel like there’s so many great characters in the X-Men Universe that we probably could have made a movie without Wolverine and it still would have been an engaging film.”
“We talked about a lot of different versions. There was a version where he got introduced in the middle of the movie and became this sort of drill sergeant for the kids, but that felt like it stepped on Raven’s role of becoming the leader to the kids. There were two or three different incarnations that we tried, but none of them felt quite right. As we were constructing the movie, we always imagined that they were abducted and taken [to Alkali Lake] and that Weapon X would be there and you’d see something that you’ve never really seen in these movies before which is the full on, out of control, animalistic, stripped down Wolverine.”
Who's ready to see Wolverine go into Berserker Mode? Let us know down below!
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
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