The original cut of James Mangold‘s The Wolverine started out as a PG-13. For obvious reasons an R-rated film for a comic book character wouldn’t be accessible to younger audiences. Luckily, Mangold took the time to research the material, often referring back to the Chris Claremont and Frank MillerThe interpretation of the X-Men member. As a result he crafted the character we have all be waiting to see, a warrior that fit the monkier (and title): The Wolverine.
We were recently invited to sit at a screening of The Wolverine: The Extended Cut, which goes under The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition title, on the Fox Studios lot. I vaguely remember the theatrical cut of the film, but from what I’ve seen from Mangold’s true vision of the film it makes the theatrical one look like it got neutered. There’s blood, action, and f-bombs, which I am sure will delight Wolverine fans and fans of this film even more. While we can all agree that the theatrical cut is perhaps the best representation of the character that can be seen by all audience so far, this Unleashed Extended Edition is a representation that stays true to the character as a whole. Not only that, but it may be the best X-Men film of the entire franchise. Hit the jump to see why. [Read more...]