By all accounts, The Wolverine is a damn good film that has its own adamantium edge in a crowded market of superhero blockbusters. Well, for most of the time anyway, according to Kervyn’s review. Still, it’s the kind of film that has to tow a line between being accessible to enough age groups and remaining as true to the violent character as possible.
Most of the time, that’s not possible. Fortunately, that’s why we have home market releases of films which happen to include such R-rated visions. And The Wolverine is no stranger to that idea.
Speaking to DigitalSpy, director James Mangold revealed that while he was “very happy” with the final cut of the film that is going to hit cinemas, he’s also planning to release a more violent edition of the film later in the year on home video. “I’m very happy with the cut, and the studio was very generous in terms of letting me finish the movie as I wanted, but I do think we will have a slightly more violent version… let’s say an unrated, a bloodier version,” Mangold said.
There’s about ten or 12 minutes of scenes that I’d love people to see, that we’ll produce some kind of longer version of the movie at some point on Blu-ray or whatever. There’s another great scene with Hiro Sanada and a much more elaborate battle with ninjas from the third act that is a pretty huge battle sequence that you’ll see.
But don’t think for a second that the current cut of The Wolverine is a tiddlywinks film. It’s as if Hugh Jackman has adamantium ponies coming out of his hands. Even Mangold himself is amazed with what he got away with. “I was amazed that we got that through,” Mangold said of a particularly gory scene from the film in which Logan happens to be in a rather painful situation.
[T]he way the rules work in the States is they’re not human, you’re not held to the same standard as if they were human, so it was almost an act of convenient anti-mutant-ness! The MPAA views mutants as less than human, and therefore their pain is not worth as much of our anxiety, or not as troubling to children. But that did work to my benefit, so I shouldn’t criticize it too much!
Unless it’s Highlander 2, director’s cuts of films are usually actually worth watching more than the original theatrical run of the movie itself. Daredevil and Watchmen are fine examples of this, and yet, I still want to go see The Wolverine.
It’s out this weekend, and if you’re still on the fence about the movie, you can read Kervyn’s review of it right here.
Last Updated: July 24, 2013