Jackman Hints that Wolverine is Headed to Japan in the Sequel?
With X-Men Origins: Wolverine is officially out in theaters (and not online), not only is time to talk about what they might've done wrong, but it's also time to look at where they can go next (if anyone wants to even see a sequel). Earlier this week, MTV ran some quotes from an interview with Hugh Jackman talking about ideas for a Wolverine sequel. "I won't lie to you, I have been talking to writers," Jackman admits. "I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book." We know that one of the secret endings involves Logan drinking in a bar in Japan, so they've obviously set that storyline up. Now they just need to get him there.
Jackman continues, "However, it was also another one of my goals that you could see the end of this movie parlaying straight into [X-Men], finding that guy in the bar, fighting, drinking, with not much recollection of what's going on. I thought that was important. However, we'll find out beginning of May if there's still an audience for it, if people still like the character. There's no point in telling the story if no one wants to hear it." Good point, but no one wants to hear it unless it's a good story (get it?). So as we wait for the box office totals to arrive, we'll consider the possibility that Wolvie might go to Japan next. Jackman adds more:
"There are so many areas of that Japanese story," Jackman says. "I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world — I can see it aesthetically, too — full of honor and tradition and customs and someone who's really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his way. The idea of the samurai, too — and the tradition there. It's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai — not even mutants. He's shocked by that at first."
After ten years of playing Wolverine and four movies, Jackman definitely knows the character well. He also dropped this little hint: "There's also a great, very intricate story there with Mariko," he says. "And so many cool ways we could go." Even if most people don't like X-Men Origins: Wolverine as is, and even if most people think Deadpool was screwed up, at least we can all agree that Hugh Jackman still did a great job playing Wolverine. And with that, maybe there's some hope that a sequel, set in Japan, could turn out better (X2 was better than X1, right?). So comic book fans, would you want to see a sequel set in Japan?