First look at Hugh Jackman in ‘The Wolverine’!

Hugh Jackman is pretty great, and his love and respect for what the Wolverine character means to fans (and what it has done for his career) has made him the best part of 4 X-Men movies (Five if you want to count his amazing cameo in X-Men: First Class).

Hugh’s coming back to the character next summer for The Wolverine, a loose adaptation of the definitive 1982 mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Directed by 3:10 to Yuma‘s James Mangold, the film promises a grittier, darker aesthetic more in line with the character and story’s original source material.

Fox released the first official photo of Hugh Jackman today. I’m sure there’s a bit (or a lot) of Photoshop at work here, but it already conveys a pretty great mood for the film.

Jackman, 43, is actually looking better for the role now that he’s aged a bit. The older, grizzled Wolverine certainly feels appropriate. Compare to the then 31 year old Hugh Jackman when he made his debut in 2000’s X-Men.

Regardless of the aesthetic, it’s worth remembering that this is the follow up to 2009’s atrocious X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel mired in terrible reviews, a cluttered story, and overwhelming controversy after a work-print release leaked to the Internet a month before the film’s completion. Has Fox learned their lesson, or will they yet again declaw The Wolverine? We’ll find out July 2013.

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  1. Jackman may be a pussy in other movies, but he always looks badass as Wolverine. Now he looks a bit more grizzled he fits even better.

  2. If you think it’s just a photoshop and this can help to calm your inferiority complex…but as you can see in his candid pics that paparazzi shooting to him on the beach, this is really his body. Hard work at the gym, special diet, good health, excellent coaches, constant medical guidance and perseverance produce these results on predisposed individuals. Just the claws are photoshopped.  Oh, and for the record, be versatile actors able to becoming one thousand of different characters does not mean be a ‘pussy’, the correct term is talented.

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