Oh, don't break out the Kleenex just yet — I'm just overexaggerating. Yes, Aronofsky is still attached to Hugh Jackman's second shot at a "Wolverine" solo title, but the film won't be called "Wolverine 2" as many have anticipated over the past several months. Instead, Aronofsky's film is simply titled "The Wolverine."
The "Black Swan" director spoke with Hit Fix and confirmed the new title, insisting that there won't be a number attached to his "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sequel. In fact, Aronofsky doesn't even view "The Wolverine" as a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," describing the film as a "one-off."
"He emphasized that the film isn't a sequel in any conventional sense," adds Hit Fix.
Aronofsky's views on the "sequel" make sense based on what we already know of the plot for "The Wolverine." The film reportedly takes its cues from the "Wolverine" comics co-created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in which the adamantium-laced mutant travels to Japan, falls in love with the wrong girl and goes claw-to-sword against bad guys including the Silver Samurai. Depending on how literally "The Wolverine" hinges on those comics, Aronofsky's film really shouldn't have much in common with the initial "X-Men Origins" film beyond Hugh Jackman's return to the role of Wolverine.
So, there you have it: a new title for the "Wolverine" sequel, not to mention some actual official comments from Aronofsky himself. Sorry for the initial scare, folks!
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