Wolverine's Bone Claws Officially Hit The Web

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Was yesterday's epic "The Wolverine" image replete with bone claws too grainy for you? Well, we've got you covered.

Empire has released the official high-res version of the photo above, and it looks even more badass. Comic Book Movie also has more of director James Mangold's interview with the magazine, during which he explained the vibe of this upcoming superhero movie.

"It's rooted in drama," he said. "Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that's either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with supervilains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons - it's going to make it a very different film than people have seen."

We recently learned that "The Wolverine" takes place after the other "X-Men" films, and have long known that the movie was going to head to Japan. Mangold explained some of the ways the Japanese setting will affect the greater story.

"The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring -- honor, a sense of duty, of conflict -- really fit beautifully around Logan," he said. "Our film finds Logan at a point where he's very much a ronin - a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone."

He also teased that "The Wolverine" is going to be more in line with "The Dark Knight Rises" in that film's level of realism than, say, "The Avengers."

"When I say realistic, what I mean is that it's not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space," he said. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure - it wouldn't be a movie about gods if you didn't have epic physicality. But we all feel we're making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it."

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