'Wolverine' Channels 'Ronin' Rage In New Featurette


"The Wolverine" is just weeks away from release, and ahead of its theatrical debut, Fox has rolled out a new featurette that explains what Logan's doing in Japan.

"The beginning of our story takes place in World War II. It's Nagasaki, it's panic — bombs are about to drop everywhere. That's where Logan meets the young Yashida; he saves his life," Hugh Jackman explains in the new featurette. "Some sixty years later, the young Yashida has grown up to be one of the most powerful businessmen in Japan. He sees in Wolverine someone who has the ability to live, but doesn't necessarily want it."

That leads to tampering with Logan's healing factor, making the claw-wielding mutant physically vulnerable for the first time ever.

"This is a character who is so sick of living and his healing power," says producer Lauren Shuler Donner. "Wolverine without his healing power — it's another story."

It's also a Ronin story, according to director James Mangold. "In Samurai legend and terminology, a Ronin is a Samurai without a cause — without a purpose," he explains. Jackman says it's a deadlier version of the character than ever seen before on film.

"Wolverine is the ultimate outsider. Our movie takes place after 'X-Men 3,' and he's more isolated than you've ever seen him," he says. "He has lost his purpose — and that's a dangerous place for a man as powerful as Wolverine."

See more in the featurette below.

"The Wolverine" claws into theaters on July 26, 2013.

[Source: Digital Spy]

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