‘The Wolverine': Hugh Jackman’s Logan faces mortality in new trailer

May 21, 2013 | 10:44 a.m.

“The Wolverine,” the new film starring Hugh Jackman as the near indestructible mutant Logan, is set to open in theaters July 26, bringing the revered Chris Claremont/Frank Miller comics saga to the screen.

The newest trailer for the movie, directed by James Mangold, showcases the film’s story line, which explores the character’s inner demons, even as he faces external threats after traveling to Japan to say goodbye to an acquaintance.

The clip opens with Jackman haunted by a nightmare visitation from Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey. Logan promises her that he’ll never hurt her, or anyone else, again. But, she whispers, “It’s too late.” He wakes up, bearded and alone, outside in the woods, where he’s exiled himself in search of solitude.

But his time there doesn’t last long. Soon, he’s off to Japan to see the man whose life he saved (from nuclear destruction, no less) in World War II. There, Logan is presented with an unusual offer — of mortality.

“What I am, what they did to me, can’t be undone,” Jackman’s character says.

“Don’t be so sure,” comes the reply.

With “The Wolverine” functioning neither as an origin story nor a tale of a hero defeating a super-villain out to destroy the world, Mangold said he felt a certain amount of freedom to break away from the creatively limiting dictates of standard comic book movie convention.

“You don’t show how Dirty Harry became Dirty Harry, he just is,” Mangold told Hero Complex. “I can just start and find Logan where he is. I don’t have to explain who he is, where he is, how he got his claws, what adamantium is. I’m just kind of dispensing with all that, and letting you either know it or pick it up along the way. That’s a huge sea change.”

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited to see the character return in a solo adventure? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre

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