Between the billion dollar behemoth that is Iron Man and the hotly anticipated Man of Steel, it can be easy to forget there's a third superhero movie coming out this summer. So, with that in mind, this latest rock'em sock'em, robot ninja filled trailer for July's The Wolverine might pique your interest.
The X-Men movies faltered a whole lot after The Last Stand, stumbled again with the awful Wovlerine: Origins and then made a return to form with X-Men: First Class. But after The Wolverine suffered some creative changes, notably trading director Darren Arnofsky for James Mangold, any excitement quickly subsided. But the trailers haven't looked awful and this new one may turn you around. It has new-ish footage of Wolverine fighting ninjas that has everyone excited. There are new shots of Yukio, Logan's Japanese ally, and the new bad lady Viper. (She's the one with the tongue.) There's even more footage of Logan's battle with the Silver Samurai, who looks totally cool, if we're being completely honest. The dupstep used as the backing track is a welcome trailer trope in comparison to the gratuitous Inception riffing of the first trailer.
So let's talk about that beginning, hm? We knew from the split-second, blink-and-you'll-miss-it part of the last trailer that Famke Jansen's Jean Grey would return in The Wolverine, but this latest dream sequence confirms she's haunting Logan's dreams. Also, that this movie is the first to take place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan thinks Jean is dead, though we know she has transformed into the Dark Phoenix. She likely won't appear as the Phoenix in this, which would blow fanboy minds, but it's alluding to the fact that she's not very nice anymore. That alone has us considering seeing this on cheap night. (Those X-Men movies weren't awful until The Last Stand.)
But there are some complaints about the trailer despite the Jean Gray reveal and the cool looking ninja fights. Logan is supposed to be a complex character, with a dark side and history, but a wit and sense of humor that makes him go down smooth like the crisp, Canadian beer he favors. But this trailer shows none of that humor half. "Here, he seems to be trying his very best to outdo Christopher Nolan’s Batman in the Gloom and Doom Olympics," writes Slashfilm's Angie Han. We're inclined to agree. Let's hope Mangold and the rest of the creative team didn't forget that part.