It’s pretty widely known by now that James Mangold’s upcoming film ‘The Wolverine’ is going to be based on the story by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that chronicles Logan’s saga in Japan, however, new details tell us that the writers are borrowing details from another famed comic book writer for the follow up to ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’.
According to their source, this is a model of a Japanese prisoner of war camp from World War II, which will be a part of the opening sequence of the movie, in addition to an atomic bomb explosion. This news may indicate that ‘The Wolverine’ will also be featuring aspects of ‘Runaways’ and ‘Y: The Last Man’ writer Brian K. Vaughn’s miniseries titled ‘Wolverine: Logan’.
One such aspect may be the inclusion of another villain. Not only will Wolverine have to face off against The Silver Samurai, but he may also come face to face with Lt. Ethan Warren as well. According to his bio, Warren was a POW with Logan in Japan. Both men survive an atomic bomb attack due to their mutant abilities, but since Warren does not possess a healing factor like Wolverine, he is reduced to a flaming skeleton (not to be confused with Ghost Rider) with energy projection abilities courtesy of the bomb. In a later battle, Warren is restored to his human form, but only after ripping out Logan’s heart and eating it. Gruesome stuff, right?
Well, that eat your heart out business doesn’t happen till later, so maybe they’ll save the flaming skeleton for a sequel, but by the sounds of things, we’ll at least be introduced to Lt. Ethan Warren in ‘The Wolverine’. And while I’m glad that the filmmakers are really doing their homework and revisiting all aspects of the character’s history, I’m hoping that they don’t overload the rogues gallery in ‘The Wolverine’. Having too many bad guys with different storylines can ruin a movie. Exhibit A: ‘Spider-Man 3’. Don’t give us another ‘Spider-Man 3’, James Mangold. We definitely don’t need another one of those.
‘The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman hits theaters on July 26, 2013.