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Yeah I'm Sure Swords Will Do the Trick: The Wolverine Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 2, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 2, 2013 |

It’s critical that they specify that this is the Wolverine, and not just any of the run of the mill variety of wolverines who go around defending rural high schools from Communists.

And hey it looks like they gave him a sword in that header picture, which is fantastic, because a flaw in the character has always been his lack of bladed weapons.

Has there been an actor to so thoroughly become associated with a popular character like Hugh Jackman has with Wolverine? To the point that it is almost inconceivable to see someone else play the role? I mean even though it hasn’t been explicit, they’re realistically on like the fourth reboot of the X-Men franchise at this point given that they keep making movies that at most half-assed acknowledge the existence of the others, and they still keep dragging Jackman out of whatever musical he’s hiding out in and duct tape claws to his hands. Not that I’m complaining.

Here’s the trailer:

So, I want to like this. Because the character is fun, and Jackman perfectly embodies him, and Christopher McQuarrie wrote the screenplay, and the story actually looks like a departure from the usual comic book movie formula, and said story is based on a reputedly fantastic run of the comic book … but that trailer is all kinds of lame.

Even ignoring the cut and paste stuff from that last atrocity of a Wolverine movie, there appears to be lots of running and sword fighting, including what appears to be an exact replication of the prelude to the O-Ren fight scene in Kill Bill. And a giant robot with a sword that Jackman must have borrowed from Real Steel.

Let’s just say that no matter how well-trained a group of super ninja swordsmen are, they’re a slight bit laughable in an assault on the famed Wolverine. He instantly heals wounds, has invincible bones, and his claws cut through steel. I know I’m overthinking this, but this is up there with cavalry charging a tank brigade as far as bright ideas even a Canadian amnesiac would think are futile.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.