The Wolverine: All Claws and Abs and Veins

Look, I enjoy a good comic book movie (say, Captain America: The First Avenger) as much as the next guy — and X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not a good comic book movie. It was such a bungled mess that I couldn’t stand it.

However, despite the odds, it made enough money to warrant a sequel, dubbed simply The Wolverine. What we have here is the first official photo of Hugh Jackman in character as… the Wolverine. It is unusual in that he isn’t screaming at the camera, but I think that’s because it takes so much concentration to make all your veins bulge like that!

Jackman looks skinnier than ever before, so I wonder about the timing of this sequel. Does it follow directly from XO:W, or is it set at a later date? And, as long as this solo series is apparently rebooting the character, how about using some of that Lord of the Rings shrinking technology to cut Jackman down to Wolverine size?

And hey, director James Mangold, how about giving the fans something that would really get them excited: a glimpse of the Silver Samurai?!?!