So, after months of teasing in an attempt to build fan buzz for a movie sequel that no one asked for, the first real trailers for James Mangold’s The Wolverine have surfaced — and the one slated for international exposure is much better than the U.S. domestic clip.
First, take a look at the U.S. trailer, which does explain what the movie is about:
Now consider the international trailer, which features a couple of tiny glimpses of the Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee) in his comic book costume, which is entirely absent from the U.S. footage. It also does a better job of telling us what the storyline is:
The deadly chick with the red hair is Yukio, played by newcomer Rila Fukushima, and the old dude making Logan the offer is Yashida, portrayed by Hal Yamanouchi (whom some of you may remember as the evil father in the underrated Chris Evans/Dakota Fanning mutant movie, Push).
I have to confess that I groaned when I heard Yashida offer Wolverine a way to take away his healing factor. Does every X-Men-related movie have to be about coming up with a way to “cure” the mutants? It’s so boring to see the same plot used over and over and over. Plus, hello, they’re mutants — they were born that way. How could there be a cure for that?