I wasn’t the biggest fan of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was a serviceable action flick in which Hugh Jackman brought his Wolverine A-game to the big screen once more. That is, of course, when Ryan Reynolds wasn’t completely upstaging him as Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) in the first act of the film (the last act, no so much).
That said, I was encouraged by the film’s success for two reasons. The first, and most obvious (to me anyway), it would hopefully pave the way for a Deadpool spin-off movie, and second it would lead to a Wolverine sequel set in Japan. In past interviews Jackman has made no secret of wanting to tell Wolverine’s tale set in Japan, a fact he reiterated in an interview with Katie “I’m not, like, a Wolverine Person” Couric (her words not mine):
“The whole time, from when I began, the one storyline that I went, ‘That’s a movie!’ — because I was reading the comics — was this whole saga in Japan, which was really beautiful and different and fantastic.”
Wolvie and ninjas! Where can I buy my ticket now? I couldn’t agree more with Jackman’s sentiment about this particular story arc. The man behind it was legendary comic writer Chris Claremont who, in my opinion, wrote some of the most engaging stories for our favorite mutants. I can’t wait to see where this goes and we’ll keep you up-to-date as the film develops.
In the meantime you can watch the CBS interview with Jackman after the jump.