The Wolverine Director Promises Bloodier Director's Cut, Explains The Surprising PG-13
Sight unseen, James Mangold’s The Wolverine already has a claw up on Gavin Hood’s jumbled 2009 take on the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine-- because it's hard to get much worse. But the version of Mangold’s film that we see in theaters isn’t really the version he wants fans to see, as he shared with Digital Spy that a bloodier director’s cut of the PG-13 film is waiting in the wings to be released for DVD and Blu-ray. So not only will we get to view this movie in comparison to the plethora of other movies that the Wolverine character appears in, but now we get to compare it against another version of itself? Seems X-tremely silly to me, but I understand a lesser rating equals a bigger audience.
“I’m very happy with the [theatrical] cut, and the studio was very generous in terms of letting me finish the movie as I wanted,” the director said, “but I do think we will have a slightly more violent version…let’s say an unrated, bloodier version.“ He says there are “about 10 or 12 minutes of scenes that I’d love people to see,” and says he and Fox will be getting that longer version out at some point, though he doesn’t specifically say it’ll coincide with the home version release of the theatrical cut.
Mangold makes an interesting point when asked about a visceral moment in the film where Logan sticks his hand into his chest, Mangold says the MPAA allowed it because “the way the rules work in the States is they’re not human, you’re not held to the same standard as if they were human, so it was almost an act of convenient anti-mutant-ness!” Who would have thought that the MPAA would be against mutants? Everyone? I thought so.
While I’m no blood-obsessed maniac, there’s always been something disappointing about the lack of carnage that comes with Wolverine ravaging his enemies. I mean, if Cyclops optic-blasts someone, it’s understandable that the impact will be stylized. But when you’re dealing with foot-long claws as a weapon, people are gonna bleed out all over the place. Not that Mangold’s deleted scenes will feature all-out mayhem like that, but it’s still encouraging that he filmed something more adult than what a PG-13 rating will allow. And 10 to 12 minutes is an entire subplot in some films, so it’ll be interesting to see how those moments fit into the film as a whole. He mentions a giant ninja battle scene from the third act is a chunk of that extra time. I’m hoping for something akin to the Crazy 88 sequence in Kill Bill, but I know that’s just a pipe dream.
For more on Mangold’s thoughts on the film, check the Digital Spy article. If you want to see his efforts in action, the film hits theaters this weekend on July 26. Watch the trailer below and let us know which version of the film you’d rather see in the poll below.
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