The First Official Photo From The Wolverine Released

Production is underway for Hugh Jackman‘s mutant return, and today the film’s Facebook page posted the first official image from James Mangold’s The Wolverine

We had a steady stream of Wolverine news in August, but it slowed after the announcement that Svetlana Khodchenkova was officially cast as Viper.

As for the image, I must say, it looks pretty awesome. They should just slap a title on it and release it as the first poster. Jackman looks ferocious, and the out-of-focus background appears to hint at the Japanese setting for the film.

Despite the previous X-Men films getting mixed reviews, it’s hard to be unhappy with Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine and it appears that at least his look for this film won’t disappoint.

Jackman said this film would have a distinctly different vibe from the previous X-Men movies, which is obviously good news to those disappointed with the previous films.

Instead of bogging the film down with more mutants than a movie can properly show, it seems Wolverine will be fighting samurai warriors and finding forbidden love. Hopefully that plot can redeem X-Men Origins: Wolverine and finally do justice to Jackman’s role.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th, 2013.

Check out the photo and the synopsis below and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.