25 most anticipated movies of Summer 2013
17. 'The Wolverine'
In Theaters: Friday, July 26, 2013
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi
Why we're excited: I think "intensely curious" might be more accurate. At this point, there's not much that could be done to make the mutant movies at Fox worse, so we're open to almost anything. What makes this one such a possible slam-dunk is the way it removes Wolverine from the setting of the earlier films, dropping him into Japan, a world that would seem perfect for the character, especially if you're familiar with the Frank Miller version of this story. After all, if everyone else has swords, it opens up a whole new type of bladed combat, and an honor-driven society will test Logan's notions of who he is. Beyond that, though, it sounds like James Mangold is genuinely excited by what he's done, and we like him enough as a filmmaker to give him the benefit of the doubt.
- Drew McWeeny