James Mangold went on Twitter this weekend and posted ten images from films that directly influenced him for The Wolverine. Those films were:
1. Chungking Express
2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
3. The Samurai Trilogy (Cheating! That's three films!)
4. Floating Weeds
5. Black Narcissus
6. Happy Together
7. 13 Assassins
8. The French Connection
So, if we are to take away anything from this, it is that The Wolverine will be a complicated and layered crime film with Western character archetypes and conflicts framed by lush, beautiful matte paintings. Also, Wolverine will die at the end. And he might be gay.
Sounds good! Though, I'm surprised he didn't add Casablanca to get that expatriate angle. And if you're going to name drop films willy-nilly, how do you not throw down a Godfather?
It's nice that James Mangold knows what good films look like, but that probably doesn't translate to The Wolverine being some watershed moment in comic book movie history, though I think it's very safe to say it will be better than the first Wolverine film, which was just slightly worse than watching a bunch of hyper eight year olds pretend to be Wolverine and Sabertooth for two hours.
I imagine a trailer ought to be coming soon. At this point, it better be pretty remarkable to live up to Mangold's hype.