Directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line), The Wolverine takes place in Japan this time around and follows the X-Men hero as he trains with a Samurai warrior.
"We've made a concerted effort to make the film feel more real, to pull back on the super duper abilities of Logan (Wolverine)," said Mangold in a live Q&A with Jackman today (via Entertainment Weekly). "Like, he doesn't bring down any airplanes. It's grounded."
That being said, the film will still include the action fans crave. "This is a tent-pole movie," Mangold assures. "There's outrageous action."
So, why Japan? "I wanted to place this story somewhere where Hugh and I could develop a movie which could create its own world, wouldn't have to, in a sense, hand off to another movie or answer to another movie,” Mangold says. "It finds Logan at a point when the X-Men are gone; Jean Grey is gone; a lot of the ties he had to the world are gone.”