The Wolverine has had a long and storied production history. It’s had changes of shooting locations, changes of directors, and probably a handful of other stumbling blocks that we’ve all forgotten put in front of its eventual release. But work on the film has finally been underway for a while now, and some real progress toward its July 2013 release must actually be being made, because the film’s official Twitter account has just unveiled its first official still.

So, how does it look? It looks like what one would expect. It’s long been understood that this new Wolverine adventure will take the character to the land of the rising sun, and, sure enough, this poster features Hugh Jackman looking jacked, sporting Wolverine’s adamantium claws and scruffy facial hair, and standing in front of an out-of-focus shrine that looks vaguely Eastern religion-y. That pretty much nails the whole checklist for advertising a Wolverine in Japan movie. Check out the full version after the break.


Perhaps more should be said about exactly how jacked Jackman seems to be for this role though. Dude is huge, dude is defined – so much so that he almost looks like an anatomical impossibility. And what’s that? His feet are being obscured by a billow of strangely positioned smoke? Could this all be a clue? Is it possible that director James Mangold has been taking inspiration from the art of legendary comic book creator Rob Liefeld when putting together the look of The Wolverine? You decide.

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