Hugh Jackman returns as the mutant superhero Wolverine for the sixth time this week in “The Wolverine.”
Jackman has had more screen time with the character than most other well-known superhero portrayals; Christopher Reeve suited up four times as the Man of Steel, for instance, and other superhero actors, including Christian Bale and Tobey Maguire, have stopped at three.
Jackman says this movie is finally getting around to exploring Wolverine's deeper character.
“Finally, in this movie, we get a chance to live with what haunts Wolverine,” Jackman said at a Comic-Con International news conference promoting the film. “What it is like having that sort of immortality, being who he is. And knowing that his strengths bring destruction, pain and loneliness.”
Wolverine's mutant healing factor means he can overcome nearly any injury or disease. But that comes at a price.
“Imagine being two or three hundred years old, and living with the fact everyone you know or love has passed,” Jackman said.
The film is based on the comic-book miniseries “Wolverine” from 1982.
That comic was the first Wolverine solo comic book, which began in the Canadian Rockies before the action shifted to Japan. That's roughly the trajectory of the new film, written by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie.
The “Wolverine” comic book miniseries paired longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont with noted artist Frank Miller for a story that looked more deeply into the man behind the claws than most that had gone before.
“The film is based on a famous comic book set in Japan,” Jackman said at a Comic-Con news conference for “The Wolverine.” “But as we made the film, we were constantly thinking about how this film would feel to the Japanese people. We wanted them to be proud of how we show their country and customs and culture.”