Wolverine's berzerker rage never got all that berzerk on screen did it? Oh sure, X2 was pretty snikt-happy, but it was PG-13 snikt-happy. Wolverine kills people with foot-long blades, damn it! Where's the gore?!
Well, it's going to be in The Wolverine. Maybe.
Hugh Jackman himself revealed to Collider that he and director James Mangold have discussed filming an R-rated version of The Wolverine, in addition to a more summer blockbuster-friendly PG-13 version. Quoth the Jackman: "James Mangold and I talked about [an R-rated version] and we’re like ‘Look, let’s not put it off the table.’ There’s even talk about us doing two versions, as in finding a way to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans."
Don't worry your pretty little head, Hugh. You're not excluding anyone. If this happens, you're going to release the PG-13 version in theaters, and then the R-rated version on home video, which kids are going to see anyway because most parents don't seem to give a crap. It would be nice for a director to actually plan an "unrated" version of a movie, however, considering that most "unrated" versions usually have a couple more bullet hits and an extra swear word or two. (Where's our unrated version of Live Free or Die Hard with the "motherf***er" back in? That's what we want to know.) Filming the action sequences in The Wolverine simultaneously in bloodless and bloody versions would be damned cool, though.
CraveOnline will be back with more The Wolverine news after we reminisce about the brief period in the comics when "snikt" was actually replaced with "shukt." Remember that? Weird times…