Wolverine Is Mutant Metaphor For Our Own Inner Hurt

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood has been talking about what made him decide to direct the upcoming (unless you've already downloaded it) blockbuster, and his reasons make us more than a little worried.


Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Hood explained that what sold him on the movie was the quieter moments of the character's comic incarnation:

What struck me immediately was, of course, the very famous line, "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice." There's a great deal of self-reflection going on with this character. He doesn't necessarily like his own nature, and that interested me. Every one of us, in a sense, mutates, post a traumatic event. The coming out of the claws is a genuine, powerful emotion. That's what gave me a hook into what I thought I may be able to contribute to this particular movie.

Ignoring the fact that he got the infamous line wrong (There's no second "best"), I'm not sure what to think about the idea that the director of Wolverine of all movies seems to be doing seeing his hero as an emotional everyman venting our latent rage. If Logan weeps at any point during the movie, I'm going to be forced to demand that everyone walk out of the theater in protest.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Director Gavin Hood [Hollywood Reporter]


Ed Grabianowski

One of the best Wolverine stories is the Claremont/Miller limited series in which Logan meets Mariko in Japan. He falls in love with her and her gentle nature. However, the manipulations of her Yakuza father force Wolverine to fight and kill, revealing his brutal side to Mariko. She is horrified, he is crushed, and it's a pivotal moment in the character's history that shaped his personality for decades.

So I guess I'll give Hood the benefit of the doubt on this.