Here’s the thing, Wolverine (the cinematic iteration) is part of the machine now, and much the way you’re going to have to yank out real fatalities if you merge DC with Mortal Kombat, you’re just not going to get outright R-rated blood and guts into a Wolverine movie. Might Fox release a special Blu-ray with the “unrated cut” that has some extra blood (probably CGI) tossed in? Perhaps. But the days of Rambo Burger King cups have mostly passed, and I don’t think Marvel is going to be down for the loneliest X-Man to do real wet work when another renewal of a kid’s show license or whatever is coming up.
That’s not stopping Hugh Jackman from getting grue-craving geeks’ hopes up in an interview with MTV (via Bleeding Cool):
There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it’s Wolverine. So my thing is, which James Mangold and I talked about, is let’s not put it off the table. There’s even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both as you shoot it, which could be really cool.
I know we’re dealing with MTV questions here, but I think the focus should be on pandering to fans who want a decent story and some spectacle that isn’t totally laughable this time around. I know there’s excitement about the script, but this is just not the spin that promises a return to form for the character. I also don’t believe a word of it, even though I guess they did let him say the fuck-word that time!
Seriously, I wouldn’t expect to see anything from this but in the event it somehow does move forward… temper your expectations. There’s just no way they’re going to send the Wolverine through the House of Blue Leaves, even if they toss in some insert shots of blood streaking across the wall or something.