This summer's X-Man solo sequel, The Wolverine continues its trend of releasing posters featuring a shirtless Hugh Jackman looking buff and badass with this new Japanese poster showing a sword-wielding Logan with bad intentions written all over his face.
The aim of the film's marketing team may have been either to tap into sex appeal or cater to an ever-growing militant anti-shirt movement. Coming off the long-awaited debut trailer which finally brings to light many of its important themes, this poster, while giving us more of the same, may, in a bizarre way, actually reflect the film the most deeply of all the "shirtless screaming Jackman" posters we've been getting.
In a quasi-avant-garde way, the katana Logan simultaneously wields with his signature claws for obliterating overkill effect seems to split the duel paths he will be forced to embrace. With Japanese characters representing "death" on the grim, blood-splattered left side and "life" on the glowingly hopeful right side, it manages to convey just how much of an existential crossroads Logan will come towards in this film regarding his own mutant-endowed virtual immortality. As we learned in the trailer, death is seemingly the "gift" that he could be granted, but certainly, he will learn that life still has good things to offer. -- Also, as previously mentioned, we have a shirtless Hugh Jackman. Soak it up, ladies.
The Wolverine relocates the war on shirts to Japan for bloody battles full of ninjas, samurai, and areolas when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the poster below!
*He's squeezing the sword so tightly that his claws have somehow relocated to the middle of his fingers!