'Wolverine in Japan'Even if you're not a Twi-hard, you probably heard that the latest installment, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was a step up, and many people credit director David Slade with the improvement. Cinematical'sEric D. Snider, for example, described him as "a good fit for the material," noting his past work on the unsettling Hard Candy and "energetically creepy vampire flick" 30 Days of Night. Could Slade work his magic next on an ailing superhero?

We're talking about the beloved and hairy Wolverine, of course. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the first solo outing with the character, did not fare well with critics, but it made $373 million at the box office worldwide, so a sequel is moving forward. The process of choosing a director has narrowed down to two men, Slade and Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife). New York Magazine'sVulture blog says that Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, will make the pick, though they report: "A well-placed source inside the production insists: 'It's going to be Slade.'"
Between the two, I'd rather see Slade give it a go. Schwentke made Tattoo, a very stylish serial killer thriller, in his native Germany, then made his first Hollywood feature with Jodie Foster, Flightplan, following that up with the soapy The Time Traveler's Wife. Maybe the upcoming Red will change my mind, but so far all I've seen out of Schwentke is good-looking, anonymous films.

That's all that director Gavin Hood could produce with the first film; the next one needs more of a harder edge, and Slade might be able to accomplish that, even working within the PG-13 ratings limitation. Wolverine is too good a character to let drown in increasingly mediocre product. Wolverine 2 (or whatever it's eventually called) will start off in Japan as our hairy hero learns martial arts and falls in love with a good woman.

What do you think? Could David Slade rescue the next Wolverine flick?
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