Remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine? The studio would probably rather that you didn’t. That movie was really bad and it was doomed to fail when an unfinished version leaked online well before the final version hit theaters. For X-Men fans, it’s best to just pretend that it never happened.
The Wolverine, the upcoming James Mangold film starring Hugh Jackman (once again) as X-Men member Wolverine, isn’t a reboot. It’s also not really a sequel, though. It will take place in the same continuity as films like X-Men, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and even X-Men: First Class, but it’s expected to take a dramatic departure from the tone and content of those films.
If The Wolverine is to succeed, it probably needs to forget all the back-story that has been established in previous X-Men movies and just be a standalone story. It doesn’t have to undo anything that happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it should probably ignore most of it. Based on early reports, this is exactly what the movie is going to be.
Will there be an audience for the film? The promo photo above looks pretty bad-ass, but we’ve already seen Jackman as Wolverine in several movies. If the script isn’t good, then it doesn’t matter how good Jackman looks (and make no mistake–he was born to play this role).