The Wolverine back on track, release date set!

The Wolverine has finally gotten its act together. After multiple delays, the X-Men spinoff has a release date! And like its predecessors, it will debut in the summer.

The Wolverine is scheduled to hit theaters July 26, 2013. That will be four years after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which debuted May 1, 2009. Origins opened with $85 million and went on to gross $373 million worldwide. But despite its financial success, the film was criticized for its story and cartoonish CGI (How can Wolverine's claws look worse in 2009 than they did in 2000?). Star Hugh Jackman has talked at length about correcting their mistakes with the sequel, which takes place in Japan.

It's great that they've finally settled on a date, but we're concerned about the production's timetable. Jackman is currently prepping for the film Les Miserables, which is in preproduction. The musical is scheduled to open Dec. 7 of this year. Doesn't it take Jackman several months to get into Wolverine shape? It will take a lot of hard work, but we think he can do it. As long as The Wolverine's script is finished, there shouldn't be anything to worry about (crosses fingers).

The Wolverine is just one of many superhero films debuting next summer. Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3, while Warner Bros.' Man of Steel hits theaters June 14. Thor 2 is also scheduled for 2013, but an official date has yet to be announced.

Are you interested in seeing The Wolverine? Do you think it will be better than X-Men Origins?

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