It's no secret that 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bloated, heavy, and outrageously bad movie. It simply had too many characters and plot lines (see: Will.I.Am's John Wraith character) jammed pack into its two-hour running time. Hugh Jackman, while out promoting Real Steel this weekend, promises that the upcoming sequel The Wolverine will be a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

"The Wolverine will do the character justice and show his uncontrollable 'rage,'" Jackman says to Digital Spy. "I think we've got the chance to nail the character this time, to do the hole-in-one." After so many complications with filming The Wolverine from scheduling conflicts to disappearing directors to Japan's environmental woes, we hope that Jackman and company have created an intricate and interesting story for one of Marvel's most impacting characters.

Directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine is based on the 1982 comic story by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, which sees the adamantium warrior in Japan. Before it hits theaters in 2012, scribe Mark Bomback (Total Recall, Jack the Giant Killer) is rewriting Christopher McQuarrie's script. Does this signify a good omen for the much-maligned Marvel project? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

[via Digital Spy]