Speaking of the plot and high-octane action scenes in 20th Century Fox and Gavin Hood‘s Wolverine flick, which will open 14 and 1/2 months from now (on 5.1.09), star-producer Hugh Jackman has told USA Today‘s Scott Bowles that “with all the success of the X-Men [films], you feel the pressure to keep pushing it further.”

And that, ladies and gents, is a scary omen. It’s the action movie that has the confidence and balls to hold back and make every shot count that wins. (“Shot” referring to any high-impact thrill moment.) An action movie with anxious-asshole production executives goading the director with exclamations like “you’ve gotta out-blast the last X-Men movie…this is a race, a competition…it’s gotta be more-more-more!” is a movie that has the word MEDIOCRE tattooed on its forehead.