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July 24, 2008

Wolverine at Comic-Con 08

From the 20th Century Fox Panel via firstshowing.net - Fanboys g33k out @ Comic-Con, here are some bits on the up coming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie...

1:03PM - Hugh Jackman has just stepped off the plane and makes an appearance! He's waited years and he said there's "no way" he would miss out on coming here! He just had to be here. Without "you guys" he wouldn't have a career. Saying "thank you" for making this phase of comic book movies what it is. Okay, Hugh Jackman just tried to walk into the audience and the Twilight fans SWAMPED him. This is CRAZY!

1:06PM - One of the best comic book characters ever created and as an actor it's a challenge to play. I still feel there's more to find out and thanking the original creator Len… Two words that he knows we want to hear. If he can describe the Wolverine movie, it's: badass. A long time he's wanted to make it and he's wanted to hear and we're going to see a lot of Bezerker rage. He says they "literally" just wrapped filming. He grabbed a whole lot of footage and "glued it together" and not what we'll really see. He's showing us a lot but there's no way he was not coming here showing us something. Fox has finally delivered!!

1:11PM - Full trailer! Scenes with Gambit throwing cards. Stryker comes and asks to put together a "special team" of superheroes. Shows the relationship with Wolverine and Sabertooth together and the development of the team and the adamantium program that Strkyer puts together. Really AWESOME footage! Looks incredible - some good fight scenes, but it still needs a lot of polishing. It almost looked too glossy and too colorful, but this is very early footage. Either way it looked awesome.

Confirmed team members: Blob, Deadpool, Gambit, Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Emma Frost. Lots of action scenes including a moment where Wolverine jumps from a truck to a helicopter and grabs on and attacks it. Younger cast, but very flashy and colorful and great scenes of action. A lot of cool scenes where Wolverine was fighting in the adamantium lab. Fight scenes of Wolverine and Sabretooth where he shoves his claws into Sabretooth's chest. All-in-all it looked amazing - and I'm not the only one who thought so!

1:13PM - The panel has finished up today and we've shut down so far. Great presentation from Fox - lots of awesome footage!!


"I know what you're thinking," Jackman started, doing nothing to silence the hooting. "This guy is way to too tall to play Wolverine."

"I've waited years to bring Wolverine here to Comic-Con," said Jackman. "Years."

He added, "Without you guys, I wouldn't have a career. Without you guys there wouldn't be X-Men 2 and 3. There wouldn't be Wolverine."

As if the crowd wasn’t loud, Jackman raised additional pulses by heading into the cheap seats to greet Len Wein, creator of the Wolverine character.

"I have to shake your hand, because from that hand came the character who gave me a career," he said.

Jackman whet more than a few appetites by promising, "All I'll say is the movie is big, it is action packed and two words I know you want to hear, if I could describe Wolverine movie, is 'bad ass.'"

He added, "You're going to see a lot of berserker rage. Let me tell you."

With the Gavin Hood directed feature hitting theaters next May, this was Jackman's only chance to tease the movie for Comic-Con audiences and he didn't disappoint.

"I grabbed a whole lot of footage threw it in a big and literally glued it together," he announced.

Jackman was obviously being disingenuous, because the footage screened was fairly tight and, not to indulge my inner fanboy, fairly awesome. As the title indicates, it's an origin story and the clips showcased the young Logan (Jackman) and Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), best known to fans as Wolverine and Sabretooth. We also got lots of Danny Huston as William Stryker and, to the great joy of the crowd, several shots of Taylor Kitsch, whose arrival as Gambit already seems to be yielding salivation.

It's too early to know if the X-Men Origins: Wolverine footage will join the Comic-Con blockbuster-making pantheon of clips from 300 or Iron Man, but for a movie that hadn't been generating the best of buzz, this was an obvious shot in the arm.



Posted by dschnee at July 24, 2008 1:55 PM