Hugh Jackman went to the gym …

… and the good folks over at Empire Online have proof:

New Image From Wolverine

Click the photo below to see Empire’s exclusive high-resolution image:

I honestly have no idea what to make of this project. It comes out May 1, 2009, and it takes place before the X-Men movies we’ve already seen and it goes into Wolverine’s origin in the Weapon X program, with Liev Schrieber as the younger version of William Stryker, who was played with such dastardly glee by Brian Cox in X2.

I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. He’s an amazing actor and he brings total physical and emotional dedication to everything he does.

I just wish they’d take a bigger chance than just another origin story. Let there be some mystery about the character, and instead do one of the stories about Wolverine in Japan fighting ninjas or something. This could have been an opportunity to use a familiar character to tell an entirely different kind of story in a totally different kind of environment than what we’ve seen in the X-Men films so far, but instead it sounds like they’re playing it safe.

Oh, well.

For a running tally of news and information about Wolverine, which I refuse to call it by its ridiculous official title of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you can click right here.


  1. Kerstin says:

    “Wolverine in Japan fighting ninjas or something. ”

    Now I’d pay to see THAT over and over again.

    I’m concerned about more XMen movies. Not that I don’t think Jackman can do this, because he totally can. But I certainly don’t want to see this set of characters go in to overkill simply because they want to bank on the XMen popularity.

    I feel like this could also go downhill right quick, like the Clooney/Kilmer Batman movies.

  2. John says:

    I agree with you entirely. That’s why I’d like to see a solo Wolverine movie take a crazy left turn and give us something fresh and unexpected. I’d love to see Wolverine hacking his way through ninjas on a snowy night in front of an old-school Japanese temple or something like that.

  3. I’m kind of in a weird place with this movie, too. I love Wolverine, and I want a more brutal portrayal of Wolverine (because, hello?), but this movie better be damn good or I’m going to get upset.

    Haha, yeah. The “X-men Origins:” part is really dumb, actually. Just friggin’ call it Wolverine!

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