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X-Men Origins: Wolverine almost made Hugh Jackman hang up the claws for good

03.03.2017

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Unless you've wiped it from your memory with an adamantium bullet, and I certainly wouldn't blame you if that were the case, you'll likely remember X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE as the worst of the X-MEN franchise. The film wasn't without the odd decent element, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed certainly stood out (he really deserved to be in a better X-MEN flick), but according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE nearly caused Hugh Jackman to hang up his claws and quit the X-MEN franchise for good.

After the thrashing the film received by both critics and fans alike, Hugh Jackman was left feeling as though he didn't have another X-MEN film in him, saying that he "couldn’t see what the next thing was, I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know where to go." Luckily for us, Darren Aronofsky (NOAH) arrived on the scene to save the day.

Back before James Mangold took the helm of what would end up being THE WOLVERINE, Darren Aronofsky was attached to the project and it was he who got Hugh Jackman back on-board the X-MEN train with just one simple image.

Darren said, ‘I get that he heals, but if you’re a human, your scars are with you for your entire life, the scab might go within a month or two weeks, but that’s there for life. Even if he has accelerated healing, that scars with him for a good 10 or 15 years, so he could be completely disfigured.’ All of the sudden, I had this image. It can be as simple of an idea as that, that all of a sudden makes me go, ‘Oh, there’s a whole other way to do this character. There’s a whole other way to get into it.

Aronofsky eventually dropped out of THE WOLVERINE to direct NOAH, but elements on his ideas trickled into both THE WOLVERINE and LOGAN. I think we can all be grateful that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine experience didn't end with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, especially as LOGAN has wound up being a very fitting finale for Jackman's almost two-decade association with the franchise.

LOGAN is now playing in theaters, so make sure to check out the reviews from our own Chris Bumbray and Eric Walkuski. Also, when you have seen the film, make sure to tell us what you thought of it!

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9:07PM on 03/05/2017

Not that bad

I wouldn't say this was a good movie, but it wasn't awful. I can say without a seconds hesitation it was much better than the second Wolverine solo flick. The second was horrible.
I wouldn't say this was a good movie, but it wasn't awful. I can say without a seconds hesitation it was much better than the second Wolverine solo flick. The second was horrible.
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3:24PM on 03/04/2017
I don't think this movie is as bad as people make it out to be. Not the best X-Men or Wolverine film, but throughly entertaining. At least we finally got to see a live action Gambit and a much better Sabertooth played by the highlight of the film in my opinion, Liev Schreiber.
I don't think this movie is as bad as people make it out to be. Not the best X-Men or Wolverine film, but throughly entertaining. At least we finally got to see a live action Gambit and a much better Sabertooth played by the highlight of the film in my opinion, Liev Schreiber.
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10:38AM on 03/04/2017

Eh

I don't think it's as horrible as most people make it out to be, but obviously it's far from great.
Origins: 6/10
The Wolverine: 7.5/10
Logan: 9/10
I don't think it's as horrible as most people make it out to be, but obviously it's far from great.
Origins: 6/10
The Wolverine: 7.5/10
Logan: 9/10
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10:38PM on 03/03/2017

Thank you, Aronofsky.

The scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Logan brandishes his claws in front of the mirror in the elderly couple's bathroom took me straight out of the movie experience. Unfortunately, that was the least of my (and everyone else's) issues with Wolverine's first solo outing. The Wolverine was a vast improvement, but the climax and the Viper villain were ridiculously over-the-top. I'm glad to hear all of these great things about Logan which I will be seeing on Sunday. I've been a moderate
The scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Logan brandishes his claws in front of the mirror in the elderly couple's bathroom took me straight out of the movie experience. Unfortunately, that was the least of my (and everyone else's) issues with Wolverine's first solo outing. The Wolverine was a vast improvement, but the climax and the Viper villain were ridiculously over-the-top. I'm glad to hear all of these great things about Logan which I will be seeing on Sunday. I've been a moderate fan of James Mangold's films before he took the helm of the Wolverine movies, having seen and enjoyed Girl Interrupted, Identity, Walk the Line, and 3:10 to Yuma.
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9:20PM on 03/03/2017
I don't think anyone would have blamed him.
I don't think anyone would have blamed him.
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