X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Release Date: May 1, 2009

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19/20 Les Winan Disappointingly muddled and dull. Too many characters and too much story crammed into one movie -- a shame considering the talented cast.
34/38 John Seal The X-Men movie for people like me who don't like X-Men movies
72/82 Kelly Metz I usually enjoy superhero movies - assuming there is some sort of coherent plot. This was definitely not that kind of movie. How on earth did this movie get greenlit?
90/169 Max Braden The story just lacks momentum, and Wolverine's claw cgi looked terrible. Jackman looks impressive though , and I really liked Taylor Kitsch as Gambit - I'd be interested in a movie on his character

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Spinning off from the hugely popular X-Men franchise, Wolverine is the first character to get his own movie. X-Men Origins: Wolverine will star the man who became a superstar due to this role. Hugh Jackman leads a cast that is sure to please long time fans of the X-Men comics. Co-starring Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, the wisecracking Merc With A Mouth, Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth, his long time nemesis, Dominic Monaghan (Charlie from Lost and a hobbit from Lord of the Rings) as Beak. Perhaps the most requested mutant to make the jump to the big screen (besides Wolverine) is Gambit, and he will be played by Taylor Kitsch, who many know as Riggins on Friday Night Lights. Other characters slated to be in the movie are Agent Zero and John Wraith, as well as The Blob and Weapon XI.

With filming already under way, director Gavin Hood (Rendition, Tsotsi) is guiding Hugh Jackman in a movie that promises to show aspects of Wolverine’s life that we’ve not yet seen. Rumored to deal with his past history as James Howlett and aspects of the Weapon X program that turned him and others into killing machines, Logan is on a quest for vengeance against his long time nemesis Sabretooth.

Wolverine’s first appearance was in Hulk #180, where he showed up on the very last page. His first full-fledged appearance was in Hulk #181 (Can one smell a crossover movie with the Hulk?) where the two squared off in the first of many battles. Created by writer Len Wein and designed by Marvel Art Director John Romita Jr., the first artist to draw him in comics was Herb Trimple. He joined the X-Men in 1975 in the Uncanny X–Men and legendary writers and artist Chris Claremont and John Bryne were major contributors to the development of the character. It wasn’t until Frank Miller did a four-issue Wolverine mini-series that the character had his own book. With the success of the mini-series, Wolverine was given his own ongoing series in 1988 and has had multiple other series of books as well. He was a lead character in the X-Men cartoon in the early 1990s and has been featured in multiple video games and other forms of media as well. In 2004, Brian Bendis made Wolverine a full-fledged member of the Avengers while he still remained an X-Man as well.

With the X-men series of movies currently on hold as the studio figures out what direction to take, it was a natural decision to spin-off one of the most popular characters in comics and Super Hero movies into his own film. While not under the Marvel Studios banner, the X-Men and related mutant characters are under the 20th Century Fox umbrella. (Pete Kilmer/BOP)

Vital statistics for X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Main Cast Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
Supporting Cast Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney, Lynn Collins
Director Gavin Hood
Screenwriter David Benioff
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.x-menorigins.com/
Running Time 120 minutes
Screen Count 4,099
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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