Rethinking Wolverine’s Place in Film

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The whole point of this blog is that I’m not the type of fan who is constantly dissatisfied and always looking for things to pick apart and bitch about. I tend to let the little things slide and seek to extract every ounce of joy out my geeky loves that I can. So when I tell you I was less than thrilled by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you know I’m not complaining for the fun of it. The character has been a favorite since childhood so I have been looking forward to this for quite some time and really wanted to like it.

The sad truth is, like the character on which it’s based (ironically), the film is neither all  that good or all that bad. Plenty of reviews have already poured over it’s strengths and weaknesses so I won’t bother to recount them all. Rather I thought, speaking as such a huge fan of the character, maybe I would pose a somewhat painful question.

Should Wolverine even have his own movie?

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Arguably all the X-Men movies have been about Wolverine and while that was due to his massive following, I’m not the first to note that something of the character had been lost. When trying to make him a central hero that has to appeal to a wide audience you lose sight of some defining characteristics. After all, the Wolverine comic fans know and love is short, mean and ugly and can kill without blinking an eye. He can be as cold-blooded and terrifying as any villain and that is precisely what makes him such a compelling protagonist.

I love Hugh Jackman as an actor and have tremendous appreciation and respect for his passion and dedication to the role but the guy may be just too damn handsome and charming for his own good. Those qualities are too marketable for a studio (especially one like FOX) to allow him to get as mean and nasty as  the character warrants.

Perhaps in the world of blockbuster films, Wolverine would best be served as a supporting character. The guy who is as much of a threat to our heroes as an ally and only after pissing everybody off (audience included) does he come around in the end and save their asses!

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