Hugh Jackman in Wolverine

One of the highlights of this past year’s Comic-Con festivities was a surprise visit by Hugh Jackman, who was nice enough to drop in after the presentation for The Day the Earth Stood Still and show the already salivating crowds some jaw-dropping footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The footage blew the roof off of Hall H and we fully expected the trailer to follow shortly. Since then we’ve seen absolutely nothing from the film, which is still deep in post production.

The wait is almost over though, as our friends over at Coming Soon have confirmed that Fox intends to attach the first trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the December 12th release of The Day the Earth Stood Still. According to their report, the trailer will debut exclusively in theaters that weekend and not make its way online — at least not officially — sometime later.

Jackman’s performance in the film is being praised all over the press by former Fox executive Jeff Katz, who had the following to say to MTV’s Splash Page:

“To me and [Hugh] Jackman, our mantra for Wolverine has really been one term: ‘bad-ass.’ As long as Wolverine is consistently bad-ass, people are generally going to go with you. That’s what they want from that character. Iron Man comes out and it does a tremendous business, Batman comes out and it does a tremendous business, and the inclination in the movie biz a lot of the time is, ‘Well, that thing just worked, so we have to chase that. But as comics people know, Batman is not Iron Man is not Superman is not Wolverine – they’re all different.”

Katz also hinted at the possibility of future Wolverine films. “I can’t speak to what’s been discussed in the interim since I’ve been gone, but Mr. Jackman certainly has a desire to go to Japan.” To a lot of die hard Wolverine fans, that quote holds quite a bit of weight. As in, a few pounds of awesome to go along with gallon of sweetness.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.

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