Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

It has been a little while since we’ve talked about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In fact, not much has been said since Hugh Jackman showed up at Comic-Con and knocked 6,000 people out of their seats with an explosive surprise clip. In fact, it actually seems a bit odd that we haven’t been talking more about Wolverine. Coming out of Comic-Con 2007, all we talked about was Iron Man, the clear star of that year’s festivities. And while Wolverine may not have made the exact same sort of splash, it certainly stuck with us as we departed San Diego.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we are now almost 3 months removed from Comic-Con and Fox is yet to release even a teaser trailer for Wolverine, whereas Iron Man’s teaser was online in September following the Con. But just because we haven’t seen anything from Wolverine, that doesn’t mean that we can’t talk about it a little bit. As well, that also won’t stop producer Lauren Shuler Donner from telling us that it is going to be great. While making a red carpet trip for the premiere of The Secret Life of Bees, Donner stopped to talk with Scott Huver of ComingSoon.net.

During the conversation, Donner promised what many fans have been hoping for all along, a darker, more badass version of the character. “You haven’t seen this side of him,” she explained. “It’s darker and sadder and it’s kick-ass. There’s a ton of action. It’s really kick-ass.”

She also went on to talk a bit about one of the film’s supporting characters, Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool, who is being played by Ryan Reynolds. When asked about the long-rumored Deadpool spin-off film, Donner said, “I really hope so. He’s so good at it.”

Cryptic, enthusiastic — but are these words from one of the film’s producers reassuring to fans? At this point it really doesn’t matter. Fans know that what they saw at Comic-Con was fantastic and they have every right to expect more of the same as we move closer to May 2009. As well, the Deadpool movie is almost certainly going to hinge on the success of Wolverine and possibly the Magneto movie that is currently on The Dark Knight scribe David S. Goyer’s plate. But that is all for future discussion. At this point, fans could probably use a teaser trailer to keep them salivating over Wolverine, otherwise it could be an uphill battle for the film to compete next May. Here’s hoping that Fox wises up and takes a page from Paramount’s Iron Man playbook, and fast.

For more from the Shuler Donner interview, including her talking about being an Ohio girl about to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, head over to Coming Soon.

Are you still as excited about Wolverine as you were right after Comic-Con when the footage showed up online?


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