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First Wolverine footage shown at SDCC July 25th, 2008, posted by FofR

The first look at actual X-men Origins Wolverine footage has been shown at the San Diego Comic Con, presented by Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, after flying in from Australia, where shooting has just finished.

The footage combines the necessarily arrogant Wolverine amidst cheesy backdrop explosions - this is something that we have come to expect and love about the character, but the trailer also oozes some quality and distinction as new characters Gambit and Deadpool show up, notching up the excitement factor one more level.

/Film have a the best rundown on the events:

The trailer kicks off with Wolverine and Sabertooth in a prison cell. They get taken outside, strapped to posts, and shot to hell by a firing squad. “What did that feel like?” a man asks. Wolverine responds: “It tickled.”

Cut to a shot of Wolverine strutting cheesily to the camera as a truck explodes behind him. Marvel logo fades onscreen.

Then Major William Stryker announces himself to both Sabertooth and Wolverine, discussing the prospect of putting a special team together. Interspersed between this are shots of them running through the woods with full-fledged animal ferocity, being surrounded by a group of soldiers in a circle while amping up to kick some ass, and then the clincher, a shot of Deadpool posing for the camera with his two samurai swords.

Wolverine tells Sabertooth that this wasn’t the program he signed up for. We see him being hooked into place inside the adamantium-injecting machine and thrashing about in the water. He bursts out of it in a blaze of anger and roars at the camera, his claws bursting out of his hands while he does it. Bodies drop as Wolverine slashes in every direction.

A handful of cards are tossed toward the screen, and the camera pans to reveal none other than Gambit holding his electrically-enhanced staff.

More quick shots: a child Wolverine (?) screams with his claws burst out of his hands, Sabertooth lunges across the ground like an animal and attacks Wolverine in what looks like a small snippet of a much larger battle, Wolverine gets clobbered in a boxing ring by the massive Blob, Wolverine goes one-on-one with Gambit, and a mysterious girl begins to have electricity sparkle all throughout her body.

Before you can even begin to recognize all the quick shots of your favorite comic book characters, a final set of clips shows off a very cool-looking set piece with Wolverine facing off on his motorcycle against a truck, and eventually climaxes with him launching thirty feet in the air onto a helicopter.

The title shoots on screen: X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

SHH also have some coverage.

Detailed WWII Set Report June 17th, 2008, posted by FofR

SHH have posted a set report from the Omaha beach scenes, simulating the 1944 D-day landings. This is a great read that shows the true effort and grit (or sand?) that goes into shooting a realistic war scene.

I was a part of the WWII, Omaha Beach scenes. From what I can gather, Logan (aka Wolverine) is pretty much the Eternal Soldier archetype. By this I mean he is by nature a warrior and is drawn to wars and conflict. The D-Day landings at Omaha Beach are iconic in American military history. It makes perfect sense from the character story to have this landing as a setting for some of his history.

About 70 extras were hired on for the shooting of the beach landing scenes (plus stunt guys plus stars). These extras were a mix of normal extras and trained army personnel. I fall into the latter category being a member of the Australian Army Reserve. The casting directors wanted to leaven the bread of actors with some real-life soldiers in order to give the scenes a little bit of added realism. I think it worked well.

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Wolverine wraps principal photography June 7th, 2008, posted by FofR

The IESB are reporting that principal photography has wrapped in Australia. How long until we see our first teaser trailer?

Marvel’s Kevin Feige told IESB that X-Men Origins: Wolverine has just wrapped principal photography in Australia and that there are only a couple of weeks left for some pick up shots second unit will be taking care of.

Several sources close to the production have described X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a gritty 70’s type of action film.

Scott Adkins cast as Weapon 11 (XI) April 11th, 2008, posted by FofR

The Coventry Telegraph are reporting that local man Scott Adkins, a martial arts expert has been cast as the mysterious Weapon 11 (or Weapon XI) in the Wolverine movie.

No one knows who the Weapon XI character is, and this move is very intriguing. Wikipedia offers us some insight:

No individual with the ‘Weapon XI’ moniker has been seen, but John Sublime has mentioned it. A likely candidate for Weapon XI’s true identity is the Hound (a mutant with the power to hunt and kill other mutants), who was transformed by the Hound Program of the US government into a techno-organic killing machine. He battled the government-sponsored incarnation of X-Factor after massacring scientists at a US government research facility, nearly killing Sabretooth in the process, but was stopped by Polaris, who was forced to use her power at its full limit. He was later after Shard, but was destroyed in an explosion after being defeated by her and Bishop.

Video from the Wolverine Carnival Set March 4th, 2008, posted by FofR

The Daily Telegraph have been on location at the Wolverine carnival shoot, covertly snapping shots of scenes filmed, making their own videos of the unfolding events and getting some expert images of Hugh Jackman dressed fairly casually.

Wolverine Carnival Picture Gallery:


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