The Other Claw23 Jul, 2009 By: Fred Topel
Comic books are filled with alternate universes and what-if scenarios that can be explored in one issue then undone to resume the main continuity. But movies are such major endeavors that there’s usually only time or money for one version. However, fans of X-Men Origins: Wolverine may get to see a slightly different cut on home video.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Wolverine has been announced on DVD/Blu-ray, and there is no alternative cut on the discs, but rather deleted scenes and alternate sequences. Read the details here.]
“There’ll be an alternate structure to the movie that we had at one point which is interesting in and of itself,” says director Gavin Hood. “Essentially, it involved delaying the discovery of how Wolverine came to walk away from his brother until much later in the film instead of it being up front. It was a structure that actually, on paper, felt really good, but when we put it together in the edit room, it felt as if we were holding out on the audience for too long in telling them how he came to [a life of seclusion].”
The X-Men prequel, from 20th Century Fox, tells how James Logan (Hugh Jackman) came to obtain an adamantium skeleton and claws, and ultimately lose any memory of his former life.
Formerly part of an elite military unit of mutants along with his brother, Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), Logan abandoned the team until Creed killed his lover (Lynn Collins). Then Logan submitted to the experiments that made him Wolverine.
“What’s exciting about this is that I think there’s merit to both versions,” Hood says. “I happen to prefer the [theatrical version]. I think it allows the audience to attach emotionally early on to Wolverine because you run it in a linear form. But there was certainly some excitement about perhaps delaying the revelation of why he’d gone to live in Canada until later. But I think this structure works much better actually. Those are the sort of things that I’m very happy to share on a DVD because they give you a sense of what it is when we’re editing a movie. It’s not as if one version is all good and another version is all bad.”