In a 2014 interview, Jackman said Vulture that he was only given three pages of the “X-Men” script to watch, and based on that excerpt, his wife thought he should switch the part. Jackman describes the pages, saying:
“‘Wolverine sensed danger. His nostrils flared. And sniped!” – SNIKT! The one I didn’t know was from the comic! I was like, ‘Snikt?’ I’m not sure it’s spelled correctly! I said, ‘I don’t know what the word is!’ And then ‘The claw came out of his hand.’ My wife was reading it to me, and she said, “You got a claw out of your hand? This is ridiculous.” And I said, “Honey! It’s Bryan Singer! And Ian McKellen!” This is the only time in 18 years of marriage that she has been wrong! [Laughs.] Or she will admit it. “
The cinematic landscape was dramatically different in 2000, and comics didn’t get much respect in terms of film adaptations. Richard Donner’s Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman were critically and commercially successful, but the series was canceled because the quality of both declined significantly in subsequent releases.
As for Marvel Comics, it made a few attempts and ultimately only achieved some prior success adapting a character with “Blade” – way more important than it was credited – in 1998. There’s a quirky indie comic, like “The Crow” or “The Mask,” but a comic adaptation is still considered a very risky proposition.
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