Comics Continuity: While Jim Logan's (X-Men 74) powers are fairly low key, "hyper-senses" and an ultra-rapid biological healing factor, the Canadian government studded his skeleton with adamantium, the toughest metal on the planet, and christened him "Weapon X". He's 5'5", 70 kilos in weight and moves like his namesake. Fast. He's got three claws in each hand, nine inches long. A fierce temper. Speaks Japanese. Has Martial Arts skills and several identities, including "Patch," an unsavory sort who frequents the Asian nation of Madripoor. Logan's age is not known -- it has been speculated that his healing power could make him immortal. (1:Incredible Hulk 181, Len Wein/ Herb Trimpe). Film continuity: A Canadian named Logan, his real name is a mystery as are the origins of the claws that pop from his fists, the "healing factor" that mends all wounds and the indestructible adamantium metal that coats his skelton. Prone to berserker rages.
Both DeSanto and I, by the way, think that naming Logan "Jim" was dumb.
Tom DeSanto: Wolverine is the guy who's cynical. Guys are walking around in costume and calling each other code names and he's thinking "what is this bull--?" He's sort of caught in the middle between Xavier and Magneto and their two philosophies and sees each of them as being somewhat right. Wolverine is the lead character the audience takes the journey with. Bringing Logan back to the beginnings of that character was the fascinating thing -- Claremont really made him the man with no memory. That this adamantium Weapon X experiment was so horrific, so traumatizing that it wiped out who he was before that. So he doesn't know the face of his mother. He doesn't have the memory of his father holding his hand. He remembers himself waking up in a metal tank and being this weapon. That's his childhood. That's his adolescence, being this man-made killing machine.
Hugh Jackman: There are many things I love about Wolverine. He's very independent. Very private. He always has one foot in one camp and one outside. It's fun for an actor to play that because you get to make fun of things and you get to be involved when you chose to. The way developed the softer side of Wolverine is in the relationship with Rogue, which was a wonderful device in the move. It's a relationship that he's very reluctant to get into. It's a relationship that, in the end, helps him on his journey to actually becoming a happier, less gruff aggressive type of guy. I think in the future we'll explore his past a little more.
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