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fallaciousspooge23 t1_j189kzq wrote

I was thirteen when the Byrne/Claremont work kicked in. Only had to wait 23 years for a film. For some reason, they cast a tall lean man for the short stocky Wolverine. Whatever.


CodsWhallop t1_j18et6p wrote

For all the many, many problems with the X-Men movies, you can't deny that Jackman does a great job as Wolverine.

Professor X is supposed to be from New York City, but nobody seems to mind the British accent.


DevilFucker t1_j18lu3c wrote

I think of all the X-men films, Jackman as Wolverine and Stewart as Professor X were the two best cast actors for their roles despite the differences from the source material. I only watched the 90s animated series, but these two actors really seemed to bring the characters to life. Wolverine’s height didn’t bother me, and I think the British accent for Professor X was actually an improvement.


bolanrox t1_j18mwu8 wrote

And sir Ian as magnito


Shitinbrainandcolon t1_j19cpxq wrote

“Wizard! You shall not pass!”


DroolingIguana t1_j1b9lel wrote

He's not really a wizard. He merely used his acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the film.


omicron7e t1_j18rpyh wrote

I think only short men get hung up on the "wolverine needs to be short" thing. I suppose it makes sense from a representation standpoint.


DiabloSerpentino t1_j1c39je wrote

Just my opinion (and I'm not short), but... Being short and stocky was an actual "thing" insofar as Wolverine's personality in the '80s and '90s. He'd often "square off" with an opponent and they'd literally be looking down on him, as if to be under-estimating him. His fearlessness despite his stature is what helped to MAKE him who he was. It was constantly reinforced that, like a real Wolverine, he was small, but wasn't to be messed with. His height/build was literally part of his character. For us older guys to see him be portrayed by someone taller/thinner than the illustrations/stories we grew up on takes some of the familiarity we had for the character. My younger siblings complain about the change in aesthetics of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from one movie to another, so I think it's a fair thing to have a minor gripe about.


monkeyjay t1_j1f98yw wrote

Awful take. Wolverine being short and hairy was a deliberate part of his physical character design for the entire history of the X-Men comic. It's a character design trait that really didn't need to be changed for the film at all. Jackman does a great job as the character so it's mostly irrelevant now but the annoyance was just because if you're going to make a comic book movie at least try to represent the characters that everyone already knows (unless it's a problematic representation).

In summary it made a lot of comic fans unhappy because it was ignoring a major element of the characters visual design. Remember this was an era where comic book movies were absolute trash because the writers/directors/producers didn't seem to give a shit about the source material, so casting a tall lean wolverine was not a great confidence booster.

It's not because short men don't feel represented.

And again, it didn't really matter in the end cos we got a great Logan out of Jackman, but it was a legit gripe.


HUP t1_j18vv7x wrote

Byrne was my favorite. I collected anything he did, even after the jump to DC. Loved Alpha Flight. Cockrum I couldn't stomach.


RealisticDelusions77 t1_j19rgbw wrote

> Only had to wait 23 years for a film

Heh, there's a new issue of Miracleman coming out next week that comic book fans have been waiting 28 years for.