If you saw X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (which I, sadly, have not yet but intend to do this week!), then you know that the Weapon X sequence featuring Hugh Jackman was one of its notable highlights. You’ve also probably heard by now that Jackman’s next appearance as Wolverine, which will be his last, is said to be titled WOLVERINE: WEAPON X. It would appear that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE director Bryan Singer has been hearing all the buzz surrounding Jackman and Weapon X lately, because he just posted a cool little behind-the-scenes clip to his Instagram.
Singer, who has been involved with Fox’s X-MEN franchise for nearly 20 years, and who gave Jackman his big break when he cast him as Wolverine, seems to be waxing nostalgic about the Aussie actor’s final days in the iconic role. He posted a video, with a caption filled with compliments, from the set of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Here’s the glimpse, offered by Singer, of Jackman filming his sequence in the film:
Jackman is currently filming his WEAPON X movie, with director James Mangold calling the shots.
Notable, to me, is the fact that the actor isn’t all Huge Jacked-Man this time around. Neither in this clip, or the set photos that have leaked from WOLVERINE: WEAPON X does Jackman look like the hulked up monster he’s been in previous outings as Logan. I think that may serve two purposes. In APOCALYPSE, it makes him more of a physical match for how he appeared in the first X-MEN movie- which makes sense since it’s a prequel, and for WEAPON X, it helps accentuate that he’s older now, more vulnerable, and not at full capacity anymore.
How did you like Jackman’s berserker Weapon X sequence in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?