Scene of the Week: X-Men – Wolverine vs. Sabertooth
Hugh Jackman’s name is synonymous with that of the clawed mutant Wolverine now but in the year 2000 no one had ever heard of the man. Not Wolverine…he was a massive comic book favorite who had been around since 1974 and had pretty much been a major part of every cool X-Men story since then. The comics of the 90’s leaned heavily on him due to his gruff nature and often-times murderous ways. In a word, Wolverine was “cool”.
Fast forward to the year 2000 and young director Bryan Singer took the reins of the FOX hopeful franchise X-Men. Other than Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, the cast was full of relative unknowns but looking back there was no way at all of those good looking people wouldn’t strike it with some success in good old Hollywood.
The battle between the two similar mutants certainly has a cinematic appeal. The clash occurs on top of the Statue of Liberty, which while it’s no Remo Williams, is a very cool setting for a bunch of super powered beings to fight it out. Jackman has now appeared as Wolverine in nine different films but you can see there is a bit of a learning curve in this first one as the character has clearly not been fleshed out yet. Sabertooth is played by the Canadian big man Tyler Mane, who would go on to play Michael Myers in the Rob Zombie Halloween series. Whether you enjoyed his work as the masked killer in those movies I find that he’s a much better Sabertooth than later when Liev Schreiber took over the role.
Settle in and watch these two immigrant mutants duke it out on top of the most American of landmarks.