You might not have realized it while watching The Wolverine on the big screen this weekend, but the story at the film’s core was inspired by Chris Claremont’s acclaimed comic run of the same name. So what does Claremont think about it — especially considering he didn’t even get a shout out in the credits?
Not surprisingly, despite being left completely out of the full film credits, Claremont remains a class act. He did a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, talking about everything from the critically panned X-Men: The Last Stand (“a clusterf*ck”), to his overall opinion on The Wolverine (“a perfectly fine summer movie”).
So what does he think about not even getting a shout out from 20th Century Fox for inspiring the blockbuster?
“The thing about the credit … We did this mostly for fun. It was earning a living, but we did it for fun. There are still grace notes that make you grin. In the first Wolverine movie, when he looks at Silver Fox and says [the line I wrote], “I'm the best at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice” — at the screening, I was sitting there going, “Yesss!” and my wife is elbowing me in the hips to stop it. Those moments are cool. Or Hugh shouting out to [comics writer] Len Wein at Comic-Con, to thank him for creating the character. On the purely human side of the equation, it’s always nice to have someone say so.”
The full interview is loaded with spoilers about the film, but it’s well worth a read to see what Claremont thought of some of the specific changes made by director James Mangold along the way. His thoughts on where the series could go next are fascinating, to say the least.
Do you think it was fair for Claremont to be left out of the credits, or should he have at least gotten a “special thanks”?