Earlier today we told you that X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be making its world premiere right here in Tempe Arizona on Monday, April 27, after local fans made it so by sending in their ZIP codes to the official web site. What we didn't tell you is how pants-on-head excited Tempe is for the premiere.
Shortly after noon today, more than 600 Wolverine fans waited patiently (some more than others) in the CineCapri Theater at Tempe Marketplace's Harkins Theater. Many had been waiting for four hours or more in the hopes that by attending today's press conference they would also receive a ticket to the premiere.
Shortly before the official announcement, Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theater prowled the crowd telling them to "go ape" for the cameras. We're not sure how necessary that bit of encouragement was though as a single camera spotlight was enough to drive these fans into a screaming frenzy; so much so in fact that the trailer couldn't be heard over the cheering.
Even Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman got wrapped up in the hype as he ran up and down the aisles asking the audience to make some noise.
Finally it was time for the official announcement direct from Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman in a pre-recorded video. Jackman expressed his appreciation for everyone who participated in the ZIP code contest prior to announcing Tempe as the winner.