X-Men Origins: Wolverine is surely the worst of the X-Men movies. I could rattle off a dozen reasons. The climax, for example, features Wolverine getting saved, in succession, by his brother, then Gambit, and finally his dying lady love. It's pathetic. While Hugh Jackman is an ingratiating hero, the movie is a big, ugly mess.
Serious talk began of a Wolverine spin-off after X2. I had an idea that I think would have been a lot better. In X2, Wolverine killed Lady Deathstrike (played wonderfully by Kelly Hu). No backstory is given to her terrific character, however. I wondered, since she was under the same mind-control as Cyclops, how do we know if she was good or evil to begin with. That's where my idea began...
Wolverine wonders the same thing. Did I kill (in a most horrible way) an innocent woman? (Add the psychological twists that she was very like himself, and also that he'd just lost the woman he loved in the same movie.) It would stick in his claw. He had to find out.
If she was a good person, then he would feel obligated to take on any of her debts or outstanding obligations. He is compelled to do this because he is not an animal, but lives by a strict code of his own personal ethics.
The quest takes him to the Orient, probably Japan, where he could fight ninjas (a la Frank Miller, which now is the plan for the next Wolverine move, I understand). While investigating and adventuring there, he occassionally glimpses a woman that looks like Lady Deathstrike. Is she Lady Deathstrike's twin sister, who may or may not be a mutant? Is she a clone? Is she another mutant, like maybe Mystique, who is shapeshifting into Lady Deathstrike's form? Could she be Lady Deathstrike, herself, somehow come back to life (sans the extra adamantium)? Could she be her...ghost? Or, could she exist only in Wolverine's mind...? (Clearly, my idea uses the "haunting woman" motif that I enjoy so much.)
I think it was a good idea for a spin-off movie, but, alas, I am not a filmmaker. Nor did my efforts to implant the idea into the X-Men filmmakers, via telepather, succeed. (I must have some other mutant power.)