He gave the characters depth. Although I have friends who argue against it, insisting that characters like Halle Berry's storm "do nothing but strut their stuff on stage with her more than tight leather pants and quite phony africano-exotica accent." I mean i thought she was rather convincing as Storm, maybe its the boobs thing that got to them. It was sizable. Uhm, but that's not the point.
About character depth... well, Singer couldn't have possibly concentrated on ALL the X-men characters and expect to pull it off. It was smart of him to concentrate on Wolverine - possibly the edgiest and most discussed X-men. He is the protagonist of the story and the other characters revolve around him. Their traits are brought out through their interactions with him. And mind you, Singer's characterization did keep to the original recipe. Marsden was pretty credible as the I-don't-take-no-s**t-and-keep-away-from-my-grrrl leader of the X-men. Janssen gave Jean Grey both body and brains but she looked a little old for Marsden. But I won't chide anyone on that because it just means they're progressive enough to think its ok. :) Well, Storm. she had those little prickly fringe and her attire screamed `look at me body' but no one can take away the fact her power was the ultimate coolest. God, I wish I was one of them.
Rogue didn't really have a name like Marie in the original X-men, right? I think one of the major overhaul from the original was Rogue, portrayed by Anna Paquin. They added this vulnerability to the character, which is, perhaps realistic to a certain extent? But honestly, did Rogue ever have such rapport with Wolverine?
Oh well, I really shouldn't act like a grumpy X-men groupie because this is one of the best comic-based movies. All the batman movies don't even come close. The plot was commendable and somehow, I couldn't think of a better word to describe this movie than cool! Magneto's power and affliction was mentioned so precisely and poignantly at the start of the show. Seriously, its hard to think of how it could be done in a more tasteful fashion.
Ok, maybe this show isn't a perfect 10 because they had some corny and cheezy bits that they could do without. But it does provide many sharp one-liners, mainly from Wolverine. Hugh Jackman really carried it off with a tour-de-force performance. Ok, not THAT fantastic because film critiques will undoubtedly argue that his role doesn't require much. However, he really slipped into Wolverine's persona and skin with such comfort and ease.
Talk about skin, did anyone miss out mystique? Honestly, need I say more?