When looking at casting for superheroic roles over the last 25 years, there are only a select few that can be said to truly transcend the entire superhero genre on film, and that can be labeled as truly definitive by both general moviegoer and comic book fan alike. Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man likely falls into that category, as does Michael Keaton as Batman. Heath Ledger as the Joker absolutely fits the bill, but the one that’s likely stood the largest test of time has to be Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the X-Men film series.
Having played the role in every X-Men film since the year 2000, Jackman as Wolverine didn’t fit what might’ve been considered the “type” for the character when he replaced actor Dougray Scott for the first Bryan Singer X-Men film, but he’s gone on to become one of the single best superhero performers in the genre’s history, arguably next to the likes of Christopher Reeve as Superman. Still, though, with Hollywood’s seeming obsession with making old franchises new, and with recasting older roles with younger actors, conventional wisdom might tell you that his turn as Wolverine may be about up. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case, as he has a new Wolverine solo film coming in 2017, and now we know that the actor is far from ready to hang it up.
According to an interview with Cigar Aficianado (via E! Online), Jackman is not only content to play Wolverine for awhile longer, he thinks that maybe the part should never be recast — in his lifetime, anyway. When relating how he felt after watching Michael Keaton’s Oscar-nominated performance in Birdman, Jackman said he felt inspired. He said,
I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.’ I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor…I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.
Fans and critics alike don’t seem to think that Jackman’s turn as Wolverine is nearing an expiration date. As he’s grown as an actor, he’s applied advancements in his craft to the role of Wolverine, very apparent in the critical and commercial success of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. While Jackman isn’t slated to appear in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, he is going to appear in the aforementioned third solo Wolverine film, and other 20th Century Fox X-Men projects like X-Force could have a part for him as well.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for the definitive Wolverine, but we here at GeekNation hope he sticks around for a long time to come.
They need to make that “Old Man Logan” movie sometime, right?
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