Hugh Jackman is synonymous with Wolverine, but he retired from the role of Wolverine earlier this year to focus on other things, and to move on from it. That leaves a void where you’ve got a massively popular franchise, and a guy who is so closely associated with that franchise, so it can be tough to fill those shoes. There are plenty of other examples where a popular character in a superhero movie is taken over by a new actor. You’ve got Batman, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and more. Sometimes it goes well, other times the person who was most well-known for the role leaves too big of shoes for anyone else to fill.
The CEO of a company is probabally one of the biggest insiders you can find, they know the ins and outs of what’s going on, and in this case, which films are on the horizon. Sometimes, studios will plant seeds of rumors early on in order to see how people react. It’s like free market research. If people go crazy over the idea, they’ll definitely take note. If people in the comments are trashing it, that could also have an impact on the decision, before the studio goes ahead and spends a hundred million dollars on something people aren’t interested in. In this case, the CEO of 20th Century Fox, Stacey Snider, who took over very recently after spending a lot of time at Dreamworks and then Fox, has spilled some beans about the future of ‘Wolverine’.
Don’t get too excited, this isn’t any kind of an announcement, it’s just a vague answer that leaves the door open. In an interview with Variety, Stacey Snider was asked about the popular franchise and if there’s any chance of another Wolverine movie in the future. Her response was brief, she said:
It’s definitely not a yes, but it’s not a no either, it sounds like a strong maybe if not more. If there were no plans to do anything with Wolverine moving forward, this vague answer may have sounded a little different. You can read into it as much as you want, but it’s hard to imagine that Fox won’t do anything else with one of their biggest film franchises. The real question is how interested people will be without Hugh Jackman, and who could be hired to replace him in this role. Did people love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine becasue they loved Wolverine, or did they love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine because they loved Hugh Jackman, or was it a combination of both? In any case, it can be hard to break familiarity when people associate a character so closely with one person.
Jackman himself seems to think the franchise will continue, but it’s unclear whether that’s based off of any insider information or not. Presumably, it would have come up at some point during their negotiations or discussions, but who knows? Here’s what Hugh Jackman has had to say in the past, first on the topic of whether or not Wolverine will continue without him, and then in regards to somebody else playing the role.
“He’ll come back, just not with me,” revealed Jackman.
Hugh Jackman went on to talk about the legacy of the role:
“Definitely someone else will play the role, it’s a great role,” Jackman explained. “You know, it’s like a Bond or it’s like a Batman, those kinds of roles. Other people will play him for sure.”
It remains to be seen how open fans are to this idea, and which direction Fox would take. Would they go back in time to when Logan was younger? Would it be a reboot? If they’re going back in time, how would that all fit into the canon of the story? It leaves a lot of questions to be answered, but one thing is for sure: If there’s money on the table for a movie studio to make by revisiting and remaking proven ideas, they’re going to do whatever it takes to gobble up every single red penny, so chances are it’ll only be a matter of time until fans are sitting in the theater again for another Wolverine movie. Perhaps it could be an ensemble cast, everyone who owns the rights to any super heroes definitely wants their own “Avengers”, but it can get weird with licensing and who can appear in which movies.
In any case, are you looking forward to a new Wolverine movie, and do you have any ideas of who could fill the role? Should it be a younger, unknown actor that takes over, or are there any current stars you’d like to see as Wolverine? Joel Edgerton has had his name mentioned for the role for years now, he’s a fellow Aussie, and has a similar look to a younger Hugh Jackman, and experience in action movies. Liam Hemsworth and Tom Hardy are two other actors whose names have been in the mix over the years, and some people have even suggested The Rock.