It looks like it’s the end of an era for comic book movies. After 16 years behind the claws, Hugh Jackman is set to retire from his role as Wolverine. This comes following the completion of third solo film for the character. We hope that the third time will be a charm for the Wolverine franchise, and early reports on the film are promising. That being said, we’ve been wrong before.
While Hugh Jackman’s performances have largely been praised, it’s been something of a rocky road for the hero when it comes to the namesake movies. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is widely considered one of the worst superhero movies out there, and it nearly derailed Deadpool, too. Thankfully that didn’t end up being the case, and the first Wolverine film is not considered part of the X-Men movie canon. That’s why we’re lucky enough to have a Deadpool who has a mouth. Ironically, while X-Men Origins was an unmitigated disaster on the screen, it was actually a surprising success when it came to the video game. The hack-and-slash console title based on the film received largely positive reviews and featured Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber as the voices of Wolverine and Sabretooth, respectively.
Wolverine has long been the marquee character of the X-Men franchise, making him the go-to hero when it comes to comic book video games. Despite the success of the X-Men Origins game, there hasn’t been a console title since 2009. Instead, fans of the hero seeking an interactive experience have had to look toward online gaming. Wolverine is clearly still popular and he’s such a draw that the character is referenced by name as one of the games available in the details for several online platforms, according to CasinoSource. This Wolverine-themed take on a traditional roulette game is the best at what it does and brings everything fans love about Logan to world of casual gaming. Still, we can only hope that the upcoming film will finally treat us to one more video game with the clawed Canuck.
Screenrant reported that the latest movie has wrapped up filming as it moves on to the next phase in advance of its 2017 release. The currently untitled movie will be directed by James Mangold, who also helmed The Wolverine and 3:10 To Yuma. Mangold’s pedigree in both comics and Westerns is fitting, because the movie is said to have much more of an Old West style. It’s also the first R-rated Wolverine movie. The movie will be based on the Old Man Logan comic series by Mark Millar (creator of Kick-Ass) and will embrace the violence that has long been a hallmark of the hero.
Jackman recently put the final nail in the coffin for his time as Wolverine when he released a video of himself shaving away the iconic mutton chops, as seen on Bleeding Cool. The actor said that that the loss of the facial hair came much to the delight of his wife. The third Wolverine film is expected to be in theaters March 3rd, 2017.