All good things must come to an end and Hugh Jackman’s rendition of The Wolverine in the popular X-Men movie franchise falls into that category. Other than a couple of slips in movie quality that weren’t really Jackman’s fault, the franchise has flourished and its main character has been astounding. Now, the next Wolverine movie will be the last time he plays the role.
“It is my last time,” Jackman said on the Dr. Oz show. “It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.”
He wasn’t a popular choice when he was first cast, at least not for X-Men loyalists. It wasn’t his skill. It wasn’t his look. It wasn’t his voice, his acting, or his demeanor. They objected to his height. At 6’2″, he was nearly a full foot taller than his comic book counterpart. In the comics, “Logan” was always listed as being 5’3″. The producers decided to abandon that part of the mythos and go with the actor who fit every other part of the role. Rarely does someone do that so well – come into a role and truly own it. If there’s ever a reboot or continuation of his character, it will be very challenging for them to fit in so nicely. In many ways, Jackman has become The Wolverine for an entire generation of moviegoers.
The biggest question that fans are asking is whether or not he will appear in the upcoming X-Men:Evolution. The next chapter of the X-Men series is scheduled to be released before the untitled third spinoff Wolverine movie.