In the world of comic book films, having a certain character recast from time to time or a film franchise of a certain series rebooted is no longer a new thing. There had been a number of Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, and many others in recent memory. However, one actor and his character overcame several reboots and recasts long enough that he now appears to own the sole right to play the character in the big screenHugh Jackman as Logan aka The Wolverine.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, executive producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg and film director Bryan Singer talked about several things fans should know about the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which will introduce the thousand-year-old mutant Apocalypse, set to be the biggest and most powerful enemy of the mutants to date.
Singer and Kinberg also talked about Wolverine’s role in the upcoming new film. While Jackman previously announced that the next time he would don the clawsand probably the last, toowould be in his upcoming standalone film, Singer did not specify that Wolverine would not play a role in “Apocalypse” entirely, leaving a hint that Wolverine would have some sort of cameo in it.
“I can’t talk about that,” Singer just said.
Also, Kinberg talked about the idea of recasting the actor for Wolverine in the future. Since the actor and the live action version of the character had been very iconic, Kinberg admitted that unlike other superhero characters, it would be “impossible” to have someone else take on the character of Wolverine when Jackman finally departs from it.
“I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories,” Kinberg said. “So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward. Honestly, I can’t imagine anybody else playing the part, and there’s not too many characters I can say that for.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will hit theaters on May 27.