If the sad, morbid, and dark Logan trailer wasn’t enough to drive the point home, Hugh Jackman’s tenure as everyone’s favorite clawed mutant, Wolverine, is coming to an end. The man has brought joy to millions over the past seventeen years — ever since X-Men first hit theaters in all its leather-clad glory back in 2000. Who would’ve thought he’d stick around for as long as he has, and that his films and performance would actually get better as time went on (2000 was still during an era when sequels usually meant garbage)?
But unfortunately, while actors age, characters generally do not. As comic books have proven for generations, their superheroes live on for generations and in countless incarnations. While Jackman has been more than serviceable in the Logan role, the fact remains that his recasting is inevitable. Yes, for the time being, 20th Century Fox has proven that the franchise is bigger than Wolverine, but at some point they’ll want to re-introduce Logan, and when it happens, it’ll likely not be Jackman.
So what does Jackman think of all this? He’s an actor, and while he’s an amazing one, he holds no illusions that he’ll be able to play Wolverine forever. Speaking with the New York Times, he expressed as much.
“The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure. [He insisted he was at peace with that] Unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem.”
While it’s sad that we’re nearing the end of the Jackman era with Logan, we can rest easy knowing that he’s going out on a high note. As of this writing, Logan is sitting pretty at 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Edward Douglas gave the flick a solid B+ rating, stating:
“Hugh Jackman's last Wolverine story ends on a grim, gritty and ultra-violent note that wins points both for being cinematic and for being so different.”
Given all the praise the film is getting, it sounds like both Jackman and Logan director James Mangold have finally made a film fitting of the Wolverine name. When all said and done, there is little incentive for him to come back and try to top the nuanced performance he gives in this final outing.
The X-Men franchise as a whole has grown, and while Jackman has done an amazing job in the franchise, it’s time for both him and the franchise to move on. We’ll miss ya, Wolvie.
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.