After three “X-Men” movies and a prequel, filmgoers are beginning to recognize what comic book fans have known for years: Wolverine is, and forever will be, the coolest member of the superhero team. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that the character is played by none other than Hugh Jackman.
The breakout star of the first three movies (“X-Men,” “X2: X-Men United," and “X-Men: The Last Stand”), Wolverine is one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters. Born a mutant with superhuman senses, an incredible healing factor and a set of three claws on each hand, the character underwent an experimental medical procedure that grafted an unbreakable metal to his skeleton, as seen in the prequel “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Since the 2009 release of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” there has been consistent talk about a follow-up film featuring the near-feral mutant. By the following year, Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”, “The Fountain”) was hired to direct based on a script that draws inspiration from a classic Wolverine story by comic book legends Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Just last month, however, Fox announced that the film would have a new director: James Mangold, who previously worked with Jackman on “Kate and Leopold.” According to Jackman, however, Mangold was not the only one gunning for the job.
“There were a number of directors who wanted to do this because we have the best script yet, but his take was the strongest,” Jackman told MTV News of Mangold. “He’s phenomenal, he’s going to really knock this one out of the park.”
While the project has a new director, it is retaining the name given to it during Aronofsky’s watch: “The Wolverine.”
“Darren wanted to call it ‘The Wolverine’ and I want to keep that, because to me this is going to feel like ‘The Wolverine.'” Jackman added, “This is the one that in 20 years time I want to say, ‘Check this out.’”
While fans won’t get to see “The Wolverine” until 2012, they can currently catch a glimpse of Jackman in the prequel/reboot “X-Men: First Class,” in which the actor seemed to enjoy his one-line role as much as the audience.
“I loved doing that cameo,” he admitted. “It was the easiest line learning I’ve had.”
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