When the third Wolverine movie finally hits theaters in 2017, Hugh Jackman will have played the character for 17 years. There are some marriages that don't even last that long, and Jackman will finally be retiring from the character that made him a household name. People have long speculated how Fox plans to move forward with the character and who will inevitably take the reigns. One actor would love the chance to play as the iconic X-Man, and he just so happens to have played a character from DC Comics in the past. Check it out.
The man in question is Johnathon Schaech, who some may recognize from earlier this year when he played DC anti-hero Jonah Hex on an episode of Legends of Tomorrow. During a panel at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, Schaech said that if he could play any character, it'd be Wolverine. Apparently, the mutant formerly known as James Howlett was the reason he got into acting in the first place. If the stars align and Schaech gets an opportunity to audition for the part, then he could make a good Wolverine. Wolverine has sort of the same rough exterior as Jonah Hex, and if you dirty Schaech up a bit he would definitely look like the X-Man.
The Legends of Tomorrow actor wouldn't be the first to double dip in DC and Marvel. Perhaps one of the biggest cases of this is Ryan Reynolds, who starred in the critically panned Green Lantern, and then years later in the critically beloved Deadpool (and that's not even bringing up X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Quite notably there's also Ben Affleck, who may be killing it as Batman today, but almost killed his career in 2003's Daredevil. Even the last guy to play Jonah Hex, Josh Brolin, is playing the biggest villain in the MCU- Thanos.
Johnathon Schaech's chances at booking Wolverine depend on how Fox goes about handling the character's future; who will take over for Hugh Jackman after the untitled Wolverine 3 comes out is definitely up in the air. It's also possible that they will retire the mutant for a while to give other characters in the main series time to shine and/or distance the next actor from Jackman's performance. Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine is in the same vein as Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. It's hard to picture anybody else taking on that role; Jackman IS Wolverine. The end credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse seemed to tease the future for the character when samples of his blood were taken. It's possible that Fox is going the legacy route and introducing Wolverine's teenage female clone X-23 to replace him in the franchise.
The fate of Wolverine is anyone's guess at this point but keep it here at Cinema Blend and we'll keep you updated as new information becomes available. In the meantime, Wolverine 3 is scheduled to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.
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