Hugh Jackman became famous worldwide for portraying Wolverine in director Bryan Singer’s film “X-Men” (2000). Now the yet-to-be-titled “Wolverine 3” will not only be the eighth time Jackman plays the metal-clawed mutant onscreen, but it is also the last. It has been revealed that the Aussie actor’s final outing as Wolverine on a film will be rated R.
Den of Geek confirmed that the film based on a violent script will have an R-rating. The previous two “Wolverine” movies had a PG-13 rating. This is in line with what The Hollywood Reporter (THR) mentions that the filmmakers and Jackman himself are trying to up the ante for his final “Wolverine” and “X-Men” film.
“There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated ’Wolverine.’ I’ve always felt that, and I know a lot of fans would like that,” Jackman had told MTV News. “If there’s ever going to be a superhero that is going to be R-rated, it’s going to be Wolverine.” Well, the Tim Miller-directed, Ryan Reynolds starrer “Deadpool” has already claimed that honour. “Fox’s ‘Deadpool’ has earned around $610 million (around AU$855 million) worldwide, reports Comingsoon.net.
Curiously, Reynolds played a mutilated and much derided version of Deadpool whose mouth was sewn shut and who shot laser with his eyes. In “Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds makes fun of that version of Wade Wilson. Jackman had previously said that if a fight between Wolverine and Deadpool occurs, the clawed mutant would win.
While an R-rated “Wolverine” will be fun, Jackman was also worried about alienating the character’s younger fans. “You see it in their eyes. He’s everything to them,” said Jackman. “You need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans,” he said. Jackman also added that there might be two different rated releases of the film. “There is even talk about us doing two versions, as in finding a way to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool,” he said.
“Wolverine 3” will reportedly mark the conclusion of the Wolverine spin-off trilogy that began with Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) and was then followed up with “The Wolverine” (2013) by director James Mangold who will also be directing the third Wolverine movie.
The film will be based on the “Old Man Logan” comic book storyline. Jackman had said in a video interview with Collider that the script is yet to be finished but also promised that he is trying his best to make his final appearance as Wolverine the most memorable. “My thing and I’ve told you and I’ve told everyone, it’s my last one, for me I want it to be perfect,” Hugh added. “So the moment I know it’s perfect, bang, we’ll go.”