Since Darren Aronofsky “quit” The Wolverine last year, a new director has come aboard and the movie’s villain has been clarified, but Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, signed on to sing in Les Miserables. Much was made, at the time, of Jackman’s insane muscle-gain and morphing physique for the part, which he then had to lose after the film missed its planned start date. So THR’s report that Fox has rescheduled The Wolverine’s for July 23, 2013 is only mildly surprising.
Apparently, that will be enough time for Jackman to get into fighting shape for a presumed Fall-Winter 2012 shoot. Fox wants us to take them seriously this time, calling their long-delayed attempt to wipe X-Men Origins: Wolverine from our collective memory a “priority.” I’m inclined to believe them simply because, put in those stark terms, they can’t make the supposed adaptation of Frank Miller’s original mini-series fast enough. I don’t expect we’ll see too many more The Wolverine updates until the summer, and once Jackman starts doing press next autumn for that silly musical thing, the news will be full-bore.
As the comic book movie gods taketh Batman away from us, so they shall giveth unto us the Wolverine. If only they could give us Batman-meets-Wolverine…
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic book The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He’s actually okay if Fox is just trying to save face and never makes another Wolverine movies — you can’t fail if you never try.