I see Hugh Jackman as a strong actor. All of the work he does is strong. He was solid in Swordfish. He was epic in Les Miserables. He has even played a strong character, Wolverine, in the X-men franchise. The focus, at the start, of this article is his on-screen existence as Wolverine. Actually, the hope is this piece highlights what it represents, and maybe what can change. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, but the film presence, he represents, needs a new life, or it needs a more accurate life.
I have never been a fan of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The true character is smaller. He is bulkier. The comic mutant is a nastier, and darker, character than what Jackman can bring to the screen. The Australian actor brings, and works to bring, box office flair to the character, which either sells, or fails. In some cases, this is not always necessary.
My feeling, at times, is the content and accuracy of the source material should deliver in film, as it does in the comics. This has to be done right. I saw X-men in the theaters in 2000. It was exciting to see the X-men, and even Wolverine, live and in person. The reality, now, after all of those films, is that some combination of true source material and respect to the rules of Hollywood must deliver at the box office, going forward. X-men:The Last Stand, X-men Origins, Wolverine, and the Wolverine, are not examples of this beautiful combination. I could also point out films like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other films, with certain aspirations.
With movies like Deadpool, and films with source material driving its inspiration, there is hope the box office can become a place for not only box office dollars, but for a place where true fictional material can come to life on the movie screen. I am a hater of Green Lantern, the film. I loved the look of the film, the characters in the film, the actors, and the feel of the movie. The skin-like uniforms and organic rings were beautiful. It gave you a taste of Green Lantern.
However, the whole film is just a taste of the Green Lantern universe. There is no intergalactic work, no well-written alien characters to enjoy, be fearful of, or even acknowledge. There was not even the ominous presence, or hint, of the Blackest Night in the film. It, along with the War of Light, as comic book epics, could make box office money. It means getting the first film, the most important one, right.
The work and the films currently made, out of all of the characters implied, and delivered, in a sense. In some movies, you almost believe making certain creative decisions, allowing a character to be truer to its roots, and using stories closer to the original content, will bring more people, and inspire a broader audience to attend the movie theater.
A different Wolverine might not necessarily go off in his own films, but simply exist in the X-men franchise, until he must leave. He can enter his own sets of films later. This Wolverine might have been able to create an epic encounter with one gamma green monster, in the Hulk; in an unexpected, glorious one on one, on-screen battle to rival a Frankenstein meets the Wolf man. It can still happen, but it is all about the decisions. Green Lantern could follow the work of this character Hal Jordan, as he learns his place in the universe and takes on minor, heavy, foes, while a set of films slowly reveals a mainstay villain in Sinestro.
Why not trust in the material? Why not make a Transformers film, only from the perspective of the robots in disguise? If it tried and failed, it would make sense. What is in the theaters now is subject to plenty of debate.