WASHINGTON, March 5, 2017 – It is hard now to believe there once was a time when superhero movies were a novelty. In our own times, executives at Warner Brothers and Disney have done such a thorough job ingraining their films into our way of life that they almost seem a necessary element of modern cinema.
Imagine, if you dare, a time in which our nation’s multiplexes were not littered with Avengers and Justice Leaguers every summer. It’s almost more of a dystopian future than the one audiences witness in the new Marvel release, Logan, which opened this weekend.
In fact, though, that times occurred in the very real year we called 1999. It was a time before Batman and Superman ever shared the same screen, let alone choosing to battle one another, a time when only the country’s most ardent comic book fans knew the name of Tony Stark’s super-powered alter-ego: Iron Man.
A time before America had met Hugh Jackman.
The following video offers a comprehensive timeline tracing the genesis and evolution of Logan, aka Wolverine. (Video courtesy IGN.com)
While Jackman had made a few films in Australia, he would not make his American cinematic debut until he portrayed Wolverine in X-men (2000), the film that launched his career as a popular and successful international star. It ‘s incredible to watch that movie today, and recal that it represented Jackman’s first impressive appearance before a global audience.
The entire weight of that film rests on his adamantium-enforced shoulders, and he supports it effortlessly.
As for Jackman’s current Wolverine release, rumored to be his last as that classic Marvel character, Deadline.com box office reports:
“…The 20th Century Fox/Marvel Wolverine threequel collected an estimated $31.2M in its second day of release, down a low 6% from Friday’s $33.1M. This translates into an $85.2M weekend opening, which if that figure holds into the morning, will make the Hugh Jackman movie the 5th best opening for an R-Rated movie ahead of Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1M) and Passion of the Christ ($83.8M).”