It’s official. Keanu-mania has taken over the world. With the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and Toy Story 4, as well as his appearance in the video game Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves is the name on everyone’s lips right now. In fact, the last time he had this much hype was when The Matrix was released in 1999.
Naturally, talk has shifted to which superhero he could portray on the big screen, with him last taking a shot at comic book movies as the titular character in 2005’s Constantine. Reeves hasn’t been shy about being a fan of the genre, either, and revealed in 2014: “I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn’t get that one.”
This year, he reiterated that he’d love to play Wolverine. So, the question is, why not?
With the X-Men moving under the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) umbrella, Hugh Jackman retiring from the role, and a need for a new Wolverine in this universe, Reeves should certainly be a consideration at the very least.
For one, he has the name recognition to pique fan interest. Seriously, imagine if the MCU announced Reeves as the new Wolvie tomorrow? The internet would go into overdrive! As a universally beloved actor, you’d struggle to see a lot of people hating his casting, even if they didn’t quite agree with it.
Two, he has the action pedigree to give the Canadian berserker more edge on the big screen. Of course, it’ll most likely be a stunt double doing most of the heavy and dangerous work, but Reeves doesn’t shy away from action set pieces and he’d be believable as the tough-as-adamantium mutant. Just think of those John Wick action sequences in an X-Men movie.
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Heard the news today that #keanureeves would rather play #wolverine over #batman so I did a quick piece. Becuase he is one of my favourite people in the world I may just do a few versions. @thehughjackman needs to give his blessings first 😅 PS ( @tomhardy was the biggest missed opportunity)
Finally, he isn’t too old for the part. Yes, you read that right. Even though he’s older than Jackman at 54, he’s still perfect for the part of Logan. You see, the character was never portrayed as a young man in the comic books. He was always older than the rest of the X-Men and a bit of a grumpy, old man. Reeves is defying nature and aging like a vampire, so he doesn’t look too old to portray a timeless mutant. And if he gets too old, you have an Old Man Logan storyline to fall back on.
There are hundreds of potential superhero parts for Reeves, but he deserves something big. It’ll take a lot to replace Jackman as Wolverine in the eyes and hearts of fans; however, Keanu Reeves could be the one to usher in a new generation of X-Men in the MCU.