Hugh Jackman's Favorite Superhero Movie is The Best DC Film Ever Made

Hugh Jackman's Favorite Superhero Movie is The Best DC Film Ever Made
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One would expect Hugh Jackman to really adore X-Men, where he played Wolverine, but in fact it is not his favorite.

In a recent interview with Variety, the Australian actor revealed that his favorite superhero movie is Nolan's The Dark Knight.

"My favorite superhero movie. Growing up, the first Superman. That was a game changer. Dick Donner movie, Christopher Reeve. I'm gonna say, I'm thinking one of the Nolan Batmans. I'm gonna go Dark Knight," Jackman said.

Nolan's The Dark Knight was groundbreaking in many ways, not to mention the fact that the director's dark aesthetic set the tone for DCU films for years to come.

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The second installment of the Batman trilogy paved the way for superhero movies to get some recognition in the "big leagues" of award shows, giving Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker. Grossing 1.006 billion USD worldwide, The Dark Knight was a critical and commercial success and is still considered the best DC Comics-based film of all time more than a decade later.

Hugh Jackman also told Variety what was the scariest movie he saw as a child. Jackman said he was absolutely terrified by the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. He said he was literally "traumatized by the monkeys" and had to hide behind the seat while his dad said, "He'll be fine, let's watch the rest of it!

The good news for all X-Men and Deadpool fans is that Hugh Jackman is returning to his iconic role as Logan – he last played Wolverine in 2017's Logan, directed by James Mangold. The character will appear in the upcoming sequel Deadpool 3, in which the actor will team up with Ryan Reynolds.

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The latter has been waiting for this moment for a long time. You might think that it was Reynolds who convinced Jackman. Well, in a recent interview with Collider's Steven Weintraub, the Canadian-American actor refused to take all the credit for Logan's comeback, but admitted that he pushed hard for a movie that would see Wolverine and Deadpool together.

"I don't believe that I'm responsible for Hugh coming back. I always wanted Hugh to come back. My first meeting with Kevin Feige when Disney bought Fox years ago, maybe three years ago, or three and a half, four years ago, I'm not sure, was about doing a movie with the two of us, a Deadpool Wolverine movie."

At that time it was not possible, but time passed and this is what happened.

"Hugh just happened to call at that perfect moment and express that he'd be interested in coming back and doing this one more time," Reynolds said. However, he refused to give any more details about the conversation, saying that Jackman will speak "at some point" and answer any questions about his return as Wolverine should they arise.

But it is still unclear when Deadpool 3 will start shooting. Reynolds neither confirmed nor denied the rumors that the filming will start in April 2023, saying that he doesn't know and that the dates are "negotiable."

The theatrical release of Deadpool 3, directed by Shawn Levy, is scheduled for November 8, 2024.