Who else but Hugh Jackman could have played Wolverine? The man has defined the character for a generation of moviegoers and comic fans. He has played the role in no less than seven films and is set to reprise the role in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
However, what if another actor had taken up the role? Many people are aware that Dougray Scott was meant to take the role, but turned it down due to his involvement in Mission: Impossible 2. Recently though, it has been revealed that another actor was considered… Mel Gibson.
This attempt to cast him was shortly after the release of Braveheart in 1997. While this obviously did not happen, the casting process went far enough for artist Miles Teves to be commissioned to draw up concept art (below).
Teves is a veteran concept artist, having done designs for Batman & Robin, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Iron Man. His image dons Gibson with many of Wolverine’s trademark features. While it is exceptionally well drawn, it is utterly bizarre to look at this image now and think of what might have been.
Gibson turned down the role due to financial concerns. Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, I think we can agree that this was for the best. Regardless of how Gibson would have been in the role, this is the part that Hugh Jackman was born to play.