Wow, Richard sure knows how to make a splash! The internet is awash with breaking news pieces on his forthcoming stint as the voice of Logan/Wolverine. Here’s a quick compilation of links to the various articles in the nerd boy press:
Breaking the news: Mashable “Marvel is aiming to create the next ‘Serial,’ starring Wolverine”
The official Marvel press release here: MARVEL PARTNERS WITH STITCHER TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST SCRIPTED PODCAST, ‘WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT’
So yet another new genre. Well, sort of new. He’s done Captain America I guess, and in a roundabout way, both Hobbit and Hannibal were pretty fan-driven as well. First response: Looks like Richard is really making himself comfortable in the world of supernerdism. Not a bad move, if you ask me: Comic-based movie franchises have been massive in the last few years. The zenith may actually be already over, but with an innovative (as they claim) new approach, this could be something outstanding and ground-breaking. Although I find the concept almost diametrically opposed to the origins of the source text – graphic novels do what it says on the tin: They are graphics, they are drawn stories. There is text in it, but the genre as such depends on its graphic representation. Which was still fine when the comics were translated into film. But when turning them into podcasts, you are completely letting go of their actual USP, the *graphics*… A risk, but also a chance. I have no doubt that Richard is a great choice for such a project – a consummate pro in the recording booth, with much experience, and – what is even more valuable – with huge enthusiasm for the audio genre. I just wonder how this will go down with the hardcore fans… and I am wondering why Wolverine himself (Hugh Jackman) is not taking on the role? Sure, he’s stepped back from acting Wolverine, but a voice role would’ve been the perfect way of maintaining a continuity while retiring from the movie franchise.
Well, whatever, I once again have to say I am utterly surprised by Richard’s project choice. Not exactly my genre. But I am open for all. Bring it on, Richard!