2013 Final Four: Michigan Wolverines Supported by Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

By Chris Katje


Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

The Michigan Wolverines got some words of encouragement from an unlikely source. A comic book character is rooting for the team.

Earlier today, I wrote about Detroit mayor Dave Bing cheering against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 Final Four. Bing, a former Syracuse player, is pledging his allegiance to his alma mater. Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the popular X-Men movies, tweeted his support for the Wolverines today.


The tweet, from Hugh Jackman’s verified account, showed Wolverine’s support for the NCAA Basketball team that bears his name. Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in 1999 and the first X-Men movie in 2000 was the Australian actor’s big break.

Jackman has gone on to play Wolverine in X2 (2003), X-Men The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Jackman will also star as Wolverine in the upcoming 2013 film The Wolverine.

The Australian actor is not new to supporting big sports teams. He is a supporter of soccer club Norwich City. In the United States, Jackman cheers on the Philadelphia Union, a member of the MLS.

Wolverine first appeared in the 1974 comic The Incredible Hulk #181. The comic book character continues to be ranked among the top ten comic book heroes by fans and experts. The basketball team that shares the same name will be trying to add to the legend of the wolverine.

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