Well, this is it – Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine. He’s played the character in nine movies starting with 2000’s X-Men. It is in this, his last hurrah, that blows them all away. Logan is a powerful, contemplative film that perfectly ends Jackman’s run with the character. It’s a family drama, an action thriller, and the boldest, if not most affecting superhero flick in years.
Here are 5 reasons why Logan will be remembered fondly.
From the first, ultra-violent, gory confrontation between a drunk, alcoholic Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) and three of the unluckiest gangbangers ever put on film, Logan, Jackman’s second collaboration with writer-director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, Night & Day, Cop Land) and reportedly his last time out as the title character, announces itself as a new, different superhero movie and not just because it’s R-rated (we saw plenty of ultra-violence last February with Deadpool) but because Mangold, his screenwriting partner, Scott Frank (The Lookout, The Interpreter, Minority Report, Out of Sight, Get Shorty), and Jackman, every bit a co-equal partner, go where no superhero genre movie has gone before: Into exploring the long-term physical, mental, and emotional consequences of living above and beyond what we otherwise consider normal or natural with depth, nuance, and genuine emotion. All this achieved with stakes – saving a life, saving a handful of lives – would be considered marginal, tangential, or even irrelevant in the typically overblown, bombastic superhero entries from Marvel, DC, or the X-Men universe prior to Logan. (more…)
Marvel Editor and Chief Axel Alonso tweeted out a new image today titled Batch H. The entire image, which you can see after the jump, quickly brings to mind that quote from Jurassic Park: Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. We’ll leave that question for you to decide, but it could be a fascinatingly fun new character if done well. (more…)
Ever since the first time we got to see Hugh Jackman (The Prestige, Prisoners, and Chappie) pop his claws in X-Men, fans have been asking the obvious question: where’s his iconic yellow costume? It has been referred to and even shown in a short scene at one point over Jackman’s career as the Weapon X, but he has never worn it. With Logan‘s release just around the corner, we may have finally learned why the original costume for Wolverine just doesn’t work thanks to comments by the film’s director.
Strange that in the process of talking about the end of Wolverine on the big screen in just a month’s time with the release of Logan, we get this news: Marvel Comics wants to bring Wolverine back. The character was killed off a few years ago in the creatively titled miniseries Death of Wolverine, but it seems that three years is enough in the afterlife for the mutant that’s the best at what he does. “Why?” you may ask. Well, it turns out that it’s part of a strategy to recruit and keep A-list talent at Marvel Comics, whose retention has suffered a little in recent years. (more…)
The latest trailer for Logan had all the bells and whistles that left Wolverine fans salivating for more. One interesting tidbit from the trailer were the X-Men comic books Logan finds in X-23’s backpack. Fans quickly figured out that those comics weren’t actual X-Men comics, but something made specifically for the movie. Now, thanks to Marvel‘s Joe Quesada, we’ve got a much closer look at the pages created for the trailer. (more…)
Deadpool was a massive hit when it arrived in theaters last year even becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film ever. Everybody knew the film would have a sequel… The Merc With a Mouth even told us so in the Ferris Beuler’s Day Off post-credits scene. What we didn’t know was who was going to be making a cameo. Other than the obvious name drop for Cable, it was anyone’s guess as to which X-Man (or X-Woman) might pop in for some comic hilarity. Now we know the answer, and it’s not surprising to find out that the next Deadpool flick will be lacking in support from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
As far as those of a certain age group are concerned, Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Even in the most lacklustre X-men outings, Logan’s bursts of frenetic action tend to be highlights. Although not always blessed with the best scripts, Hugh Jackman always does his best to capture the gruff demeanour, fierce loyalty and feral intensity of a character he’s got to know pretty well over the last 16 years. Comforting to know, then, that he intends to see the character off in appropriately bloody fashion, even if that means losing a decent share of his hefty fee.
Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for over 16 years now, with Logan being his eighth, and supposed final, time he puts on the claws. Jackman has said on multiple occasions that it’s been getting increasingly difficult to get into Wolverine shape, stating that Logan felt the perfect way to end his reign. So that’s that end of an era, right? Not if Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds gets his way. (more…)