Hugh Jackman is close to the end of his time as X-Men fan-favourite, Wolverine. Before he hangs up the claws completely however, his final movie will be released – Logan – aiming to give him a send-off he deserves, with Patrick Stewart perhaps even leaving the series.
The film has been given an R rating in America, so violence looks to be key to the story, and if the trailers and teasers released to-date are anything to go by, this is going to be the most action-packed live-action X-Men adaptation to-date.
Variety say that Fox chairman Stacey Snider discussed the initial reaction the studio had to Logan’s direction, with the company worried about the original shift in tone.
She explained: “Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film. It’s more of an elegy about life and death. The paradigm for it was a Western, and my colleagues were up in arms. It’s not a wise-cracking cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, isn’t that freakin’ boring? Isn’t it exciting to imagine Wolverine as a real guy and he’s world-weary and he doesn’t want to fight anymore until a little girl needs him?”
The little girl referenced is of course X-23, a mysterious new character from the comic books that is now being introduced to the movie world and could take on the role of leading the future X-Men teams in any films released in the near future.
There are plenty of directions and opportunities for Logan; those behind the flick have all the right ingredients to create the best movie the series has seen so far. We have just under a month to go until we discover whether or not writers and co. can deliver…
Logan comes to UK cinemas on March 1.
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