Logan Teasers Tweeting Away
March 2017 seems to be a long way away, but the marketing machine for the third solo Wolverine film “Logan” has already started up.
A Tweet of a poster showed up in Hugh Jackman’s feed yesterday. Many assume Logan represents the final outing as everyone’s all time favorite mutant. What was missed on that photo (courtesy Twitter/Mangold) could be seen when Director James Mangold sent his own Tweet of the poster. He also sent a page of the script. Note the scar on Logan’s thumb. “But wait!”, I shout out in my best Comic Book Guy voice, “Wolverine’s healing powers-”
Quote from Mangold, “Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG f–kathon, this ain’t your movie,” the script page read. “In this flick, people get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy, like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.”
And if you don’t think he’s serious, check out the Tweet he sent of Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor X….
Charles doesn’t look so good…
Back to what Mangold reveals of the title character, “As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain — hence, booze as a painkiller.”
Those involved in the project have confirmed Logan will be set in the future, which I assume borrows heavily from “Old Man Logan”. In the books, he has a wife and children. The story has a blind Hawkeye and a retired Wolverine going on a road trip. No doubt, Disney isn’t going to lend old man Hawkeye on a road trip adventure. But who knows? Sony is lending Spiderman to the MouseHouse – so it’s not impossible.
Of course, my immediate curiosity has me intrigued enough to want to be genuinely excited about the prospect of a third (yes, third) Wolverine picture to be fantastic. However, I have been thoroughly disappointed by the first two films. The first, X-Men Origins: Wolverine eschewed not only the books but the continuity of the existing movies that Hugh Jackman had already been in. The second one, The Wolverine, seemed like it wanted to follow the plot of the Wolverine Japan Saga (Chris Claremont writing/Frank Miller pencils) and kind of some of the story from the early days of the ongoing series (Claremont writing/John Buscema pencils). The movie seemed unclear and muddy, as a fan, to understand where the inspiration The Wolverine was coming from – which is either sloppy writing or no one in the executive office at 20th Century Fox figured the comic book fanboys would notice. Or care. I’m going to go with not caring because despite fellow X-men fans throwing popcorn at the screens and leaving nasty comments across the interwebs, the X-Men properties have netted over $4.3 Billion dollars worldwide, and Logan proves that the money machine will continue printing money.