With its trailer debut this morning, Logan solidified itself as something separate from the wider X-Men cinematic universe. With Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart the only two connections to the other X-Men movies, we’re left a little puzzled as to how Logan fits into the wider timeline of events. Luckily, director James Mangold is here to explain away our confusion, and why he picked that particular Johnny Cash song.
He’s the best there is at what he does. And what he does is make gritty spinoff X-Men movies.
New teaser images from Logan have been released daily for the past couple of weeks, and while we’ve gotten sneak peeks at the film’s setting and first looks at new characters, there’s one that’s been glaringly absent: The titular hero himself. That changed today, as director James Mangold shared our first look at Hugh Jackman’s return for the upcoming Wolverine sequel — which, as you know, will be his final outing in the X-Men franchise.
There’s been quite a bit of movement on the Logan front over the past week or so, with the release of an official poster, new plot details, photos and more from the upcoming Wolverine sequel. The latest sneak peek comes in the form of another one of those mysterious black-and-white Instagram updates, along with some new storyboards teasing what looks to be a pretty wild action scene involving Hugh Jackman’s hero.
The next and last Wolverine film Logan is about a week into the most recent round of production, and small details about the entirely mysterious plot are steadily surfacing. It’s the film’s neat Instagram account that’s doing most of the reveals, with a new behind-the-scenes photo posted every day. Today’s indicates that the film will take a road trip way down South.
The new Wolverine sequel — officially titled Logan — is reportedly based in part on Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic-book series, and though yesterday we learned that the eponymous hero is definitely older and slightly weaker in the film, it’s Professor X who’s looking worse for wear. Director James Mangold revealed a new photo of a much, much older-looking Patrick Stewart, who’s reprising his role as the leader of the X-Men for Hugh Jackman’s final outing.
Well Hugh Jackman did say there was some stuff about Wolverine 3 coming “in the next week or so.” He is a mutant of his word! The Movie Formerly Referred to as Wolverine 3 has an official title, unveiled by Jackman himself on his Twitter account:
Although The Wolverine 3 (or is it The Wolverine 2? There was only one The Wolverine, but it was the second Wolverine movie, god these titles are confusing), doesn’t have an officially announced title yet, most folks seem to expect the movie will be called some variation of Old Man Logan. Because, well, Hugh Jackman is getting old. All right, not that old. (He’s 47.) But supposedly this is grand farewell to the character that made him an international superstar. Old Man Logan (the name of a mini-series about a senior Wolverine living in a post-apocalyptic society) would make a fitting coda for his 17 years as the character.
Well this is certainly interesting: Not one, but two X-Men franchise directors are now developing films based on the same classic Jules Verne novel. Bryan Singer is set to helm Fox’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, while today brings word that The Wolverine director James Mangold has signed on for Disney’s Captain Nemo.
Following the record-breaking success of Deadpool, a rumor emerged that Fox was targeting an R rating for their sequel to The Wolverine, which would give Hugh Jackman’s mutant hero a proper, brutal sendoff. That rumor appears to be true, as a new report confirms that Fox is indeed aiming for an R, but it has nothing to do with Deadpool — allegedly.