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Empire has released the first color image from this Spring’s Logan, the hotly anticipated X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman in his ninth and final appearance in the role that made him an international star.
Since director James Mangold promised a grimmer, more down-to-earth and brutal look at Wolverine, fans have been eagerly awaiting the film. Back in October, Mangold tweeted the following image of the film’s screenplay, which boasted “if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG f@*%athon, this ain’t your movie.”
Page two of our screenplay. pic.twitter.com/5X93NtWuVS
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
Then came the teaser trailer, which we reported on earlier, and it was met with rapturous response from fans for its sombre and powerful tone, as well as for its smaller scale.
And today, we get a photo showing a bloodied Logan carrying Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keane) as an explosion rages in the background.
Mangold is an underrated filmmaker with real talent who generally crafts well-structured movies with a real toughness anchored by keen handling of character (as evidenced in “Walk the Line,” “Copland,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Girl, Interrupted”). I wouldn’t call him an A-list filmmaker, but his last foray into super-hero movies, “The Wolverine” is two-thirds a good movie, with obvious studio interference derailing the film completely in its final act. If Logan is as good and unconventional as it promises, then we could finally be getting the type of super-hero movie he’s been wanting to make for a while, and that movie looks great.
We could also be getting the Wolverine film that Jackman’s been dying to make for years, and it’s a perfect way to say goodbye to the actor in the role that somehow fit this affable and talented song and dance Australian to a tee.
Logan will be released in the US on March 3, 2017.