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02.01.2017
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Everyone gets old, even superheroes, and James Mangold's LOGAN will examine just what happens when those powerful individual's near the twilight of their lives. The upcoming film, which will be Hugh Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine, takes place in the near future where "a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border, but Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces." Both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart look significantly worse for wear in the film, and Jackman told Empire that he used a tip from Jim Broadbent in order to give himself a constant reminder of Wolverine's weakened state.

When he was playing older, [Broadbent] would tape a little stone to his heel. I would have that, just to remind myself of a limp. [Logan's] body hurts. His joints hurt. His heart hurts. Psychologically, he’s damaged. What’s the collateral damage of being Wolverine for all those years? It sticks, it's a brand. If you're a weapon and you're killing, for good or bad, and everyone you've ever loved has died, what does that look like when he's older?

Charles Xavier, at least when portrayed by Patrick Stewart, has traditionally been totally bald, but the character is seen with a little bit of hair in LOGAN, which director James Mangold has acknowledged "could be kind of sacrilege," but he has a theory which explains Xavier's new 'do.

The theory was that he originally lost all his hair because it’s just too damn busy [in his head] to grow hair – the idea for me was, well, maybe there’s a little fringe on there, because things are slowing down mentally.

Mutants are nearly extinct in the time-frame of LOGAN, and Jackman says that the film begins with Logan "not wanting to have anything to do with any of this" and that his life and past as an X-Man "has actually only brought pain and destruction, shame and guilt, all those things, and he genuinely thinks that the world would be better off without him there." Our own Paul Shirey painted a wonderful picture of LOGAN's brutal future when he was able to view forty minutes of the film, and judging by its R-rating for "strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity," we'll be in for quite the conclusion to Wolverine's saga when LOGAN is finally released on March 3, 2017.

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Source: Empire

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5:14PM on 02/02/2017
I think I'll probably enjoy Logan the most out of the solo Wolverine outings, but I wanted to like The Wolverine so much more than I did. It somehow managed to be boring and silly simultaneously, and I get that it's a comic book film, but this character is so cool that his solo films should be so much better than what they are. Here's hoping Logan finally capitalizes on his potential outside of the X-men.
I think I'll probably enjoy Logan the most out of the solo Wolverine outings, but I wanted to like The Wolverine so much more than I did. It somehow managed to be boring and silly simultaneously, and I get that it's a comic book film, but this character is so cool that his solo films should be so much better than what they are. Here's hoping Logan finally capitalizes on his potential outside of the X-men.
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8:35AM on 02/02/2017
I dont think the premise of DOFP was pointless. I view it like how Beast said, "you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction". So perhaps no matter what you do, mutants will inevitably die out. From the Mangold interview and two trailers, it looks like we're in store for a badass Wolvie movie and everything we've wanted for years. Several things concern me though. If it wasn't
I dont think the premise of DOFP was pointless. I view it like how Beast said, "you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction". So perhaps no matter what you do, mutants will inevitably die out. From the Mangold interview and two trailers, it looks like we're in store for a badass Wolvie movie and everything we've wanted for years. Several things concern me though. If it wasn't Sentinels that wiped out mutants, then what? A virus, perhaps Professor X's state, connected to Cerebro and killing a good chunk of their population. I just hope that this is address in a good manner. Also, I don't see a few bullets from the Reavers ending Logan, if this is indeed the death of Wolverine, I hope its an epic end fight that doesn't include a robot.
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3:26AM on 02/02/2017
Whilst I am looking forward to this film, I'm also a little disappointed that the whole premise of days of future past now seems pointless if mutants are all but extinct now anyway - I'm hoping they provide a big explanation for how they moved from the end of that movie to this one given that everyone was alive and well and that some mutants like Jean in particular are stronger than professor X yet seem to have been bumped off yet again
Whilst I am looking forward to this film, I'm also a little disappointed that the whole premise of days of future past now seems pointless if mutants are all but extinct now anyway - I'm hoping they provide a big explanation for how they moved from the end of that movie to this one given that everyone was alive and well and that some mutants like Jean in particular are stronger than professor X yet seem to have been bumped off yet again
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11:40PM on 02/01/2017
It sucks to see your heroes get old but gd this movie looks awesome
It sucks to see your heroes get old but gd this movie looks awesome
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