Is Logan the perfect send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine?

Published: January 24, 2017
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Ever been in a discussion where the topic of conversation turned towards cinematic superman, and somebody had to ask which particular one we’re talking about? It is a long list indeed, with several actors portraying The Man of Steel in motion pictures and TV series including Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, Tom Welling, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin.

The same goes for The Dark Knight. Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck are just some of the performers that have played Batman.

But there is no confusion when it comes to the mutant made of Adamantium. There is only one Wolverine ever. Hugh Jackman period.

But like all good things, this was also always going to end and Hugh Jackman’s last hoorah as the character on the big screen is finally about to arrive in the shape of Logan.

The tenth installment in the X-Men film series, along with being the third and final Logan solo film, Logan is based on the best-selling Old Man Logan story from the comics.

A couple of trailers have dropped so far and judging by what we managed to extract from them, the movie is supposedly set in a somewhat dystopian future. We have got a weary looking Logan (Hugh Jackman) caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout somewhere along the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts at seclusion are foiled when he encounters a similar but young mutant Laura Kinney/X-23 who is being pursued by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and his gang of cyborg mercenaries.

The first two solo Wolverine films were not just disappointing – they were downright dreadful. So right off the bat, having watched the trailers, I could say this feels like a film that will give Hugh Jackman his proper due as Wolverine.

The previews of the film immediately bring a darker and edgier tone to the whole franchise. It seems like this one is going to be ferocious, gritty, and fierce but with the right amount of fun. Apparently in this world there were comic adaptations of the X-Men’s heroic adventures, and our violent claw-bearing mutant child – much to the disgust of Wolverine –likes to read them.

But what turns out to be the most impressive aspect of the trailers is how as much as Logan is shaping up to be dramatically violent; it also feels like a relationship drama between the troika of Laura, Logan, and Professor X.

It’s a case of ‘so far, so good’ with all the previews that are coming out. But the previous two Wolverine films have taught us to be shy since we’ve already been bitten not once, but twice. Fingers crossed we don’t get two hours of Logan just simply moping. This is Jackman’s swansong as Wolverine, let’s hope he is sent out in a blaze of glory.

Logan hits the theaters on March 3, 2017.

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Hassan Sardar

Hassan Sardar

The author is an aspiring filmmaker and a diehard Liverpool fan. He also teaches Screenwriting and Cinematography, and loves tattoos and flip-flops. He tweets as @CineSardar (twitter.com/CineSardar)

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