The first trailer for Logan (aka, Wolverine 3) has debuted! It’s dark and R-Rated, as promised. Let’s get right to it:
And here’s the international Red Band, trailer which has only a brief change at the end:
Wow. Just wow.
As soon as they played those first three notes of Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” (one of the greatest covers of all time), I was hooked. There’s a lot to unpack here, and not only for a Wolverine film, but for comic book films everywhere.
I’ve always said that in an action film, I will give a pass to any movie as long as the action is really well done. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want character development in an action movie, and this looks like it will have plenty of both. It’s safe to say that all of the Wolverine and X-Men films that feature him have been about his search for identity through family, but none of them have felt this, well, personal.
But this trailer also features something else that no other X-Men film has accomplished: The feeling of saying farewell. Up to this point you always felt that there would be more episodes of a given franchise, but this Logan trailer really hits you on the head that this will be Hugh Jackman’s — and almost certainly Sir Patrick Stewart’s — final bow in these roles. The only comic book film that I can think of that did anything similar was The Dark Knight Rises — and that movie was a bit of a let down.
Speaking of which, the DC films tried to go darker than the Marvel Studios movies in an effort to differentiate themselves, but it didn’t really work out for them and they’re changing tone. Logan shows the way to do it, which is to make character study pieces, rather than have everyone brooding. Logan here is a broken man and caretaker to the one person who took care of him, but he’s also a man waiting for the end with very little to live for.
The X-Men films have been around for over a decade and a half, and X-Men: Apocalypse really showed us how tired the franchise is getting. The only thing that really seems to keep the property alive is Deadpool, which was rated R, and now it looks like Logan will do the same — and it is also rated R. If this film does similar numbers to Deadpool, I wonder what that will mean for the properties 20th Century Fox is planning for the future. I hope they learn the lesson that character and story is king, and not, “let’s make it darker.” Because, let’s face it, last year’s Fantastic Four reboot should have taught them that lesson.
The film is directed by The Wolverine’s James Mangold, and stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Dafne Keen.
Logan will premiere in theaters on March 3, 2017!