Wolverine and Cub are the stars of James Mangold’s Logan.
Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine director James Mangold have announced via Twitter the title of the next and purportedly final movie featuring Jackman as the title character.
Page two of our screenplay. pic.twitter.com/5X93NtWuVS
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
From that single page of the script you can read the following:
“Now might be a good time to talk about the ‘fights’ described in the next 100 or so pages. Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.
In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.
As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain – hence booze as a painkiller.”
You can also see that one of the first words of the script is simply Logan saying, “Fuck.” This last solo Wolverine installment isn’t, well, fucking around it would seem. Mangold didn’t shine a light on the plot details, but describes the state of the titular character and the expected brutality of damage it’s characters will suffer. To quote the script, “if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, city-block destroying, CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.” Sounds good to me.
We were also treated to the first poster for Logan as well.
As you can see, Logan is set to release on March 3 and, based off the poster, will feature a young child companion to the Canadian mutant, hinting at a story that will have shades of Lone Wolf and Cub. We also like that you can see Logan’s diminished healing factor evident in the poster by the fact that he has a few cuts that haven’t instantly healed themselves. That’s a nice touch of detail.
Prior rumors have suggested that Logan will adapt the graphic novel Old Man Logan. As this story features many characters from the greater Marvel universe (Hulk, Captain America, etc.) that are not licensed by 20th Century Fox. Fox is the studio that still has the distribution rights for Wolverine, Deadpool and X-Men movies, so it makes sense to look to other influences, especially Japanese manga. Lone Wolf and Cub has already been adapted into several Japanese movies and one compilation movie released in the West as Shogun Assassin, all of which are pretty awesome and worth drawing from to give Wolverine a worthy send-off. And Wolverine has always taken to younger female characters (in a total non-creepy way) like Shadowcat, Jubilee, and in the movies Rogue of course. Hopefully the influences are properly thought out and the ballsy badassness, the “fucks”, and the breaking the fourth wall stuff we see in that single script page aren’t just reactionary to the success of Deadpool that did the same thing.
Let’s find out together come March 3rd, bub.