Logan box-office

20th Century Fox film chairman Stacey Snider recently said a couple of execs at the studio were at once cautious about the direction Logan was heading in. Some of them were asking: Is James Mangold‘s R-rated comic book movie too dark? Will a more contemplative look at the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) bore audiences to tears? Those nervous nellies will likely soon breathe a big sigh of relief, because not only has Logan been championed by critics, it’s projected to make around $65 million domestically and even more overseas this weekend.

Below, learn the Logan box office projections.

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Wolverine Yellow Suit in Logan

Ever since the X-Men first appeared on the big screen back in 2000, longtime fans of Marvel’s mutants have wanted to see some kind of incarnation of the unique, colorful suits that each member of the team has word in the comics. X-Men: Apocalypse is the closest we’ve come to seeing the X-Men in their signature duds, but that scene didn’t allow Wolverine to suit up in his signature yellow suit. Sadly, despite the tease from the end of The Wolverine (at least in the unleashed edition), we won’t see Hugh Jackman putting on that suit in Logan either.

Director James Mangold explained a few years ago why he didn’t think Wolverine could ever really wear the yellow suit, and with Hugh Jackman making this his last outing as the mutant, it appears we’ll never see it happen.

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The Best Comic Book Movies of All Time

The Best Comic Book Movies Of All Time

Every week, we attempt to answer a new pop culture related question. This week’s edition of /Answers asks the following: Which is your favorite comic book movie adaptation? And when we say comic book movies, we don’t just mean superhero movies. Every movie based on a comic is up for grabs, including Scott Pilgrim, Persepolis, A History of Violence, American Splendor, Ghost World, Men in Black, Dredd, The Rocketeer, Hellboy, Sin City, V For Vendetta, Road To Perdition, 300, Snowpiercer, and more. Find out our personal favorite comic book movies of all time after the jump.

As always, we have the regular /Film writing and podcast team providing answers, alongside a special guest filmmaker. This week we are joined by James Mangold, director of comic book movies The Wolverine and the upcoming Logan, as well as Walk The Line, Girl Interrupted, Cop Land, Kate & Leopold, Identity, and Knight and Day.

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Logan - Patrick Stewart Retiring from X-Men Movies

The early buzz on Logan is not only is it the best solo outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (by leaps and bounds), but it’s one of the best X-Men movies ever made. Hugh Jackman was so dedicated to make this the Wolverine movie fans have wanted for years, he knew this had to be his last outing as the iconic mutant. As he’s been making the publicity rounds for the movie, he’s not even leaving the window open for a possible team up with Deadpool.

On the other end of the spectrum, Sir Patrick Stewart has been saying that he’s not yet ready to retire from playing Professor X in the X-Men franchise. But as the publicity tour for the movie has gone on, it appears the actor has had a change of heart. Sir Patrick Stewart announced himself that he’s retiring from the X-Men franchise, making Logan his last turn as Charles Xavier.

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Logan trailer - Hugh Jackman

In just under two weeks, Logan will hit theaters, giving us what is supposed to be the last outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Thankfully, it sounds like this movie not only gives fans the Wolverine movie they’ve been waiting to see for years, but it also gives Hugh Jackman a powerful send off as the adamantium-clad mutant.

Our own David Chen already delivered a spoiler-free review of Logan, and he loved it. Of course, you might want to know what a variety of other critics though, so we rounded up some of the other reviews out there. For anyone excited for Logan, you’ll be happy to hear that the latest sequel from director James Mangold will not disappoint.

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Logan - X-23

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll emerge as a new fan favorite as more and more people get to see Logan.

In fact, she’s definitely got one supporter on her side already: Logan director James Mangold, who says he’d liked to be “involved” with a potential X-23 spinoff.  Read More »

Logan Cameos

From the beginning, director James Mangold wanted to make a different kind of superhero movie with Logan. In tone and scale, it looks different compared to most comic book adaptations, which now tend to involve cameos, sometimes to the detriment of the story at hand. Mangold didn’t want to risk compromising Logan, and Hugh Jackman‘s final performance as the character, so he was hesitant to force some cameos into the movie, which is why he ultimately abandoned a sequence involving a few familiar mutants.

Below, learn more about the scrapped Logan cameos.

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‘Logan’ Clip Reveals X-23’s Origin Story

logan video

Over the past couple of months, the marketing for Logan has been consistent and impressive. The red band trailer, the black-and-white photos, the storyboards, and both the official one sheet and IMAX poster all promote a comic book movie with its own attitude and style. Just the other day we saw a black-and-white clip — how many of those do we see to promote superhero movies? — showing how much Logan’s life has deteriorated since his X-Men days. The latest video promoting the R-rated movie shows Laura’s (Dafne Keen) life isn’t much better than the once great Wolverine.

Below, see what happens when a few doctors try to remove X-23’s adamantium claws in the new Logan video.

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Logan Cameos

Logan may technically be an X-Men spinoff, but it doesn’t really feel like an X-Men movie — or really any superhero movie, for that matter. It’s more akin to an offbeat road trip flick a la Little Miss Sunshine, filtered through a grimy Western vibe and undergirded by years of cinematic and comic book history. During a recent press day in New York, I had a chance to sit down with director James Mangold to talk about his unusual superhero movie. We discussed the many other films that influenced this one, the political relevance of the X-Men franchise, the consequences (or lack thereof) of movie violence, and your new favorite X-Men character, Laura.

Read our full James Mangold interview below.

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The ‘Logan’ IMAX Poster Goes Old School

logan imax poster

A few years ago, director James Mangold shared ten movies that inspired The Wolverine, his first outing in the X-Men universe. If nothing else, that list showcased Mangold as a man with great taste in classic and contemporary cinema. Few things make me happy quite like a filmmaker actively thinking about Black Narcissus and The French Connection while working on a major superhero movie.

So it’s appropriate that the new IMAX poster for Logan, Mangold’s second Wolverine movie and Hugh Jackman‘s swan song as the character, looks like it was torn from a movie theater wall circa 1973.

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