Welp, looks like I’m going to have to get around to seeing those first two Wolverine standalone movies as prep, because this latest – and final – installment with Hugh Jackman looks like it could be really good.
The title is Logan, which is derived from Wolverine’s actual last name, and it finds the X-Man superhero at an uncharacteristically advanced age. Set in the year 2024, Logan’s healing/regenerative superpowers – that have worked like a DNA fountain of youth – are fading.
What’s particularly fascinating about the prospect of this movie (as defined by this first trailer, above) is that it looks primarily to be not an action film but, rather, a two-fold character study: first and foremost Logan/Wolverine, but also an aging Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Directed by James Mangold (Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma), this swan song for Jackman as Wolverine – in the role that made and defined his entire career – has the potential of being the closest thing to an indie movie that a superhero tentpole blockbuster will ever get.
Logan opens next spring on March 3, 2017.