The Flickering Myth team react to the first trailer for Logan…
20th Century Fox released the first trailer for the third and final Wolverine installment (at least with Hugh Jackman in the titular role) yesterday [watch it here] and it certainly seems to be living up to its R rating. Logan comes off as darker, grittier and more character focused than previous special effects-laden installments in the X-Men franchise and that seems like a good thing. But what did the Flickering Myth staff think?
Chris Cooper: Most interesting X-Men trailer. Part of me is gutted that just as we seem to finally be getting full on Logan he’s hanging it up. Apocalypse had a great scene which gives me hope we’ll finally get the action the character deserves. But this trailer isn’t about that. It has action but it seems more thoughtful and indie. I like it.
Chris Haydon: That is how you promote a film. Completely defies the expectations of its genre and instead opts to render a more rustic, dramatic atmosphere. Logan looks like a movie with a superhero, not a superhero movie, and for that reason, I adore it.
Matthew Skeen: It’s undoubtedly one of my favourite comic book arcs and it looks like they’re getting back to what i felt X-Men did best with the focus being more on the character level. It feels like it will have real stakes which so many recent super hero movies haven’t, also like how with Fox not worried about this being R rate we’ll get to see the action I’ve always wanted from Wolverine.
Andy Naylor: If this is Hugh Jackman’s swan-song as everyone’s favourite mutant, then I think we have something very good to look forward to. It looks gritty and full of soul, which a lot of comic book movies are missing.
Tom Jolliffe: That looks fantastic. Logan has gone full Mad Max. I agree with Chris Haydon, a movie with a superhero in, not a superhero movie. The latter I’ve grown tired of. I really enjoyed Wolverine. I thought that had great moments, but didn’t quite have consistency. Hopefully this nails it. Count me as excited to see this. Visually it looks interesting too, and doesn’t look heavy on the CGI.
Chris Machell: I love it. It couldn’t be further from the schlock of Apocalypse, and I love the way it seems to be going back to that formative relationship between the mentor Charles and the lost Logan in the first X-Men film. The aesthetic is great, too, more in keeping with a modern Western than a superhero film. Let’s hope James Mangold delivers the goods!
Tai Freligh: I skipped the last few X-Men movies because they were just ridiculous- too much special effects and silly villains. This looks way more indie and dark and I like it. The thought of Wolverine and Professor X fighting the bad guys like some kind of modern day Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is actually a thrilling thought. If focusing on story and character and writing is the idea, I’m totally sold. Wolverine has always been my favourite Marvel character and it finally looks like he’s getting the send-off he deserves.
Tom Jolliffe: There’s just this feeling I get that had this been made in the 80’s, it would have starred Clint Eastwood. I get an Eastwood vibe, by way of Gibson’s Max films…this is a good thing.
Tai Freligh: Exactly! It has a real western vibe to it. I suppose the song choice and muted colours really give it that feeling, and I like it!
Oliver Davis: To be honest, you could put Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” over someone washing dishes and it’d be amazing.
Anghus Houvouras: Yup. The real star of this trailer is Johnny Cash who brings this trailer to life, which seems ironic because he’s been dead for over 10 years. Hate to be the downer here but the Logan trailer felt like every other Wolverine movie: An unemotional Wolverine, a plot revolving around his detachment to the world around him… awakening the beast within… a villain so generic that they could have been cribbed from any action film from the last 30 years. We’ve never gotten a good Wolverine film, so i’m hopeful. However, history has taught me otherwise. I mean high holy hell, we were teased Logan fighting 1000 ninjas in The Wolverine, and yet we never actually got the fight. Instead we got robot Samurai rejuvenation nonsense. That seems like an apt metaphor for cinematic Wolverine: all hype, no hip.
Mark Bartlett: This looks unbelievable to me. I was a huge fan of James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine‘ and this immediately looks like it will top it. Very smart to play more of a southern angle. It looks like it’s going to be thoughtful and character based.
Thomas O’Connor: Well that certainly looks like some serious business. Wolverine by way of The Road? Ok, I’m interested.
Jordan J. Jones: One thing I like about the Wolverine movies (at least the last one), is that they feel like contained stories. Smaller, tighter narratives starring a very interesting character. If the last movie felt like a spy thriller starring Logan, than I absolutely agree this is Logan’s The Road, Children of Men, or even The Last of Us. It looks phenomenal, and more than enough to wash away the taste of Apocalypse from my mouth.
Helen Murdoch: Looks surprisingly good. I haven’t enjoyed a solo Wolverine movie yet but this looks pretty decent. I would have used the original of “Hurt” though, much better.
Kris Wall: I’m really looking forward to to this, even if it is going to be bittersweet, I really can’t imagine anyone else playing Logan / Wolverine now. This was a pretty great first trailer that gave away just enough without giving us too much. Boyd Holbrook looks pretty badass as Donald Pierce too!
Villordsutch: Any trailer with that starts Patrick Stewart and has Johnny Cash playing over the top of it is instantly going to win my attention. There is just enough here to prick my interest, but I’ve be disappointed by the previous solo Wolverine films before so I’m not getting to excited yet.
James Garcia: The fact that we can get a film this year as bloated and messy as X-Men: Apocalypse, and then receive a trailer for a film like Logan is pretty astounding to me. I’m wondering if my excitement for this trailer has anything to do with the crazy juxtaposition between those two movies, or if Logan just looks THAT good.
I’m hoping it’s the latter. I agree that Johnny Cash is really the star here, but so is the obvious Western vibe. I love that the X-Men franchise really doesn’t care about easy-to-follow continuity, so we can get a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-looking Wolverine movie the year after we get an X-Men film set in the 80s (which came only months after a Deadpool movie set in the present day). It’s confusing as hell, but who cares when we get stuff that looks this fun and different?
I think a smaller narrative is the way to go here, and I’m loving everything we’ve seen so far. It’ll be bittersweet to see Jackman leave this role, but at least it looks like he’ll be going in style.
Ricky Church: I was pleasantly surprised by this trailer. The use of Johnny Cash works really well and I was very impressed by the look of the film thanks to some great cinematography. I was also surprised by just how much Patrick Stewart seems to be in the film, I thought he’d be relegated to something like an extended cameo, but it seems like he has a fairly significant supporting role.
This seems to be a stronger focus on character work, which is what James Mangold tried to do with The Wolverine. He was only half-successful with that film, though I much prefer his actual vision with the extended cut. Hopefully Fox won’t step in with Logan and allow Mangold to make the film he wants to make.
It will be really bittersweet to see Hugh Jackman go. The only other times I was feeling this way to see an actor leave a role I love was Christian Bale as Batman and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Even in the X-Men movies that are less-than-stellar, Jackman was always great so here’s hoping this will be a truly solid outing for him.
Tony Black: Man that was ace. Any trailer with the balls to use Johnny Cash throughout & make it work immediately gets my vote. Jackman looks like he’s channeling a broken Wolverine with potentially huge dramatic weight. It looks edgier & different to the previous films. I was already in, but now consider this high on my anticipation list for 2017.
The Flickering Myth staff were overwhelmingly positive about the new trailer, feeling like the dark and gritty look to the movie promises something more character-driven and raw than the previous movies which relied heavily on CGI and big set pieces. Only one person found the trailer uninspiring (we’re looking at you Anghus!), saying it looks like every other Wolverine movie he’s been promised, but never given. Will Logan actually deliver as Wolverine’s last call?
What did you think of the trailer?
Set in the future of 2024, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men when a corporation lead by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world leaving it to destruction, with Logan’s healing abilities slowly fading away and Xavier’s Alzheimer’s forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.
Logan is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and will see Hugh Jackman joined in the cast by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with new additions Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. It is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.