The first Logan trailer shows a different kind of superhero movie (Updated)
We seem to have reached a point in live-action superhero adaptions where we’re starting to see subgenres within that genre. The classic superhero tale of good guy outpunches the bad guy isn’t going away anytime soon, but the genre is so well established that we’re seeing people riff off of it in interesting ways with popular characters. We saw it in Deadpool, we are seeing it with Netflix’s Marvel shows like Jessica Jones, and it looks like we’ll be seeing it in the third Wolverine film, Logan.
Today, Fox released the first trailer for the upcoming film starring Hugh Jackman in what he claims is his last appearance as the titular character. And to its credit, the trailer makes the film like something completely original in the genre.
Logan won’t hit theaters until March, but we do know a fair amount about the plot. It is set in the future – a future where mutants have mostly been wiped out. Logan is barely surviving, seemingly without the help of his healing factor, and he is looking after a much older Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart). Logan is unwillingly thrust back into action when a young girl needs help, putting him at odds with a security force known as the Reavers.
That’s all more or less confirmed by the trailer. What isn’t quite as explicitly stated – but seems to confirm old rumors – is that Logan is protecting Laura Kinney, known in the comics as X-23. In the film, she is portrayed as a young girl. In the comics, she is slightly older – old enough to take on the mantle of Wolverine. She is also a clone of Logan, but that’s not clear yet if that’s part of the film.
The rest of the trailer shows what looks like a very dark film – and not dark in the sense that there is a lot of bloodshed like in The Wolverine, dark in the sense that it is emotionally deep. There are no bright costumes or quips. The tone is moody and intense.
It’s a good move for Fox, who own the Marvel characters related to the X-Men characters but don’t generally work with Marvel Studios. Without that machine to rely on, Fox is pushing its properties in new directions. The X-Men films are still basic good versus evil, but the studio is at least trying to do some different things, like making them period pieces. Then there is Deadpool, which you can fairly call a comedy first. Maybe Fox will continue to go in this direction, exploring new subgenres within the superhero genre.
Check out the trailer below, and look for Logan in theaters on March 3, 2017.
Logan international trailer
Update: Below you’ll find the international trailer. It is similar to the US trailer above, but much gorier. Logan definitely earns its R-rating.