Last night Canadian media was invited to attend the screening of Logan Noir at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, New York, followed by the Q&A that included director James Mangold, producer Hutch Parker, and Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman with MTV’s Josh Horowitz hosting the panel.
I went into seeing Logan with unbiased eyes, I didn’t see the colorized release in March and planned on picking up the Blu-Ray next week when it arrived in stores in 4K and DVD as well.
I came out of the Drafthouse happy, satisfied, and most of all, sad; The Wolverine was dead, he died a better man, doing what he did best and helping the most important person he’s ever met, his daughter.
Mangold did right by releasing Logan in black and white, I’ve seen commercials and clips of the movie in color last night, I feel the lack of color paints the picture of how bleak the world has become in 2020.
Logan is a shell of a man, living in the desert in Mexico with a frail, senile Charlies Xavier, there are no more mutants we know of and those that are left are exiled for their abilities.
With the inclusion of Dafne Keen, who plays Laura in Logan, the legacy of Wolverine may continue, at last night’s event, a fan asked whether the series would go on with Keen at the helm.
Anything’s possible. I’ve certainly talked to them about it. I even talked to them about it before we made the movie. I thought she was just such a great character, but with what Dafne did, I think that certainly, that’s possible.
Keen stole the film, matching the performance of Jackman by bringing that raw hunger of the iconic superhero to a new level. Jackman and Mangold agreed she is a real actress, who instead of following what she was told, preferred to be much more hands-on, interested in the bigger picture.
As for whether Mangold and Jackman thought to have Logan sacrifice himself to save his daughter, they explained during the live stream that they couldn’t decide whether to kill off Logan or let him live, Jackman said. Ultimately, it was about “earning the right ending,” and having that final “curtain coming down at the end,” iterated Mangold.
Jackman didn’t see the final product until the film’s premiere in Berlin, who saw it with Patrick Stewart. Two pioneers of the superhero film, felt closest to the final shot of the film, where Logan’s grave is marked by a cross until Laura turns it on its side to make an X.
“When I read it, I thought ‘that’s beautiful.’ It seemed very poetic on the page. And when I saw it, I cried. I sat next to Patrick Stewart. We saw it for the first time, and both of us wept.”
Logan is available now on Digital HD with Blu-Ray 4K, and DVD releasing next week.