With the release of Twentieth Century Fox’s Logan only a few days away from it’s theatical release, the anticipation for all it has to offer has Wolverine fans ready to burst with excitement. After seventeen years of building their X-Men Cinematic Franchise, Logan will serve as Hugh Jackman’s eighth and final time portraying our favorite flawed and clawed hero. While many geeks around the world are extremely disappointed to see Jackman say farewell, it goes without saying that the actor, the studio and highly capable director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 To Yuma) are making sure that the character goes out with a much needed bang. The film’s marketing campaign has promised to be a very artistic and compelling cinematic experience. But that’s not the only thing the filmmakers have in the works.
While answering fan questions on twitter concerning the movie, Mangold alluded to the fact that Logan may very well receive a theatrical release entirely in black and white. Check out the exchange below:
After Fox’s laughable first attempt at giving Wolverine his own solo movie in 2009 with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the studio knew that if it was going to do a follow up film that they had to bring in someone who could really do the character justice on the big screen. That’s when James Mangold was brought on board for The Wolverine. From day one, he always expressed his love for the character and how he wanted to bring the character to life in a way that pleased fans and gave respect to the character’s long standing legacy while still surviving as a critically acclaimed movie on its own outside of the superhero movie genre. The Wolverine, which was directed by Mangold, was a passable attempt at upgrading the character’s on screen portrayal but still fell short in many areas (didn’t nobody ask for a robotic Silver Samurai). Having a black and white theatrical release just seems like Mangold’s attempt at enhancing the moviegoer’s experience, and to serve the type of artistic and in depth story he is seeking to tell.
It’s no secret that Hugh Jackamn has been the poster boy for Fox’s X-Men inspired film universe. Along with the casting of Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk, X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Ian McKellan (Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit) as Professor Charles Xavier and the villainous Magneto in the franchise, the casting of Hugh Jackman as the tormented Wolverine is probably one of the best comicbook castings to date. Canonically, Wolverine is much more shorter in the comic book and not as domesticated as he is portrayed in the films but based on the type of stories the studio is trying to tell Jackman has definitely earned his right to be called the “Golden Boy” of the X-Men film universe.
While a black & white version of the film’s release has not been officially announced, based on the western style the film is displaying in the trailers, a black and white version sounds like it could be a truly satisfying experience on the big screen. With artistic choices like that, it could even surpass Deadpool’s critical acclaim and increase Fox’s chances at Oscar buzz during next year’s award season.
What say you, GOC family? Are you excited to see Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of Wolverine on the big screen? Would you pay to see a theatrical release of Logan in black and white? Let us know in the comments below.
Logan slashes its way into theaters on Friday, March 3rd.