Logan: All you need to know about the comic book that inspired this Hugh Jackman-starrer
He's played Wolverine in nine movies starting with 2000's X-Men, be it as a star or in a cameo, and now Hugh Jackman will finally hang up his claws after playing the most memorable character in his career for the last time in this week's release Logan.
Set in the near future, the film follows a weary Logan (Jackman) as he cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Ever since Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine was announced, the rumors persisted that it would be based on the famous 'Old Man Logan' comic storyline.
While we don't know whether Logan follows the comic book verbatim or if it is a very loose adaptation of the story line (as most films are), here is what we know about Logan:
Writer Mark Millar is the brainchild behind the operation. The comic book series are set in a world where super villains rule over America and a super villain has tricked Wolverine into killing all of his fellow X-Men. Now he goes by the name Logan, and lives in a farm where he raises a small family. When Logan cannot pay the rent on the farm, he sets out on a cross-country trip with a now old and blind Hawkeye to earn the money to save his farm.
In the film adaptation, Logan doesn't have a family and Logan's best friend in the comic books, Hawkeye is absent. He is instead replaced by an ailing Professor X. But one character that seems true to form is Laura Kinney aka X-23.
Laura Kinney is the result of a top-secret program in the original Weapon X program (that gave Wolverine its metal claws.) After 22 failed attempts to recreate a replica of Wolverine, the scientist succeeded on the 23rd attempt. Hence the name x-23.
The theme of the film: an intense character portrait disguised as a old western, is the writer Mark Millar's homage to Harrison Ford.
With many calling Logan 'the next superhero film which might sweep the Oscars,' we can't wait to see it.
Here's the final trailer for the film which will release tomorrow on 3 March: