A brand new #Logan official trailer is here. 2017 is officially underway and I'm excited for a ton of movies coming out this year. About a month ago I broke down my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017, where at the No. 2 spot sat Fox's next #Marvel outing simply called Logan. #Fox is also riding a high because one of their films from 2016 — #Deadpool — has been actually receiving awards praise, much to the surprise of many.
Deadpool was nominated for two Golden Globe awards including Best Picture for a Comedy/Musical and for Ryan Reynolds. Other nominations came from the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Producers Guild of America Awards. Will the Merc with the Mouth's film adaptation be given #Oscar nominations? This got me thinking about Logan and superhero movies in relation to the Academy Awards. Can Logan or any other picture in the genre be Oscar worthy?
You may be wondering what I mean by "Oscar worthy?" I'm not referring to categories like sound mixing or visual effects; I'm talking about the big categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress. The only superhero adaptation that received a major award was The Dark Knight, which took home Best Supporting Actor after Heath Ledger stole the film as The Joker. Many felt The Dark Knight was snubbed for a Best Picture nomination as well. Ever since that year, it has made me wonder if The Dark Knight will remain the only superhero movie in Best Picture contention.
I think what made The Dark Knight Trilogy so successful was that Christopher Nolan was focused on making great films first and not worried about appealing to the younger demographics like the Marvel Cinematic Universe does. Not that there's anything wrong with appealing to younger children, but in order to be taken seriously there has to be stakes. The Dark Knight wasn't just "dark and gritty" (which are overused terms nowadays), but it felt like the stakes were higher than ever. Batman's love interest Rachel Dawes is, in fact, killed by a bomb planted by The Joker in a moment that truly made me jump out of my seat in theaters. It felt like no character was safe in the series.
Based on the trailer we've seen for Logan, it looks like we may be saying goodbye to not only Hugh Jackman's version of Logan/Wolverine, but probably also Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier. My guess is the scene pictured above is our hero possibly burying the Professor.
We have also seen in clips that Logan seems to be healing at a much slower rate, which can be why we see him bloody in so many shots. This shows that director James Mangold and the producers at Fox are not afraid to maybe kill off characters we've seen on screen all the way back to the year 2000.
Much like The Dark Knight, James Mangold seems to be focusing on making a great film first with Logan and focusing on the "superhero" portion of it second. Many diehard #Wolverine comic book fans are excited to see that Logan is going to be rated R and not pull any punches with the violence. Fans have been waiting to see a true Wolverine berserker rage and based on the trailers, we're going to get PLENTY of that. This image above from the red-band trailer says it all!
What does violence, character deaths and not playing to child demographics have to do with the Oscars? Well, when you look at a vast majority of the Best Picture nominees, they tend to be geared towards adults and are serious films. With the Academy being quite old, they aren't going to take Iron Man quipping or Spider-Man swinging on his web seriously. When they think of comic books and their movies, they think it's only for children.
I really hope Logan will turn some heads in the same way that Mad Max: Fury Road did. It looks to be based in a apocalyptic setting with stunning visuals, action and focused on characters instead of a gigantic cloud in the sky alien army set piece we've seen in so many superhero third acts lately.
Hugh Jackman in his last X-Men outing as Logan/Wolverine will be giving it his everything, like he has in the role for the last 17 years. He could pull out a performance that will earn him a nomination for Best Actor if the Academy can get past the genre stigma and look at it with open minds. Out of the dozen or so superhero movies slated over the next few years by Fox, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., Logan seems to be the only chance for the genre to be recognized beyond the usual visual effects or sound awards.
What do you guys think? Can Deadpool pull out an Oscar nomination this year? Will Logan be receiving any Oscar Nominations next year? Let's all discuss in the comments below!
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