Regardless of the middling results produced by 20th Century Fox's solo Wolverine movies so far, it's hard not to get excited about #Logan, the third and final installment in Hugh Jackman's Wolverine trilogy.
Crossing elements from Old Man Logan with the introduction of "New Wolverine" Laura Kinney — a.k.a X-23 — (Dafne Keen), the trailer reads like The Last of Us crossed with #XMen, and we're very okay with that. If you've missed it, you can check it out below.
Another exciting thing about Logan is the fact that it will be the first R-rated X-Men movie, following on the heels of Fox's massively successful Deadpool earlier this year. If you're a fan of comic book #Wolverine, you'll know that many of his adventures fall under the R-rated bracket, especially in the case of Old Man Logan (let's just say we can never look at Hulk the same way again).
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#Deadpool was notable not just for its violence, sex and language, but the circumstances in which it was created. The man behind the red mask, Ryan Reynolds, fought tooth and nail for years to get the R-rated Deadpool made — even when the studio wanted to plump for a more family friendly offering. Indeed there's much speculation that he was the one who released the leaked test footage that was instrumental in the movie getting made in the first place.
It's always nice to see franchises in the hands of actors and producers who love the characters just as much as the fans. Reynolds has proven time and time again just how dedicated he is to the character of Deadpool/Wade Wilson, and it seems Hugh Jackman also had a pretty big hand in getting the R-rated version of Logan realized on the big screen.
Studios tend to shy away from R-rated movies not because they don't work, but because the rating drastically limits their target audience, which in turn typically lowers their market value. A smaller audience means less profits, especially in the case of superhero movies, which are often marketed at a younger target audience. Deadpool proved that R-rated comic book adaptations can be massively profitable, but Logan still needed a little extra push to get Fox to agree to that coveted R-rating.
Due to the fact that studio executives tend to see the limitations of R-ratings, such movies tend to have relatively small budgets. Deadpool only cost $58 million to make, as compared to Fox's other, more family-friendly, franchise installment this year — X-Men: Apocalypse — which racked up a cool $178 million in production costs.
So when Logan was pushing for an R-rating, Fox expected them to lower their budget to reflect this. That push may have come in the form of Jackman himself as — according to director James Mangold — the Wolverine actor took a pay cut in order to lower production costs. Looks like his friendship with Reynolds has been rubbing off on him.
Considering that he made an eye watering $20 million from 2013's The Wolverine, Jackman likely sacrificed a pretty penny for Logan. Although since he is one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, he can probably afford it.
Sharpen your claws, X-fans, Logan releases March 3, 2017 in the US. Who do you think would win in a fight, Reynold's Deadpool or Jackman's Wolverine? Sound off in the comments below!