One of the aspects that set #Logan apart from the various movies in the superhero genre was its smaller scale. This adventure wasn't burdened with the almost 20 years of continuity of the franchise or with setting up an entire universe. It was a contained story about Wolverine and Charles Xavier at the end of their respective ropes, fighting to survive.
Recently, however, several pieces of concept art from the film by artist Shae Shatz were released, that tease a few intriguing choices for the story. In fact, two of them in particular hint at a much-larger scope for it. Take a look:
A you can see, this image features a futuristic-looking car. In the film, the closest we got to a future piece of technology were self-driving trucks (of which #Wolverine isn't a fan), so it's interesting to see the filmmakers were contemplating more advanced equipment.
Now, like I said before, out of all of these, there are two pieces of concept art in particular that didn't make the cut, and would have certainly been intriguing additions to the story:
A Return To Alkali Lake
In case you don't remember, Alkali lake was a prominent location in X-Men 2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was the facility where Wolverine got his awesome claws and his traumatic past. Well, turns out the location was originally supposed to be featured in Logan, as the artist revealed:
"A deleted scene from 'Logan'. At one point we were trying some different ideas and locations within the Logan universe."
In the movie, the company that created #X23 and her fellow mutant clones was Alkali, an obvious derivative of the aforementioned evil organization, so its presence was already there.
But its inclusion - regardless of if it was in a flashback or present day - would have given the movie a much bigger scale (something that was evident, from the final product, that was not the filmmakers' intention). Ultimately, it would have felt a little unnecessary as we've had three movies exploring its background and goals, so it's understandable it got cut out.
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The Villain's Lair
We spent very little time with the villains in Logan. But according to Shae's description of the piece depicting the bad guys' lair above, they were originally supposed to be more fleshed out:
"An idea for the flashback sequence for 'Logan' where the bad guys reside."
Exploring the bad guys in intimate scenarios - such as where they lived - would have definitely been an interesting choice. From their actions it's pretty easy to see just how evil they are, so seeing what #JamesMangold could bring to them as characters would have certainly been exciting.
Deleted scenes and concepts from films are very common. However, it's always interesting to look at certain cogs that could have changed the dynamic of any given movie and that make us ponder different scenarios for it. Especially for Logan, which was such a carefully-planned and almost perfectly-executed journey.
What did you think of these pieces of concept art? Would you have liked to see Alkali Lake in Logan? Let me know in the comments!