The hype surrounding Hugh Jackman’s third solo turn as Wolverine in Logan keeps building, as mysterious photos and drawings continue to emerge. Several of the locations involved in the movie have trickled out in recent weeks, such as a motel, a smelting plant, and a place so secret it couldn’t be identified. Even the name of the movie formerly known as “Wolverine 3” wasn’t revealed until early October.
Even the character photos have been cryptic, such as a sickly Professor Charles Xavier and an unidentified man in a prom suit. Details about the look and feel of the actual action within the sequel, however, have been more striking, as evidenced by the severed arm photo released online from Logan. The latest piece of visual evidence suggests that Wolverine will show some serious aggression in one of the movie’s fight scenes.
Logan director James Mangold posted two storyboards on his Twitter account (see below), crediting artist Gabriel Hardman for his work on both of them. The black-and-white drawings depict Jackman as Logan going full-Wolverine on a car, rearing back before plunging his adamantium claws straight through the windshield. It’s unclear why Logan is unleashing his fury on the car, whether it’s part of a chase scene, or who’s behind the wheel, if anyone.
Hardman, one of four storyboard artists for Logan, is known for his storyboard work on X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, in addition to Christopher Nolan movies like The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Interstellar. He is also credited as an artist on the X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas comic series. Needless to say, Hardman knew what he was doing putting these Logan storyboards together.
As evidenced by the storyboards, the severed arm photo, and the overall tone of everything released so far in advance of the movie, Logan looks like it’s ready to ramp up the violence. As the first R-rated Wolverine movie, producer Simon Kinberg likened it to a violent Western. Jackman himself hinted at a “very different” tone to what you’ve seen before, even though it’s technically a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013’s The Wolverine (also directed by Mangold).
A darker tone would be a welcome addition to the X-Men canon, as the series has mostly been a toned-down PG-13 affair. Deadpool showed that an R rating isn’t necessarily a detriment to a movie that’s based on a comic book and geared toward a younger audience. Still, a Wolverine movie filled with graphic violence still needs to tell an compelling story to really succeed. Blood and guts isn’t necessarily a good thing if it’s gratuitous, and Logan’s violent tone will only work well if it’s done with a purpose.
Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018.