For those of us who’ve seen Logan, Hugh Jackman’s swansong from the X-Men franchise was a welcome change. With a plot that focuses on humanity and the darker side of the X-Men universe, the film was a fantastic bow-out for Jackman’s Wolverine.
Yet, as if the original Logan wasn’t enough to pull at your heart-strings, Sony Pictures will be releasing a stunning black and white version on May 16th in cinemas across the US. Director of Logan James Mangold revealed the new black and white version of the movie on Twitter:
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 28, 2017
Logan is the perfect film for monochrome. The gritty storyline, desert shots and abandoned western-looking buildings will look beautiful with a black and white finish. Sadly, though, the film will only be opening in US cinemas on May 16th. Yet, international fans shouldn’t fear. Mangold also revealed that the black and white rendition be out on Blu-ray and DVD.
Fans of Wolverine might be wondering where his nemesis Sabretooth was during Logan. The character has had a big part to play in the Wolverine franchise. With a deep connection to the mutant, and as a half-brother and fellow adamantium wearer it seemed like a given that Sabretooth would feature. In a conversation with Variety, Sabretooth actor Liev Schreiber revealed why he didn’t show up:
There was an invitation early on from Hugh [Jackman] and [director James Mangold] and I would have loved to work on it. It was very difficult given “Ray Donovan’s” schedule, and I think they went a different direction as well with story.
Schreiber goes onto pay tribute to Jackman’s version of Wolverine:
I think it’s a terrific movie. I’m just very proud of Hugh and the way that he handled himself with that franchise and that character. It was a great experience to be involved with one of them and to get to work with them. I had mixed emotions when I heard that he was going to retire.
So, we could’ve had a very different Logan if Sabretooth had appeared. Yet, would the film still have had its grittier and deeper tone if Wolverine had Sabretooth to contend with? Furthermore, maybe the absence of familiar faces gave the characters enough room to tell a compelling story. In conclusion, with our without Sabretooth Logan is a beautiful chapter. In addition to this, Mangold’s black and white version will make it all the better.
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