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  • Acting for Two: Hugh Jackman plays both Logan and X-24.
  • Banned in China: Averted, although 14 minutes of the film were cut out for the Chinese release to tone down the violence.
  • Cameo Prop: The Samurai sword presented to Logan in The Wolverine can be seen in the smelting mill where Logan and Charles are hiding.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A scene where after escaping the Reavers, Logan gets pulled over by a traffic cop for speeding.
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    • Charles was going to mention Jean Grey, and the fact that Logan had killed her, during the dinner scene with the Munson family. The line was cut because the director decided that it would've dampened one of the precious few happy scenes in what was already a very bleak, depressing movie.
    • A scene at the mutant hideout with Bobby (the black child with electrical powers) would have mentioned Sabretooth, with Logan confirming that he was indeed real, and they served together in the Weapon X project.
    • An extended version of the field hospital scene would have shown Pierce giving the photograph of the children recovered from the Munson farm to Rice, and explained Pierce had discovered the connection with the X-Men comics. The scene then revealed Rice had at least one of the nurses responsible for the escape in custody. And her family was being held as well.
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    • In a deleted scene, a telepathic mutant makes a Reaver kill two others before shooting himself.
  • Doing It for the Art: Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to ensure that the movie would be R-rated.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • As with all his previous appearances, Hugh Jackman worked out an insane amount to build the necessary physique. And like he did in The Wolverine, he stopped drinking water in the days leading up to his shirtless scenes in order to show as much definition as possible.
    • Patrick Stewart lost 20 pounds to portray Charles Xavier as someone who is ill and not taking proper care of himself.
    • Boyd Holbrook gained 10lbs of muscle for the role of Donald Pierce.
    • Stephen Merchant shaved his head to play Caliban.
  • Enforced Method Acting: During the crushing scene when Logan dies right in front of Laura, Dafne Keen was in legitimate tears while filming this moment.
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  • Fake American: Patrick Stewart, an Englishman, plays the American Charles Xavier.
  • Fake Nationality: Laura is Canadian-Mexican while her actress, Dafne Keen, is Anglo-Spanish.
    • And, of course, Logan, who's Canadian, is played by the Australian Hugh Jackman.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • Bryan Singer erroneously claimed that Mr. Sinister would be the villain of the film, as teased in The Stinger for X-Men: Apocalypse with the Essex Corporation. James Mangold then went back on this to explain that Zander Rice would be the film's antagonist (operating under a corporation known as Transigen) and that Sinister and Essex Corp would not be present in the film. That being said, it can be presumed that Sinister is a Greater-Scope Villain in the sense that Wolverine's blood was obviously needed to create Laura in the first place, which Transigen most likely acquired from Essex.
    • Hugh Jackman has commented that this film takes place in its own timeline. However this directly contradicts James Mangold's own remarks, in which he states the 2029 setting was chosen specifically to allow for the end of Days of Future Past, and avoid interfering with continuity. Mangold later clarified Jackman's remarks and confirmed that the film does indeed take place about five years after the "good future" ending of Days of Future Past, and not in another new timeline. The minor time skip to 2029 allows its background events to occur and set up the new status quo in time for the film. Once the movie came out, a handful of Continuity Nods that doubled as Continuity Snarls suggested that the film takes place in its own continuity after all, or at least the reset timeline with a heavy amount of Broad Strokes in place.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans have expected that a film influenced by Old Man Logan would be Hugh Jackman's finale as the character for quite some time.
    • Almost everyone called that the hand holding Logan's was X-23's.
    • The official Instagram account for the film posted teaser images at precisely 10:23am EST. Many fans immediately picked up on the unusual timing of the posts and began speculating as to its meaning. The two most popular theories were that the trailer would drop on October 23 (Jossed. It posted on the 20th) or that it was a hint at X-23's presence in the film (which had yet to be officially confirmed despite significant evidence for it) because X is the Roman numeral 10, thus 10/23 becomes X/23. Sure enough, on 10:23am on October 23 a new teaser image was posted confirming that Dafne Keen was indeed playing Laura Kinney.
    • Many viewers also guessed that Logan, Xavier and Caliban would die in the film.
  • Jossed:
    • Due to a mistake in casting info, it was thought that Sienna Novikov would be playing X-23. However, it was confirmed in the trailer and by Fox that Dafne Keen was cast in the role. Novikov served as Keen's stunt double.
    • As noted above under I Knew It!, many fans speculated that the first trailer would post on October 23, 2016 due to the strange timing of the marketing account's Instagram posts. The trailer instead dropped three days earlier on October 20.
    • A report on December 28, 2016 indicated that Ryan Reynolds would be appearing in The Stinger as Deadpool, however James Mangold and Reynolds himself both quickly denied the character's involvement almost as soon as the rumor surfaced. As it turned out, they weren't lying. The movie does not have a stinger, but it does have a short teaser before the movie that's officially attached to the movie's running time—and it has absolutely nothing to do with Logan itself.
    • When the film's R-Rating was revealed, several detractors believed that the film was simply playing Follow the Leader to the success of Deadpool (2016), with an increase in Bloodier and Gorier violence and a handful of curse words (additionally, there are several Leaning on the Fourth Wall moments such as the X-Men comics). However, both Simon Kinberg and Hugh Jackman have stated that the R-Rating was always planned, due to several elements such as X-24 and the brutal treatment of the X-23 kids being considered too dark for a PG-13 rating.
  • Milestone Celebration: The movie was released in 2017, the centennial of Jack Kirby. Even though Kirby did not have anything to do with the creation of Wolverine, he did co-create the X-Men, the team that Logan is most associated with, as well as the concept of mutants in Marvel-related contexts. In particular, Kirby did co-create Professor X. Logan thus was the first major superhero movie (out of five) to feature Kirby (co)-creations, the others being Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Ego the Living Planet and Groot), Spider-Man: Homecoming (Iron Man), Thor: Ragnarok (Thor and the Hulk) and Justice League (2017) (Steppenwolf and the New Gods), and the only one to be released by 20th Century Fox.
  • Newbie Boom: The unique nature of the film — its violence, its R-Rating, its depressing story — brought many viewers to it who hadn't seen the earlier solo-Wolverine films and who were otherwise not up-to-speed on the X-Men series. It's likely the film's Broad Strokes low-continuity approach was designed specifically for this effect, since Logan gradually became the most successful and critically acclaimed film of the entire series.
  • No Export for You: No Good Deed was not featured in theaters outside the U.S. and Canada. In response to disappointed fans on not seeing the short worldwide, Fox released it online and eventually averted in the UK a week after the release.
  • The Other Darrin: Caliban is played by Stephen Merchant in Logan whereas Tómas Lemarquis played him in X-Men: Apocalypse the year before. The two movies' creative teams didn't inform each other on their use of the character.
  • Star-Making Role: For Dafne Keen.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Shane was always going to be featured in the film, but Xavier's lines about seeing it when he was a boy weren't in the original script; they were added in after Patrick Stewart told James Mangold what a profound impact that movie had on him when he saw it in theaters as a child.
    • Dafne Keen improvised many of Laura's behavioral quirks, while her angry rant in Spanish the first time she speaks was either itself improvised, or written based on her improvisations while auditioning with Jackman. As noted under YMMV, Mangold has subsequently advised future directors to give her space to work and build on characters herself.
    • Patrick Stewart claimed that much of the dialogue at the dinner table scene, in which Logan and Charles Xavier tell the family about the school for mutants, was improvised by the actors at the request of director James Mangold, after having filmed takes of scripted dialogue.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: Hugh Jackman claims that James Mangold finally convinced him to take this attitude to the film. They approached it as if it was the last X-Men movie, and certainly the last time Jackman would play Wolverine. They relegated most of the continuity to Broad Strokes while refusing to clarify whether it's a canonical future or not, leaving it to Fox producers to handle it. It's ending, makes it impossible to conceive of an X-Men film set after it, at least one with any of the classic characters, and it's plot ties up or ignores any remaining loose ends. Off-screen drama a year after the film, i.e. the Disney-Fox buyout, essentially makes this the last real X-Men film from the earlier era, unblemished and unaffected by any external factors which isn't the case with Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants.
  • Viral Marketing:
    • Not quite to the same extent as Deadpool, but present nonetheless: The official Instagram account posted a new teaser image from the film almost every day at precisely 10:23am EST. Most of the posts were innocuous — shots of a puddle in the middle of the street with a face reflected in the water, a bathroom stall with "Where are all the mutants?" scratched on the wall, etc. — but occasionally letting slip more significant news, such as confirming Boyd Holbrook would be playing Donald Pierce. Many fans immediately noticed the pattern, particularly the unusual choice of time. This led to widespread speculation as to whether there was a hidden meaning. Among the most popular theories was that it meant the trailer would be released on October 23, or that it was a hint of X-23's presence in the film (October being the 10th month of the year, and X being the Roman numeral 10, means 10/23 becomes X/23). As noted under I Knew It! above, the trailer dropped several days earlier. However on October 23, 2016 another teaser image (again at 10:23am) confirmed Dafne Keen's casting as X-23.
    • Another with 1974 Frames of Logan, a promotion to receive a single frame as a limited edition post card from the second trailer.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Millie Bobby Brown screen-tested for the role of Laura before the casting of Dafne Keen. When asked about her audition, Brown responded with this.
      Brown: Honestly, for me, I felt so — I felt an actor, in the audition room, hitting Hugh Jackman, and James Mangold sitting right in front of me.
    • Liev Schreiber was approached to reprise his role as Sabretooth from the first Wolverine movie, but scheduling conflicts with Ray Donovan prevented this from happening. He would've appeared in Oklahoma City, with Logan and the others surprisingly going to him for help this time.
    • Ian McKellen expressed an interest in returning as Magneto. He did end up helping with the press tour, though.
    • Cliff Martinez was originally hired to do the score but for unknown reasons, dropped out and was replaced by Marco Beltrami, who has previously worked with Mangold before on The Wolverine.
    • Jackman has remarked that if a crossover between the X-Men Film Series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been possible at the time he announced his retirement from the role, he may have held off on that decision.
      Jackman: If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out.
    • Earlier drafts of the movie featured explicit flashbacks to the "Westchester Incident" [where Xavier lost control of his powers, which resulted in 600 injuries and the deaths of several X-Men. The scene was cut because it was decided that leaving what exactly happened ambiguous (including which X-Men actually died) made the whole thing even more tragic. Mangold also felt that showing the death of the X-Men would make the film about them rather than about Logan and Charles, while also knowing that the scene would likely be more expensive than the rest of the film due to the high-profile cameos required.
    • Hugh Jackman said that originally he wanted Wolverine to survive the events of the movie.
    • Originally, X-23 was planned to be a teenager like her comics counterpart, partly due to concerns as to whether a younger character would be viewed as a legitimate threat. The change was made because Mangold wanted to break away from the convention of casting a very attractive teenage actress and putting her in a "hot" uniform, as well as a general shift away from a Teen Hero mold. The teenage X-23 remained far enough into production that concept art was created for that iteration of the character.
    • A few changes from the final shooting script:
      • When Logan arrives at the motel to pick up Gabriella and Laura, he finds strange scratch marks in the pavement that hint at Laura's true nature. Additionally, the manager of the motel would also have been killed by the Reavers.
      • Several moments which reference Logan and Laura's enhanced senses were removed, such as Logan recognizing Gabriella is lying to him at the motel, and Laura sniffing Nate Munson.
      • A slight extension of the scene between Laura and Nate in his room has Laura demonstrating her intelligence, by easily solving a difficult problem on the math homework that Nate is struggling with.
      • In the final battle, Elena (the girl who controls plants) would have been shot and killed by the Reavers. Lizard Boy was also shot in the script, though it wasn't revealed whether he survived.
    • Logan was going to have a dog at one point.


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