So it’s official, the rumored Black and White cut of Logan is real, and it’s coming to theaters. The film will apparently be making a one night engagement on theater screens May 16th. Director James Mangold tweeted out the news about the limited rerelease a few days ago:
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
There’s no word on how many screens this release will be on, but don’t expect a lot. Converting the film to black and white was apparently no small task either, as it’s not just a matter of converting the film to grayscale.
In convert to b&w , one must determine which hues go dark/ light, adjust contrast, blacks. Turning down color on tv just makes gray mush.
Converting Logan to black and white, with it’s deep noir and western undertones, will certainly add a new element to the already genius film, and if you’re free that night (and there’s a showing anywhere near you) I can’t imagine anything better to be doing.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
When Logan director James Mangold asked Marvel comics if he could include X-Men comics in the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine installment, he was told he could as long as they weren’t any real comic books. To create the old-school style books for the movie then, Mangold reached out to Joe Quesada and Dan Panosian to create the pages of the books for the movie.
We saw some of them briefly in the trailer, and now that the movie is out we can get a closer look at the art created for the film.
We’ve embedded all of the pages and covers we could get our hands on. Some of these feature prominently in the film, while others were created as filler in case an actor paged through a comic book on screen (notably some pages Panosian posted to Twitter).
They’re all, frankly, fantastic, and really capture the feel of the X-Men books from the 1980s. I love the way they look just close enough while retaining a slightly off aesthetic letting you know this is another world. It just adds to the fabric of a world which just feels lived in.
Theater goers to Logan this weekend were given a pre-movie teaser for the other R-Rated corner of Fox’s Mutant centric movie universe. The short featuring Deadpool (and in promotion of the upcoming Deadpool 2) is titled “No Good Deed,” and features Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson trying to stop a mugging.
And doing it very, very badly.
There are obvious references to Superman (down to the John Williams movie theme being used), and the whole things was rather funny. There’s even a long diatribe about Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea which scrolls by at the end for some reason. Seeing it though, of course, meant trekking out to a theater — and while you should still do that (as Logan turned out to be amazing), you no longer have to since Ryan Reynolds has now posted a version of the video to Youtube.
The version on Youtube is a little different edit than what we saw in theaters, but only in that a couple of jokes are added in (nothing’s taken out). If you haven’t seen it yet, you should seit down and watch it. If you have seen it, you should sit down and watch it again.
Deadpool 2 is expected to start shooting this June.
Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.
That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.
We got the first trailer for Logan back in October, and it turned a movie I didn’t care about into probably the film I’m looking forward to the most this year (well… top five at least). It showed us a version of Wolverine that’s been direly missing from the film franchise since the first X-Men movie — Wolverine’s paternal instincts.
Well, the second trailer dropped today, and the hype continues to build. Reluctant Murder Dad Wolverine continues to be the theme, and this time around we get to see X-23 in action to boot. As this is Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the character, it’s nice to see he’s likely going out on a high note.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the SAG-AFTRA strike against the biggest video game companies out there, Tim Miller exiting Deadpool 2, Donald Glover getting cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology film, we let Nick talk about Shin Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 gets a teaser, Logan gets a trailer, and Pher and Nick went to some conventions.
One of the big things that made Hugh Jackman’s performance as Wolverine the first X-Men movie back in 2000 was his paternal relationship with a young Rogue. Logan’s need to help mentor younger characters has always been one of the more human elements to his character in the comics, and definitely one of the reasons he appealed to me as a reader. Wolverine wasn’t just there to be “the best at what he does” — he was also a sad, tortured man who felt the need to take care of other people.
But as the film franchise went on, that part of the character seemed to drift away. By the time we got to The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’d barely notice that side of the character was there.
But Logan, the third solo Wolverine film (and Hugh Jackman’s last time in the role), seems to be finding its way back to the core of the character. The first trailer for the film (released yesterday) is probably the most emotionally intense pieces of marketing for any film set in Fox’s X-Men Movie Universe. Whether the film lives up to this, of course, remains to be seen — but it’s nice to see part of the Wolverine I’ve always loved show up again onscreen.
Logan comes to theaters March 3, 2017.
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