Logan is no ordinary superhero movie. Director James Mangold has said that his next Wolverine film is more influenced by noir and German expressionism than traditional comic book movies, and that divergence applies to Logan‘s marketing as well. Instead of the typical, tightly-controlled cycle of promotional images and teaser trailers, Mangold has been releasing details about his movie one by one via artsy, black-and-white photos on social media. In place of official confirmation of character and plot details, these photos have all but revealed that Boyd Holbrook is playing the villainous cyborg Donald Pierce and Dafne Keen is playing Laura, a.k.a. X-23, a young female Wolverine clone and fan-favorite character from the comics. The latest such photo features Hugh Jackman’s Logan, sporting quite a few battle scars.
As any fan knows, Wolverine’s accelerated healing factor allows him to quickly regenerate from injury. That mutant ability doesn’t seem to be working quite as well by the time of Logan, though. Apparently inspired by the post-apocalytpic comic storyline Old Man Logan, Logan takes place far in the X-Men’s future — farther, even, than the dark timeline glimpsed in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past — and time has seemingly taken the edge off Logan’s trademark healing.
“We questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar. We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing,” Mangold recently told Empire. “The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”
Logan arrives in theaters March 3, 2017.