Sir Patrick Stewart lost 21 pounds to play Charles Xavier as elderly and sick. Stewart claimed that he had a steady weight since he was a teenager and had never deliberately lost weight before. Hugh Jackman genuinely held Stewart in all the scenes of Wolverine carrying professor Xavier.
James Mangold stated that the film is set in 2029 to avoid any conflict with the time line established in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), but that his goal was to make a stand alone film, that was not bound to continuing previous storylines, or setting up sequels.
When Laura and Charles are watching Shane (1953), Charles mentions remembering seeing the film as a child in his hometown. This was entirely improvised by Sir Patrick Stewart, because Shane was one of the first memories he had at the theater as a child.
The Samurai sword presented to Logan in The Wolverine (2013) can be seen in the smelting mill where Logan and Charles are hiding.
When Charles Xavier suffers from his seizures, Hugh Jackman did not act as if he was being pushed away. Instead, he was held back by a rope pulled by two men in order to give a more realistic portrayal of being restrained.
Dafne Keen (Laura) was 11 years old at the time of filming, and so was not allowed inside the Casino, even with all the correct shooting permits. So some shots were done with Keen on a green screen, and some scenes were shot in the actual casino with Keen's body double Cheramie Martin, who is over 18, but of a similar build to Keen.
Hugh Jackman induced dehydration for 48 hours prior to filming scenes of Wolverine shirtless, losing water weight. He added that the method is dangerous, and no one should attempt it at home. Jackman used this same technique five years earlier to create his emaciated look for prisoner Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (2012).
Hugh Jackman stated in an interview that the only way he would reprise his role is if a crossover between Deadpool and Wolverine would happen.
Director James Mangold was so impressed by the commitments of Laura's stunt double Rissa Kilar, decided to get her a role in the movie. Later she was cast as the role of mutant "Pine Cone Girl."
Hugh Jackman said this was the hardest Wolverine movie for which he had ever trained.
According to James Mangold allowing the film to be R-rated was important, not so much for violent content, but for style: "For me, what was most interesting in getting the studio to okay an R-rating was something entirely different. They suddenly let go of the expectation that this film is going to play for children, and when they let go of that, you are free in a myriad of ways. The scenes can be longer. Ideas being explored in dialogue or otherwise can be more sophisticated. Storytelling pace can be more poetic, and less built like attention-span-deficit theater."
Throughout all his portrayals of Logan, Hugh Jackman stated he learned his American accent from copying Johnny Depp.
According to one of the files attained from the lab, one of the children was the specimen derived from "Christopher Bradley," a former cohort of Logan's from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) under the alias "Bolt," which explains the child's ability to summon and manipulate electricity.
In the UK, the first wide release showing of this film was at the unusual time of 10:23 p.m., rather than the usual midnight showing for a major release. This is a reference to the film including the character of X-23. X is the Roman numeral for 10.
Upon opening at 4,071 theaters in the United States, this film became the widest opening R-rated release in cinema history. It was later surpassed by It (2017), which opened in 4,103 theaters.
Professor Xavier's Psionic blast was done by shooting shaky footage and then re-stabilizing the frame in post. Resulting in footage containing strange motion blur with smearing effect, that is both organic and very unusual. The team shot the sequences slightly wider than was needed so that shots could be blown up to hide the edges of the stabilizing effect.
James Mangold said that the film has a more "human" feel relying very little on CGI and green screens.
The name Logan used as a driver, "James Howlett", is his birth name in the comics and in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Sir 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.
Sir Patrick Stewart stated on The Graham Norton Show : The Graham Norton Show: Hugh Jackman/Sir Patrick Stewart/Sir Ian McKellen/James Blunt (2017) that this would be his last appearance as Professor X.
When Charles tells Logan that they will come for him at the Statue of Liberty, Logan mistakes it for the end battle in X-Men (2000), but the hotel where Logan meets Laura for the first time is called the Liberty.
Hugh Jackman admitted to having two lingering regrets about retiring from the role of Logan/Wolverine: that he never appeared in an Avengers movie and that he never appeared in a Deadpool movie. Jackman said that had he known Deadpool (2016) was going to be such an enormous hit, and that his performance as Wolverine was a recurring gag in the movie, he might have postponed his retirement.
One of the children in Eden is Rictor from the comics, who had the ability to release seismic energy through his fingertips.
The title of the film is "Logan." This is a reference to Mark Millar's graphic novel "Old Man Logan," and was deliberately chosen to form an opposite from The Wolverine (2013).
This is the first Wolverine-centric film where Patrick Stewart plays a major credited role. His appearances in the previous Wolverine films were brief, uncredited cameos.
According to James Mangold, this film is influenced by the crime story The Gauntlet (1977), and the dramas Paper Moon (1973), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and The Wrestler (2008); and the Wild West movies The Cowboys (1972), Unforgiven (1992) and Shane (1953) (Charles and Laura watch this film as a tribute).
It was believed that after the success of Deadpool (2016), 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R-rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R-rating was always going to happen.
The trailer includes the Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt" by Trent Reznor. James Mangold directed the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005); he however claimed that he did not know Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" would be used in the trailer, until the completed trailer was shown to him. Also Cash's song 'The Man Comes Around' is used for the end credits.
The coordinates to Eden (48.9770333, -102.155491) really do lead to a spot in North Dakota. According to the film, Eden is roughly 6 miles east of Northgate, ND and 7 miles south of the Canadian border in the Des Lacs National Wildlife Reserve.
Sabretooth was originally going to have a small role, where he helps Wolverine, X-23, and Professor X when they arrive in Oklahoma. Liev Schreiber was even approached about reprising his role from "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009). There was also going to be a scene where Logan encounters a kind of "Underground Railroad" for mutants, which might have had a cameo from a well known character. Both scenes were removed, because the team behind the film didn't want to have an abundance of cameos, or mutants in the film.
The character X-23 debuted in the X-Men: Evolution (2000) cartoon and has appeared as Wolverine in Marvel comics.
Professor Xavier's Psionic blast initially was conceived as a huge pulse of energy, much more akin to the kind of superhero powers seen in other films. But director James Mangold was against that treatment, he wanted keeping everything much more naturalistic. So Vfx supervisor Chas Jarrett evolved the idea from the initial pulse wave idea, into a mind control field that caused people to become immobile. Unable to move and breathe or function properly, the psionic blast would eventually kill those around him.
Cliff Martinez was originally the composer, but withdrew after six months of work at the end of 2016. His replacement, Marco Beltrami had only about six weeks to produce his replacement score.
Stephen Merchant announced his participation in the film, by posting an Instagram picture, which showed him with a freshly-shaven bald head, and having a "Wolverine 3" tagline, though the post did not mention his character's name, or any other specifics about his role. Later footage and notes revealed he is a kind-hearted mutant named Caliban, who is taking care of an aging and very ill Professor Charles Xavier.
Patrick Stewart told interviewers before the film's premiere that this would "probably" be his last performance as Charles Xavier, and cryptically noted that regardless of what happened to him in the picture, nothing was impossible in science fiction. After sitting through the completed film with an audience he determined there would never be a better final impression, and he is retired from the role for good. However, he later expressed interest in reprising the role for the X-Men drama Legion (2017).
Although the action takes place in 2029, all the vehicles seen are relatively recent years models. Exceptions are the modified Chrysler 300 limousine (identified as a 2024 model) used in the first third of the film and the early '70s Ford Bronco used in the final third.
In June 2017 Logan became the number 1 superhero movie of all time, on RottenTomatoes, knocking The Dark Knight (2008) to number 2.
Stephen Merchant is the second actor to portray the mutant Caliban, after Tómas Lemarquis in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
VFX Supervisor Chas Jarrett who had not worked with director James Mangold before, said he suddenly understood the director during the pre-production discussion of the 'desert escape.' At one stage Logan had to knock down and drive through the fence. James Mangold just stopped him saying, 'No, no, they can't get through, everyone will expect that - it would be a The A-Team (1983) moment. Everyone thinks that they will just knock through it - but they cant, they just can't.'
The film was re-released in theatres on May 16, 2017 in a new black and white version known as Logan Noir. The new edition will also be included in the Blu-Ray and 4K release of the film.
The red band trailer was actually an unofficially released trailer, with the added bonus of a grainy clip of Wolverine/Logan stabbing a man in the head. The grainy clip was a small clip that was still being rendered, with no polished and fully rendered CGI.
In X-Men 2 (2003), Stryker's final words to Logan were "One day, someone will finish what we started. One day!" This came to be true, as what started as the investigation from Weapon X program started Transigen.
Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X-Men films, had expressed interest in appearing in this film.
Director James Mangold confirmed that he wanted to release the Blu-ray of movie in Black and White color format, just like director George Miller did something similar with his chrome version of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). He later revealed that the idea started after seeing Hugh Jackman's B&W location photographs during production stages.
Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt is used on the first trailer for Logan. Lyrics from the original Nine Inch Nails version were printed on the cover to the script draft for X-23: Innocence Lost, which detailed X-23's origin story.
In the medical file for Rictor, the DNA donor name listed is Dominic Petros. In the comics Dominic Petros is the name of the villain Avalanche who although not related, has similar powers to Rictor both in the comic and movie.
The first X-Men film that does not include a post-credits scene since X-Men: First Class (2011). This is the fourth film of the franchise not to have one.
On her dossier it says that Laura has type O negative blood. This is a red herring as O negative blood is the universal donor meaning anyone can accept her blood and suggests that she might be able to save a dying compatriot by using a blood transfusion. Wolverine has done this successfully when Leech was dying in X-Men (1992).
This is the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and James Mangold, having previously worked together on Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Wolverine (2013).
The first X-Men film to show bare breasts and only second Marvel film to show bare breasts. The first film was Deadpool (2016).
Second X-Men film to have its world premiere at a major film festival (Berlin). The first is X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Hugh Jackman said that he wanted this film to be a mix of Unforgiven (1992), The Wrestler (2008) and Shane (1953). .
The only X-Men movie where Hugh Jackman is not listed in the end credits as "Wolverine", non-cameo-wise.
The limo that Logan drives a 2024 Chrysler E8, was actually a custom-made Chrysler 300.
Though Laura maintains a stern demeanor throughout the film, actress Dafne Keen had to shoot her fight scenes across several takes because she was having a bit too much fun.
Second film in the X-Men franchise to use a Jim Croce song, specifically "I Got A Name" (playing in the convenience store when Laura is shoplifting). The previous was "Time In A Bottle" in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), during Quicksilver's slow-motion sequence.
One of the comics Laura had in her bag was X-Men # 132. This comic had the first appearance of the X-Men villain Donald Pierce.
Although the theme of death and disease is present throughout the film, the song "When the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash also can be seen as a nod to two of the characters' past. In comic continuity, both Logan and Caliban were members of Apocalypse's Horsemen. Logan being Death and Caliban being both Death and Pestilence.
Richard E. Grant is the fourth Game of Thrones (2011) actor to join the X-Men franchise. After Peter Dinklage (Boliver Trask), Ed Skrein (Ajax), and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).
In the second trailer, after Logan leaves the gas station, the track played is "Way Down We Go" by the Icelandic band Kaleo.
On the back wall of Nate Munson's bedroom, several "deathcore" posters can be seen quite clearly. Deathcore is a sub-genre of heavy metal (a combination of "death metal" and "hardcore"), while the boy himself appears to be listening to pop/rap music on his headset in the very same scene. The bands in question are All Shall Perish, Dr Acula, and Suicide Silence.
At one point in the film, Xavier and Laura are watching the classic Western Shane (1953). Shane was played by Alan Ladd, whose son Alan Ladd Jr. was president of 20th Century Fox in the 1970s (He is personally responsible for green-lighting Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)). 20th Century Fox produced all of the X-Men films.
The song playing over the end credits, "The Man Comes Around," and the one playing over the teaser trailer, "Hurt," are both songs by Johnny Cash. Although "Hurt" is a cover of Nine Inch Nails. Director James Mangold directed Walk the Line (2005), a biopic based off Cash's life.
Charles Xavier mentioning the battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood on Liberty island which occurred in X-Men (2000) hints that the film does not take place in the reset timeline which was established in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) when Logan traveled back through time to 1973 to prevent the creation of the Sentinels. It's likely that the film could take place 6 years after Logan woke up in the School of the Gifted in alternate 2023.
Sir Patrick Stewart and Richard E. Grant previously appeared together as Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchet in A Christmas Carol (1999)
When Logan opens the files from transigen the first page is to Rictor, who has his genetic donor listed as Dominic Petros. While never shown in any of the X-Men films, Dominic Petros is a terramorph and well known enemy of the X-Men as well as a longtime member of Magneto's "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants" code named Avalanche.
The scene of Logan and Laura leaving the urgent care clinic was filmed in Amite, Louisiana.
When Logan, Charles, and Laura stop off during their road trip, Logan is seen standing next to a road sign that says Oklahoma. Hugh Jackman starred in a revival of the stage musical "Oklahoma."
Hugh Jackman and Richard E. Grant have starred in a Dracula movie: Grant was in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and Jackman was in Van Helsing (2004).
Pierce refers to Professor X as an octogenarian. Professor X corrects him stating he's actually a nonagenarian. An octogenarian is someone between the ages of 80-89. A nonagenarian is someone between the ages of 90-99.
Professor Xavier mentions the Statue of Liberty in X-Men (2000) which hints that the film takes place in the original timeline.
Richard E. Grant (Dr. Rice) and Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto in other X-Men films) shared the role of the Great Intelligence on Doctor Who (2005).
The "Superman Theme" by John Williams is on the soundtrack. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner is the wife of Richard Donner, director of Superman (1978) and _Superman II (2006)_ (qV).
At 6"7, Stephen Merchant is a full foot taller than Tomas Lemarquis who previously played the role of Caliban in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
On the bedside table in the Munson's bedroom, a copy of Sarah Ban Breathnach's "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" can be seen while Professor X and Logan are speaking.
Funko released a Pop! toy of X-23. But not X-23 from the movie, but X-23 from the comic books, which she is all grown up and wears her father's signature yellow spandex outfit.
This is the first Wolverine stand alone movie, not to feature "Wolverine" in its film title.
The film had an almost similar premise to that of Doctor Who: The Doctor's Daughter (2008) (TV Series) which The Doctor (David Tennant) a 903 year old Time Lord has a daughter called Jenny (Georgia Moffett) whom is a altered clone of The Doctor created from his DNA and is a soldier created along with other genetic engineered men and women cloned from other's DNA. David Tennant plays Kilgrave in the Marvel comic book series Jessica Jones (2015) (TV Series) and David Tennant starred opposite Patrick Stewart in Hamlet (2009) (TV Movie) which David Tennant played Hamlet and Patrick Stewart played Claudius.