SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information that may be considered SPOILERS for ‘Logan’, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you may wish to proceed with caution.
‘Logan’ put a nice cap on Hugh Jackman‘s character’s arc, a character arc that occupied a large chunk of the overall ‘X-Men’ film storyline that began with 2000’s ‘X-Men’, the film that essentially kicked off the modern age of comic book movies. It was Jackman’s magnetic performance that made the film, but it was his unbridled attraction to fellow mutant Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen that helped create a foundation of humanity within Logan, something that carried over into the rest of the X-films.
But of course there was always one giant obstacle– Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, the X-Men’s stoic leader played, for the most part by James Marsden. Even after the time-twisting events of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, Jean ended up as Scott’s “girl,” but audiences could see that there was still something between Logan and Jean and it seems director James Mangold intended to at least mention Jean in ‘Logan’, but for narrative reasons, he cut the scene. But when discussing the film recently, Mangold stated that this conversation would likely find its way onto the Blu-Ray.
“I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs Munson asks Logan if he’s married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn’t really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it’s a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing. The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many. Things go pretty shitty within seconds after that. I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray.”
Mangold has already stated that it is likely that an all black and white version of the film would also be released on home video. Fans and critics are already praising this film as one of the best of the X-Men series, but it sounds as though there are even more treats left to discover in the months to come.
Did you feel that the lack of mention of Jean was a glaring omission from ‘Logan’? If so, are you glad that she will get her due in the deleted scenes of ‘Logan’?