‘Logan’ Buzz: Box Office Records, Easter Eggs, the Prop Comics and More

Hopefully, if you’ve arrived at this post, you’ve seen Logan. For one thing, it’s an excellent movie, period. Not just a good comic book or superhero or X-Men or solo Wolverine movie. For another, the contents that follow below include SPOILERS for the hot new release. Either way, if you’re curious about Easter eggs and more, keep on reading.

Seinfeld’s Influence

If you’re upset that Hugh Jackman is leaving the Wolverine character for good, you can blame comedian Jerry Seinfeld. That’s right. He and Jackman are good friends, and it was Seinfeld who inspired the actor to quit the X-Men movies while he’s ahead. According to the Logan star, Seinfeld explained his decision to Entertainment Weekly to walk away from his hit sitcom when he did, suggesting you “have to leave a little in the tank.” Here’s Jackman’s response:

“The moment he said it, I was like, ‘This is it. I’m quite indecisive, but when I get that gut feeling, it’s kind of a relief to me. When I met my wife, I knew. With the kids, I knew. When I was talking to Jerry that day, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.'”

But he also had to be sure the movie was a sure ending for his portrayal, and that meant killing him off. He explains:

“I thought, ‘This is a reason to do another movie and a reason to do no more after it. But we really needed to earn it… As soon as I saw the script, I got it. Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy, and so he wants to be alone and do things for himself. The idea that, in the end, he must give his life to save someone else… I thought that was really powerful.”

Here’s Jackman’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show where he also mentions Seinfeld’s influence:

Logan Trivia

Want some more goods on the development and production of the new Wolverine movie? ScreenCrush has rounded up a bunch of trivia about the making of the movie and the background of its characters in a new episode of You Think You Know Movies:

Box Office Records?

You’ve likely already seen that Logan was number one at the box office over the weekend and that it broke at least one record. But it supposedly broke a few, including the one for widest R-rated release ever, a mark it made before it even opened. Here is the breakdown of all its financial achievements and standings:

– Biggest R-rated debut for a movie not opening on a long weekend (not adjusted for inflation)

– Third-biggest R-rated debut for a movie not opening on a long weekend (adjusted for inflation)

– Biggest R-rated debut for the month of March (not adjusted for inflation)

– Second-biggest R-rated March debut (adjusted for inflation)

– Fourth-biggest March debut ever (not adjusted for inflation)

– Seventh-biggest March debut ever (adjusted for inflation)

– Fifth-biggest R-rated debut ever (not adjusted for inflation)

– Ninth-biggest R-rated debut ever (adjusted for inflation)

– Biggest debut for a solo Wolverine movie (not adjusted for inflation)

– Second-biggest debut for a solo Wolverine movie (adjusted for inflation)

– Fifth-biggest debut for an X-Men movie (not adjusted for inflation)

– Seventh-biggest debut for an X-Men movie (adjusted for inflation)

Easter Eggs

There aren’t a ton of Easter eggs and fan-service references in Logan. Just as some initially planned cameos didn’t wind up fitting the movie’s tone, neither would a lot of blatant nods to the past movies or comics. Still, there are a few things you may have noticed, including subtle hints that this Wolverine spin-off isn’t as independent from the rest of the franchise as it might seem.

If you didn’t notice all the links to the other X-Men movies or you don’t know the history of all the characters, like the Reavers and the young mutant Richter, or how Logan could fit into the franchise’s timeline, Mr. Sunday Movies highlights everything you need to know in this handy and often amusing video:

Inside the Prop Comic Books

The X-Men comics read by X-23 in the movie look just like classic ’80s back issues, but they’re all props created specifically for the movie. Comic book artist Dan Panosian designed the mock covers we see on-screen but also inked and colored some full inside pages that are drawn by Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada in case they were needed.

Below, via The Verge, you can check out some of Panosian’s fake comics pages, including the Sauron-centric issue Wolverine holds as he explains they’re all fiction.