[EDITORIAL – Contribution from ARMY] As Terminator fans are anxiously awaiting the next movie in the Terminator film franchise, there is a minor amount of disgruntled fans that shockingly do not want to see another film released. I should know. I was one of them. It wasn’t until I saw “Logan” that I have officially changed my mind about new Terminator films.
I am sure you have heard the complaints. Some of us have been unsatisfied to different degrees with the films that followed “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. A few of us were even unsatisfied with T2, if you can believe that. And this group of purist fans, me included, decreed that the Terminator franchise was dead and should permanently end. No futher Terminator films should be made.
What many of these people do not realize is that a similar case was made by fans towards the Wolverine franchise, and if they had gotten their way, the spectacular new film “Logan” film would have never been made.
You see, just like a Terminator fan, I have been a Wolverine fan all my life. Raised on Marvel comics like “Fantastic Four” and “The Incredible Hulk”, what I really connected with is those uncanny “X-Men” with Wolverine being my favorite mutant.
So you can imagine my excitement when after the highly praised films “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United” were released, and the lukewarm “X-Men: The Last Stand”, 20th Century Fox decided to spin-off the Wolverine character into his own series of movies and capitalize off the character’s popularity. And in 2009, it was finally here. The first solo movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” came out and the results were an abomination. The movie was destroyed by critics and general audiences and it was a total disgrace to the Wolverine character.
So that summer, me and a portion of X-Men fans felt “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was such a bad film, that we should boycott it. That meant avoid supporting the film. That meant not seeing it again, not buying the DVD, and telling everyone we knew to avoid it at all costs.
Now there were other Wolverine fans in forums that argued we should still support it, that no studio tries to make a bad film and if “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was successful, maybe the next Wolverine movie would be better. This argument did not change my mind. If this is how Wolverine movies were going to be, then fuck them. Let it be a failure. Fox should cancel the Wolverine franchise entirely, stick to making good X-Men movies and stop disgracing the best character in comics history.
We almost got our wish.
With a budget of $150 Million which didn’t account for $100 Million in promotional costs, the first solo Wolverine outing grossed a tepid $373 Million worldwide. While it opened really big, it didn’t have legs, and was reportedly a big disappointment for Fox because they only earn between 50 to 70% of its gross. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” actually needed home video sales and television deals to finally recoup the money spent on the film.
Then it happened. The word was out that Fox might cancel the Wolverine solo movies indefinitely, putting the breaks on any future films. I was satisfied. We had won. Or did we?
Apparently, three years later, Fox executives felt “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” made enough money to warrant another try. In order to minimize risk, they reduced the next Wolverine movie’s budget by 30 Million dollars and began filming. Another year later “The Wolverine” was released to better but not great reviews, and had stronger box office legs than its predecessor. And that second movie directed by James Mangold led to perfection, when Mangold returned to direct the third Wolverine movie titled “Logan”.
“Logan” is a Wolverine fan’s dream. Sure it doesn’t precisely follow the “Old Man Logan” comic lore, but the movie is a stunning poignant look at regret and loss. It’s a Western. It’s a well written adult film that challenges the comic book genre as much as Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”. A brutally honest human film, “Logan” is a superhero movie worth remembering and will be praised for decades to come.
After seeing it for the fifth time in theaters, when the credits rolled, I contemplated how this wonderful movie wouldn’t have been made if I got my way. I contemplated how this great movie was made in spite of me, and that is the moment I realized the error of my ways.
The moral of the story is support your franchise Terminator fans. Do you think fans quit on Star Wars just because the prequels started turning out bad? No way! Sure they all might not be winners, but the Terminator franchise needs our support so it can get to making films that are winners! Remember, the studio wants their movies to be well received by critics as much as we do. See the films and support Terminator. Because sooner or later, just like with me and “Logan”, you will be glad that you did.
This editorial contribution was written and submitted by Jonathan F. and edited by SkynetsArmy.com.
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