When Wolverine first burst on to cinema screens in Fox's\u00a0\u2018X-Men\u2019 back in 2000, comic books were still mainly the\u00a0preserve of teenage boys and\u00a0far from the cinematic\u00a0sure-things they are today.\r\n\r\nStarring a then-unknown Hugh Jackman, who was cast three weeks after shooting began, the film was an expensive risk for Fox, but quickly proved a financial and critical success and the precursor\u00a0for the type of pop-culture revolution rarely seen, even in Hollywood.\r\n\r\nDespite controversy over his height and relative inexperience, Jackman also quickly established himself as the breakout star of the X-Men franchise and an enduring fan favourite.\u00a017 years and nine films later, there\u2019s arguably no one that better encapsulates the evolution of superhero\u00a0movies from nerdy niche to undeniable cultural juggernaut.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNow \u2018Logan\u2019, the latest, and potentially final, film outing for\u00a0Jackman\u2019s iconic clawed mutant, ditches its predecessors\u2019 M rating in favour of confronting\u00a0violence\u00a0and visceral action to\u00a0set\u00a0it apart from its comic book cousins.\u00a0Directed by James Mangold (who also helmed 2013\u2019s \u2018The Wolverine\u2019) and inspired by the acclaimed comic \u2018Old Man Logan\u2019, the film is art-house cinema transposed to the comic book world\u00a0and a\u00a0new touchstone for mature superhero storytelling.\r\n\r\nImbued with Mangold\u2019s classic Western sensibilities, 'Logan' is a\u00a0deeply personal story that deliberately does away with\u00a0the most unfulfilling trend in modern comic book movies: a reliance on apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenarios that substitute character development for mindless, mass-scale action set pieces.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSet in a near-future, post-X-Men dystopia, an aging Wolverine is charged with the care of an elderly, unstable Charles Xavier,\u00a0far removed from the kind, worldly figure of the earlier X-Men films.\u00a0The film cleverly trades on the audience goodwill for Wolverine and Professor X, developed over the history of the franchise, to present them as deeply flawed,\u00a0and deeply human, shadows of their former selves.\r\n\r\nIt puts\u00a0the inherent violence of a character like Wolverine front and centre of the story without ever revelling in it, instead using it to plumb the emotional depths of the character\u00a0in\u00a0stark and honest fashion. Wolverine has long been a fascinating contradiction in terms:\u00a0misanthropic and raged,\u00a0but with a fundamental sense of loyalty and compassion.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs a likely swansong for Hugh Jackman, \u2018Logan\u2019\u00a0gives him the freedom to explore the character's many nuances\u00a0in arguably the most assured performance of his career.\u00a0It\u2019s a fitting farewell and brings the character full circle, offering closure for a generation of fans who have grown up, or grown old, with\u00a0Wolverine and the X-Men.\r\n\r\nUltimately, it's a film\u00a0that juggles emotional heft and narrative action with subtle precision, equally as at home as an indie drama as\u00a0it is\u00a0a superhero action flick.\u00a0The recent black-and-white re-release of the film, titled \u2018Logan Noir\u2019, further sets it apart from the glossy, colourful aesthetic that dominates the current comic book movie landscape.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCoupled with the\u00a0runaway success of the brashly comic 'Deadpool', 'Logan's' own critical and commercial achievements bode well for a future in which comic book films are encouraged to push the boundaries on blockbuster filmmaking.\r\n\r\n17 years after\u00a0the\u00a0original 'X-Men' brought superhero films into the mainstream, 'Logan'\u00a0looks set to usher in a brave new world of its own.\r\n\r\nOwn Logan new to Blu-ray & DVD on June 7. Buy it First on Digital HD. \u00a0\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.