Hugh Jackman's Wolverine appears to be a little worse for wear in the promo images and trailer for Logan, with gray hair and scars. But how does a guy who regenerates wind up with so many battle scars? Director James Mangold has an answer.
“One of the things we all thought about as we worked on this film is, well, we don’t want to rebuild everything," Mangold told Empire. "We want to have some questions. In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us. So we questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar. We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”
This lines up with the script page previously released by Mangold which states Logan's healing factor isn't quite up to snuff.
Logan is due out in theaters March 3, 2017.