Watch Hugh Jackman’s Evil Logan Clone X-24 Come to Life
James Mangold‘s Logan was special. It recently made Oscar history as the first comic book-based screenplay nominated for an Academy Award, and in fashioning a brutal, brilliant and pared down story for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine (his real name is, of course, Logan), it was perhaps the most fitting farewell a superhero has ever gotten. One of the film’s signature achievements was giving Jackman’s ailing Logan a nemesis worthy of the notoriously resilient mutant, and Mangold and his writing team did that in spades with X-24. This Logan clone was a more powerful (and younger) version of Jackman’s Wolverine, and in order to pull this off, the team at visual effects shop Imagine Engine had their work cut out for them. You can see the fruits of their labor in this awesome visual effects reel that breaks down how they cloned Jackman, so to speak.
In order to bring the brutal X-24 to life, and make it so the real Jackman could look like he was actually brawling with his on-screen clone, Image Engine photographed him using a special rig that takes hundreds of photos from almost every conceivable angle and in every potential lighting condition imaginable. This gives their artists every possible reference point they might require to then build a digital clone of Jackman’s head, which is then digitally placed on the body double who sparred with Jackman on set. As you’ll see in the video, once their work is done, you get the vicious spectacle of watching our beloved, beaten down Logan battling a younger, more brutal, more potent version of himself. The result is one of the most terrifying villains in any X-Men film, taking the franchise’s most popular and beloved mutant and turning him into a nightmare version of himself, the kind of killing machine that Wolverine has always been mistaken to have been.
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Featured image: Hugh Jackman in ‘Logan.’ Courtesy 20th Century Fox.