In the trailer for the upcoming movie Logan (2016),

we can see that Wolverine's back is covered in scars:

A screen capture from the aforementioned trailer from the upcoming movie "Logan" (2016), showing the titular character, Logan (also known as Wolverine), standing at a dimly lit mirror, his back visibly and heavily scarred.

However, in the rest of Fox's X-Men/Wolverine movies, he always heals without leaving scars.

Why or what would cause him to have scars that his healing can't fix?

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    Although outside the XCU, in Old Man Logan, he has scars. (I think.)
    – miltonaut
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 13:32
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    do we know from the trailer that he still heals?
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 13:36
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    We don't see any instances of real-time healing in the trailer, but the director has mentioned that it still works - just not as well.
    – phantom42
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 13:38
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    Wait for the movie to actually come out, then watch it...? Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 18:04
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit wow, I guess no one ever thought of that before. Oh, no, wait, there's extensive meta discussions about just that: you can ask questions about movies you haven't seen; you can ask questions about trailers; you can ask about published information for movies that aren't out yet; and the answer might already exist in other media (since this is based on a comic book)
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Oct 22, 2016 at 15:02

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Director James Mangold answered this in an interview with Empire Online.

In this XCU version, Logan's healing factor abilities have altered over time. While they still heal him, they no longer heal him perfectly, leaving scars.

“One of the things we all thought about as we worked on this film is, well, we don’t want to rebuild everything. 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.”

In the final cut of the movie, his healing factor not only just leaves scars, it also works MUCH slower. It is heavily implied that the adamantium inside him is poisoning him, resulting in a decreased healing factor.

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    Sounds like they wanted to ignore the backstory they created for him in the original wolverine film (as it makes no sense that that suddenly happens when he is already WAY over what...100?)
    – Thomas
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 15:16
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    @Thomas Adamantium is supposedly highly toxic. His regeneration factor is constantly fighting that and also repairing all the other damage he does to himself and others do to him. It would make sense for it to deteriorate over time under those circumstances.
    – Tim B
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 15:35
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    If he wanted to "make a different Logan", maybe not use the SAME ACTOR again? Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 17:10
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    @Hannover: Not that different. Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 18:05
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    @Thomas: You don't get any grey hairs until you're what age? Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 18:05

No, his healing factor is not working as before

As explained in the official screenplay:

Screen capture of the screenplay from the movie "Logan" (2016).

Now might be a good time to talk about “fights” described in the next 100 or so pages. Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.

In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.

As for our hero with his so-called eternal life and healing. Well, he’s older now. If you keep reading, you’ll discover Logan’s about to get his ass kicked. But before we get to that, we should make it clear his abilities ain’t what they were. Yes, he’s a drunk, but he’s also fading on the inside. Adamantium implants leeching into his system, causing chronic pain and diminished healing, hence booze as painkiller.

So by all means, go ahead and worry about him. Now where were we? Oh, yeah--
- Mangold et al. (2016), "Logan", Final Shooting Draft Screenplay

He's older, and the Adamantium plating of his is slowly poisoning him[1].

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