In the wake of the second trailer’s release last week, “Logan” director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have talked some more about this proposed final “Wolverine” spin-off. Across several interviews they answered some key questions and here’s the breakdown.
First up, the ‘X-Men’ comic held in Wolverine’s hands is NOT a real comic as, for copyright reasons, they had to make new ones with Joe Quesada doing the cover art. Its inclusion allowed the film’s writers to deal with the weight of legacy and celebrity, examining: “what it’s like to be a superhero in twilight, living under the weight of the exaggerations and truths of what’s been told and said about you.”
Patrick Stewart’s Professor X will be bring fun and heart to the proceedings. Mangold says: “Our Charles is a very sweet character in this film. I think he’s always been an incredibly sweet character. With the addition of his own physical fragility in this movie, he becomes an incredibly powerful paternal figure in the movie. Logan is more of a reluctant one, I think you can easily guess.”
The events of “Logan” are set roughly five years after the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with the villain (Boyd Holbrook) reportedly mentioning an incident that “happened up East” and that “Charles’ brain is classified as a weapon of mass destruction.”
Mangold also spoke about the state we find Logan in when we first see him: “We find him in a state of extreme disrepair. He’s sick. I think the movie will reveal how exactly he’s ill, but the idea is that we find him in a state much like the examples I was just saying. What is it like for a sports star or an astronaut when your knees start to give out and your elbows creak and it’s harder to get out of bed and you have dizzy spells and you feel weaker and you’re self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? This is kind of the reality he’s living under, at this point in the movie.”
Mangold confirms there’s no Mr. Sinister in the film, saying they explicitly wanted to avoid “the kind of operatic highly-costumed, stroboscopic villainy” that comes with such a character. He says: “everything is kind of as real as we can make it. The movie is trying to kind of take a step backward from that kind of spectacle, so that we get another kind of gain, you know. There’s that loss, but the gain is that the movie feels extremely real.”
Finally, he admits that despite all the talk of this having an R rating, the MPAA hasn’t actually classified it yet. “Logan” opens March 2nd.