With the Disney-Fox merger dominating business and film headlines this month, many creatives have spoken out either in words of support or trepidation regarding the huge deal. One such person, Logan director James Mangold, took to Twitter today to clarify his earlier statements.
In the Tweet, Mangold notes how he is in no way concerned about the future of the X-Men franchise, which is expected to be folded into Disney’s hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, the visionary director notes that he is far more troubled by the fact that we are losing one of the six major film studios, and with that losing one of the few outlets that creatives can make something wholly unique and original.
You can check out the Tweet below:
Guys. I'm not even slightly worried about the future of XMEN movies. There's many talented folks to make those. I am worried about a further scarcity of films that aren't comic adaptations and sequels. I'm worried about the ever increasing scarcity of original theatrical films.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) December 16, 2017
Mangold’s Logan became one of the most critically acclaimed superhero films in years because it took a completely unique way of looking at the characters, through the prism of an old Western film. Losing Fox means that not only are there now fewer places for people to get the chance to take on different adaptations such as this, but also in proposing new ideas for theatrical films that have nothing to do with existing comic book properties.
So while fans can take solace knowing that Wolverine will inevitably join up with The Avengers, the chance for someone to create the next Wolverine might have gotten slimmer in the new media landscape.
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Logan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.
Some characters, like Superman and Spider-Man, should never receive the R-Rated treatment. If a character is defined by a sense of hope or optimism instead of a dark, gritty core that grounds all their actions, then a R-Rated movie likely won’t work.
Hit Next to find out more about six comic book movies that should be R-Rated!