The Wolverine‘s James Mangold will return to the comic book world with this March’s Logan. The final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman behind the claws. Mangold has directed some remarkable films outside the superhero world, which include, Walk The Line, Girl, Interrupted and 3:10 to Yuma. Mangold and Jackman have discussed Logan‘s inspirations, including Unforgiven and The Wrestler. However, it appears the director received some inspiration from one of the best DC Comics to ever exist.
Alan Moore’s Watchmen hit the world in September of 1986, and in a way, has never left. The comic book is still profoundly relevant in today’s world as it was back then. In 2009, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director, Zack Snyder, brought the book to the big screen to a mixed critical reaction. In a new interview with Fandango, James Mangold revealed how much Watchmen inspired his latest Wolverine flick. Mangold revealed:
Fandango: [Logan] Seems very Watchmen-esque…
Mangold: Yes, it’s got that to it.
Fandango: Was Watchmen an influence for you on Logan?
Mangold: The comic book, yes. I don’t think the movie got to come quite full circle on it, but I think that’s a great concept in Watchmen, yes.
From the second trailer, I assume James Mangold is talking about the ‘legacy’ idea. Moore’s Watchmen tackles iconography is one of the book’s greatest components. Mangold then went on to discuss where the comic book “genre” is going, bringing up both Nolan’s Batman films and Guardians of The Galaxy:
Fandango: You’re absolutely right. In order for the genre to evolve you need to change the ingredients in these films.
Mangold: But the other question I ask is whether this is a genre. Are comic book movies a genre? Because as many wonderful films as I can think of – like Christopher Nolan’s Batman films are like noir pictures, and you can call [Logan] and other movies Westerns. You can say Guardians of the Galaxy is like a romp or an adventure in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Each one of these movies exist within another genre, and it’s almost like the key to success with these movies is to figure out what kind of genre you’re making. Comic book movies only describes its origin.
It’d be like saying “novel movie” because it came from a novel. That doesn’t tell you much because there are as many comic books as there are novels. It’s not specific. It only really says that the characters probably have some kind of superpowers, but it doesn’t tell you what kind of story you’re telling. You could make a horror film about superheroes. To me, that’s where the originality happens. And where the originality fails is when people go, oh, it’s based on a comic book, so that’s the only genre I need. For the most part the movies that live in that form tend to be the weakest.
If you want to read the whole interview with James Mangold, you can do so by clicking here. So, what do you guys think? Are you excited to see Logan? Are you over the moon to finally witness a Wolverine-flick in all his R-rated glory? March cannot come here soon enough!
Logan hits theatres everywhere on March 3rd, 2017.