Logan director James Mangold recently broke down why they decided to kill Hugh Jackman’s X-Men character, Wolverine, in his final film.
Logan was a film that shocked and wowed audiences for a number of reasons. The film was notably darker and more mature in its subject matter than previous X-Men films and contained what could arguably be some of the bleakest, most depressing moments to ever be put in a superhero film. The film’s climax notably saw the death of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
This was a decision that some fans probably weren’t shocked by but were none the less taken aback by. In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Logan director James Mangold revealed why they decided that killing off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was the best route to take:
“The process is a lot less of a committee than you’d think. It was really Hugh [Jackman] and I at first. It seemed logical, that if it were going to be his last film, that he’s either going to ride off onto the horizon or die, that you need to have some kind of curtain on his story. That’s a logical assumption, right?
You either have the Shane ending where he rides off on the mountain to parts unknown, which had largely been the way his character was resolved in every proceeding movie or you’d kill him. But the reason the choice was at our feet was because you needed the sense of closure. You needed some sense of an ending if you were going to end, if you were dealing with the legacy of Hugh’s many performances and many films, and trying to set this part in some definitive way.”
What do you all make of James Mangold’s words? Do you think killing off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Logan is the only way the film could end? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Logan:
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the future of Wolverine and the X-Men and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content.