‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Talks Killing Off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine

Logan director James Mangold has opened up regarding the film’s R-rating as well as the death of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the superhero drama.

Fans of the genre were treated to a much bloodier superhero outing in the 2017 film that brought Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine to a close. Mangold recently explained to Comicbook.com the level of convincing it took with the studio to achieve his less family-friendly take on the Marvel superhero, as well as the industries overall desire to rejuvenate superhero storytelling on the silver screen that made Logan possible:

“Well, the process of convincing them, is telling them it’ll cost them less. The process of convincing them is really a nuts and bolts of them saying to you, “If the movie is rated R it’s going to make 30% to 40% less money.” And then you going, “Okay, it’ll cost 30% to 40% less money to shoot. So I hear you and I’ll meet you.” And certainly my gambit had gained fuel with the success of Deadpool, specifically for Fox. And in a wider world with the sense that I think everyone at all of the studios was feeling like the task of making comic book adaptations of superhero films had gotten creatively stale. And that therefore some changes, even the corporations, even the companies in all their conservativeness, in all their resistance to change, knew that the formula as it was, was no longer working. The same economic graphs could show that the movies, without adding some new idea, were no longer grossing as well as they had, at that moment in time.”

In addition, Mangold also opened up about the thought process behind killing off Jackman’s Wolverine after 17 years since he debuted in Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film. The director explained why both he and the studio thought Logan dying was the right way to resolve the clawed mutant’s storyline:

“The process is a lot less of a committee than you’d think. It was really Hugh 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? So 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.

Frankly, even the studio didn’t even have nervousness about it, because it felt like an event. It gave the movie, on a simple level, the reality that while it may not feature as flamboyant or expensive action as some other movies. That the must see of the movie was going to be because it would be the end of a legend.”

Mangold also recently shared his thought on the possibility of Jackman returning for another outing as Wolverine under the Marvel Studios banner, revealing that while it’s not something he expects to happen, he would be okay with it should the studio come up with a reason worthy enough to justify the mutants return. The director was also recently confirmed to be directing Indiana Jones 5 after being reported to be in talks to replace Steven Spielberg on the project in February.

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 James Mangold, Hugh Jackman, plus the future of Wolverine and the X-Men and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content.

Source: Comicbook.com

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.