Logan director James Mangold explains making an emotional superhero movie
James Mangold discusses his desire to bring a family dynamic to the story of Wolverine.
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Logan is not your typical superhero movie. The last film under Hugh Jackman’s reign as Wolverine offers an R rating to a story about family, love, and loss — none of which the feral mutant is comfortable with. In an interview with EW, director James Mangold speaks about his desire to bring all these elements together to revamp a genre.
“They’re just dealing with their own human issues of survival and love and loss and fear, and I thought that would be really refreshing,” he says in the video above.
Mangold explains that when 20th Century Fox approached him about doing another film after The Wolverine, there was a “blank page.” He eventually developed a multifaceted concept “of pulling in Laura, X-23, the idea of putting Charles and Logan together, Charles ailing, making a movie essentially about family, about love, about your dedication and loyalty to an ailing father, your dedication and loyalty and responsibility for a child.”
Logan picks up with Wolverine in a near future when mutants are all but extinct and our hero is living a quiet life in a hideout along the Mexico-United States border. When a young mutant (played by Dafne Keen) crosses his path, he’s forced to bear responsibilities at a time when “he’s so loath to be intimate with anybody,” Mangold says.
Patrick Stewart joins Jackman in Logan, which also features Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Richard E. Grant.
The film opens in theaters this weekend.
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