Everyone’s favorite mutant is getting ready to hit the big screen again, but director James Mangold reveals that this vision of Hugh Jackman’s adamantium-clawed mutant won’t be the same one you’ve seen before.
Mangold recently talked to IndieWire and shared his vision for the popular hero in The Wolverine, saying part of the appeal to the film is that it isn’t a “conventional superhero movie.” Instead he views it as a character piece that has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales or Chinatown than it does with X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
“It’s a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment,” says Mangold. “I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that’s as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film.”
The director also sees The Wolverine as the perfect vehicle to explore an aspect of Logan that is seldom touched upon.
“I think more than anything, it’s a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal,” Mangold says. “What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you’ve ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again?”
However, don’t let all the ‘character piece’ talk fool you. Mangold realizes this is still a super-hero film and he promises that action will also be delivered; saying the worlds of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture will lead to unique fight sequences influenced by Japanese martial arts.
I was less than enthused with what I was hearing about The Wolverine when Darren Aronofsky was at the helm, but now it sounds like the cigar-chomping mutant will finally have a chance to shine on the big screen as much as he has in the pages of the comics and graphic novels.