More From James Mangold On THE WOLVERINE

The director answers more questions about The Wolverine including why Logan is in Japan, why he wanted to direct The Wolverine and what the potential pitfalls are when dealing with comic book movies.

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On how Logan ends up in Japan.
Mangold: An old friendship. What brings him there is an old ally in Japan. We find Logan in a moment of tremendous disillusionment. We find him estranged. One of the models I used working on the film was The Outlaw Josey Wales. You find Logan and his love is gone, his mentors are gone, many of his friends are gone, his own sense of purpose – what am I doing, why do I bother – and his exhaustion is high. He has lived a long time, and he’s tired. He’s tired of the pain.

What I wrote on the back of the script when I first read it was “Everyone I love will die.” The story I’ve been telling, he enters it believing that. Therefore he’s living in a kind of isolation. He gets drawn to Japan by an old friendship and then finds himself in a labyrinth of deceit, caught up in the agendas of mobsters, of wealth, and other powers we come to understand.


On how he got the job after Darren Aronofsky dropped out.
Mangold: I couldn’t tell you why they hired me, but I can tell you why I wanted it. I have a long friendship with Hugh Jackman. [They made the 2001 romantic comedy Kate & Leopold together.] And I’m a huge comic book collector. When I was a kid, I had both Marvel and DC. I was my own librarian. I made card files. I had origin stories of all the characters, and cross-referenced when they appeared in other comic books. I was full on.

For me, watching this decade of superhero films and having not participated while I was making other movies, what was interesting to me – and it had not been done, with a few exceptions – was to be free to tell a real story of an immortal character. Too often these films are burdened with origin stories that produce a very unwieldy script, because you spend half the film creating the character and then you only have half the film to then tell a story about the character. When stepping into a franchise, one of the scary things – for a person in my position – is that it’s like directing the fourth episode of a TV series, and everything is on autopilot. They’re doing what they’re going to do, and what are you really going to bring to it?

On the pitfalls that are present when you're dealing with comic book movies.
Mangold: A fantasy film is often improved by some kind of human reality. What makes them hard to sit through is that the modern-day tentpole film has become a lot of fast cutting and an incredible amount of money spent generating effects. What are we left with? We’re left with what we see – a kind of inundation, a head-banging barrage in which they keep turning the volume up on the mix, and flying things at you faster in the hope that it keeps you in your seat. For me, the idea of making a film with hardcore action, with physical action like I grew up reading in the comic books, but also with a heart – and this character has great heart – to me, it’s no different from making a western. Or a cop film.

More from Mangold at the source link below. Nice to see that he's a comic book fan and his vision for The Wolverine sounds amazing. Hopefully, there will be some footage sooner rather than later.

Also, check out this awesome manip from CBM User conartsit. Still want Jackman to suit up?



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Spinning out of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where he falls for the beautiful Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) to the grave displeasure of her father Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) and her half-brother, the fearsome Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). But this isn't Logan's first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or his first encounter with the Yashida clan. Based on a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall )and the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.


Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: July 26, 2013
MPAA Rating: R (rumored)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Mark Bomback (screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) Frank Miller (comic book) Chris Claremont (comic book)

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villain001 - 1/9/2013, 12:39 PM
thats a horrible manip
SuperDude001 - 1/9/2013, 12:40 PM
Ace manip!
Good to know we've got an actual fan directing (although I guess that could make things either great or terrible, but meh)
CharacterAssassin - 1/9/2013, 12:44 PM
lmao... looks like Wolverine has been smokin Meth. Definitely gonna need a shorter stalkier Wolverine to fit the suit.
FightAs0ne - 1/9/2013, 12:46 PM
Lol what the shit?! Point proven he doesn't need that suit.
GodzillaKart - 1/9/2013, 12:46 PM
That manip perfectly illustrates how a costume that (kinda) works in the comics would be an absurd piece of comedy on screen. (not saying the manip work itself is bad)
GodzillaKart - 1/9/2013, 12:48 PM
The brown suit with shorter head wings might work...although it begs the question "why?"
Wolfman22 - 1/9/2013, 12:52 PM
damnit it it sounds good so far but give him the damn mask, it would make sense that the samurai wore mask, i want the disks on his shoulders too >:/
JerBear - 1/9/2013, 12:54 PM
The problem with that manip is that it's a direct translation from the comics. Of course it's not gonna look right if you do that. However, look at the outfits in First Class, if you did something like that and included a badass mask nobody would have a problem with that costume on Wolverine.
Nivekian - 1/9/2013, 12:54 PM
I never understood why the tan/brown suit never gets any love
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 12:55 PM
That is a prime example of comic book costumes looking silly on screen. The only costume that they could do that wouldn't look hideous on screen would be his X-force costume and that would still need tweaking.
HBarnill - 1/9/2013, 1:00 PM
This is the guy who directed Reese Witherspoon's phenomenonal performance in one of my favorite movies of all time, Walk The Line. I don't see why people are still cautious about him.
StormLoganSummers - 1/9/2013, 1:07 PM
I've always thought that Logan's classic costume looked ridiculous. If he has to be in a comic accurate costume, then the Ultimate look is the way to go.
Daken - 1/9/2013, 1:07 PM
No, definitely DON'T want him in this fugly spandex EVER!
GUNSMITH - 1/9/2013, 1:10 PM
HE'D LOOK AWESOME IN HIS X FORCE SUIT
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 1:14 PM
I actually like the idea of them using the Ultimates costume or the X-force suit.
gambgel - 1/9/2013, 1:16 PM
the manip just uses the simple comic design.

Movie designers can DEFINETLY do something current and badass using not only blue and yellow but more black parts.

Great designers could do wonders adapting comic costume. It just happens that some studios and fans can see beyond that.
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 1:21 PM
Lol. I'm sure someone can make a crappy manip where Batman looks retarded to. That doesn't mean it's not possible for Wolverine's iconic comic book image to be adapted to film. That's about the shittiest manip I've ever seen. Obviously the person who made it was either a) trying to make him look stupid suited up or b) completely lacking talent. Now that's not saying I think this movie should have Logan suited up. On the contrary, I think Hugh Jackman sucks and also this current incarnation of Wolverine has already established itself in a world without costumed heroes. But a future reboot done by someone with a REAL comic book sensibility like Zak Snyder for instance would have no problem suiting up Wolverine and the entire X men for that matter. That's the movie I'm waiting to see. Bring it.
siggisuperman - 1/9/2013, 1:22 PM
I would use the brown and yellow suit, but with the head wings a lot smaller, just barely bigger then his head, and angling more backwards than up. I would also absolutely not go with the batman style black paint around the eyes.
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 1:24 PM
Putting Wolverine in a blue and yellow suit would look silly on screen. I dont understand why people can't seem to realize that not everything that works in comics will work on screen. Its easier to do a Batman costume considering the fact that his suit has three basic colors black, grey, and or yellow.
SuperDude001 - 1/9/2013, 1:26 PM
Getting as close to the comics I think the mask would never work but the body/gloves could be manipulated to be kinda vividly coloured gritty ninja outfit or something :/
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 1:31 PM
The helmet would have to be some kind of metal like Thors helmet, but tighter. Thors helmet doesn't look stupid. Look at the elves in Lotr for example. If you think his costume can't be done than you seriously lack imagination. As entirely spandex or fabric then yes, it would make absolutely no sense. But if you made it some type of stylized armor type material where form met function then BINGO. No more unhappy Wolverine fans.
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 1:33 PM
^^ And yes, I do think the x force colors would be much better for film.
GodzillaKart - 1/9/2013, 1:36 PM
The color is the biggest problem. Yellow is just dumb for a guy with any interest in stealth.
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 1:46 PM
@Nomis Thank you. Dude, some of you people give up too easy or maybe you've been raised on Hugh Jackman and don't know who Wolvie really is. Comic book movies just keep getting better and better. It's not like it was in 2000 when Singers first crappy Xmen film came out and they couldn't even make Storm fly for christs sake. It can and will be done. Thanks to Bryan Singer it may not be for another 10 years, but we will see Wolverine suited up on screen.
Greengo - 1/9/2013, 1:47 PM
The brown one
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 1:47 PM
Comparing Iron Man's armor to Wolverine's costume isn't even remotely the same.
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 1:50 PM
Also that is a good costume for a cosplay but not for a major motion picture. The problem with Wolverine's costume is the colors. That yellow and blue just dont work especially for a man whose main goal is stealth.
Greengo - 1/9/2013, 1:52 PM
People critcized the "realism" schtick in Nolan's films- a major part of which was an explanation for the bat costume....

Now we need an explanation of why any super hero wears a particular costume.
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 1:54 PM
I've personally always thought that Wolverine's costume just doesn't fit with his personality. It just seems like if someone were to try and give him that costume to wear he would look at it and he would tell them "I'm not wearing that"
Greengo - 1/9/2013, 1:54 PM
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Greengo - 1/9/2013, 2:16 PM
Maybe Tom Hardy would make a good Wolverine
superpooper - 1/9/2013, 2:16 PM
@jatevin Well in that type scenario I would agree, but I don't think that's how it would be portrayed. If it was a goofy looking yellow and blue spandex mess than of course he wouldn't wear it. If it's a stealthy armored combat suit that he designed based partially on Japanese Samurai influence and Ninja infiltration sensibility then it makes more sense. He does have a healing factor but bullet wounds and huge gashes across his abdomen would still be annoying so he might desire a little more protection then what a t-shirt and a leather jacket would provide. It's all in how you spin it dude. Film makers (at least GOOD ones) are masters at that shit. Plus a nice scary mask can be intimidating. Just ask Batman.
fullmetal - 1/9/2013, 2:25 PM
I have no hope for this film at all. Hugh has never even gotten close to the real Wolvie. It's not his fault though, it's the directing of the actor. With that being said, i will admit that everything Mongold said sounds like the perfect approach from a director. i'm really impressed with his comments but I've been fooled 3 times already (yes first class sucked IMO). I will not see this until DVD.

As far as you people saying Wolvies costume would never work: YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO IMAGINATION WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mankind can send a f--king man to the moon but can't get Hugh into the costume because no one can make it work on screen? YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK THIS ARE FOOLS!
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 2:32 PM
Having all that armored crap on his costume would slow him down especially when he doesn't need it.
JatevinM - 1/9/2013, 2:35 PM
No, I'm just a person who can recognize that not everything from comics is meant to be put on th ebig screen. Dont call someone unimaginative just because they dont share the same opinion you do.
Tainted87 - 1/9/2013, 2:41 PM


This would look badass.
jimoakley666 - 1/9/2013, 2:45 PM
And that manip is why we should never see that shit on film. If you want to go down the 'costume' route I'd lose the mask, lose the spandex look and maybe go with Quitely's black and yellow biker leathers.
Shamo - 1/9/2013, 2:52 PM
can't wait. this will be the best superhero movie of the year. u heard it here first.
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