SDCC Exclusive With THE WOLVERINE Director James Mangold: “Logan is Looking For a Way to Die”

One of ComicBookMovie.com's own was invited by Fox to an exclusive "walk-and-talk" interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold at Comic-Con.

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By TheDailySuperHero - 7/23/2013



The Wolverine is preparing for its domestic release on July 26 and while at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, ComicBookMovie.com's The Daily SuperHero had a chance to exclusively talk with director James Mangold in a “walk-and-talk” interview. Some of the topics covered were the movie's villains, camera work, effects and a little about Mangold's own personal tastes in comic books were discussed.

After meeting Mangold at the Hard Rock Hotel, in the Gaslamp, the goal of the interview was to walk-and-talk over to Petco Park and to hang with him for a moment to get some photos of the director with the giant Silver Samurai display in the parking lot. Many, who have yet to see an early screening of the film have had questions surrounding the fact there are not one but two versions of the samurai villain in the new movie.

“There's one that is more like the organic Samurai in the comics and then there's a version that's really hard to explain until the end of the film,” Mangold said. “Well... you can explain [the other Silver Samurai] by looking at it but you can't explain what it's all about until someone sees the end of the movie. And for those who have an issue with the Silver Samurai's size, it'll be explained at the end of the film [as well].”


Mangold mentioned that the giant Samurai at Petco Park's parking lot was indeed on set of The Wolverine and used in scenes. The use of such a large and immense prop prompted Mangold to talk about the subject of using practical effects instead of an overuse of computer effects and it's all about the use of the camera.

“The way to do CG without it looking like CG isn't about getting really good vendors or good artists to do the work but it's about shooting the plates and the pieces where what the camera is doing is not impossible to believe,” Mangold said, then continued. “Meaning, the camera is never in a place it couldn't be if it were real and it has a really palpable effect instead of putting a camera in a place were it couldn't [really] be.

“The temptation to put the camera where it can't go then you put it anywhere and it creates a kind of perception in the audience's mind that this is fake. There's no way this [is real].”


The Silver Samurai may be one of the more popular villains Logan has faced off against in the comic universe but he is only one of several in The Wolverine. Mangold shared his thoughts on the villainy in his new film.

“I would say it's less about there being multiple villains and more about people serving cross-purposes and a battle that ensues because of it,” Mangold said. “It'll be easier to absorb the movie than describe it because it is more of a murder mystery/noir.

“Who's the bad guy? Who's the good guy? I much prefer building the movie on that kind of sentiment [but] it's still more about revelations in a way... [and] the biggest thing Logan is fighting with in the movie is himself.”


Due to his immortality, Logan could be considered to be the real villain of the film and Mangold agreed.

“The film opens and Logan is looking for a way to die. A way out from his own immortality.”


At one point during the interview, there was a quick moment to touch on some of The Wolverine director's favorite heroes. Fans who wonder if a guy like Mangold is really a true comic book fan, you will be happy to hear he definitely is. He made it perfectly clear that he's been reading comics for a very long time.

“I've always been a huge DC and Marvel fan... collecting Howard the Duck, Flash, Superman, World's Finest, X-Men, Wolverine (was later), Spider-Man, Hulk and Tarzan,”Mangold said, while one hero really stood out for him.“But I always had a soft spot for Flash, however strange the outfit, the idea of incredible speed was always really interesting to me and it fed my imagination.”


But wait there's more proof since he spoke about his own personal collection.

“I just got [my collection] shipped from my parents attic and it's in my garage waiting to get cracked open and I was full on with identifying stickers for issues and I even kept a card file for all my issues.”


Mangold is really a true comic book fan who went the extra mile to keep his collection highly organized with a card file way before the days of digital collection software and apps, which are used by today's fans. He is also a great example of someone who was a fan while growing up and as an adult, who now is helming one of Marvel's most popular mutant heroes.


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ninjahulk - 7/23/2013, 8:10 AM
we will see.
GUNSMITH - 7/23/2013, 8:11 AM
AWESOME, WOLVERINE WILL BE DONE PROPER
ekrolo2 - 7/23/2013, 8:11 AM
@Nebula22

And this is relevant..... How?
GUNSMITH - 7/23/2013, 8:12 AM
AND DIRECTOR HAS SAID..THERES GONNA BE A BLOODIER VERSION WHEN THE BLUERAY COMES OUT...WOOOHOOO YOU GET IT MANGOLD!
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/23/2013, 8:14 AM
The older japanese Yakuza Boss who Wolverine saved during the war and is now dying is gonna transfer his consciousness into that robot to survive.
SaintofKiIIers - 7/23/2013, 8:23 AM
@nebula22 is obviously some troll lurking in his parents basement. They also obviously don't know a single thig about film making or movies, if they did they would at least try to point out what was wrong and not just attack the movie with an argument that has nothing behind it. Go back to watching twilight or whatever shit*y movies it is u watch tool
Dandy - 7/23/2013, 8:25 AM
I hope it delivers!
hartley07 - 7/23/2013, 8:26 AM
xmen needs to die. stop trying to fix plot holes. they said it themselves, both wolverine and DOFP conflict with eachother anyway, even with the post credits tie-in. Even if they pull a star trek and rewrite history (which sounds like an ok plan), that means the wolverine which comes out on friday will have never taken place in the future anyway. just let it die already. wake me up in 10 years when you try again, this time without cyclops in a sweater and turtleneck.
SaintofKiIIers - 7/23/2013, 8:26 AM
Also I thinks mangold will have done a good Job when all is said and done and the film releases, but could u imagine if Darren aronfosky had directed this. Woulda been that much better
TheSisko - 7/23/2013, 8:29 AM
my only problem with this is if Logan was looking for a way to die, he should have taken the 'cure' in xmen 3.
Gamera623 - 7/23/2013, 8:31 AM
Its a story about The Wolverine and nebula22 posts that Man of Steel is beyond Garbage.
You think hes a troll? Hmmmmm could be. :)

Anyways...Im glad there will be an "organic" Silver Samurai in the movie.
A lot of my comic purist fans were very ticked off thinking the big robot was the only Silver Samurai in the film.

Guess I'll see if its any good this weekend.
gaikinger - 7/23/2013, 8:32 AM
The reviews have been mostly negative so far but if the audience reviews are good i will check it out. I actually liked Origins...it was fun. I want to know how Liv Shibers Sabertooth gets all buffed out.
SimyJo - 7/23/2013, 8:34 AM
WTF? - why do people keep saying Logan is immortal? - he is not, just really long-lived and durable due to his regenerative mutant ability. If he were Immortal he wouldn't age.

Oh, and Silver Samurai looks like a frakkin' toaster.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 7/23/2013, 8:40 AM
100 bucks says the big robotic Silver Samurai is from Trask Industries (like a partnership with the Japanese company)
Neek2086 - 7/23/2013, 8:41 AM
Nebula22 just wants some attention..He probably just became a marvel fan and he thinks trolling is the thing to do!!
MexicanSuperman - 7/23/2013, 8:53 AM
@ gaikinger, negative reviews my ass.
TheRationalNerd - 7/23/2013, 8:58 AM
“The temptation to put the camera where it can't is so great that you put it anywhere but it doesn't create a kind of perception for the audience's mind that this is fake. There's no way this would be able to do it.”

Can someone explain this for me, I suck when it comes to comprehending...smh.

Is he trying to say that many directors who've succeeded in using CGI effects have prevailed in getting the audience to believe that it isn't fake??
FirstAvenger - 7/23/2013, 9:12 AM
This looks pretty good.
wcwpoet - 7/23/2013, 9:23 AM
Ok so so there's two versions of The Silver Samurai I'm assuming someone's consciousness is transferred into a mech. I also agree with the more practical effects you can do the better.
JettJagguarrr - 7/23/2013, 9:27 AM
@Gusto, that asian dude is Gangsta!!!
JettJagguarrr - 7/23/2013, 9:35 AM
Wolverine sounds as if he is going the Charles Bronson rout....he has a Death Wish!
JettJagguarrr - 7/23/2013, 9:38 AM
RJ4651 - 7/23/2013, 9:39 AM
I think this movie will do really good. The PR is a little lacking but I think word of mouth will help this film significantly. And besides, I'm sure the hardcore fanboys will see it 2-3 times, maybe more.
riseofloganX36 - 7/23/2013, 9:47 AM
@thesisko see im hope that this movie will lead to a sequill to X3, cause the cure diden't work magneto was about to movie the metal chess peace. Im hopeing he'll say somehting like that. And tie in X3 then make a movie continueing from X3.

And the cure diden't kill the mutants it just cured them. But im thinking thats why he's looking to cure himself cause the cure wich was in X3 dosen't work.

Im hopeing with this movie were ganna get X4. And days of futcher ass.

"X-MEN fans rejoyce this is the wolverine movie we been waiting for" Thats in a quote in one of the trailes. Theres a reason they said "X-MEN".

Im so hyped for this movie it's ganna be good and give birth to X4, hears hopeing.

NUFF said BUB!
BlindJustice - 7/23/2013, 9:59 AM
@riseofLOGANX36 - Thank goodness for spell-check huh? >.<

The scene where Wolvie is fighting 40 ninjas is what I'm most looking forward to. Well, that and the berserk rage rumors. That's what was missing in all the X films and the first Wolverine film. Claremont gave Wolverine a berserk rage moment in the novel to X2, but Singer never translated it to screen...go figure.
NeoBaggins - 7/23/2013, 10:02 AM
I kept thinking that was a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Cylon so I didn't click on it. The Wolverine title was throwing me off. Had no idea the face of that thing looked like that.

What does it transform into?
inkslinger616 - 7/23/2013, 10:39 AM
I am actually looking forward to seeing this not as much as....well every other CBM that had a presence at Comic-Con but still...excited.
JettJagguarrr - 7/23/2013, 12:54 PM
@McGee,^^^^^^^^LLLLMMMMAAAAOOOOO!!!
exe - 7/23/2013, 1:17 PM
Silver Samurai looks like shit.
KingRainbow - 7/23/2013, 1:47 PM
If Logan wants to die, why can't he just jump on a volcano, burning him forever?
hawkeye2012 - 7/23/2013, 2:10 PM
This movie is going to be way better than Origins!

GIFSoup
riseofloganX36 - 7/23/2013, 4:09 PM
@blindjustice FU CK YOU!!!! you don't need spell check for that huh? BITCH!

NUFF said BITCH!
SunfireUrA55 - 7/24/2013, 7:57 AM
So there's going to be 2 Silver Sams, a giant robot and a human one?

By the way the alien film called, "man of steel" was the best film ever!
This film and bobble head/giraffe neck spidey won't even come close.
You'll see.

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