James Mangold On THE WOLVERINE Sequel

Director James Mangold talks "The Wolverine 2." Will Wolverine have his iconic costume? What themes and ideas will the sequel explore? And will the sequel have bigger stakes or once again but an emphasis on the characters?

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By Mark Julian - 12/3/2013
James Mangold The Wolverine 2

Before touching on The Wolverine sequel with the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, director James Mangold spoke about the first, which was just released on blu-ray and DVD today. "With the movie I just finished, I think that I very much focused, when I went to Fox and presented, I told them I was interested in making a movie about someone who feels like anyone they love will die, not only that they are cursed but that anyone they become attached to becomes cursed," said Mangold. He continued, "That film was about Logan’s jaundiced view of society."

So where does that leave Mangold and Hugh Jakcman, in terms of exploring new themes and ideas in the recently announced sequel? Not giving away any specifics, Mangold stated, "I would just say it is always going to be about his relationships to other characters. We are very much trying to work with existing text. There are other great Wolverine stories out there but suffice it to say there are great texts about his connections to others, villains, characters from the lore and from the comics that we can bring out and have another great and meaningful adventure."

Undaunted, Speakeasy continued to try to get some details out of Mangold on the sequel, specifically if we'll see the iconic costume? "A lot of fans keep asking about when he’s going to wear his uniform," began Mangold. He went on to add, "It’s a struggle for us in relation to question, because Logan’s personality as developed onscreen and in comics is one in which he hates publicity. The filmmakers, even on X-Men, have struggled with an outfit. Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit."

When asked about whether or not the next Wolverine movie would once again avoid telling a story of a "superhero out to save the world", Mangold didn't give a definitive yes or no answer but his response implies that he'll avoid that "cheat" once again. "The simple thing is when the world is in danger. I think it is a cheat that a lot of movies do to create stakes, about how the world will blow up or a stadium or a planet or a region will blow up if x and y doesn’t happen by this time. Much more than the genre being tired, when every movies is about the destruction of the universe or the globe, it makes it hard to tell a meaningful story when the scale gets so huge, it dwarfs the characters."

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Running Time: 2 hrs 6 minutes
Release Date: July 26, 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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)

"Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine and faces his ultimate nemesis in an action packed life-or-death battle that takes him to modern day Japan. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his limits, Logan confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality; an epic fight that will leave him forever changed."
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Just got my copy of Th Wolverine extended cut on bluray.
bazinga85 - 12/3/2013, 9:59 AM
^Getting mine today too, can't wait!!
Nomis - 12/3/2013, 9:59 AM
"... The filmmakers, even on X-Men, have struggled with an outfit. Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit."

DoubleDion - 12/3/2013, 10:06 AM
I loved Man of Steel I thought it was a great movie, but I absolutely loved The Wolverine just because it was a character piece and I really like movies that have that emotional depth to it. It was about Logan and trying to move past his heart break and I think anyone can relate to him in this movie on the toll it takes when you lose someone you love.

This movie truly showed there is no need to have a world conflict or a big disaster.
@bazinga85, I wish it didn't come with the 3D bluray, because it's more expensive but it's still worth it.
@ nomis, haha. I love that line.
User1134 - 12/3/2013, 10:15 AM
Yeah, Well Was Dirty Harry A Mutant? LOL!
Tainted87 - 12/3/2013, 10:18 AM
Mangold has absolutely nothing to do with this... but uh, yeah.

I bought the Bluray + DVD + Digital, thinking that it would contain the extended cut (since it has the same cover). It has a bunch of useless special features, but only includes the theatrical version.

What I hear is that the 3D Bluray + Bluray + DVD + Digital has the extended cut on the Bluray, and not on the 3D disc. They want you to pay $5 extra for a disc most people can't play.

It's just frustrating, and poor marketing.
Nomis - 12/3/2013, 10:19 AM
@ MexicanSuperman - Yeah me too. Classic Wolverine.
FerFogs - 12/3/2013, 10:19 AM
"the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero?"

Looks like someone DOESNT GIVE A CRAP for the comics. Logan is exactly like that in the comis yet he uses the uniform.

FerFogs - 12/3/2013, 10:20 AM
BTW - Jeez, McFarlane's the best.
Nivekian - 12/3/2013, 10:20 AM
I wish they would stop making excuses and put him in a mask. I'm getting tired of Marvel & Film makers excuses.
Tainted87 - 12/3/2013, 10:23 AM
BTW, Inspector Callahan likes his clothes.

For $29.50, let it hurt.
RedArrow - 12/3/2013, 10:25 AM
why can't he FIND a rationale for him to wear it (like in the comics) instead of making up lame excuses, like it's so hard, they basically got every design laid out for them, maybe just a few mods here and there to correlate the style of the movie?:(
spectre1983 - 12/3/2013, 10:28 AM
The Wolverine 2? Wasn't The Wolverine already The Wolverine 2?
TheWolverine08 - 12/3/2013, 10:29 AM
Interested in his plans for the sequel.
bluedude - 12/3/2013, 10:30 AM
@FergFogs

that's some bad-ass art what comic is that from??
ALmight - 12/3/2013, 10:31 AM
Forget the wolverine movies, Wiht DOFP Fox has an opportunity reset the Xmen movies timeline so they can focus on more Xmen movies.



TheRealRemyLebeau - 12/3/2013, 10:35 AM
asinine comments by mangold. Now I know he has been drinking that singer/fox alcohol. Shameful.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 12/3/2013, 10:38 AM
Anybody who thinks dofp is going to reset anything better stop dreaming. It's virtually impossible to fix and reset the fox men. So wolverine part 6 isn't enough, we have to get part 7 as well. Fox will abuse all the great storylines before a real director and writer has a crack at one.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 12/3/2013, 10:43 AM
@almighty you need to repost that video on every fox men article LOL. They only touched the surface of what's wrong with the x timeline.
Nomis - 12/3/2013, 10:44 AM
Here's your 'rationale' Mr. Mangold



As usual, CYCLOPS IS RIGHT.
crawley - 12/3/2013, 10:46 AM
Warren Ellis, Not Dead Yet. That should be the basis for the next movie.
FerFogs - 12/3/2013, 10:49 AM
@bluedude - Spider-Man Perceptions, from 1990. Get it if you can, it's awesome.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13528749-spider-man

some more images:






DurtyTalynt - 12/3/2013, 10:50 AM
Laughing at people saying it was a character piece. About who? What words or phrases were so iconic that made this be a character piece. How about the lack of dialog jackman spit out to play it safe. What exactly did this movie accomplish with this character? Mangold keeps talking about the movie he set out to make but none of it seemed to show onscreen. All i seen was jackman saying " get your tits out because im partying" with all the shirtless action.
SuperCat - 12/3/2013, 10:59 AM
Just saw this for the first time last week. Loved it! Hope we can get a costume in the next.
mrHJK - 12/3/2013, 11:06 AM
X-Men don't need costumes. Movie should have never used them in the first place.
thetrojan - 12/3/2013, 11:08 AM
its a movie franchise for children following the same old tired formula they have been feeding children for years and years.
check out any Sinbad movie etcetera...

Unless the audience stops paying money for admission and dvd and blu-ray and all merchandise tie-ins then we will always get 'the formula'

by the way I am nearly fifty years old,my kids are not ten yet and they're opinion is the exact opposite of mine.
fortycals - 12/3/2013, 11:17 AM
It is like the guy is reading my mind. I have been screaming this for years. It's not even that I'm against costumes, I'm against costumes for no reason. "Superheroes wear costumes" works in the books because there is a long history in that world of the costumed hero. Like it or not these movies are not set in that world. Wolvie is barely a hero anyway. He is an anti hero, who deals with his personal problems more than saving cats from trees. I'm all for a costume for him but there better be a good reason behind him wanting to wear it. I don't think it is a hard thing to come up with, the yukio scene would have worked, but I don't want that to be the focus of the movie.
Dunejedi - 12/3/2013, 11:23 AM
Dirty Harry wasn't from a comic where he wore a costume, Wolverine is. See the difference, Jimmy?

One of the reasons Wolverine became so popular is because of the costume, but because of your lack of imagination and understanding of the character ( and affinity for his fans ), we get GQ Wolvie. Gee, thanks -_- Would Nolan's Dark Knight films have been greatly improved by Bale not wearing the iconic cowl? "Hey, Christian, we're going to do a great character piece focusing on this tortured heroes relationships. Put on this wife-beater."

Let me put it this way, Mangold. At SOME point, SOMEONE is going to have the vision and the balls to put Wolverine in the costume onscreen and it will change the game. Do you really want to look back at that missed opportunity while watching your work eat that films dust? Grow a pair.
SanFranLand - 12/3/2013, 11:34 AM
Darren Aronofsky, please.
Dunejedi - 12/3/2013, 11:38 AM
@fortycals I completely agree with you that there needs to be a good reason. They wasted the PERFECT opportunity in The Wolverine. They could have gone further into explaining traditional Japanese samurai masks being used to instill fear into their opponents and the culture of honor in their warrior class. Yukio ( who stole the movie, for me ) could have created the costume and given it to him before he went up against Silver Samurai. Of course he wouldn't make it or wear it just for himself, but the costume looks like something Yukio would come up with anyway and she could have appealed to his attraction to Mariko and her more traditional sensibilities. They had most of the necessary elements in the film already, they just didn't want to pull the trigger. The movie was good, better than the majority of Fox's efforts, but if Wolverine had been in ANY version of his classic costume for the final battle, I probably would have gone ape-sh!t for this flick.

@Nomis Why not? Exactly. Good stuff, as always.
DurtyTalynt - 12/3/2013, 11:39 AM
Dunejedi1

Yeesssssss!
JatevinM - 12/3/2013, 11:39 AM
It doesn't make sense for him to wear it in the comic books. When its a movei you have to give reasons for things it has to make sense the same rules dont apply for comic books.
JatevinM - 12/3/2013, 11:41 AM
Dunejedi1@ You can't compare Wolverine not wearing a costume to Nolan's Batman wearing one. In Batman Begins the audience is given a reason as to why he chose to wear a costume and why he chose the symbol of the bat so that entire point you tried to make becomes mute. There is honestly no reason for Wolverine to wear a costume in the movies or in comics especially the kind of costume that he wears.
BloodredNemesis - 12/3/2013, 11:42 AM
It's not hard to embrace the costumes - the characters of X-Men and most of all Wolverine can realise the need for heroes and cover their identities to protect their loved ones in full costumes - that can be modified to fit in to the movie universe just like in The Man Of Steel.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/3/2013, 11:53 AM
Wol-ver-ine!
TheWolverine08 - 12/3/2013, 11:55 AM
@Nomis Cyclops has never been right :D
tvor03 - 12/3/2013, 12:00 PM
@Dunejedi1 - Nolan went to great lengths to justify every single detail of Batman's costume, even the need for the pointy ears on the cowl. In Nolan's movies, Batman isn't wearing a cape just because he's a hero. X-Men is following the exact same logic as Nolan (and EVERY other director of a superhero movie since 2000), except they came to the opposite conclusion. Wolverine has never had, can never have a costume, because it is completely against character.

This is something that comic book readers are frankly too stupid to ever understand. It's not about the filmmakers not giving a crap about comics or the fans (though, if I was a filmmaker I wouldn't care about comic fans cuz you're all a bunch of dicks), it's that everything in a movie is dictated by logical progression of the character's actions. Even in fantasy sci-fi movies, characters must have a reason for them to perform an action. It can't be "Why not?".

Wolverine has no reason to put on a stupidly ridiculous mask. So he'll never wear a stupid yellow mask.
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