James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE; "It's Not Built On 70-Foot Lizards From Outer Space"

James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE; "It's Not Built On 70-Foot Lizards From Outer Space"

Now THAT'S fighting talk! The Wolverine director James Mangold reveals that they're going for a far different tone to a movie like The Avengers, reiterating Logan's isolation and commenting on the core themes of the film ("Love, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide...")

With Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World all set to hit the big screen next year, it would be easy to forget The Wolverine. However, the more we see of the film, the clearer it becomes that it would be very foolish to make such a mistake! Talking to Empire Magazine, director James Mangold (3:10 To Yuma) has shared his thoughts on the tone of the sequel and reveals that we should expect to find Wolverine in a dark place next Summer.

"It's rooted in drama. Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that's either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with supervilains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons - it's going to make it a very different film than people have seen."

Yesterday, we learned that The Wolverine won't be a prequel - instead, it will be set after the original X-Men trilogy. So, why was Japan the right setting for Logan after the traumatic events of Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand? (some fans would of course argue that the film was a traumatic experience for them as well!)

"The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring - honour, a sense of duty, of conflict - really fit beautifully around Logan. Our film find Logan at a point where he's very much a ronin - a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone."

Logan's last solo outing, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, did not go down well with fans OR critics, and Hugh Jackman has repeatedly made it clear that this film will make right the wrongs of the past. James Mangold also has a clear desire to make a great Wolverine film, but he goes on to reveal that his vision doesn't include anything on the scale of something like Marvel's $1.5 billion hit, The Avengers. Instead, he's looking to ground this particular adaptation in a far more realistic setting.

"When I say realistic, what I mean is that it's not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure - it wouldn't be a movie about gods if you didn't have epic physicality. But we all feel we're making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it."


Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima as Yukio
Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper

RELEASE DATE: July 26th, 2013.

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "X-Men" 10/26/2012 Source: Empire Magazine
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RedSkull667 - 10/26/2012, 6:56 AM
Just wait for day when this movie earns 30 bucks in theaters
valeriesghost - 10/26/2012, 6:57 AM
sounds good to me.
KelvTwelve - 10/26/2012, 6:57 AM
I really wish that was a slap in The Avengers face, but I know that it just means that Wolvie won't be fighting Ghidora anytime soon.
Tainted87 - 10/26/2012, 6:58 AM
There can be only one :P
Grievo - 10/26/2012, 7:01 AM
No faith in this, XMO definitively killed that (and this is going to be better because its from the director of "Knight and Day?"). At best we can hope that this is SO horrible that they fire Jackman from the franchise and get someone less flamboyantly gay for the role.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/26/2012, 7:03 AM
Well... Lets hope the best.
IronSpider101 - 10/26/2012, 7:04 AM
Oddly, both X-Men movies are sounding badass to me.
Name - 10/26/2012, 7:05 AM
He didnt say anything wrong, something like the avengers has to be massive atleast initially, Wolverine not so much.
marvel72 - 10/26/2012, 7:10 AM
i hate to admit it but this actually looks & sounds promising,i can't believe i'm actually saying that about fox.
TruePunishment - 10/26/2012, 7:11 AM
The title is misleading. He wasn't taking a shot at the Avengers. Context people, context.
Asterisk - 10/26/2012, 7:13 AM
Damn it, why does this movie have to look so badass?
Minghagz - 10/26/2012, 7:16 AM
I hate pretty much all of Fox and Sony CBMs and was really not looking all that forward for this at all... but suddenly I just got really psyched for this!

"I want the film to feel analogue."

^^^Love this!

I'm just going to pretend no other X-Men film happened in the past.
Jolt17 - 10/26/2012, 7:17 AM
Yep, I too am now feeling this movie...right after those above statements, to be precise!

What I'm still wondering about is if this is set after all X-Men movies, what happened to Logan when he first visited Japan in one of those X-Men Origins: Wolverine after-credit scenes? It no longer exists now (well, I hope the movie doesn't in the first place)?
KaneVonDoom - 10/26/2012, 7:26 AM
I don't get how "THAT'S fighting talk!"...unless you are watching TMZ.

Great article but interesting title choice. Nevertheless, I really hope this movie turns out to be as good as it's sounding. I'm hesitant to really be invested in this but I feel they do have a brilliant director there. Hopefully the Fox suits don't smother him.
GiantNerd - 10/26/2012, 7:27 AM

Agreed. And agreed some more.
Preston - 10/26/2012, 7:33 AM
Darren Aronofsky and Christopher McQuarrie would have been a powerful combination; It was a visionary team.

Darren Aronofsky jumped aboard after reading Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie's script (see: The Usual Suspects); however, He jumped off after what we can assume to be artistic differences between the director and FOX studios.

FOX took Christopher McQuarrie's script burnt it and brought in Mark Bomback (a hack, see: “Total Recall” remake) to rewrite the script along with James Mangold (a studio 'yes' man) to direct.

Whatever we are going to get from this version of The Wolverine isn't a fraction of what it could have been; expect another watered down FOX film.

Greengo - 10/26/2012, 7:33 AM
he's ripping off nolan
DudeLove721 - 10/26/2012, 7:34 AM
Walk The Line is a fantastic movie so I have faith that this director can deliver the goods. Even the best directors can deliver some less than stellar work sometimes, it doesn't mean that the bad stuff defines their entire career or capabilities. Interesting that this movie takes place after the events of the X-Men trilogy though.
GUNSMITH - 10/26/2012, 7:34 AM
Greengo - 10/26/2012, 7:35 AM
j/k this sounds good the X series sucked my balls.

Ok weren't that bad but sing sing Singer can suck my balls.

Not really but I bet he'd want to.
FirstAvenger - 10/26/2012, 7:37 AM
I may actually pay to see this now.
hoperidesalone - 10/26/2012, 7:44 AM
I understand the need for ads on your site, but TWO [frick]ing video ads playing at the same time on a single page? Are you kidding me?

The other day, I came here and a video ad popped up over the entire screen. I did not come back for an entire week. You guys should really cool it on the ads. Or at least choose ads that don't require a bunch of workarounds.
Christuffer - 10/26/2012, 7:48 AM
Even though I liked Xmen Origins, I will be holding my breath and offering my salt until I see this one for myself...or at least the reviews
SageMode - 10/26/2012, 7:52 AM
Until X-Men properties are brought back to Marvel Studios, I have no interest in them.
Good riddance.
SkunkApe1 - 10/26/2012, 7:55 AM
Let this movie pull in a fraction of what "The Avengers" did, or have an iota of grit that the Wolverine character has in the books, and then he can talk.
Dedpool - 10/26/2012, 8:05 AM
Okay NOW I'm excited!!!
fullmoon106 - 10/26/2012, 8:08 AM
This movie and X-men: Days of Future Past sound very interresting. I'm excited. X-men origins: Wolverine wasn't good, but this could be THE Wolverine movie.
Gigacrusher45 - 10/26/2012, 8:13 AM
Why the knock on Avengers? The hell...
SoapDogg - 10/26/2012, 8:14 AM
I'm not saying it's going to be good and I'm not saying it's going to be bad. Just don't be fooled by the hype of this movie. I seem to remember everyone thinking Origins was going to be the definitive Wolverine movie also, and well, we all know how that turned out. The Merc with a Mouth with no mouth?
ATrueHero1987 - 10/26/2012, 8:20 AM
idk why it's so hard for them to act like X-Men: The Last Stand NEVER happened. It should take place after X2.
Tufasrox - 10/26/2012, 8:27 AM
I got my hopes up for the movie. Fox has however to prove me wrong. No watered down cheese. If it's in reality, keep it in reality. Let's some some beserker rage!!!
siggisuperman - 10/26/2012, 8:28 AM
We all know what the problem will be with this movie. The producers at FOX will think that they know better than everyone else, leading to directors and writers giving up on the project, and it being taken over by people who are more open to the meddling of producers and studios that have no idea how to do it right
jimoakley666 - 10/26/2012, 8:32 AM
Wolverine in a Japanese Noir. Fan-tastic!

You also missed one bit out of that interview where Mangold states that in this movie, following the event of The Last Stand "the X-Men have disbanded".

Maybe that's where DOFP comes into play. At this point in time there are no X-Men.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/26/2012, 8:32 AM
While I've liked what I've seen so far in this movie, why don't we hold judgement until a trailer is released?
DeadManDann - 10/26/2012, 8:39 AM
If this ends up being anywhere near as good as it sounds, it'll be one damn fine movie-- the definitive Wolverine tale. Looking forward to this more than any other movie, which is saying a lot since there's a lot of good stuff on the horizon. Depressed, angry, isolated, borderline suicidal Logan? Awesome.
fistofthenorthstar - 10/26/2012, 8:41 AM
Knight and Day was an awesome film and so was Copland and in addition to this post, I'm sold. Show me the Wolverine James.
Brady1138 - 10/26/2012, 8:45 AM
I'm gonna laugh so hard if this movie bombs. Then Mangold will eat his words!
Spideyguy94 - 10/26/2012, 8:57 AM
I'm getting tired of people saying that all comic book movies from Sony and fox are awful it's incredibley shallow and quite idiotic yes marvel studios have done an amazing job with there movies I like every single one they've brought out avengers is my favourite cbm of all time but that doesn't mean that because any film that isn't made by them is gonna suck reserve your judgement for the trailer and see how the film turns out fox and sonynhave given some of the best cbm's of all time and without there movies marvel wouldn't exist
thunderforce - 10/26/2012, 9:01 AM
All I get from this is that they don't have the budget for a lot of special effects so they will cheap out and call it a Japanese noir picture .
sexfoodcomics - 10/26/2012, 9:08 AM
I'll believe it when I see it. He is patting himself on the back to much.
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