James Mangold, director of Logan, is an individual of strong opinions. And he has very specific ideas about the ways he does and doesn't want his latest film to be received.
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No one disputes that James Mangold struck gold when he cast Dafne Keen as X-23 in his hit film, Logan. You can even watch her audition and see why he made that choice. She was amazing.
Video: When the very first trailer for Fox's Logan dropped last year, it was the ad's careful use of Johnny Cash's haunting "Hurt" that suggested the movie would have an emotional weight and depth to it unlike any other X-Men flick. The song was always perfect crystallisation of the older Wolverine's painful struggle, but in this new trailer for the movie's black-and-white version, footage from the film becomes the emotionally-devastating visual aspect to what's basically the most badarse Johnny Cash music video ever.
Video: Despite being Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine, the real star of Logan turned out to be Dafne Keen. Finding a very young actress to not only share a screen with Jackman, but sometimes outshine him, sounds like a nearly impossible task. But after you see this clip of Keen's audition, you'll realise casting her must have been a very easy choice for director James Mangold.
Anyone who's seen the trailers could easily guess that Logan is the best solo Wolverine movie, but it's more than that. It's a legitimately special movie that just happens to star superheroes -- a film that wouldn't be out of place at the Academy Awards. And it's still just as badass as any Wolverine fan could want.
We all know the story. For years 20th Century Fox, the controllers of the rights to all Marvel X-Men properties, was too worried to make the R-rated Deadpool. They didn't think something that raunchy or violent could work in the superhero genre. Then, finally, after years of saying "No", they finally said "Yes" -- and $US780 million ($1 billion) later, they're happy they did.
In Hollywood, the prevailing thought is an R-rating holds a film back. (The closest Australian equivalent is MA15+.) The feeling is, by limiting the audience to people over 17, studios aren't allowing films to live up to their full financial potential. Forget the fact forcing a rating hinders creativity and kids will see a movie anyway, it's just the way some executives think.
Logan director James Mangold continues to post interesting bits and bobs to his Twitter account. In addition to another black-and-white shot of Hugh Jackman as Old Man Logan -- one that makes it even money that the next Logan trailer uses "Ring of Fire" instead of "Hurt" -- there are also some lovely storyboards.
You know, in the other black and white Old Man Logan image we got, I thought he was looking better than ever. This new photo pretty much puts that to bed. I guess the future does not come with doctors. At least not doctors Logan can trust.
Months ago, Patrick Stewart dropped the news that his version of Professor X would be appearing in the third Wolverine film. Now that we know the film is called Logan and it's set in 2024 (as well as a certain mutant who may be starring in it), director James Mangold has revealed what the Professor looks like in the near future. Turns out Charles Xavier has not aged well.