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James Mangold breaks down that fantastic first trailer for Logan

10.20.2016

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With the release of the first trailer for James Mangold's LOGAN this morning, the final Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman suddenly feels much more real. This is it; he's been with us for over fifteen years, but LOGAN will finally complete his story and if that trailer is any indication, it will be one hell of a finale. The trailer gave us quite a lot to absorb and Mangold recently spoke with Empire in order to break down what we've seen and to reveal a little more of what's to come.

Mangold says that LOGAN will take place "in the future" and that "we have passed the point of the epilogue of Days Of Future Past." Despite still taking place in a world of mutants and far-out powers, the characters of LOGAN will find themselves in circumstances that are a little more relatable to the real world. "The questions of ageing, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world? I saw it as an opportunity. We’ve seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you’re in retirement and that career is over? The really interesting thing to me, or a place to dig that hadn’t been dug, was the idea of mutants when they’re no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do. Their powers are diminished like all of ours are by age."

Wolverine's healing factor has kept him safe from harm for centuries, but Mangold wanted to "make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie," which meant figuring out how Wolverine's abilities would be affected in his old age. "We questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar. We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts."

Despite being played to death in just about everything, Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt" was used very effectively in the LOGAN trailer. James Mangold has a "connection and a fondness for Johnny Cash" but the main reason they decided to use the song was to "separate ourselves, in an accurate way, from the other superhero movies. We think we’re going to deliver something a little different and we want to make sure we’re selling audiences on the difference. Sometimes even when a movie’s a little different, the studio’s trying to market the movie just like all the others. [Cash’s] music, in a way, separates us from the standard, bombastic, brooding orchestral, swish-bang, doors opening and slamming, explosions kind of methodology of some of these movies."

I suspect that we'll be seeing more in future trailers, but the international red-band trailer offered a short glimpse at the movies R-rated action. "[This represents] to me the kind of aggressive, classical Wolverine action that we want in the movie – more of something that fans have been asking for, for a really long time. We’ve been limited in one way or another from giving it to them, but I think we’ve got the go-ahead to really go for it on this picture. So we’re really trying to deliver what folks have always imagined those kind of battles would look like. There is a lot of high-octane action in the movie. We’re just trying to do it very differently and very viscerally."

When it came to framing the shots for LOGAN, Mangold didn't think so much about comic-book style framings, but instead took his influence from "film noir framings and classic Hollywood filmmaking styles, German expressionist filmmaking style of the early part of the last century, which has a lot in common with comic-book art. Strong foregrounds, playing things in depth: you have to make an image say more within that one image. In modern filmmaking everything’s in close-up, so every scene there’s 150 cuts to keep track of what’s going on with every element. I’m trying on this film to set frames that are, in some way, descriptive and yes, are kind of evocative of comic-book panels and also for me classical filmmaking." That's certainly nice to hear. As for whose funeral Logan is attending, Mangold wouldn't say.

Ultimately Mangold believes LOGAN is "about family, and sticking together, and about making connections in a world in which our characters might feel very alone." Jackman and Mangold definitely want to deliver something special with their final Wolverine film, and, based upon that trailer, they've successfully got my hopes up. LOGAN is set for a March 3, 2017 release.

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4:14PM on 10/21/2016

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Looks like this series is going to go 0 for 3! I don't know what's so tough about a good old gritty Wolverine film in the same spirit of Deadpool, or any of the Marvel Studio films. Fox has squander the talent, youth and energy of Hugh Jackman with these films. You struck out, no sit down and let the winning team have a turn at bat.
Looks like this series is going to go 0 for 3! I don't know what's so tough about a good old gritty Wolverine film in the same spirit of Deadpool, or any of the Marvel Studio films. Fox has squander the talent, youth and energy of Hugh Jackman with these films. You struck out, no sit down and let the winning team have a turn at bat.
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11:06AM on 10/22/2016
You make no sense. You think Marvel would make a gritty movie in the spirit of Deadpool? Lol, yeah ok pal.
You make no sense. You think Marvel would make a gritty movie in the spirit of Deadpool? Lol, yeah ok pal.
3:19PM on 10/21/2016

I'm excited for this..

This really is going to be the most emotional superhero flick ever.
This really is going to be the most emotional superhero flick ever.
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1:58PM on 10/21/2016
I love the vibe. From the pictures released, I'd totally be down with a black and white release one day too. I think this will be a worthy send off. It would just be nice have this as the only trailer to go into it with some mystery, but alas, we no longer live in such a world.
I love the vibe. From the pictures released, I'd totally be down with a black and white release one day too. I think this will be a worthy send off. It would just be nice have this as the only trailer to go into it with some mystery, but alas, we no longer live in such a world.
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8:31AM on 10/21/2016
This definitely feels like a lone man vs an army type film from the 70s that Bronson or EAstwood would've done. I am definitely looking forward to watching a rated R Wolverine movie.
This definitely feels like a lone man vs an army type film from the 70s that Bronson or EAstwood would've done. I am definitely looking forward to watching a rated R Wolverine movie.
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7:42AM on 10/21/2016
Pretty sure that's Clint Eastwood singing.
Pretty sure that's Clint Eastwood singing.
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8:50AM on 10/21/2016
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9:15AM on 10/21/2016
Dude, just stop. You are a terrible troll. It's neither funny, nor amusing whatsoever.

Nice try though, you'll get there someday.
Dude, just stop. You are a terrible troll. It's neither funny, nor amusing whatsoever.

Nice try though, you'll get there someday.
10:56AM on 10/21/2016
Never stop
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7:29AM on 10/21/2016
Maybe it's just me but every time I see Hugh Jackman as Logan in this movie, he reminds me of Stephen Lang from Don't Breathe.
Maybe it's just me but every time I see Hugh Jackman as Logan in this movie, he reminds me of Stephen Lang from Don't Breathe.
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5:28AM on 10/21/2016
I'm a bit confused on the passing of time? Logan's healing factor is seemingly shot due to age, but with Professor X still alive and kicking then this film can't be set THAT far ahead in the future, only another 15 years or so max? Considering Wolvie's been around since 1845-ish, it seems odd that his aging has kicked in that quickly?
I also love the idea that Wolverine went back in time and successfully stopped the eradication of mutants only to end up in a timeline where all mutants get
I'm a bit confused on the passing of time? Logan's healing factor is seemingly shot due to age, but with Professor X still alive and kicking then this film can't be set THAT far ahead in the future, only another 15 years or so max? Considering Wolvie's been around since 1845-ish, it seems odd that his aging has kicked in that quickly?
I also love the idea that Wolverine went back in time and successfully stopped the eradication of mutants only to end up in a timeline where all mutants get eradicated. At some point the kids from First Class/DoFP/Apocolypse can look forward to turning into the original series actors and then all dying out in a Mad Max post-apocolyptic style.
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8:26AM on 10/21/2016
Honestly, to try and think of the X-Men continuity will make you go cross eyed. They've back peddled and done things so different its tough to piece it all together.

I remember when Hank says in First Class, "There's a theory in quantum physics that time is immutable. It's like a river, you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction". In Logan, I believe they're placing Xavier
Honestly, to try and think of the X-Men continuity will make you go cross eyed. They've back peddled and done things so different its tough to piece it all together.

I remember when Hank says in First Class, "There's a theory in quantum physics that time is immutable. It's like a river, you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction". In Logan, I believe they're placing Xavier around 100 years old, which would fit, but why are all the mutants gone so quickly after DOFP? That remains to be seen. Possibly Sinister has something to do with it, The Reavers, a virus.. this all remains to be seen.
9:53AM on 10/21/2016
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You might have something, here !
The world was ravaged by the Legacy Virus, in Logan's timeline...
Either with Mr. Sinister in the next X-Men film, or Cable's clone Stryfe (like in the Comics) in a future X-Men / Deadpool crossover, they could develop the Legacy Virus (a virus that kills Mutants through their powers, basically) storyline. So, we see a future destroyed by the LV in Logan (I'm sure they can find an explanation... Maybe not A GOOD ONE, but one anyway... Probably, as
@Leadhand83
You might have something, here !
The world was ravaged by the Legacy Virus, in Logan's timeline...
Either with Mr. Sinister in the next X-Men film, or Cable's clone Stryfe (like in the Comics) in a future X-Men / Deadpool crossover, they could develop the Legacy Virus (a virus that kills Mutants through their powers, basically) storyline. So, we see a future destroyed by the LV in Logan (I'm sure they can find an explanation... Maybe not A GOOD ONE, but one anyway... Probably, as usual Magneto ends up as the 'villain' and the Earth's destruction is some kind of retaliation for the death of the Mutants.), THEN, in X-MEN SINISTER, they do the DoFP all over again, trying to avoid this timeline. They succeed and the X-M S ends with a Hugh Jackman as Wolvie, surprise cameo...
Beside, I MIGHT go into SPOILER territory, here, but didn't they already say that Mr S. was in this film ?
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I think that Xavier is alive because he was in suspended animation of some kind. There were pictures of scenes clearly happening in modern area with him. And since most of the film takes place in some kind of Post-Apocalyptic time, I assume that Xavier is injured or captured early on in the film, put on hibernation, and found by Wolvie later on... Explaining the reason he tells Prof X. about Mutant-kind quasi-extinction...
just my opinion, though.
12:14AM on 10/21/2016
Really looking forward to this after watching the trailer. Gives me a bit of a Blood Father vibe, except darker. Which is all good. Hell, Jackman even looks like Mel Gibson with that beard in the pictures above.
Really looking forward to this after watching the trailer. Gives me a bit of a Blood Father vibe, except darker. Which is all good. Hell, Jackman even looks like Mel Gibson with that beard in the pictures above.
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11:40PM on 10/20/2016
So refreshing watching a trailer without one thousand FX shots smashed in my face. Just reboot the entire x-men universe after this. I mean a hard-reboot!
So refreshing watching a trailer without one thousand FX shots smashed in my face. Just reboot the entire x-men universe after this. I mean a hard-reboot!
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11:05PM on 10/20/2016

What year ???

I read on another site that this takes place in the year 2024, but that doesn't seem right to me. Does anyone have a better idea as to the timeline?
I read on another site that this takes place in the year 2024, but that doesn't seem right to me. Does anyone have a better idea as to the timeline?
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10:42PM on 10/20/2016
The only thing that would have made this whole thing better would have been If Mangold could have directed the entire Trilogy. Disappointing as the first two have been, I kind of love the arc the series has taken. First the origin story, then the Japan stuff, and now the ending. Pretty much the three essential Wolverine stories. this really does feel like the culmination of Jackmans entire 16 years. the only real problem is that this really feels like It should be the last film in the X-Men
The only thing that would have made this whole thing better would have been If Mangold could have directed the entire Trilogy. Disappointing as the first two have been, I kind of love the arc the series has taken. First the origin story, then the Japan stuff, and now the ending. Pretty much the three essential Wolverine stories. this really does feel like the culmination of Jackmans entire 16 years. the only real problem is that this really feels like It should be the last film in the X-Men universe while Fox will undoubtedly want to continue making them after this.
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10:34PM on 10/20/2016
And as far as the funeral that he attends, I'm willing to bet that it's either Magneto's or Rogue's since those two characters would have the biggest impact to Wolverine. Maybe as a dark horse, he has to suffer the pain of seeing Jean die again.
And as far as the funeral that he attends, I'm willing to bet that it's either Magneto's or Rogue's since those two characters would have the biggest impact to Wolverine. Maybe as a dark horse, he has to suffer the pain of seeing Jean die again.
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9:39PM on 10/20/2016
I just love how grounded the film feels and looks and how in no shape does it even remotely feel like a comic book film; obviously except for the scenes that have him with his claws out killing people.
I just love how grounded the film feels and looks and how in no shape does it even remotely feel like a comic book film; obviously except for the scenes that have him with his claws out killing people.
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