Mangold Talks ‘The Wolverine’

The Wolverine

Wolverine is clearly the most iconic of the X-Men. I actually find the characters of Professor X and Magneto more interesting thanks to their friendship/rivalry, but for sheer entertainment value Wolverine has it in the bag. Which is why he’s the character getting multiple sequels. The Wolverine is next on the agenda.

The Wolverine is being directed by James Mangold and shooting is set to commence early in 2012. This is going to be a different kind of Wolverine movie, and a different kind of comic book movie as well, with the plot following the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. As Mangold recently explained to The Playlist.

Mangold begins by addressing the issue of how he came to be attached to the project after Darren Aronofsky abandoned it. He said, “It really was a simple choice to jump on board and take this thing on… at this moment when they actually want to explore the character.” Mangold then goes on to explain his vision for The Wolverine:

“You can actually just tell a story about this amazing character from the start, just the way they do when you read a comic. It isn’t an origin story, so I’m freed from that burden, and it also isn’t a save-the-world movie, which most of them are. It’s actually a character piece; it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown. We’re not crowded with cutting to nine other action heroes. We can really make a movie about this dude.”

“This movie is an intense psychological and action-packed character piece. It’s much more about Logan getting lost in these very insulated worlds of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture. The fighting is all influenced by Japanese martial arts, and half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese. This is like a foreign-language superhero movie; it’s as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film.”

I love the sound of this. The Wolverine could be the next evolution on from the current crop of comic book hero movies, looking at a character in depth without the need for a back story and attempts to tie other films in. My one fear is that Fox won’t go along for the ride, preferring instead to play it safe. Which would be a real shame.

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