Before Logan made its way into theaters this weekend, the testy mutant’s last solo venture was captured in The Wolverine. The exotic film saw Hugh Jackman reprise his role and travel to Japan so that his aging character could reunite with an old friend. However, after Wolverine becomes stripped of his healing factor, the mutant must team up with unlikely allies to to defeat a monster of his own making. The standalone film received mixed reviews from longtime fans of the X-Men while Logan has earned nothing short of praise of its gritty story.
Now, one of Logan’s screenwriters has come out to publicly comment on the two X-Men spin-off titles. Scott Frank, who worked on both Logan and The Wolverine, recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the films. It was there Frank admitted Logan’s smaller scale and higher rating gave it the freedom to overcome The Wolverine’s shortcomings.
“We didn’t have to connect it to any larger ‘universe,’” Frank said. “That was great. Whereas, the last one, my favorite part is where he’s in the middle of rural Japan and with this woman and being a human being and feeling what it’s like to be a human being. But we’re not there very long before we’re back to giant robots and stuff. And then it becomes just another superhero movie with a lot of CG stuff.”
“We were trying to avoid that this time around and the studio had changed studio heads and they were very much into the idea of trying something new, because otherwise what’s the point? The only way these movies have value is if they become about something else. They can’t all about saving the world,” Frank finished.
For those of you’ve seen Logan, then you can surely attest to the film’s largely different aesthetic. The raw feature finds Logan aged and poisoned thanks to previous experiments done on him by the Weapon X program. Bitter and jaded, Logan wants little else than to get himself and Professor Xavier a boathouse to flee their hideaway in Mexico. But, when a young girl with familiar mutant powers enters their lives, Logan is reminded why family is something worth fighting for.
While Logan does include nods to previous X-Men films, it does largely overlook chunks of the cinematic universe. A clever nod is made about the first film’s climatic battle in New York amongst others, but Logan presents itself as a self-sufficient standalone with no interconnected ties. That structure paired with its gory R-rating left fans reeling, and the combination is one 20th Century Fox may try to replicate with future X-Men flicks.
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In Logan, in the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, from a story by Mangold, and also stars Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.
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