In a week where Logan is making headlines for factors outside of its self-contained nature, director James Mangold has revealed how the movie will be different from the many super hero films which it is surrounded by.
"Spectacle is not enough," Mangold said.
Explosions, battles, and special effects will be saturating the market and much easier to come by as time goes on. Logan will attempt to be different in that regard.
"The thing that we're trying to differently is trying to invest in character," Mangold said. "The fact is that a lot of these movies are a collection of set pieces of action with very short connective things basically explaining how we go from action piece A to action piece B. We wanted to make a movie that's really a drama. If you cut out the action, what you'd have is a powerful drama about interesting character. Whether that makes us different or not, I'll leave others to judge but I tihnk it was our goal to make a movie that earned its audience from feeling real. Really feeling human or feeling intimate."
Fans, likely those who were on hand for the first 40-minutes of the film which were screened at the 20th Century Fox showcase event, are already offering praise to Mangold's new film and its main character.
"Someone told me that the movie made it feel like you might walk out onto the street and run into this Wolverine. That it's not taking place in a different universe but our own."
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Logan takes place in a somewhat distant future, where mutant births have become extremely rare. The defenders of mutant kind, the X-Men, are long gone, and the only remains of them are an old and struggling Charles Xavier and a weary Logan. Logan's vaunted healing factor has slowed, and at times doesn't seem to work at all. When a young mutant needs his help, Logan has to unsheathe his claws once more. His job isn't over yet.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.