Hugh Jackman dawns the razor sharp claws in his final performance as Wolverine in Jame’s Mangold’s “Logan” that opens this weekend. The movie is the first rated R film n the X-Men franchise, due to Fox studio’s success with the rated R Deadpool in 2016. However taking a bold turn in direction with Wolverine’s final film was still a risk. Hugh Jackman and James Mangold both had to convince Fox studios to make the film that they both wanted to make. In Indiewire’s article ‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie they go into some of the ways they went about pitching what they needed to make ‘Logan’ the bold,brutal, emotional ride that it came to be.
In the article, the first thing they talked about was having Jackman back Mangold on his vision. Thy both agreed and felt the fatigue of all the other epic superhero movies in the genre were beginning to feel all the same and wanted to go in a different direction. They pulled inspiration from films like Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” and Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” Mangold wanted to make a more intimate picture that focused on fewer characters where the stakes felt more personal than just saving the world, again. The biggest thing they wanted to do was to make the film rated R. This isn’t only to see Wolverine spill the blood and guts of his enemies but also to be honest to the character and explore more adult themes throughout the film.
There are several more things that Mangold and Jackson proposed to make this film come out to be a bold superhero film than stands out as one of the best in the genre.