From the trailers we could tell that Logan was going to be tonally different to the X-Men movies that have come before. In our exclusive trailer breakdown, director James Mangold alluded to the very different style of the movie.
But now it turns out it’s not even set in the same universe as the other X-Men and Wolverine films.
Talking exclusively to Digital Spy Hugh Jackman revealed that he and director James Mangold had decided to ignore the various complicated X-Men timelines and that they don’t even see the film existing in quite the same world.
“When you see the full movie you’ll understand,” he told us. “Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”
This is to be Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine (unless the Fat Wolverine v Deadpool movie Jackman wants, comes off) and he says the studio gave them a blank canvas.
“I said this was my last one and they said make the movie you want to make,” he explained.
“And so Jim [Mangold] and I had this blank canvas and we wanted to make something really different. Definitely tonally different, I kept thinking The Wrestler, Unforgiven.
“He was thinking Unforgiven as well and The Gauntlet and these other movies which just seemed to really match his character. Early on we had the idea for the title not having anything to do with Wolverine in it but just being about the man. And what the collateral damage of being Wolverine your entire life would be.”
“It’s a stand alone movie in many ways.” He explained. “It’s not really beholden to time lines and story lines in the other movies. Obviously Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh.
“[Following the timelines] becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn’t help to tell a story and it’s sort of been a bit all over the place. I’m not critical of it – X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there’d be another and there were different directors different off shoots.”
Logan opens in cinemas on 1 March.
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