James Mangold On THE WOLVERINE Sequel And If Hugh Jackman Will Wear A Uniform
With James Mangold‘s Wolverine movie coming out on DVD and Blu-ray today, fans will get a chance to see the director’s extended and unrated cut of the film. Mangold presented the best outing for the character to date, so it makes sense that Fox would ask him to come back with Hugh Jackman to do another. The director is currently working on the outline of the sequel, but he’s taking time out of his busy schedule to talk about the Blu-ray release.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Mangold was asked what sort of themes he’s developing for his next outing. The director says it will be similar to what he did before as far as exploring the relationships of the characters, but he is looking at a few comics to pull ideas from:
I would just say it is always going to be about his relationships to other characters. We are very much trying to work with existing text. There are other great Wolverine stories out there but suffice it to say there are great texts about his connections to others, villains, characters from the lore and from the comics that we can bring out and have another great and meaningful adventure.
One of the things that is always prevalent in the comics is Wolverine‘s costume. When he goes off on his own sometimes he’ll wear regular street clothes, but most of the time he’s decked out in his X-Men costume. Mangold came very close to putting the classic costume in the film, as we’ve covered here many times before, but it ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. When asked if it could pop up in the sequel, the director says he’s not sure:
A lot of fans keep asking about when he’s going to wear his uniform. It’s a struggle for us in relation to question, because Logan’s personality as developed onscreen and in comics is one in which he hates publicity. The filmmakers, even on X-Men, have struggled with an outfit. Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit. There’s a difficult line to walk. He’s not a show off, he’s the last one to put on a team jersey. The flesh and blood character is very loyal to that iconoclastic rebel who doesn’t seem to be the first to don spandex. It isn’t something I’ve talked about much. Some fans may be frustrated, but we’re trying to be true to his character. Who knows whether that will change, I cannot verify and will not deny.
Mangold teased us with the amazingly accurate costume that was cut from the film, so hopefully he finds a way to work it into the sequel somehow. Fans have been waiting to see it on screen for a long time, and if Bryan Singer doesn’t deliver a riff on it in Days of Future Past, then Mangold is our last hope. What do you think about the director’s comments? Are you excited Mangold and Jackman return for another Wolverine?
Source : WSJ.Speakeasy.Com