James Mangold Talks About How The Wolverine Is Different From Other Movies: Plus Three New Character Posters


wolverine bannerWe are one month away from The Wolverine slicing its way into theaters. As we mark off the final days before the film’s release, we’re starting to hear more and more from the cast and crew as the press blitz starts back up. Today director James Mangold talked a little more about the film and what separates it form the other multitudes of superhero movies. Three new stunning sumi-e character posters have been unveiled.

In an extensive interview with Collider, James Mangold talked about Hugh Jackman coming back for a sixth time to play the Canadian berserker and how he tried to make this outing fresh. Mangold wanted to go for a more ‘grounded’ approach when it comes to the action. He compares and contrasts Wolverine’s action to the likes of Spider-Man and Superman:

[I]f there was anything I thought I pulled the reins in for myself from, it was just that I felt his abilities had started to expand to the point where I felt he was losing something. I wanted to return him to the confines of his own abilities. He can’t jump up and pull down a helicopter in this film. That’s just, for me, I like the level that he’s not Spider-Man and not Superman. He has claws and he has strength and he’s tremendously impervious, though not all throughout this film. It’s a little more about anger and determination and being a kind of Frankenstein monster of both nature and man. The kind of psychic wounds you carry through life with that. It’s more about that than just doing cool s–t you haven’t seen before. With some of the other movies I was tweeting about, I was trying to return it to more a kind of French Connection or Bourne style action in which you feel like it’s occurring in this world and it isn’t so fantastical that you don’t believe this character exists in this world. One of the things, particularly in the Marvel Universe, that I felt was so great growing up and reading it was that it felt like it took place in my world. It didn’t feel like it was some kind of Disneyland world. That was something that I really wanted to get in this. It’s very much an adult world.

The film is set in Japan, and the country becomes almost a character in its own right. Mangold discussed using the rich culture to help make a more personal story. He also takes a shot at some other superhero movies by stating Wolverine doesn’t have a huge ‘bad guy sets out to destroy the earth’ plot. On how the Japanese language is used in the film and how the stakes for Wolverine are more personal than earth-shattering:

What I’ve been trying to do, for the most part, is have people, when they’re speaking Japanese, speak Japanese. Many people in Japan are very bilingual and I’m not playing Hugh as bilingual when he enters the film. As an audience member, you do ride through. But there’s times where it’s wonderful and he’s a strange in a strange land. People are talking and you don’t know what they’re saying. You don’t see subtitles either. You’re just as lost as he is, trying to figure out who’s saying what to whom. I enjoyed that it would play that way and that there would be a sense of Oz to it all. A sense that he steps off that plane and he’s in a strange land that he’s got to decode and a labyrinth that he’s got to come to understand. That made the film more elaborate for him.

Again, given that this is not a film with a gigantic, nefarious force trying to destroy the Earth or take over. The challenges become different because the plot really is counter to what most superhero tentpoles are. It’s more of a mystery noir picture and less of a kind of “will he stop whatever-the-name-is from annihilating these cities or football stadiums or countries or Earths thrown out of orbit?” The stakes are much more personal. The stakes are much more grounded and about people that you hopefully care about. It’s not so much built, hopefully, on “Will the world survive?” It becomes really important to play on the mystery aspects and language becomes part of that. It’s culture that you don’t understand from the beginning and are trying to carve out an understanding of.

You can read the full interview with the director by clicking here. Also unveiled today are three new character posters featuring Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), Mariko (Tao Okamoto), and Harada (Will Yun Lee). What do you think of the latest Wolverine news? Have you liked the character posters we’ve gotten so far?

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Source : Collider