The over-arching feel of the new chapter in Wolverine’s cinematic journey ‘Logan’ is that it’s a pretty dark and gritty affair.
Gone is the wise-cracking mutant, in favour of a far more brooding and existential tale, and according to the boss of Twentieth Century Fox, it caused not a little concern.
“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” admitted the studio’s chairman Stacey Snider at a conference in California yesterday (as reported by Variety).
“It’s more of an elegy about life and death. The paradigm for it was a Western, and my colleagues were up in arms.
“It’s not a wise-cracking cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, isn’t that freakin’ boring?”
However, Snider counters such an argument, suggesting it’s time to take a different look at Logan.
“Isn’t it exciting to imagine Wolverine as a real guy and he’s world-weary and he doesn’t want to fight anymore until a little girl needs him?” she added.
The movie is due out on March 1, and is among the most hotly-anticipated superhero releases of the year.
It finds Hugh Jackman’s jaded Logan trusted with the care of a young mutant (played by Dafne Keen) who is much like himself.
Returning to the X-Men world is Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Stephen Merchant as Caliban, while ‘Narcos’ star Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant also star.
It will be Jackman’s last turn as Wolverine, after 17 years playing the character, a decision he said he made after, of all things, a conversation with Jerry Seinfeld.
“I was having a chat with [Seinfeld] about a year ago,” said Jackman. “He was talking about why he finished Seinfeld… He said he’d always had this feeling and belief that you never know when either your energy or the audience’s energy is going to dip over into people [saying] ‘Oh, please go.'”