The new red-band trailer for "Logan" dropped today, boasting a healthy dose of gore and curse words. A few people, including one fast-talking member of Weapon X, think the movie is Oscar-worthy, while seemingly everyone agrees it could be one of the darkest mainstream superhero movie yet.
It has been widely accepted that "Logan" would earn an R-rating from the MPAA -- apparently confirmed by star Hugh Jackman taking a pay cut to secure the rating. However, in a recent interview with Fandango, director James Mangold ("The Wolverine") tempers expectations about the level of violence we're going to see in theaters.
While the red-band trailer does drop F-Bombs and goes for the jugular, literally, Mangold stated the images found in the trailer might not make the theatrical version.
"I guess… thing is, we haven’t gotten through the ratings board yet. What you’ve seen might be the unrated version!" the film's director stated during the interview when asked about the darker content. Mangold continued, "It’s uncomfortable to talk about ratings only to the degree that we’re not supposed to talk about ratings."
The film is clearly toeing the line between attracting all audiences and maintaining the grim and violent world established in the trailer -- an idea that was planned before the enormous success of "Deadpool," a film that wears its R-rating on its sleeve (and assuredly its undergarments). Mangold was scripting the potential final entry in the Wolverine film franchise, along with Michael Green and Scott Frank, before The Merc with the Mouth shocked and awed moviegoers. "I was already writing this movie before 'Deadpool' came out, but I will say that what 'Deadpool' did is it made the studio feel a lot better about taking the risk I was asking them to take."
It certainly seems like the success of "Deadpool", and Mangold and Jackman's version of an older Logan, convinced 20th Century Fox to open their wallets for a serious take on the Canadian comic book hero. "They saw there was a marketplace reward for being different," according to Mangold. A final rating should be announced before the film makes its debut at the Berlin Film Festival.
Opening March 3, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.