Mangold Says Logan Benefited From 'Healthy Contempt' For Superhero Genre

Logan, director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman's Wolverine swan song, wasn't just a major hit with fans who clamored a violent, R-rated story starring the popular X-Man; it also struck all the right notes with critics. However, while the film focused on mutants being hunted by humans, it didn't feel like your typical superhero flick, with Mangold opting for a more cerebral plot, focusing on character development rather than the Hollywood spectacle that was aimed for previously by Fox's cinematic X-Men universe.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director admitted this approach was guided by, well, his lack of affinity for superhero movies. "I think I have a kind of healthy contempt for this kind of film. Even the genre," Mangold said. "I tried to bring with it a kind of jaundiced eye about formula that we've gotten really in the habit of delivering on, and trying to deliver a picture that offers some of the same sense of wonder and imagination that these films tend to offer, but doing so in a way where it's less about fetishizing costumes and equipment and CG effects and more about character."

Available now on Blu-ray and DVD, Logan stars Hugh Jackman as Logan, Patrick Stewart as Charles, Dafne Keen as Laura, Boyd Holbrook as Pierce and Stephen Merchant as Caliban.

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