Wolverine director explains why his film definitely ain't Avengers

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Dec 17, 2012

With a Japanese setting and gritty buzz coming from the set, we already knew The Wolverine was going to be a different beast than the original X-Men trilogy and recent Origins prequel. Now director James Mangold wants to clarify further—his movie is nothing like recent box-office juggernaut The Avengers either.

In an interview with Empire, Mangold discussed his take on everyone's favorite mutant and said his version will be "realistic." For example, no invading alien armies and massive, CG-heavy effects:

"When I say realistic, what I mean is that it's not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure -- it wouldn't be a movie about gods if you didn't have epic physicality. But we all feel we're making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it."
Mangold just recently spilled that his movie is a sequel to the original X-Men trilogy, and he said he wants to use that post-X-Men isolation to drive Logan away from his life, landing in Japan in the midst of a brutal war:
"It's rooted in drama. Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that's either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with super villains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons -- it's going to make it a very different film than people have seen.

The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring - honor, a sense of duty, of conflict -- really fit beautifully around Logan. Our film finds Logan at a point where he's very much a ronin -- a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone."

We're glad to hear Mangold is striving for his own vision on the canon, and not trying to shoehorn in the popular style to a character that isn't suited for it. What do you think? Do you like where Mangold is taking Logan?

(Comic Book Movie via Empire)