Twentieth Century Fox wasn't always so confident that fans would take to Logan's dark, gritty and R-rated tone.
Unlike the rest of the films in the studio's mutant franchise, James Mangold's take on Logan is much more serious, exploring the humanity of Hugh Jackman's tattered and aging Wolverine in a drastically changing world. However, while many fans are excited to check out the film and its drastic tonal departure from the older X-men movies, Twentieth Century Fox once wasn't so keen on the idea of an R-rated Logan.
Speaking in an interview with Variety, the studio's chairman Stacy Snider revealed the initial concerns of Twentieth Century regarding the tone of the film.
"Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," she said in a Q&A at the Recode Media conference Tuesday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.. "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? 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?"
Given the sputtering start of the DC Expanded Universe and its dark-toned films, it's no surprise that the studio would have some hesitation towards a saturnine Logan. Thankfully the studio allowed Mangold to proceed with his work, because it seems like buzz is going on around for the character-driven film.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan hits theaters on March 3 this year.