For the most part, #superhero movies are aimed at a broad audience, meant to entertain everyone from your little brother to your neighbor and their mother. With colossal budgets that just seem like they're increasing every year, it's not like they have many options aside from filling theaters. But a lot of the themes present in the #comicbook stories that provide the source material for these movies would find their place effortlessly in entirely different genres — which is probably why they're so successful in the first place.
And yet not many adult superhero movies have emerged, at least until the unexpected and overwhelming success of #Deadpool in 2016. Has the tale of the Merc with a Mouth opened the door to a whole new section in the superhero genre? With the upcoming release of Logan, #HughJackman's one last time as the clawed mutant Wolverine, it seems like that might just be the case.
'Deadpool' Made The Studio Behind 'Logan' Feel Better About Taking Risks
There's no official rating for #Logan yet, which is set for release on March 3, 2017, but it's clearly giving the same dark and raw vibes as Deadpool. Instead of an optimistic "let's save the world" attitude, both movies take a much more bitter look at what it can be like to be a mutant, far away from the awe that they generated in us as little kids.
In an interview with Fandango, Logan director #JamesMangold explains that Deadpool definitely helped to get his movie backed by the studio:
"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. They saw there was a marketplace reward for being different."
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'Logan' Will Focus On 'The Intensity, The Darkness And The Adult Nature Of The Wolverine Character'
What was particularly important for Mangold in the tone of the movie was the "adult nature" of Wolverine and the X-Men, which have long been celebrated for their approach to difference, exclusion, and loneliness.
"Ya know, I can't please everybody because there are so many aspirations people want for these movies. But I think the one that I share and that is universal is the desire to see the intensity, the darkness and the adult nature of the Wolverine character. Much of the Marvel library is full of adult characters with adult themes that don't always get to be explored because they're making four-box movies for children as well. I think we're making it very clear that we're making a grown-up movie."
On top of the emotional weight of Logan, he also wanted to see a hefty dose of pure violence:
"I wanted to see the claws in action. I wanted to see what people have always wanted to see, which were bitchin' knife fights where you weren't looking away at the very moment you wanted to be looking."
Old Wolverine in a grown-up movie with bitchin' knife fights? Sounds about right.
Are you looking forward to Logan? Do you think there should be more R-rated superhero movies?