Logan Director Reveals Why The Movie Cut A Major Death Scene

Posted 2017/05/23 0 0

Logan was almost opened with this X-Men scene!

Warning! Spoilers for Logan lie below!

With the black and white version of Logan getting a one-night run in theaters this week to help promote its home entertainment release, director James Mangold again shares us information about the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie one more time. The filmmaker revealed that Logan originally opened on a much darker (if very familiar for comics fans) note. IGN chatted with Mangold to discuss how the project evolved from page to screen, and the director revealed he originally had the story open with the infamous “Westchester Incident” only alluded to in the final version of the film.

In the movie, we find out that the deaths were caused by Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his degenerative brain disorder. He lost control of his power in a seizure, and that’s what caused the tragedy. In the original comic, however, Logan has flashbacks to an attack on the mansion in Westchester which he believed was an invasion of a bunch of villains. But it turns out to be a vision induced by Mysterio—and Logan, in the grips of his delusion, actually slaughtered the X-Men. It’s that heartbreaking fight that Mangold originally started Logan with.

Mangold told IGN, “I literally had written an opening which started with that sequence. And so it was quite literal, who was dead.”

Mangold continued to explain why he made the change. “But the reason we didn’t do it wasn’t to spare other films, it was that it redefined the movie,” he said. “It made the movie about the X-Men, instead of being about Logan and Charles. And irrevocably, when you read the script opening that way, it became about this other tragedy, as opposed to that tragedy being something hovering like a shadow in the background for these characters.” Instead of the tragedy hanging over those two and being mostly unspoken, the movie would become too much about the actual details: who died and how, their relationships with Logan and Professor X, and so on.

In the film, we do hear a radio report indicating that several of the X-Men were killed in an incident in Westchester, New York (home of the X-Mansion), but Mangold says he had a pretty good idea as to which of the members actually went down. In the end though he decided it was best not to “nail it down” so precisely.

Of course, in the Old Man Logan comics the death of the X-Men was brutally depicted. Whereas in the film we learn that Xavier had inadvertently killed his own students due to a degenerative brain disorder that caused him to lose control of his telepathic powers, in the comic Logan himself committed the heinous deed.

Set in an alternate version of Marvel’s Earth (Earth-807128 if you must know), Old Man Logan recounts the time all the supervillains banded together to defeat the heroes and take control of America in one swift stroke. That night, Wolverine confronted what he thought was a cadre of villains invading the X-mansion. After a brutal battle that he seemed to win, Logan realized that it had all been an illusion created by the Spider-Man villain Mysterio. In fact, the bad guys who he thought he had cut down had in fact been his own teammates: the X-Men.