Okay, this is a fun one.
According to Twentieth Century Fox chairman Stacey Snider, Logan was a bit of a hard sell for many studio executives.
It’s not hard to understand why – until Deadpool, the popular consensus was that R-rated superhero movies simply didn’t have a wide enough potential audience to justify their violence, no matter how well this might have suited the characters in question.
What’s interesting, though, is that, as well as worrying that Logan would be too violent, bloody, and distressing, Fox also worried that the movie’s grounded realism would bore audiences.
How a movie can be both dull and too intense at the same time is anybody’s guess, but then, it’s always difficult to know what’s going through the minds of executives at Fox.
“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film. 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?”
You might notice the opinion that Snider expresses in the quote above, which apparently was popular among Fox’s Higher Ups when the question of greenlighting Logan was in debate, to be the absolute opposite of what audiences want.
Part of the reason why Logan has proved so exciting to movie fans is the fact that it approaches a classic comic book character from a grounded, realistic perspective. The use of Western imagery and ideology makes for a unique movie which deviates from standard tropes.
Considering that X-Men: Apocalypse fell flat primarily because its bland, computer generated PG-13 action felt uninspired and formulaic, there can be no doubt in many fans’ minds that a more gritty, somber, street-level movie is the way to go with Logan.
What’s more, filling a Wolverine movie with all the violence and gore that has been merely teased in previous movies, fits absolutely perfectly with a character who literally has blades as his main weapon.
The only downside is that, due to licensing issues, Hawkeye can’t be in this movie (he features heavily in Old Man Logan, the inspiration for the film). It’d be incredible to see some genuinely violent bow and arrow work in a movie for once.
Thankfully, Logan got the green light, and it seems to have turned out very well – although audiences will have to wait a couple of weeks to know that for certain. Either way, fans of the character are exceptionally excited about this bold take on Wolverine.
And as for the Fox executives that didn’t like the idea of this movie? They’re still at work, making one terrible decision after another.
Fox has a quota of bad decisions to make every day, and without a Firefly or a Futurama to cancel, they have to get their boxes ticked somehow.