‘Logan’ So Dark, Studio Execs Asked, ‘Hey, Is This Too Dark?’

As not-so-subtly hinted by a trailer in which a banged-up Hugh Jackman mopes around to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” cover, Logan is a somber, darker story of the man whose knuckles produce endless cutlery. But is it TOO DARK?

Probably not. It’s about time he started lopping some heads off with those things, right?

Nonetheless, that was apparently the worry for 20th Century Fox executives when it came to the film. Speaking to Variety, chairman Stacey Snider revealed:

“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?”

Thankfully, Snider prevailed over her colleagues, and we’ll finally get what’s undoubtedly the most uncomfortably disturbing look at Logan yet: the one where he and another lonely old man are fleeing with a little girl who isn’t theirs.

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