* SPOILER ALERT AHEAD
For all the insights and intrigue into the world of Logan, the reveal that the central antagonist would be a replica of Wolverine came as a major shock. The creation from Transigen would appear late on in the piece, acting as the killer of the two heroes of the movie.
The lack of a pre or post credits scene left fans a little disappointed, but the magnitude of the spectacle held the film up in it's own right. Now screenwriter Scott Frank has opened up about the rationale behind X-24, a villain that Hugh Jackman would portray as a younger, hungrier and more evil version of himself.
We Didn't Want X-24 Story To Overshadow The Movie: Frank
The introduction of the next mutant made in the Mexican factory following X-23 would actually be teased in one of the shorts leading into the premiere, but it arrived and left with such a fleeting glimpse that few would have caught onto it. Frank argued that the character would be important as a contrasting tool for Howlett, yet the filmmakers wanted to ensure he was used sparingly.
"It was an interesting thing - for him to be confronted with himself," said Frank. "It reminds him of what he once was. He was not a good guy. But we didn't want to make a meal out of it. You have to be careful that that doesn't become the concept through the whole movie, because then it does exactly the opposite of what we were trying to do."
Logan Not Geared To Happy Meal Market
Creating something akin to a road movie, Frank explained that the family dynamic between the trio allowed the movie to naturally flourish.
"We just kept going back to character and his relationship with his 'father' and his relationship with someone who is genetically created, but is still technically his daughter. We kept it personal the whole time. That's really what we were obsessed with. You could feel it as we were writing it that it was accruing to something powerful at the end. We didn't have to connect it to any larger 'universe.' Or as Jim keeps saying, 'we didn't have to sell Happy Meals.' And so that was great."
Deriding in some quarters 2013's The Wolverine, a title that had promise, the writer stated that the switch in studio heads acted as the protagonist to green light the R rated romp.
"Whereas, the last one, my favorite part is where he's in the middle of rural Japan and with this woman and being a human being and feeling what it's like to be a human being. But we're not there very long before we're back to giant robots and stuff. And then it becomes just another superhero movie with a lot of CG stuff. And we were trying to avoid that this time around and the studio had changed studio heads and they were very much into the idea of trying something new, because otherwise what's the point? The only way these movies have value is if they become about something else. They can't all be about saving the world."