In a year packed to the brim with exciting and unique superhero movies, it’s almost unexpected that the first film of the bunch to make its debut in 2017, is also one of, if not the, most anticipated out of them all. Director James Mangold’s Logan has garnered the kind of hype that most movie studios would pay a lot of money for, and the truly magnificent part of it all, is that the film has done it by releasing just one theatrical trailer, and a whole lot of moody, gorgeous images. Known widely for being Hugh Jackman’s last film as Logan/Wolverine, Logan‘s shaping up to be the somber, dramatic character piece that Jackman’s performance deserves to have as a send-off; though not many likely thought would something like it would actually get made.
The marketing campaign for Logan has been calculated and precise, with a restraint on Mangold, Jackman, and the studio’s part that isn’t seen very often when it comes to high-profile films like these. Still, the mystery and air of seriousness surrounding Logan has also no doubt attributed to the amount of anticipation that has begun to build around it these past few months as well.
In yet another exciting, perfect tease for the film, Mangold has tweeted out a short video from the scoring session of Logan, offering fans their first real taste at the haunting, almost Western-esque score that composer Marco Beltrami is putting together for the film. Check it out for yourself below:
On the Newman Stage... pic.twitter.com/9F8UnxF348— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 13, 2017
As most fans are already aware, Beltrami just recently boarded the project, taking over for Cliff Martinez as composer, much to the dismay of many fans everywhere, especially those who were excited to see what Martinez was going to do with the film’s music. This would have been Martinez’s first comic book film, after decades worth of solid, diverse work, though most may know him for his atmospheric, chilling scores in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s films from the past few years. At the same time, Beltrami is more than equipped to take on Logan‘s score, after working with Mangold specifically multiple times before, on both The Wolverine and 3:10 to Yuma.
Based on this clip too, it seems like he’s already taken to the material well, and like most of the other footage and materials released from Logan, it doesn’t sound quite like anything the comic book genre has released before. There’s almost a psychological aspect to the music, as the strings slowly increase in frequency and the background noises combine together to make a strange, tense mix between what might usually be heard in a psychological thriller and an old-fashioned Western. For Logan then, which is being marketed as a desolate, violent, and dark post-apocalyptic thriller, it’s hard to think of a more perfect musical combination.
Source: James Mangold