LOGAN’s director (James Mangold) talks about the cinema and Batman/Joker’s “I HATE YOU”
JM: “[…] Any way I can make dialogue irrelevant, I struggle to do it. Because my own theory is that in Hollywood movies there’s way too much emphasis on the center column. It’s almost to the point where you can have a meeting, and you have two characters that are in love – and you can have an executive say to you, “How do you know they’re in love? Neither of them ever says ‘I love you’.” You find yourself making this argument where you’re going, “People say ‘I love you’ all the time and don’t. Words lie. It’s the way they look at each other that tells you. In fact, you could write dialogue where they say, 'I hate you,’ and the other one says, 'I hate you,’ but the way they’re playing the scene is love.” That’s cinema, to me.”
Q: That’s actually a scene in The Lego Batman Movie!
JM: “Well, then, they’ve perfectly illustrated the point.”