As I've said before, Wolverine needs a mask, especially if Hugh Jackman's hirsute hero still has ninjas to fight and evil mutants to slice. But director James Mangold recently revealed in an interview that dressing Logan up in a costume is a bit hard to justify.
"Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero?" Mangold told The Wall Street Journal. "It's like Dirty Harry didn't walk around with special outfit. There's a difficult line to walk. He's not a showoff, he's the last one to put on a team jersey. The flesh and blood character is very loyal to that iconoclastic rebel who doesn't seem to be the first to don spandex."
With Mangold so hesitant to bust out Wolverine's iconic tights, we thought it'd be wise to offer up five looks pulled directly from the comics that could justifiably make their way to the big screen.
Yes, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine has already covered our hero's experiences with the Weapon X program to…less than stellar results, but there's no logical reason why director James Mangold can't revisit this part of Wolverine's past. Fans that were put off by Origins' more cartoonish nature would definitely be on board for seeing Mangold's more realistic take on Logan's tortured origin, and he could even include a version of Weapon X's signature helmet.
Wolverine's most iconic look just so happens to be his least translatable one. After all, Wolverine did make a joke about wearing yellow spandex in 2000's X-Men. But what if James Mangold wanted to reveal that Wolverine worked as a member of the Canadian government super team Alpha Flight in between the events of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine prequel and his first encounter with Charles Xavier? One could justify this costume – or even the toned-down John Cassaday version Logan wore in Astonishing X-Men – by saying that the government required him to wear it. Plus, this flashback would have to be set in the '80s or early '90s, a time period defined by macho men in neon tights.
Tan & Brown
James Mangold has already created an explanation for this costume, he just left it on The Wolverine's cutting room floor. In a deleted scene, Wolverine opens a parting gift from Mariko Yashida, revealing a modified version of the hero's tan and brown mask and gloves. If the next film takes place in the two year gap in between the events of The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, then it would make sense to show the character wearing the uniform on at least one mission. After all, the costume's a gift from his girlfriend. He's obligated to wear it at least once!
While more of an accessory than a uniform, this has to be the most easily justifiable costume in Wolverine's closet. During his time on the Southeast Asian island Madripoor, Logan adopted an eye patch and tuxedo as he stuck it to numerous crime lords. We've yet to see Madripoor on film, and it would be the perfect setting for the further adventures of Wolverine and Yukio. Plus, The Wolverine got a lot of fan-swooning-mileage out of those pics of Hugh Jackman in an all-black suit – just think of how Hugh Jackman fans would react to seeing a red-carpet-ready Wolverine.
If Logan likes the idea behind Mariko's gift but isn't too keen on the coloration, he could easily sport a modified version of his brown and tan look, complete with a mask. After all, following the events of The Wolverine, Logan does have loved ones again, people that could be put in harm's way should his enemies learn his true identity. This costume could even be justified as the character paying a bit of respect to the black leather getup his old mentor Charles Xavier put him in. No matter what, it gets him in that mask – and at this point that's all we care about!