Since Wolverine’s feature film debut in 2000’s “X-Men,” fans have wanted the clawed X-Man to finally put on his classic comic book costume. Unfortunately for those waiting to see the blue and gold or brown and tan suits in live action, Hugh Jackman has remained maskless throughout his entire big screen journey as the Wolverine. The character did get a nod to his comic book costume in 2013’s “The Wolverine,” though, as a deleted scene showed the character receiving a version of his brown and tan look (above) as a parting gift from Mariko Yashida.
That look was never actually debuted in a film, though, and the scene of Logan getting the costume was cut out of the film. In a recent chat with ScreenRant, “Logan” director James Mangold spoke about Wolverine’s costume — and revealed why it just wouldn’t work in one of his movies.
“I always feel a certain contingent of fans who are yearning for it,” said Mangold. “But the biggest block I’ve had – I’m willing to take the heat for it – is that, I can never get past, being a writer for these movies as well, that Logan is the least narcissistic of all the superheroes, any kind I can think of – Marvel, DC or anywhere else. What I mean by that is, who puts a special branded outfit on when they do good deeds? And why? The only reason you do it is so you can have some sort of trademarked claim and get credit for what you did. Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than the desire to put on a trademarked outfit, particularly canary yellow, and kind of prance about doing good deeds and have people go, ‘Oh my God! It’s The Wolverine!’ At least the Wolverine, as I see him, that’s a real struggle for me and always has been. I somehow feel that if somehow we ever put Hugh [Jackman] into one of those outfits, people would not be happy. Essentially, it’s something that lives on the page and I’m not sure could live anywhere else.”
All this seems to indicate that Hugh Jackman’s earlier Twitter picture featuring a Wolverine action figure in his classic brown and tan suit was just that — a picture of an action figure. Some were wondering if that picture was a tease that Jackman would don the iconic suit in “Logan,” but considering Mangold’s comments, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.
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