LOGAN Director James Mangold Believes Wolverine's Classic Costume Doesn't Make Sense On Film

LOGAN Director James Mangold Believes Wolverine's Classic Costume Doesn't Make Sense On Film

With Hugh Jackman's time as Wolverine coming to an end, Logan director James Mangold discussed the character's classic yellow outfit and why he believes it doesn't work when making the jump to film...

Ever since the very first X-Men film, comic book fans have been waiting in anticipation for the moment that Hugh Jackman would suit up in a comic-accurate costume as Wolverine. 17 years and eight (soon to be nine) films later, the classic yellow suit has remained unworn and pretty much unseen, appearing as the contents of a suitcase in a deleted scene from 2013's The Wolverine. While some fans are still holding out hope for some last-minute saving grace in Jackman's final film, Logan, director James Mangold recently told Screen Rant that he thinks the suit works against who Logan is as a character, and that he's convinced fans would not be happy if Jackman ever did wear it in a film.

"I always feel a certain contingent of fans who are yearning for it. 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."

Barring a last-minute and EXTREMELY unlikely surprise from the confirmed post-credits scene, it looks like fans will have to wait for a recast to see Logan don his yellow threads on the big screen. Do you agree with Mangold, or would you have liked to see Jackman wear the suit during his tenure as the character? Let us know in the comments.

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
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