Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine since 2000, and 17 years later, he has yet to wear the classic yellow outfit from the comics onscreen. James Mangold, the director of the (supposedly) last Wolverine movie, Logan, comments on the costume's absence, and thinks that it's best kept in comics.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Mangold talks about the costume, and how he thinks people will actually hate it if Jackman is seen wearing it onscreen. He says:
"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."
Sure, comic outfits can seem rather silly onscreen, but with the right angle, their presence can be justified. A good example would be the appearance of the classic Captain America suit in Captain America: The First Avenger where it was actually a costume that made Steve Rogers look like a comic hero. With the serious tone of Logan, however, a canary yellow outfit might not fit in with the movie's bleak aesthetic.
Mangold may not be into the idea of bringing in the costume, but that doesn't mean that it won't have a presence in the movie. Will fans be content after seeing Logan?
Logan hits theaters March 3.