Warning: spoilers for Logan to follow. Proceed with caution!
17 years. We've waited 17 goddamn years to see Hugh Jackman finally wear Wolverine's yellow suit from the comics.
At first, it made sense to avoid showing #Logan's admittedly garish outfit in live action. After all, the original X-Men movie premiered at a time when superhero movies didn't enjoy the acclaim they do today. Understandably, director Bryan Singer avoided brightly-colored costume designs when he brought Marvel's mutants to the big screen for the first time, opting instead for streamlined black leather in an attempt to make the #XMen more "realistic."
However, since X-Men first helped convince audiences that comic books aren't just for kids, we've seen #HughJackman star as Ol' Canucklehead in nine movies, and yet none of them featured Wolverine's iconic garb so far.
During an interview with Screen Rant, Logan director James Mangold suggested that there's a good reason for this, arguing that it's just not realistic for someone like Wolverine to wear this costume:
"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."
However, Jackman recently stirred up rumors that fans might finally see the outfit in question when he tweeted this picture of an action figure a few weeks ago:
Around this time, an official clip of Logan also surfaced online that contained further hints of a wardrobe change for #Wolverine. While Jackman kept his clothes casual, a comic book starring a fictional version of Wolverine surfaced in the promo; one that featured the original Marvel costume in all of its glory.
Many fans were hopeful these teases could materialize into something more concrete for Wolverine's cinematic swan song. After all, Jackman has already confirmed that he won't reprise the role for future installments, which means it's now or never for everyone's favorite cigar-smoking mutant.
Does Hugh Jackman Wear The Classic Wolverine Costume In Logan?
Wolverine's iconic costume does make an appearance in Logan, but not in the way some fans might've hope. In fact, Jackman's tease on Twitter was more important than anyone could've guessed.
During the film's last act, one of Laura's fellow test subjects is seen holding a Wolverine action figure adorned with the classic outfit, presumably left over from Logan's time as a celebrity. While it's hard to tell whether this is the same toy depicted in Jackman's Twitter post, it's now become far more clear why he shared that picture in the first place.
As Jackman has officially retired from the role, it looks like the closest we'll ever come to seeing him wear the classic yellow costume onscreen is in this deleted scene taken from 2013's The Wolverine:
In Logan's defense though, it would've seemed rather out of place for #Wolverine to slip into some yellow spandex at this point. It made sense for the X-Men to fulfill fanboys' dreams in Apocalypse and wear their '90s inspired comic book costumes at the end, but Logan is far from your typical superhero movie. Anyone's who seen the film will tell you that this would've never worked for this iteration of the character, no matter how much fans might've wanted to see it happen.
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Speaking at the #Berlinale, Jackman shared his passion for Wolverine in poignant detail, explaining that:
"This character has been within me for 17 years, but not until this film do I feel like I've really got to the core of it. ... This is the movie that defines this character."
Whether Hugh Jackman is ever given the chance to wear Wolverine's cowl or not, he'll always be the definitive Logan for legions of fans. Costume or no costume, there's only one Wolverine and he's clearly the best at what he does.
Do you think Hugh Jackman should have worn the classic yellow X-Men costume in Logan?
(Source - Screenrant, Poll Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)