Superhero outfits have had an interesting history on the big screen. In some cases, like Superman or Spider-Man, the filmmakers opted to give him a look pretty close to what we see in the comic books. There are some heroes, however, who haven’t always resembled their comic book counterpart all too well — especially in the ensemble department. If you look at the original X-Men film back in 2000, for example, those dudes looked like they were pulled straight out of The Matrix. Leather outfits? That just screams cool, doesn’t it? They even went so far as to make fun of Wolverine’s trademark yellow spandex.
Yet ironically enough, in the time since then, superhero outfits on the big screen have inched closer and closer to their comic book counterparts. Just have a look: Captain America, Thor, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, even the X-Men themselves in Apocalypse look as though they’ve been transliterated from a comic book panel. But what about Wolverine? Sadly, the closest we ever got to him pulling off his yellow duds was at the end of The Wolverine's "Unleashed Edition," and in director James Mangold’s mind, that was nothing but a nod to the comics.
So why, oh why will we never get a chance to see him in that outfit? Speaking with Screen Rant, director James Mangold gave his two cents as to why that outfit would be unfitting of Logan’s character.
“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.”
The gauntlet has been thrown. If anyone else manages to pick up the mantle of the Wolverine in future films, you can bet that someone will want to put it on the big screen. Given Logan’s personality in the films, however, yeah, this interpretation makes a whole lot of sense. Though one way around it on the X-Men front could have been either if the outfit had some extra utility, or if it was given to him as the gang was setting out to take on a new mission. Even in that instance, however, we can see Logan shaking his head and tossing the mask away.
What do you think of Mangold’s comments? Is he right? Is Logan not narcissistic enough to pull off that outfit? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.
Stay tuned here at LRM Online for our full upcoming interview with Logan director James Mangold, which will hit next week!
SOURCE: Screen Rant