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James Mangold on why Wolverine's costume would make no sense in the movies

02.21.2017

LOGAN arrives next week on March 3, and if the reviews are to be believed (read our own Chris Bumbray’s here!) fans will finally be treated to the Wolverine movie they’ve always wanted, and more. But ever since Hugh Jackman put on the claws people have been wondering one thing: are we ever going to see him in his tight yellow costume? James Mangold answers why we haven’t, and probably never should.

While speaking with Screen Rant, Mangold discussed why the character’s trademark yellow costume from the comics has never appeared in the films, bluntly saying because it makes no earthly sense to have him wear it:

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.

Around the time THE WOLVERINE was hitting its home release there were rumors of the costume appearing in THE WOLVERINE: UNLEASHED EXTENDED EDITION, with footage of the character wearing the uniform (shown below). However said footage never came into existence, and the character remains yellow-less, much to the dismay of some hardcore fans.

I agree with Mangold wholeheartedly here. Logan/Wolverine isn’t a character that wants a ton of attention. Though he throws himself into scenarios to help people when the job needs getting done, he’s not one to run out there for glory or praise. Blending in is his thing, so a bright yellow costume seems contradictory, at least to the character in these movies. Plus, yellow is so out of season, and I think he looks just dapper in that dirty suit he’s sporting in those LOGAN images.

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2:21PM on 02/22/2017

Mangold doesnt want to embrace comics

He's the kind of director who's afraid to be uncool or too comic bookish, Logan shows this. What he's doing with Wolvering in his new film is find, I get it. It's his personal take on it, but a huge part of what makes Wolverine who he is, for many a comic book fan is that striped yellow suit. Maybe under another director, with a different tone maybe one day we'll see Wolverine in his traditional yellow suit. Directors shouldn't be afraid to give fans what they want, sometimes they underestimate
He's the kind of director who's afraid to be uncool or too comic bookish, Logan shows this. What he's doing with Wolvering in his new film is find, I get it. It's his personal take on it, but a huge part of what makes Wolverine who he is, for many a comic book fan is that striped yellow suit. Maybe under another director, with a different tone maybe one day we'll see Wolverine in his traditional yellow suit. Directors shouldn't be afraid to give fans what they want, sometimes they underestimate just how well people would absorb it.
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9:52PM on 02/21/2017
The main reason it's sadly best to not have him wear it is because he's never worn one in any of the other movies he was in. It would all of a sudden come out-of-nowhere. It would be odd and not fitting for the character at all with how he was made for the movies.
The main reason it's sadly best to not have him wear it is because he's never worn one in any of the other movies he was in. It would all of a sudden come out-of-nowhere. It would be odd and not fitting for the character at all with how he was made for the movies.
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7:26PM on 02/21/2017
He's got a good point, but really Jackman is also way too tall to pull that costume off too, remember Logan in the comics is like 5 foot nothing.
He's got a good point, but really Jackman is also way too tall to pull that costume off too, remember Logan in the comics is like 5 foot nothing.
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7:14PM on 02/21/2017
save it for the reboot
save it for the reboot
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6:21PM on 02/21/2017
He's right. I'm sure the brightly detailed design of the costume was originally meant to appeal to kids buying comic books and a store, and being colorful enough to catch their eye. Wolverine's costume is neither functional like Iron Man or Batman or symbolic like Captain America or Superman, so really there is no purpose for him to have it.
He's right. I'm sure the brightly detailed design of the costume was originally meant to appeal to kids buying comic books and a store, and being colorful enough to catch their eye. Wolverine's costume is neither functional like Iron Man or Batman or symbolic like Captain America or Superman, so really there is no purpose for him to have it.
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5:20PM on 02/21/2017

Let's get one thing straight

It's a uniform, not a costume. A uniform he wore during his time at department H which is a branch of the Canadian /government/military. Do soldiers wear costumes? No they do not. If I were to design a realistic version of the classic yellow and black uniform I would make it have tactical elements to it like body Armour and fire retardant material as to give it purpose. One of the things I loved about the X-men comic was that all of the members had their own unique look. If everyone was in a
It's a uniform, not a costume. A uniform he wore during his time at department H which is a branch of the Canadian /government/military. Do soldiers wear costumes? No they do not. If I were to design a realistic version of the classic yellow and black uniform I would make it have tactical elements to it like body Armour and fire retardant material as to give it purpose. One of the things I loved about the X-men comic was that all of the members had their own unique look. If everyone was in a uniform except Wolverine. he'd look out of place.
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5:15PM on 02/21/2017

I agree

I've always wanted to see Wolverine in the yellow costume, or (even better) the red and brown costume. However, I never before thought about why he hasn't worn one of them in the films. This explanation makes perfect sense to me. Yes, these are "comic movies," but movies are a different medium than comics themselves. What works on the pages of a comic book may not work well on the frames of a movie. Not only would the costume not fit the vibe of the character in the films, but it would probably
I've always wanted to see Wolverine in the yellow costume, or (even better) the red and brown costume. However, I never before thought about why he hasn't worn one of them in the films. This explanation makes perfect sense to me. Yes, these are "comic movies," but movies are a different medium than comics themselves. What works on the pages of a comic book may not work well on the frames of a movie. Not only would the costume not fit the vibe of the character in the films, but it would probably look silly.
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12:18PM on 02/21/2017
Not in this movie, that would be insane. But man, Iím so pumped for some realism at last. Thank f**k for Mr Mangold and Foxís bravery. And thank you Mr Jackman



Not in this movie, that would be insane. But man, Iím so pumped for some realism at last. Thank f**k for Mr Mangold and Foxís bravery. And thank you Mr Jackman



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12:02PM on 02/21/2017
For THIS movie, I agree, I don't think the yellow costume would work. That said, There's absolutely no reason why they can't have the heroes wearing their signature costumes in the X-Men movies themselves.

Since Hugh Jackman is leaving after this, they should just do a complete reboot of the franchise.
For THIS movie, I agree, I don't think the yellow costume would work. That said, There's absolutely no reason why they can't have the heroes wearing their signature costumes in the X-Men movies themselves.

Since Hugh Jackman is leaving after this, they should just do a complete reboot of the franchise.
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11:28AM on 02/21/2017
just say its made of bullet proof material, he can heal but still feels the pain of the bullets penetrating through his body. makes more since to protect yourself if the healing factor is not as strong as it used to be
just say its made of bullet proof material, he can heal but still feels the pain of the bullets penetrating through his body. makes more since to protect yourself if the healing factor is not as strong as it used to be
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11:28AM on 02/21/2017
10:46AM on 02/21/2017
Going by Wolverine's personality throughout all of the films, it just wouldn't fit his style at this point.

If and when they recast the character and/or reboot the franchise, then sure, have Wolverine wear the iconic yellow costume then. But for this film and/or present timeline, it would make absolutely no sense.
Going by Wolverine's personality throughout all of the films, it just wouldn't fit his style at this point.

If and when they recast the character and/or reboot the franchise, then sure, have Wolverine wear the iconic yellow costume then. But for this film and/or present timeline, it would make absolutely no sense.
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10:42AM on 02/21/2017

I'm glad they haven't done it

Some things work on the page but not in reality. The costume is ridiculous for movies. The same reason Superman always looked like pajamas until MOS. Batman works because it serves several purposes - armor, identity concealment, ect. and it can translate well to film when done right.

With Wolverine you'd have to downplay the eye wings, darken and texturize the yellow material.
Some things work on the page but not in reality. The costume is ridiculous for movies. The same reason Superman always looked like pajamas until MOS. Batman works because it serves several purposes - armor, identity concealment, ect. and it can translate well to film when done right.

With Wolverine you'd have to downplay the eye wings, darken and texturize the yellow material.
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10:30AM on 02/21/2017

as part of the X-Men team it can work

but in a solo adventure is not a good fit. The thing i like the most of this X universe is the fact the are not superheroes, they are mutants... people don't like them, this is the same reason i don't want the crossover with avengers and other teams. A World with Aliens, Hulks, Gods and iron men to be a mutant should not be a bad thing..
but in a solo adventure is not a good fit. The thing i like the most of this X universe is the fact the are not superheroes, they are mutants... people don't like them, this is the same reason i don't want the crossover with avengers and other teams. A World with Aliens, Hulks, Gods and iron men to be a mutant should not be a bad thing..
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10:23AM on 02/21/2017
He is completely correct. Wolverine doesn't want any attention, fans or press. Why the hell would he wear such a loud ridiculous costume? It would be out of character.
He is completely correct. Wolverine doesn't want any attention, fans or press. Why the hell would he wear such a loud ridiculous costume? It would be out of character.
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8:25AM on 02/22/2017
By that same rationale is why I could see him wear it all the time. So when he is not in uniform people don't run up to him and say hey your the Wolverine. Too which he replies Fuck off! His personality would suggest he doesn't want to be recognized, thus a costume helps insure that.
By that same rationale is why I could see him wear it all the time. So when he is not in uniform people don't run up to him and say hey your the Wolverine. Too which he replies Fuck off! His personality would suggest he doesn't want to be recognized, thus a costume helps insure that.
10:19AM on 02/21/2017

Lame excuse

They're comic book movies. You're allowed that sort of suspension of disbelief.

People breaking out in song and dance is silly and doesn't make sense, but it does when you put it in a musical.

Comic book characters wear costumes. It's stupid and it doesn't make sense but it's what comic book characters do. It's part of the genre. If you're going to make those kind of movies, embrace it.
They're comic book movies. You're allowed that sort of suspension of disbelief.

People breaking out in song and dance is silly and doesn't make sense, but it does when you put it in a musical.

Comic book characters wear costumes. It's stupid and it doesn't make sense but it's what comic book characters do. It's part of the genre. If you're going to make those kind of movies, embrace it.
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10:42AM on 02/21/2017
you are correct. this is a comic book. this movie looks fine and im sure its good etc, but when the costume is not there then its NOT wolverine. its just Logan - which i guess is the name of the movie so whatever.

anyway i am still waiting to see wolverine on screen at some point. maybe when everyone gets over this gritty realism kick they are on and remembers that these are fantasy stories. jack kirby and stan lee created costumes - to ignore that takes away from the character.
you are correct. this is a comic book. this movie looks fine and im sure its good etc, but when the costume is not there then its NOT wolverine. its just Logan - which i guess is the name of the movie so whatever.

anyway i am still waiting to see wolverine on screen at some point. maybe when everyone gets over this gritty realism kick they are on and remembers that these are fantasy stories. jack kirby and stan lee created costumes - to ignore that takes away from the character.
8:23AM on 02/22/2017
I agree. Well said.
I agree. Well said.
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