Logan marks the end of Hugh Jackman’s time playing Wolverine, but it also means fans hoping the actor would one day don the character’s classic blue-and-yellow costume on screen are now totally out of luck.
From the very beginning, the X-Men movies have refused to put Jackman into Wolverine’s spandex suit (although he did wear quite a few black leather ones that weren’t so hot), but the opportunity did present itself in an alternate ending to 2013’s The Wolverine, where Rila Fukushima’s Yukio presents Logan with a black and yellow mask and gloves reminiscent of his classic duds. Of course, this turned out to be just a cool Easter egg rather than an implicit promise that the actor would wear the outfit in his next outing.
In an excerpt from EW’s latest cover story, Jackman touched upon some of the behind-the-scenes discussions surrounding the outfit and ultimately why he never ended up putting it on.
“I never really thought it was a possibility,” the actor admitted, speaking over the phone from Berlin.” I had no idea how the hell it would be done.”
Jackman admits that while there was talk about whether or not the costume would work, director James Mangold never thought it was a realistic possibility. “It certainly came up in discussion, like, ‘Can we do it? Is there any way?” Jackman continued. “Jim [Mangold] always doubted it. In the end, it was a ‘no.'”
While Jackman’s never been a big fan of the outfit, he empathizes with X-Men fans who wanted to see the suit on screen. “I get what they’re saying and if you could find a really cool way to do it,” he said. “We flirted with it at one point with The Wolverine, the last one, but we just couldn’t find a way to do it and be in keeping with the tone of the film. Sorry, guys.”
No need to apologize Hugh. We’re certainly thankful things never got past the discussion stage!