Hugh Jackman echoes the sentiments of many die-hard Wolverine fans, admitting that he does regret that during his tenure in playing the scruffy superhero, he was never able to don his iconic yellow costume. The Australian actor hung up his claws after playing the role for 17 years via his swan song project, Logan, which was released in theaters back in March.
Over the course of years, Jackman had reprised the Wolverine role in a total of 9 films – 3 from the original X-Men trilogy, 3 from the prequel and current series and 3 from the superhero’s own standalone films. In the entire history of the X-Men film franchise, he has appeared in all flicks from the series. Even in last year’s Deadpool, Jackman (as himself) was referenced by Ryan Reynolds (who played the titular role of the merc-with-a-mouth) in the Fox-Marvel Universe surprise hit.
That being said, it is difficult to fathom that not even once did he don the iconic Wolverine costume from the comic books. And like many fans of the character (especially those who have been one even before Jackman breathed life into him via the movies), the 48-year-old admits that he, too, is bummed out that was not able to wear the yellow get-up, telling Collider:
“There were a couple of things I couldn’t work out how to do. Fans always say, ‘When are we gonna see you in the blue and yellow spandex? We’ve gotta see that shot!’ We tried a little bit in The Wolverine, it didn’t happen—on that plane at the end he opens up a box and there’s the suit, I think that ended up getting cut. So the suit was one thing but we just couldn’t work out how to do it, so if anyone can work that out you go for it.”
Aside from the bit about missing on the bright spandex, Jackman also revealed another regret that he had during his long tenure as the Canadian mutant. This time, however, it is a story element that was never fleshed out on film:
“The other idea that I always loved was the idea in the comics that every year on Logan’s birthday, his brother comes and beats the crap out of him. I just thought that was such a cool very fun idea and very in keeping to those characters. His birthday present was just a beating and that’s the only time he sees him (laughs). I kept saying, ‘Jim can we put that in?’ and he goes ‘Eh this is not that movie.’ But anyway.”
Despite the missed opportunities, it is no secret that the narrative chosen for Logan was a fitting send-off to such a beloved character. The film generated positive reviews from both critics and fans. It also did well at the box office despite its R-rating. In totality, it was able to differentiate itself from other comic book films and grounded itself in a way that it focused more on the current life and struggles of a battered and tired former superhero.
Admittedly, there are still some comic book purists that may argue about certain key elements from the source material that Jackman’s on-screen Wolverine failed to deliver. But with such a convoluted overall storyline and constrictions in terms of character rights and corporate technicalities, Jackman made do with what was given to him in such fashion that it is very difficult to imagine any other actor taking on the role, so well.