Wolverine director explains why that classic costume can't be worn onscreen

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Dec 5, 2013, 4:31 PM EST

We might never see Wolverine in his classic comic-book costumes on the big screen, but the director of his latest adventure has a good reason for it.

When it comes to what Wolverine should wear, everyone has an opinion. Some are fans of the classic yellow and blue, while others opt for the brown and tan (or brown and yellow) suit. Still others like the more covert black and white Wolverine costume of Uncanny X-Force, while others like him in straight black leather or even no costume at all. But what does The Wolverine director James Mangold think? Well, while he did manage to give us a look at Wolverine's suit in a deleted scene from the latest Logan flick, he's got reason to believe putting Wolverine in any of his comic-book costumes might never work on the big screen.

“Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit," Mangold said. "There’s a difficult line to walk. He’s not a showoff, he’s the last one to put on a team jersey. The flesh and blood character is very loyal to that iconoclastic rebel who doesn’t seem to be the first to don spandex. It isn’t something I’ve talked about much. Some fans may be frustrated, but we’re trying to be true to his character. Who knows whether that will change, I cannot verify and will not deny.”

So, while he does leave an opening for a big-screen Wolverine costume sometime in the future, Mangold seems to firmly believe that putting Logan in a flashy suit would diminish his movie persona. Many comic-book fans who've been watching him romp around in yellow and blue for decades would dispute that, but the character's costume-less big-screen life has definitely been successful. 

What do you think? Would putting Wolverine in a costume of any color strip him of some of his rebel mystique in the movies, or is it something that eventually needs to happen?

(Via CBR)