Is it just me? I mean, seriously. It bugs me.
I don’t mean how his hair goes up to those two points on the sides. Of course it’s going to do that. He’s Wolverine. I’m wondering why Hollywood can’t seem to decide how to create Logan’s iconic hairstyle. Let me show you.
Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes it’s crazy big. Now I’ll grant that it’s probably not the easiest hairstyle in the world to create and manage. It does things that no normal human hair is able to do. And some of the ways it’s been drawn in the comics over the years has been downright bizarre. With every comic book artist having their own interpretation of Logan’s look, it makes sense that every movie in which Hugh Jackman plays him would interpret his up-swept locks in its own way.
It’s still weird, though.
In the first movie, director Bryan Singer approved a very classic look for Wolvie’s hair. It’s clearly been styled to look that way, but the stylist didn’t feel the need to draw attention to the hair. The proportions are just right for Jackman’s face, but it’s a little too perfect. I mean, every strand of hair has been precisely positioned.
X2: X-Men United
In X2, Singer and Jackman smartly stuck to the same basic style. The lighting in this picture makes it look like Logan has a perm, but in reality, his hair was starting to fray a bit, making it rougher around the edges. And that’s how Wolverine should look.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
Now we’ve gone to a weird place. Like everything else about Brett Ratner’s universally-despised The Last Stand, subtlety is not this hair’s strength. Logan’s look was styled to be as loud and over-the-top as possible. It’s so stupidly big, it’s as if Jackman is doing an SNL parody of himself.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Director Gavin Hood took us back in time to show us how the big-screen version of Wolverine became the mutant hero we know. Origins abandoned Logan’s signature look altogether, going instead for the windswept look of a man who doesn’t care about style. I like this one better than the Last Stand look (because anything would be better than that), but its break with continuity is irritating.
X-Men: First Class
Jackman’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in this Xavier/Magneto-centric prequel showed us a Wolverine at a time not long after the events of Origins. One gets the impression that this was unplanned and not part of the script. Logan’s hair backs up this assertion, because it looks rather like a normal human haircut with a few strands teased out at the sides. Basically, the stylist improvised with whatever Jackman had to work with.
Wolverine’s second solo film, which is set in modern day after he’s lost both Professor Xavier and Jean Grey, takes the shorter, more “normal” style from Logan’s First Class cameo and perfects it. Director James Mangold reportedly wanted to bring Logan back down to earth for a more grounded, more realistic look to match the tone of the movie. I like it. It may be understated, but it’s impossible not to recognize the character Jackman’s playing.
Which one is your favorite hairstyle? And does it bother you that they keep changing his look for every movie? Eh, it’s probably just me.