Emma Dumont plays classic ‘X-Men’ character Lorna Dane a.k.a. Polaris on FOX’s new X-based series ‘The Gifted’ which was ordered to series in January. The series will be executive produced by Bryan Singer, the acclaimed director of ‘X-Men’, ‘X-Men 2’, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. Singer is also directing the pilot of ‘The Gifted’, which will focus on a human couple, Reed and Kate Stewart (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) who discover that their children are mutants and must go on the run to protect them from the mutant-hunting Sentinels.
The main characters will be all new, but there will be at least two mutants from the comics included. In addition to Dumont, Jamie Chung plays the teleporting Blink. Both are fan favorites, so many wondered how these characters would be translated into live action. (Okay, yes, Blink was already brought to life by Bingbing Fan in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.)
Singer tweeted a photo of Dumont as Polaris and… weeeeeelllllllllll… folks aren’t happy.
Check it out:
Yeah, she doesn’t appear to have the famous green hair that distinguishes the comic book character. And fans aren’t happy. One response to Singer’s post implored “Please give Polaris her green hair!”
It may seem superficial, but can you imagine Psylocke without her signature purple hair or even Storm without her white locks? (Guess unusual hair colors are a side effect of having mutant powers.)
Lorna Dane first appeared in ‘X-Men’ #43. She possessed the power to manipulate magnetism, which has led to questions as to whether she was actually the daughter of the team’s greatest foe Magneto. She is. Or isn’t. It changes every so often. If she is Magneto’s daughter, that also makes Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver her half-siblings. She also has a sister that is an evil mutant named Zala Dane.
She had a brief flirtation with Iceman, who later turned out to be gay, but her major romantic liaison was with Alex Summers, a.k.a. Havok, the brother of Scott Summers/Cyclops. Polaris and Havok worked with the X-Men often, but didn’t join full-time. They also founded the second version of X-Factor.
Like many X-People, she has been mind controlled and turned evil a few times. That includes serving as one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen.
Action-adventure family drama THE GIFTED, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”).
Well… what do you think? Can you accept a Polaris without green hair?