Everyone involved in ‘Logan‘ from Hugh Jackman to director James Mangold have been interested in Dafne Keen reprising her role as Laura or X-23 and now we’re getting clues as to how it could happen. This clone of Wolverine was one of the real standouts of the movie, and it seems more of a when and not an if we see her again. What we’ve just learned though is that it is more likely that she will be involved in a standalone adventure and not be joining up in a group ensemble if she is to grace the big screen once again.
Word came from producer Hutch Parker who was asked about Laura’s return recently. Specifically, he was asked if an X-23 film could diminish the finality of ‘Logan’ at all:
“I don’t. I don’t think so, because it goes back to the same bottom line which is — and this is where Jim is sort of a brilliant custodian of these characters and a brilliant storyteller — the impetus for him to make a movie is that he really feel passionately and strongly that he has a story that’s worth telling. And you know he’s as far from a cynical filmmaker as you can get. He’s as passionate and as committed and as invested as you can imagine, and as a result, it’s its own guarantor if you will as to what an X-23 movie or a Laura movie would be. It’s another way of saying he wouldn’t do it just to do it. He will only do it if he finds a story that he thinks is worthy of standing on its own and where the X-23 character and the story being told is one that will compel and excite audiences, not in the same way as Logan because I think it will be different, but that will be successful in its own right, by its own measure, by the assessment of its own qualities and for the audience to embrace as something unique and sort of contained to itself. So I do think there is room for that, but it is incumbent on us to make sure that we find a story that really meets that criteria.”
While her origin could always be retconned by another timeline change or she could be brought back into the present thanks to Cable or something else – the next installment she might be included in would probably focus on her:
“Yeah, I mean, look — I don’t know definitively, but in terms of the stuff we’ve been talking about, it’s not sort of slipping her into the background of another movie. It’s looking at that character, which is a great character and has a pretty interesting run within the comics, to find a story that we think she could carry or certainly be kind of majorly significant within. That’s the only kind of thing that Jim as a storyteller, a filmmaker… that’s the way his sort of process works. And the way his mind works in terms of what he would aspire to. Which isn’t to say that the studio couldn’t have a conversation about something else, but the one that we’ve been kind of discussing loosely and kicking around is more likely to be its own film.”
While I would love to see Cable bring her back as part of ‘X-Force’, I do think that the actual impact of X-23 would best be told if we see her stand on her own first. My only concern is that I would prefer they bring a known mutant menace into the fold for her to go up against though it looks as if most of them are dead by the time ‘Logan’ comes around.
Are you looking forward to a standalone ‘X-23’ movie? If she did get brought back in time which franchise do you feel she would be the best fit for as a secondary character or cameo? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
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