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Rogue Could’ve Been in ‘The Wolverine’


If one of the screenwriters of The Wolverine had been able to pull it off, Hugh Jackman’s Logan might have had a sidekick far more recognizable to fans of Fox’s X-Men franchise.

In an interview with CreativeWriting, Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) revealed he tried to find a way to bring Rogue, played by Anna Paquin in the original X-Men trilogy, into director James Mangold’s film:

I love Rogue and I just think that there’s something about this idea that Rogue is tremendously empathetic but incapable of safe human contact. That always moved me and I thought that’s what really got to the heart of what makes the X-Men franchise so unique.

So I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script. I even had a set of ideas that the old man possessed a version of Rogue’s power and that was going to be indicated by a white stripe in his hair. Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool.

It’s no accident to me that in the first X-Men film the first two mutants that you really see who have a connection are Wolverine and Rogue. There’s something special between them, so I was trying to bring Rogue into it, but it just didn’t get there. I regretted there wasn’t a way to figure it out, but when I look at the film now, it would have stuck out if we tried to shoehorn her in there just because it was another character from the universe.

The Wolverine has grossed $390 million worldwide since its July 26 opening. Paquin will reprise her role as Rogue in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

(via ComicBookMovie)


  • Derek Metaltron

    I always felt that Rogue ended up in the X-Men movies in the same sort of ‘big bro little sis’ relationship Logan had with Kitty Pryde in the comics like ‘Wolverine First Class’, something I’m sort of hoping they could actually hitn at better in DOFP. They tackled Rogue pretty well in X-Men and X2 though, even if the Iceman pairing was a tad left field.

  • Lyle

    I always felt that Rogue was the weakest character in the X-Men movies. She was basically a helpless damsel in distress who never learned to use her powers effectively, and, the first chance she had to get rid of them, she did. I would hope that, if they were going to put Rogue in the Wolverine movie, they would make her the kick-ass version from the comics that we know and love.

  • Shokdiesel

    They didn’t need Rogue. It would have hindered Wolvie’s relationship with Yukio, which was spot on and a great way of enhancing the source material. Logan has always been an uncle to young girls like Kitty and Jubilee in the books, and I enjoyed how the movie addressed that. Hurrah for well-written female roles!

  • Der Langhaarige

    I pretty much liked that there was a for a change a superhero character who just hated her powers and wanted to get rid of it. And not because of some fake “Screw it, I quit, having these awesome powers really makes my life harder” drama like with Spider-Man, Superman or Batman*, who all had this thought at one or more points in one or more of their incarnations, but because her power really made her life nearly unbearable, was pretty useless and seemed more like a disability than a superpower. (At least in the movies.)

    I’m sure, if she was a shapeshifter or could throw fireballs, she wouldn’t mind, but she had to yell “Watch out, I’m coming” whenever she walked around a corner, just to avoid accidentaly bumping into someone and sending him into a coma. (Not really, but I can see her playing with that thought.)

    When she took “The Cure” in THE LAST STAND, I was waiting for a revelation like: “Oh snap, I wish I had my powers back. I learned my lesson and now I know how much better I had it with them”, but it didn’t happen. That was refreshing for a change.

    *I know, technically Batman doesn’t have any superpower, but I hope you get what I mean.

  • osarumen erhunmwunsee

    rogue is truly underestimated here. by absorbing gladiator, sentry, hulk, and quicksilver, she could take down any one.

  • joey