Logan is one of the best films of the year. Not just comic book movies or genre films, but films period. Its transcended what we think of a comic book movie, and for many, it won’t ever be topped again. Sadly, it brought to a close a historic run for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character, as we finally saw the final moments of Logan’s long and somewhat tortured life. At the same time, the film also plays as a “just the beginning” moment for another character, Dafne Keen’s Laura a.k.k. X-23.
Logan isn’t just one of this year’s best films, but it was also a financial monster for its category. Being a rare R-rated film for it’s genre and absolutely crushing across the world at the box-office, it’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox is not only mounting an Oscar campaign for the James Mangold film, but also look into continuing the story and focusing on the “daughter” of Logan.
While her story was no doubt an integral part of the story in Logan, she was still very much a supporting character to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, which leaves a ton of interesting directions the producers could take the story for young Laura. Where does she go? How similar does she end up compared to her father? While in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Hutch Parker said that they’re not even sure what tone the film would hold:
“Yes, there are other facets of that character and some others potentially to explore in their own way,” says Parker, who spoke to THR while wrapping production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix earlier this month. “It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe.”
James Mangold, who also spoke to THR in the same interview, talks about how they would continue Laura’s story, saying that Wonder Woman has opened the eyes of many to female protagonists:
“Patty [Jenkins’] success with [Wonder Woman] only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” says Mangold. “The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well here we are with a female protagonist. That’s incredible. And what are we going to do with her?’ And that’s where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming.”
Whatever may happen or whatever direction they may take the character, getting more of Dafne Keen is a huge plus. Mangold just scratched the surface of her character in Logan, and with Fox looking like they’re deviating their focus to the Deadpool side a bit more than the original X-Men saga, seeing X-23 suit up alongside a X-Force squad looks to becoming more of a possibility. What do you think of this news? Do you want to see more of X-23 in her own spinoff? If so, what kind of film do you want to see?