After his appearance in “Wolverine 3,” longtime “X-Men” star Hugh Jackman is hanging up the claws. Of course, Logan will leave some mighty big shoes to fill, but “X-Men: Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer has some ideas about that.
“I have discussed that with the studio,” Singer told Fandango. “I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female.”
Last month, a new rumor suggested that X-23 — a female clone of Wolverine — is joining Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier for her live-action debut in “Wolverine 3.” The report followed a casting call which asked for “Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian-looking females over the age of 21, a height of 4′ – 4’11, and a size 0-4.” However, despite Singer’s pitch, X-23 has not yet been confirmed to appear in any of the upcoming “X-Men” films.
Created by writer Craig Kyle for the animated series “X-Men: Evolution,” X-23 went on to make her comics debut in “NYX,” and appear in several X-Men titles, including “New X-Men” and “X-Force,” before taking on the guise of Wolverine after his apparent death. The character is Weapon X’s 23rd stab at cloning Wolverine, after 22 unsuccessful attempts — hence the name X-23.
Additionally, Singer believes there’s room for “Avengers”-style crossover in the X-Men Cinematic Universe — but only under one condition: “It has to be done right. Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterf**k. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.”
Directed by Bryan Singer and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac and many, many more, “X-Men: Apocalypse” arrives in theaters May 27, 2016.
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