Craig Kyle, creator of Marvel Comics X-23, most recently portrayed by Dafne Keen in James Mangold’s “Logan,” has a few ideas about how the young, lethal character could be spun off into her own film, hopefully without retracing the rough patches of her past.
Kyle created X-23 back in 2003 for the “X-Men: Evolution” television series, which imagined a younger X-Men team at odds with the likes of Magneto’s Brotherhood. X-23 was introduced to the cast toward the show’s end as a way to introduce a Wolverine-like character. According to an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Kyle’s original interpretation of the character would have seen X-23 living an almost vampire-inspired life, with the character actually being far older than her appearance, trapped in the body of a young girl due to her healing factor.
Instead, X-23 would go on to be aged up for comic books. Her 2004 arc, “NYX,” to which Kyle did not contribute, saw her working as an underage prostitute in New York City under the watchful eye of her pimp, Zebra Daddy. It wasn’t Kyle’s favorite use of the character he helped create, and he has some ideas about how the film incarnation of X-23, who was raised in a lab and worked as a brainwashed mutant child soldier, could take a different path. Still, it isn’t exactly a cheery tale.
“A story I always wanted to tell was, once she's free and once she's gone through what she's gone through, the only way she can have a hope for a future is for her to go back and trace the lives that remained and were harmed by the actions she was forced to commit," Kyle imagined. "You put her on this journey of redemption. She faces the families that lost fathers. The orphans, everyone that was touched by her horrific acts. And she can go through them one by one and face everyone affected by the murders she was forced to commit, if she can get to the end of that road without being killed by those that remain, there's something on the other side of that. I think it would truly be transformative for the character.”
Currently screening in theaters, “Logan” is a film that finds an aging and ailing Wolverine and Prof. X forced to confront their past that is produced by Marvel Entertainment and directed by James Mangold. “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.