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Screenwriter says Rogue was almost in James Mangold's The Wolverine

Aug. 15, 2013by:

Wolverine and Rogue

We all know that a script can change a lot from when the idea is originally conceived to when the filmmakers are set to start filming. Hell, sometimes things change (or the script isn't even finished) while they are filming. Creative Screenwriting recently talked to one of the writers for THE WOLVERINE (Mark Bomback) and when he was asked if there were any characters or concepts he wanted to use but didn't, the writer revealed that he tried very hard to get Anna Paquin's Rogue into the 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.

I agree with Bomback that Rogue probably would have stuck out if she was in the film. THE WOLVERINE doesn't have a ton of mutants in it, and having Rogue in the film might have made it feel more like a new X-Men movie instead of a solo Logan adventure. Some of these comic book movies have annoyed fans by having too many characters that are underutilized or are there just for the sake of making some nerd squeal, so it's nice to hear a writer say that while he may have liked an idea, he didn't want to force it into the film if it wasn't going to work. Kudos to him.

Extra Tidbit: Mark Bomback is currently rewriting the script for the Assassin's Creed adaptation.

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6:58PM on 08/15/2013
I thought of this last night, this is what I want to see them do, the events in DOFP change the current reality, the following X-Men film after will find the characters with their new realities, here Rouge has moved to the south and has met Gambit, they are involved, whatever the events are in this movie calls for the X-Men to reform, great way to reintroduce Cyclops, so they go find Rouge who now is her southern bell version fans have been asking for since day one and it makes sense that
I thought of this last night, this is what I want to see them do, the events in DOFP change the current reality, the following X-Men film after will find the characters with their new realities, here Rouge has moved to the south and has met Gambit, they are involved, whatever the events are in this movie calls for the X-Men to reform, great way to reintroduce Cyclops, so they go find Rouge who now is her southern bell version fans have been asking for since day one and it makes sense that Gambit joins the team now because he's involved with Rouge, also setting up some sort of love triangle with Wolverine since we know Fox loves to put those in these X-Films.
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6:22PM on 08/15/2013

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Those questioning Anna cast as Rogue should watch that show. She can be quite "southern sexy" in it and I think the character was just not used properly (yet) by Singer, because he wanted to do a young version of her dealing with her powers. Who knows, maybe DOFP will feature her grown up and more like the Rogue we know and love.
Those questioning Anna cast as Rogue should watch that show. She can be quite "southern sexy" in it and I think the character was just not used properly (yet) by Singer, because he wanted to do a young version of her dealing with her powers. Who knows, maybe DOFP will feature her grown up and more like the Rogue we know and love.
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3:13PM on 08/15/2013
Love how the movie ended up. Glad she was omitted.
Love how the movie ended up. Glad she was omitted.
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12:40PM on 08/15/2013
Good to hear writers realising that as cool as something might sound...practically, it won't play out the same way. Alas...no one thought about this when bringing Gambit to Origins!
Good to hear writers realising that as cool as something might sound...practically, it won't play out the same way. Alas...no one thought about this when bringing Gambit to Origins!
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12:39PM on 08/15/2013

Remember that time......

Remember that time when Rouge was my favorite part of the cartoon series and then the worst part of the movies? Gosh, I was so dissapointed.
Remember that time when Rouge was my favorite part of the cartoon series and then the worst part of the movies? Gosh, I was so dissapointed.
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11:34AM on 08/15/2013
I think The Wolverine succeeded at being a character piece. It had a focus about it, it was following the one man on his journey through a foreign land, and it didn't fling mutants left right and centre at the screen the way X-Men Origins: Wolverine did. And when you sit through a whole film with no other prominent mutant characters apart from Wolverine himself (and the vision of Jean, if you count that) and have enjoyed the journey, it's such a treat to see (spoilers!) Patrick Stewart and Ian
I think The Wolverine succeeded at being a character piece. It had a focus about it, it was following the one man on his journey through a foreign land, and it didn't fling mutants left right and centre at the screen the way X-Men Origins: Wolverine did. And when you sit through a whole film with no other prominent mutant characters apart from Wolverine himself (and the vision of Jean, if you count that) and have enjoyed the journey, it's such a treat to see (spoilers!) Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen pop up at the end. A real treat.
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10:21AM on 08/15/2013

Thank God.

I think he made a good decision by leaving Rogue out of this. The Wolverine is a brilliant movie and doesn't need more mutants to help it work. Plus I hate the casting of Anna Paquin to this day. She's nothing like Rogue and never developed into remotely being Rogue even after three whole movies. If they had cast better I would have been down for a cameo, maybe, but I'm in no hurry to see Anna Paquin again and wouldn't care if they wrote her and f*cking Iceman out of DOFP.
I think he made a good decision by leaving Rogue out of this. The Wolverine is a brilliant movie and doesn't need more mutants to help it work. Plus I hate the casting of Anna Paquin to this day. She's nothing like Rogue and never developed into remotely being Rogue even after three whole movies. If they had cast better I would have been down for a cameo, maybe, but I'm in no hurry to see Anna Paquin again and wouldn't care if they wrote her and f*cking Iceman out of DOFP.
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10:31AM on 08/15/2013
Very true.... Singer has done a pretty good job with the X-Men movies, but he's totally mis-used and butchered Rogue and Cyclops.
Very true.... Singer has done a pretty good job with the X-Men movies, but he's totally mis-used and butchered Rogue and Cyclops.
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9:51AM on 08/15/2013

Anna Paquin...

I still say Anna Paquin as Rouge was probably the biggest casting error in any of the X films.
I still say Anna Paquin as Rouge was probably the biggest casting error in any of the X films.
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12:32PM on 08/15/2013
I agree whole heartedly.
I agree whole heartedly.
9:00AM on 08/15/2013
Would have been interesting, but having Jean as the only other mutant from the X-Men show up in the film until after th credits was fine with me.
Would have been interesting, but having Jean as the only other mutant from the X-Men show up in the film until after th credits was fine with me.
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8:49AM on 08/15/2013
Liked how they went with Jean popping in and out of his dreams. If Logan hadn't killed Jean in the end of X3, I would have said a cameo for Rogue in The Wolverine would have been interesting.
Liked how they went with Jean popping in and out of his dreams. If Logan hadn't killed Jean in the end of X3, I would have said a cameo for Rogue in The Wolverine would have been interesting.
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8:46AM on 08/15/2013
By his logic John Henson possesses a version of Rogues powers. Could be why he hosts wipeout. He looks for only the strongest from which to drain their power.
By his logic John Henson possesses a version of Rogues powers. Could be why he hosts wipeout. He looks for only the strongest from which to drain their power.
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8:23AM on 08/15/2013
I liked the connection between Wolverine and Rogue in the first X-Men. One of the strengths of that movie, which unfortunately was lost in the sequels.
I liked the connection between Wolverine and Rogue in the first X-Men. One of the strengths of that movie, which unfortunately was lost in the sequels.
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