by Brett White
Okay Splash Page readers, it's time for what's become a recurring feature these past few weeks: Let's Get Super Analytical About X-Force Updates!
Screen Rant has a new interview with "X-Force" screenwriter—and "Kick-Ass 2" writer/director—Jeff Wadlow wherein he reveals his love of one character that fans are dying to see treated well on the big screen... as well as some others that this blogger is excited about.
"Look, I'm a huge Deadpool fan," Wadlow told Screen Rant. "Who doesn't love Wolverine – but obviously Cable is an iconic character we haven't seen onscreen yet. I love Psylocke. Domino is an amazing character – it's a long list of characters that have appeared in 'X-Force.' Colossus is in the current lineup [in 'Cable and X-Force']. There's a lot of really exciting characters that you can use in 'X-Force' that have been in other movies, that haven't shown up, or maybe there's ways to re-imagine them, even though they might've shown up in other films."
That last bit about re-imagining characters should come as a relief to fans of X-Force associates like Deadpool, Psylocke, and Colossus who have fared anywhere from 'just okay' to 'make it stop it hurts' in the franchise so far. But come on, Wadlow citing Domino as an amazing character means he's basically reading my mind. Put her in the movie. There's even an actress you can consider for the role.
He mentions Cable, too, which seems like a no-brainer for inclusion despite his overly-complicated origin. But with the addition of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to franchise, time-travel characters like Cable are now totally fair game. Whether or not they'll let him also be the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey remains to be seen but, you know, baby steps.
Wadlow offered up his elevator pitch for "X-Force" too, saying that the team is all about the mutants that don't get into Professor Xavier's cushy mansion home.
"'X-Men' is about mutants, and not all the mutants get into the mansion," said Wadlow. "So I'm curious to tell a story about the mutants who don't make it into the mansion." Obsessive X-Force fans like me know that X-Force did start out as mutants in the mansion, that is until they cut ties with their mentors and hooked up with a tough-talking soldier named Cable. For the next few years, yeah, they were very much not in the mansion, not even metaphorically. X-Force clashed with the X-Men numerous times (most notably in "X-Factor" #84, the issue that holds the distinction of receiving a 9.9/10 rating by... me).
But how did an X-Force movie even get brought up? "The Avengers" had a little something to do with it; when Fox creative consultant—and "Kick-Ass" creator—Mark Millar cited that Marvel Studios' successful formula could be applied to Fox's superhero properties, Wadlow excitedly interjected:
"Marvel's doing individuals who become a team; this should be about, like, other teams, and I want to make an 'X-Force' movie, and this is how I would do it.' And I pitched him the idea, he got real excited and gave me some great notes that I incorporated, we took it into the studio, I pitched them, they loved it and they said 'Let's do it.'"
Screen Rant has even more with Wadlow as well as some theories of their own, so check those out. As always, stay tuned to Splash Page for all of your hyper-obsessed "X-Force" coverage!
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