A future X-Men movie could have a so-called “female Wolverine” and — for once — fans are embracing the change.
After 17 years of Hugh Jackman filling the role of Wolverine on the big screen, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer revealed to Fandango this week that he had already spoken to Fox about instead using the character X-23 — a female Wolverine clone — for a future X-Force movie.
“I have discussed that with the studio,” Singer explained. “I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female.”
According to the Marvel Database, scientists created Laura Kinney — or X-23 — as a clone when they were unable to salvage the Y chromosome from the original Weapon X experiment.
Unlike fans disdain for female Ghostsbusters characters, the idea of a “female Wolverine” was largely met with praise on Twitter.
Wow potential Birds of Prey/Harley Quinn movie and a female Wolverine. Here ???? For ???? It ????
— Crystal Bell (@crystalbell) May 16, 2016
Yes please!!!! I mean no one can replace Hugh Jackman. You might aswell just get X-23 to take on Logan’s mantle. https://t.co/OvrNcksZZG
— The Asian Viking (@JM_Lumanlan) May 17, 2016
A female Wolverine (X-23) would be an amazing idea. I’d rather give her a chance than recast Hugh. Then bring Logan back if they reboot.
— Jumah Eid (@ItsJumah) May 17, 2016
She has a name that could easily be put in the headline u know (it’s x-23 and she’s fuckin awesome) https://t.co/ofyAMwkwlY
— mac daddy (@meanpastries) May 17, 2016
female wolverine sounds nice,provided if its a good cast
— ????? (@leemoonbiscuits) May 16, 2016
But as always, the change also left a few people upset.
Now Fox is thinking about a female Wolverine? Ive fucking had it at this point. First Ghostbusters, maybe Ocean’s Eleven. But not Wolverine.
— Emerson JD Lake (@eLakeCLE) May 17, 2016
— Handsome Jack Press (@crow_press) May 17, 2016