While Logan may have been Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine, the film also introduced audiences to Dafne Keen as X-23, a young mutant with powers similar to those of the titular hero. X-23 proved to be so popular that fans immediately began calling for the character to receive her own standalone film or at least appear in one of the future X-Men projects. In an interview with Collider, Hugh Jackman expressed his own support for an X-23 spin-off while discussing the future of Wolverine now that he has retired from the role.
Jackman expressed his confidence in Dafne Keen’s ability to succeed Wolverine when asked about the possibility of re-casting Logan.
“I think one thing we’ve learned: when X-Men started, it was pretty revolutionary. Like the comic book itself, I think there was an element of breaking conventions, of opening up in the concentration camp with a character, was not what people expected. I think X-Men has always been about asking questions, challenging norms and asking what’s going on. I’m not saying we’ve done that always, but I definitely think the spirit of Logan is in a way a reboot of that desire to keep taking risks and to ask more difficult questions, and to go deeper within the characters. In an irreverent way, it’s exactly what Deadpool did too. I think it’s endemic to the character. I think for me, it would make sense to go younger with Logan. I think it would be very difficult – however, there’s a female 11-year-old who could absolutely frickin’ nail it, for my money.”
Jackman added that he believes fans would be open to a number of new interpretations of the character.
“I was 30 when I got the part, so I think it would be wide open to interpretation. I think it could be anything. You could go any color, any race, anything. If you look at all the drawings and all the different interpretations from different artists over the years, I think it’s completely open. I think audiences will buy it.”
Hugh Jackman joins a vocal if not an overwhelmingly majority of fans who believe Dafne Keen can carry her own standalone film. Considering the powerful performance Keen delivered in Logan, it would be a shame if the character did not land her own feature film at some point in the future.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.