James Mangold Collaborating With X-23 Creator Craig Kyle On ‘Logan’ Spin-Off

X-23 Logan Spin-Off James Mangold Craig KyleFollowing the news yesterday that James Mangold is working on the script for an X-23 movie, X-23 creator Craig Kyle has revealed he is also involved with the Logan spin-off.

When news of the spin-off broke, Kyle took to Twitter to announce his collaboration with Mangold. Retweeting the news, Kyle added:

“I’ve been sitting on this news for months! One of the biggest secrets I’ve ever kept.”

Having X-23’s creator involved with the film’s script is sure to please die-hard fans. Kyle originally created X-23 for the animated series X-Men: Evolution, before she went on to appear in the X-Men comics.  The character was then portrayed in this year’s Logan by newcomer Dafne Keen. X-23, or Laura, is a female clone of Wolverine, in whose footsteps she seems set to follow.

X-23 recently took on the mantle of Wolverine in the comics, following Logan’s death. With the character getting her own film following Logan’s on-screen death, audiences may be set to see a similar storyline hit the big screen. While there is no guarantee Keen’s X-23 will take on the same moniker as her genetic “father”, she seems poised to take his place as the X-Men movie universe’s claw-popping mutant of choice.

Mangold, with whom Kyle is working on the X-23 script, previously directed and co-wrote Logan, which saw an aged Wolverine come face-to-face with his clone “daughter”. His return to the X-Men franchise can only be a good sign. Logan has been praised for its groundbreaking new approach to the superhero genre, even showing Oscar potential.

Are you excited to hear about Kyle’s involvement with the X-23 movie? Looking forward to seeing more of Wolverine’s protégé? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.

There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.

Hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big screen next!

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Andy Gladman

Andy Gladman

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