How Rogue Was Almost in ‘The Wolverine’

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Anna Paquin Rogue Movie Uniform How Rogue Was Almost in The Wolverine

The Wolverine finally released in theaters last month, aiming to make up for the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine four years prior. And while Hugh Jackman finally had the chance to play the Wolverine fans of Marvel Comics have long waited for, the film – while much better as a whole – was panned by critics for similar shortcomings in its third act.

Its arguably odd and extreme final set piece could have been much more weird if another familiar mutant was involved, and it almost happened according to screenwriter Mark Bomback who at one point had Rogue (Anna Paquin) written into The Wolverine’s script.

The weaker elements of the story of The Wolverine centered around the inclusion of other mutants and funny enough, Christopher McQuarrie’s original script didn’t include any outside of the titular hero. Chatting with Creative Screenwriting, Bomback explains his love of the Rogue character from Marvel Comics and how she almost had a big role in The Wolverine that would of played into the film’s finale in the key moments surrounding what happens to Logan.

Warning: We’re going to discuss in detail key moments in the end of The Wolverine.








The final action set piece involves Yashida piloting the Silver Samurai mech suit, equipped and armored with adamantium, cutting off Logan’s adamantium claws in an attempt to (inexplicably) drain Wolverine of his mutant healing powers which (inexplicably) make Yashida young again. With Rogue in the story, her mutant ability to absorb other mutant powers was going to play into that sequence. Explains Bomback:

“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.”

We’re glad they went with the less “goofy” option of the Silver Samurai Yashida reveal and power-sucking ability…

Wolverine Hugh Jackman and Rogue Anna Paquin X Men 2000 570x380 How Rogue Was Almost in The Wolverine

Our gripes with the finale aside, a retread of the bad-guy-using-Rogue’s-ability has already been done and we are excited at the idea of Logan being permanently changed, not only physically with the return of bone claws and weakening of his healing powers (explains the graying hair in X-Men: Days of Future Past), but his motivations. He’s now over the death of Jean Grey and isn’t going to waste anymore time avoiding being a self-described “soldier.” Those elements were in the story from the get-go and were obviously important for Jackman and the studio in planning out the future of Wolverine in the X-Men film universe.

The latest (albeit questionable) rumor about Jackman is that he’s been offered a four-picture detail to continue playing Wolverine years beyond X-Men: Days of Future Past, which debuts in theaters next summer. That’s also where we’ll see Rogue and Wolverine reunite. But will she finally have some of her acquired powers from the comics?

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman,  along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.

Source: Creative Screenwriting

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  1. Rogue, one of the dozens of mishandled and underused characters of the franchise. Maybe she will use her powers for once in Days of Future Past.

    • I wouldn’t count on it.

    • Has anyone honestly clikced one of those?

      • I haven’t but which one is Bradley?

        Is it Filth or is it D-Pooly?

        • If that was my name I think I’d permanently change it to FILTHpig.

    • Since her other powers (flight & strength) came from Ms. Marvel, who Fox does not have the rights to, don’t count on it… but wait, it’s Singer, so I’m sure they could just throw out cannon and come up with some other stupid way to give them to her.

    • It’s true. Rogue in the movie wasn’t very much like the Rogue in the comics. Rogue was more confident and a little flirty in the comics. Maybe she will become more like the comic version in X-men Days of Future Past.

      • Agreed. That was one of the many reasons why I hated the first 3 X-Men movies. When I think of Rogue the image that comes to mind is a woman who looks like a supermodel, the strength/powers of Superman(sorry cant think of any Marvel characters to use as an example) and a don’t care almost emotionless attitude.


        • Sounds a bit one-dimensional, though. Just a pretty faced wrecking ball.

          • Agreed. I thought they actually gave Rogue MORE character in the movies, despite giving her weaker powers.

            • I definitely love that incarnation of Rogue, but those powers (accidentally retained after absorbing Ms. Marvel’s power) didn’t come until quite some time in the comic books. Of course, things don’t have to follow the comic books, but I think that was the thing… once she became invulnerable, her attitude began to reflect that and she became more confident. Before she got the Ms. Marvel powers, she was an insecure, former villain and I think that was the feel the filmmakers (especially in XM) were going for… that *was* her charm.

              And it would have made perfect sense for Rogue to turn up in The Wolverine since it was a sort of hybrid of the limited series and a couple later issues of Uncanny X-men (172, 173 maybe) where Wolverine and Mariko were to get married… that’s where they pulled Viper from too.

              Anyway, sorry for nerding out… I am amazed that I haven’t even looked at those comic books for 20 some years and I can still remember issue numbers though.

  2. cool article, and I didn’t mind the movie The Wolverine end with him having bone claws, but I don’t really like them. So when I saw he still had them 2 years later I thought “OH NOO.” because then if they do a Wolverine sequel with him and Yukio that has been discussed that means we’ll have to deal with those bone claws for an ENTIRE MOVIE. which is something nobody will be onboard for. the bone claws are fine because they are part of the story and are realistic, but to take away his iconic adamantium claws permanently would be like taking away Thor’s hammer, or Superman’s ability to fly, or Harry Potter’s scar & glasses. People just wouldn’t like it. Now Magneto is most likely going to weld the Adamantium on his skeleton onto his claws, I know. but that’s in Days of Future Past, so again that would mean a whole Wolverin movie with bone claws. that won’t sell. and they won’t just give him his adamantium back and take it away again for the end credits scene to work, they probably don’t really care. so my guess is a Wolverine sequel will take place after the events of DoFP, whether wolvie is still in the 60′s or the “not too distant future” I don’t know, but we’ll see.

    • Why wouldn’t it work?

      As long as he still has claws coming out of his hands, I don’t think many people will care if they’re bone or adamantium plated.

      • Because he can’t do as much with bone claws. Just stab people. With adamantium he can slice through steel, sentinels, sword fight, deflect laser blasts, etc. Its going to be boring as hell with just bone claws.

        • Well, he still has the sword doesn’t he? (genuinely can’t remember, been a month since I saw it)

          Plus I like the bone claws for that reason. They’re breakable and can’t cut through everything. Makes Wolverine have to be careful with what he does or risk losing his best weapon until it heals and regrows. Stops him being so gung-ho about fighting and more strategic.

          • True but I’d imagine most audiences don’t give a crap about any of that. They just want to see Wolverine slicing through stuff for 2 hours.

            • True, yeah. US audiences tend to only go for the explosions and fight scenes. Not all but a fair few.

              I just hope the bone claws are back because The Wolverine barely had them except in the few fight scenes and explored the character to much success so more of that please rather than reverting to him being a one dimensional killing machine.

              • That’s exactly why Hulk and The Incredible Hulk failed, most people don’t care about Bruce Banner, they just want to see Hulk smash.

          • He could use a big gun… like (Ultimate) Cable!


            • Problem Solved!!!

            • …that would be cool…

          • Adamantium claws are awesome. Bone claws not so. and everyone will TOTALLY notice, its a very distinguishable feature of his. again, its like taking away superman’s ability to fly. that’s just stupid. And Wolverine doesn’t strategize, your missing the point of his character. he’s a feral beast, he’s not supposed to be “careful”, that’s totally wrong for his character. and he needs to be gung-ho, otherwise it wouldn’t be wolverine, he’d be more like Batman…actually no, he’d just be some dude who screams a lot and has personal problems. I vote no to the strategic Wolverine.

            • So you haven’t read ANY comic books where Wolverine has had to be strategic and stealthy then?

              And yeah, people will notice the lack of silvery shine on the claws, otherwise they’ll still see claws. You’re just being silly now, especially commenting about Superman losing the ability to fly. I mean, that’s totally different.

              If Wolverine loses the adamantium (and he has in the comic books), he still has claws and that’s still cool with me.

              In fact, my biggest gripe about The Wolverine was that he never learned and just walked into bullets, despite knowing he didn’t have his healing factor and that he could be killed, especially since he was bleeding out while on the run until reaching the safe house.

              • As much as I love Wolverine just walking into pain, it would be cool to see a more skilled Wolverine. In the comics Wolverine is a very formidable fighter who can rival Captain America in combat. In the movies he is just a walking punching bag.

                • Exactly. Here’s to a more strategic Wolverine and a more strategic Batman!

                • +1,000,000

                  Very good point, maybe Hugh needs to get some more choreography
                  like some of the other heroes. He needs to,ummm puch, kick, roll, jump, then stab.. XD

              • Depending on time period, I think Wolverine can be many different things to different people.

                For a good amount of time, the Byrne and Claremont years, he was pretty much a ‘misunderstood’ roughneck fireplug with a bad temper and he was all about letting the skeleton and the healing factor do all the work. I think the real success of the character is down to the way Claremont gradually delved into his *mysterious* and vague past and fleshed him out over the twenty-some continuous years he wrote Uncanny X-men.

                I think that’s what kind of bothered me the most about The Wolverine, though it took me quite awhile to put my finger on it… The limited series on which the movie was based was really that seminal moment where Logan became more than a berserker and started on that bushido (or samurai or whatever) path. I don’t imagine an audience would’ve wanted to see montages of Wolverine learning to tame his rage and become a skilled swordsmen, but that really completely changed the whole Wolverine story arc from then on out… that’s what was so amazing about the limited series in the first place; a much different side of the psycho.

                As for the bone claws… yes, they were in the books for awhile, but the decision to do so was so wildly unpopular that they had to undo it later on. I think that’s one of the pitfalls of adapting IP that’s got such a storied history, just because it’s in the vast library out there, doesn’t make it a wise idea to throw into the story… I’m just glad they never put that weird, devolved, noseless, fanged cromagnon wolverine from the 00′s in. :)

            • No need to worry, while I personally don’t care what type of claws Wolverine dawns, the adamantium will be back in Dofp. Logan travels back to a younger self (which will presumably still have admantium claws) and effectively changes the future/creates an alternate universe where he never lost them in the first place.

    • To be fair they did take them away in the comics I think a couple times, and even one of his hands at one point. But he always manages to get them back somehow. Plus my theory of why they’re doing DoFP is so that it can serve as an official restart button. If I’m right then hopefully we’ll get Jean, Scott, and a proper continuity set up, and Wolverine will have his claws back.

      • Err he loses them once in the comics when Magneto rips the Adamantium from his body, which also burns out his healing factor, until he mutates further and it goes into overdrive, before Apocalypse sticks the adamantium back into him and he goes back to normal. That story arc is considered one of the dumbest Wolverine arcs ever btw. There’s a reason everyone hated it: Wolverine isn’t Wolverine without the metal.

        As for him losing his hand, that was The Age of Apocalypse, which was in a completely different universe.

  3. Having useless timid Rogue in this movie would have made it worse. I wonder if they’ll ever fix her.

    • I hope so.

      I imagine she was timid and shy because she’d just discovered her powers, seen what they can do to people and also she was younger.

      Now of course she’s grown and I imagine been a part of the fight and grown in confidence.

      • Rogue was pretty much a version of Kitty Pryde/Jubilee, which made the character even more redundant when they gave Kitty a talking role.

  4. Ugh. I doubt we will ever get a proper “uber-Rogue” adaptation.

    Such a shame to see a bad-ass of her degree re-imagined to her current interpretation.

    • Imagine the original trilogy’s Rogue and Origins’ version of Gambit in the same scene together.


      • LOL. She let’s that Gambit get lucky immediately, and it kills him. Actually that sounds good.

        • “This is for John Carter!”

          *Taylor Kitsch instantly turns to dust while attempting a Louisiana accent*

          • Shame on you for (seemingly?) insulting John Carter. IMO it is a better film than most of the comic book adaptions that we talk about here.

            • I honestly don’t think it is.

              I was bored by the time he realised he was on Mars and it just went downhill from there.

              Nice idea but whoever wrote that script must have decided to throw away all traces of character and plot and just went with “make everything generic, the visuals will sell this hunk of crap”.

              By the time I thought it was finally over, it threw a cop-out extra part involving the crypt and only then did the credits start rolling.

              Honestly, John Carter isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen but it’s up there.

              • Well, we disagree, then. Fair enough.

            • Agree with Dazz. Not the worst movie but it was decent. I put it up there with Daredevil level. (hmm…cool rhyme) Daredevil had its highlights but over all left ehh…

    • @ Dr Mindbender

      Don’t they need Ms. Marvel for your “proper” Rogue?

  5. With Magneto involved I am sure Wolverine will get his metal back.
    Or, an alternate version of him (earlier version) will return to the present once time travel is involved.

  6. Wolverine solved the issue with his repressed healing powers in The Wolverine. He will have his normal healing powers in Days Of Future Past just not his Adamantium claws right? And im guessing that he wont be going through that entire film with bone claws. He will find a way to get his Adamantium claws back. I mean if they seriously put sentinals in this film but simultaneously make it impossible for Wolverine to rip them apart by refusing to some how get him his Adamantium claws back then that will be just redundant.

    • Wolverine is going to be transported into his 1970s body, so presumably he’ll have his adamantium claws for that reason.

      • Ah, but Wolverine didn’t go through Weapon X until the eighties, AFTER the early events of Days of Future Past – assuming it’s even the same timeline.

        • You’re right! I forgot Days of Future Past took place in the early ’70s. I think he went through the Weapon X program in the late ’70s, though, because the climax of Origins is supposed to be the Three Mile Island accident.

          • 1. Weapon X was shortly after WWII
            2. That X-Men Origins abomination is no longer considered canon at all.
            3. DoFP takes place in the 70′s, which if they’re following the better canon, is going to be after the Weapon Plus incident.

        • At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ignore some things from previous movies. The universe timeline is messed up with a lot of continuity problems.

  7. Can they finally make Gambit an interesting character? Rogue and Gambit were not given their dues, especially considering they were such integral parts of X-men comic books. I don’t mind Taylor Kitsch (I’m actually a big FNL fan), but he was the worst casting decision ever. Hopefully someday, a new director does right by X-men.

  8. While I’ve always liked the “super” Rogue in the comics, I love the Anna Paquin version from Brian Singer’s films just as much. I find the character to be relatable, and I am a fan of re-imagining and/or toning down powers and abilities for the screen. And I love Rogue’s relationship with Logan in X1 and X2. Sure, it would be great to have her be more active, but I don’t need lots of flying, etc.

    I enjoyed the heck out of The Wolverine. Sure, a few plot elements were stretches or unexplained, but it was an extremely engaging, well-made film. It would have been cool to have Rogue involved, but it wasn’t like there weren’t already plenty of characters.

  9. I will never see Rogue the same with Anna Paquin doing the role, LOL

  10. Wowie. Some people seem to be under the mistaken impression that nobody likes the X-Men film franchise. And after Nolan’s Batman, Black’s IM3 and Snyder’s MoS i think we could all get past the whole it’s not like it was in the comics.

  11. Rogue using her comic powers? Considering Fox doesn’t have the rights to Ms. Marvel, not gonna happen.

  12. I don’t know about Rogue almost being in The Wolverine, but I would sure like to be in Rogue!

  13. Im glad they didn’t use Rogue in The Wolverine. But look forward to seeing her again in DOFP. Hope Wolverine will be back with the team in more X-Men films after DOFP aswell.

  14. Rouge, OK.

    Anna Paquin, NO.

    She is an atrocious actress. I can’t even think about the rouge character the same anymore.

    • @ beefalo

      Atrocious actress? Perhaps you should look up how many awards she won in recent years.

      • Wilson in Cast Away also won a Critics choice award…

        • LOL

  15. with all the other reboots going on, x-men would definitely benefit from one. There were so many poorly cast, misused characters in this franchise its not even funny. All the movies never past that mediocre bar of quality, the first two were the best but were just alright. I like Huge Jackman and he doesn’t do a bad wolverine but I think they could of cast a better actor. They should have went with a shorter, stockier, more aggressive wolverine but huge is good, I would love to see his mask too even though I can’t think of any reason for him having it. The characters they really messed up on was iceman, rogue, probably jean grey (although that wasn’t as much of a problem as the others), definitely storm, Shaw, and magneto (they should have went with a bigger, more fit old guy but not a big headache of the film). Gambit wasn’t that bad of a choice, if he worked on his accent & had all black eyes with red irises he would be a better gambit, & with 6 movies or so why hasn’t apocalypse or mr sinister shown up yet? With a super-hero-team movie they need to fight “SUPER” villains.

    This is all just “MY” opinion of the movies don’t get but hurt over it. Plus the chances of x-men getting a reboot are slim & of them doing it like i described probably even slimmer. idk

  16. Wasent there a interview or something at comic con where anna paquin said she wished her character could fly? So im guessing she wont have those awesome powers in the movie. I dont get it why have her in a movie if she wont serve any purpose other than eye candy for fans.

  17. I never had a problem with the ending of the wolverine or how yashidas plan worked, it was clearly implied the key to stealing wolverines healing was through DNA bone marrow extraction, which was why they needed to cut off his claws. if general audiences are too dumb to infer that kind of stuff thats their problem, not the stories. im probably in a minority but i thought the wolverine was far better than man of steel, and was one of the better movies released this year, it had good action and atmosphere and was a character piece. the next step id like to see with a wolverine movie is making the character more of a primal badass survivalist, and they should get david twohy to co write and direct, since i see riddick as a very wolverine type character it would work really well.

    • I agree for the most part, it was better than people make it out to be. My issues were a weak Act 3 and pacing, also the obvious character liberties. I have never felt that Wolverine/Logan in any of the X Films was anything else other than a confused mess who “threatened to go off”, but never did.

      I think it was a decent character film based off a popular character, I liked it way more than MoS or IM3…. But that Act 3 left a LOT to be desired. I know they re-shot some of Act 3, I feel that they did it to set up elements of DoFP (Older Wolverine who may be a version of Cable, X-Force Team, Mags putting the metal back into Wolverine, etc)

      • The Wolverine was good up until the end (which is where Origins, even though it was not good overall, really went off the rails). The set up of the family struggle between the Yashida clan was in line with the original mini-series and was done well. The Viper and the Silver Samurai seemed like unnecessary additions to me when I first heard about it and that part bought the film into that realm of hookey video game endings.

  18. Sorry but I cant take Rogue seriously while Miss Paquin is playing her – She is annoying, too short, not fit enough and the script had her as some useless, weak moany character that I actually wanted Magneto to destroy most of the first XMen movie. I think that maybe Rebecca Romijin should have been cast as Rogue – much taller and much sexier – how I see Rogue.

    • Ugh, Rebecca Romijin looks like a used up version of Lindsay Lohan

  19. It would be a neat twist if Singer decides to make Rogue awesome like shes supposed to be in DoFP. I don’t mind Anna Paquin at all, she isn’t the one who wrote the script.

  20. i would have loved Rogue in the Wolverine Anna and Hugh have good chemistry and Rogue in my opion keeps Logan human she is his closest friend who in my opion could become a love interest as she gets older and matures into a woman.