The X-Men film franchise is still going strong, with the theatrical release of X-Men: Days of Future Past last year and X-Men: Apocalypse coming next year. There are also television spinoffs, titled Hellfire and Legion, planned along with Wolverine 3 and a Gambit film coming soon.
The role of the mutant Rogue, who is known for her mutant ability to absorb and utilize the powers of other mutants, has been portrayed by Anna Paquin since the inception of the live-action X-Men film series back in 2000. Recently, Paquin opened up about her hopes for the character, how she has felt about the role over the years, and clarification about her recent Twitter comments about her desire for Rogue to fly on-screen.
Anna Paquin spoke with IGN about the X-Men character that made her famous, while doing press for her latest role in the Disney/Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. Recently, an Anna Paquin Twitter fan page questioned her about whether she plans to portray Rogue on-screen again, to which Paquin tweeted in reply, “If I get to fly, absolutely.” The comic book and cartoon versions of the character have the power of flight, but her movie incarnations have never gone down that road. This comment made the internet light-up with speculation that Paquin would not return to the role, unless this new superpower was added.
Paquin cleared up any confusion that her comments may have caused:
“Look, I’ve always said that. I’ve been saying that since they cast me when I was 16 — like, ‘Do I get to fly?’ I made some flippant remark on Twitter about if I get to fly that was like breaking news. I’m like, OK, oh for god’s sake. Humor doesn’t translate that well in written word.”
On Twitter Paquin further expressed that she would have interest in portraying a “Badass Rogue” in lieu of a “Shy teen Rogue”. Paquin went on to assure IGN that she would be open to reprising Rogue:
“I would come back and do whatever. These are people I’ve known for half my life. I have a lot of love for my X-Men family. I realistically wouldn’t really care what it was if they were getting the whole gang back together kind of thing. On a side note personally, I would really like to fly because flying’s cool.”
Rogue played a large part in X-Men and X2, but her appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past was noticeably brief, a fact that rubbed a lot of the fans the wrong way. This issue was recently addressed by Bryan Singer, when he and Fox released the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut direct to DVD and Blu-Ray this past summer. The “Rogue Cut” of the film included scenes that helped piece together questions that fans raised about continuity in the film, much of that to do with how the Sentinels were able to mimic and trade mutant powers.
On the topic of backlash against director Bryan Singer for cutting Rogue from the film, Paquin had the following to say:
“Whatever man. I think other people were more offended by that. I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be in the plot line that doesn’t work!’ Look, don’t hire Bryan Singer and then criticize him for making creative choices in his edit that will make the film good or not good.”
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.