Fan favorite Rogue () narrowly missed out on appearing in The Wolverine, according to screenwriter . In an interview with Creative Screenwriting, Bomback said:
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. I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script.
Sadly for lovers of Rogue and The Wolverine, Bomback found the concept unworkable.
Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool. There’s something special between [Wolverine and Rogue], 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.
To be fair to Bomback, it certainly sounds like he tried. Whilst Marvel nuts would like to cram every mutant in the Marvelverse onto the big screen, there's only so much a writer can fit into 126 minutes. Even if you worked on a one minute per mutant ratio, you wouldn't get close.
The Wolverine, starring in the title role, has had mixed reviews from critics. However, as a massive X-Men fan, I have enjoyed every single outing from our mutant heroes. Despite missing out on Rogue in The Wolverine, I have no complaints about the movie, and greatly look forward to seeing Jackman's claws again in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
What do you reckon, X-Men lovers?
Original interview with Creative Screenwriting quoted via Cinema Blend.