This weekend, to the surprise of no one, Fox’s Logan slashed the box office with an $85 million opening. With that kind of success, it’s hard to imagine not continuing the story of the charming Laura Kinney (aka X-23, played by Dafne Keen), especially since her story was left wide open. Looking at her comic book history, we can see it’s ripe for solo adventures that could also feature other X-Men, and maybe even a newly cast Wolverine. In a recent interview with ComicBook, Keen and Logan director James Mangold both answered with a resounding yes when asked if they’d be interested in pursuing X-23 on her own.
Even aside from the character’s history, Dafne Keen proved herself an able actress in the film. What’s even more amazing is that she is just 12 years old. Logan is her first feature film and, incidentally, her first R rated film. Director James Mangold has said on many occasions that Keen did a fantastic job in the movie.
“I think Dafne is incredible in the film and I would love to see another film about that character and that’s certainly something I’d be involved in. For me that was one of the big additions I brought to the table, this decision to try to make the film about family and to try to insert Laura,” Mangold said.
In the comic books, X-23 eventually takes over for Wolverine after his death, which opens up the possibility in the films as well. However, this may be harder to accomplish in the films due to a few different roadblocks – Keen’s age being one of them. Then again, as we’ve seen with Professor Xavier, timelines don’t necessarily mean anything in the X-Men universe: you’re never really dead and time is just a construct to be broken. Ultimately, should Fox decide to go with a Logan sequel and focus on X-23, there’s many different ways of doing it. We just wouldn’t mind seeing Dafne Keen continue to kick ass in this current post-apocalyptic world.
Logan is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, from a story by Mangold, and also stars Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, and Stephen Merchant.