Despite what you may have heard on Twitter, the X-Men have never shied away from putting homosexual characters front and center. It’s old news – not ‘brave’ and certainly not ‘daring.’
When presented organically it’s accepted and readers rarely bat an eye. What bothers us is when an overzealous writer with obviously no editorial oversight is allowed to twist a character into their own vision subsequently ignoring continuity.
Thing is – it’s happening so much now, most of us are over it. That or we just stop reading. The latter is happening more than they’d like to admit in the books, but now it’s happening in the movies that they are inspiring.
Josh Boone, the director of the upcoming X-Men franchise spin-off movie, The New Mutants, told Entertainment Weekly that it will contain a “beautiful love story” between two of its female characters.
Boone added, “It’s sort of the spine and focus of some of the character-driven stuff in the film.”
If you’ve seen any of the trailers, more than likely you’ve guessed that those two are probably Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) and Danielle ‘Dani’ Moonstar (Mirage). Funny enough, had they teased Magik instead – it probably wouldn’t be a stretch. Out of all the females in this movie, her sexuality has historically been the most enigmatic. At least among those that actually obsess over things like that in a semi-paranormal-sci-fi comic book.
In the books, Dani and Rahne are indeed very close – but it’s more familial than even friendly. Dani possesses a natural connection to nature and animals due to her upbringing as a Northern Cheyenne Native American. Rahne has had issues lashing out and losing control, especially when in her full wolf-mode. Fittingly, while in her feral state, the only team member that’s able to bring her down is Dani… that, or being knocked out.
Another hurdle is Rahne’s faith. She’s a hard Catholic Christian. Though it would come to her detriment as she grew into her paranormal ability to turn into an animal – it’s engrained into her character, not unlike Nightcrawler. So much so, that when she discovered that her ex-boyfriend Rictor was involved with his male teammate Shatterstar – she snapped. It’s going to be interesting to see how they logically spin this twist into the character and keep it believable.
Wolfbane actress Maisie Williams addressed the same-sex relationship to Entertainment Weekly. She explains it’s “a real extension of what is touched on in the comics.”
Williams added, “Rahne and Dani have a telepathic connection in the comics, and so we just wanted to extend that in the film and put that within reality.”
She continued, “If they really could understand each other on that level, then you’d probably end up falling in love with that person.”
Williams would also detail that the relationship is “not something that is spoken about too much in the film.”
She concludes, “It’s not really a story about these two characters understanding their sexuality. It’s not centered around that and they don’t really necessarily label it. No one else does either and no one really questions it.”
It sounds like she’s tempering expectations, a bit. At the end of the day, I’m really looking forward to this movie. It’s not like we didn’t see it coming – these kinds of changes are becoming commonplace in comic book related media. As long as the movie is as good as I’m hoping it will be – I’ll put up with changes as they come.
Here’s hoping it’s as ‘beautiful’ as Boone and Williams claim. Chances are, they’re making a bigger deal out of it than it actually is to lore in a certain market segment. Cheers.