Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wolverine totally killed (the) Kitty Pryde (movie)


Way back in my formative years, Marvel's Shadowcat / Kitty Pryde ranked as one of my earliest adolescent crushes (that wasn't from a video game).

Intelligent and slighty coquettish, Shadowcat was a long-time member of the b-side superior team Excalibur and always dressed a bit conservatively compared to the more whoreish attire of Psylocke, Emma Frost, or - depending on the artist - Storm.

Better still, Shadowcat had superpowers to match her geek chic appeal. While other female superheroes could hurl bolts of lighting, stab people with telekentic blades, or absorb other mutant's superpowers, Kitty Pryde could turn herself intangible - making bullets, walls, cars, and atomic bombs pass harmlessly through her body.

It wasn't really much of a superpower, honestly, but it's applications for trolling other superheroes (especially blasters like Cyclops) is still pretty well unsurpassed.

Imagine my chagrin, then, when it was recently leaked that the box office pablum that was X-men Origins: Wolverine effectively killed the prospect of a Kitty Pryde movie.

In fairness, this probably didn't help the movie's chances either

Blastr reports that director Jason Reitman revealed that he was in talks with 20th Century Fox to helm a Kitty Pryde spin-off film that would star quirky alterna-goddess Ellen Page who played Pryde in the abysmal X-Men: The Last Stand.  

Fittingly, Diablo Cody was allegedly approached to write this film, but then X-Men Origins: Wolverine thudded to the bottom of the box office and the project was effectively kiboshed.

It's hard to say how this movie would have turned out, honestly, and whether Wolverine's nixing of the film was a mercy killing or not. Reitman, Cody and Page struck gold together with Juno and Page was damned entertaining the in criminally underrated superhero deconstructionist piece Super ... but something about the three Juno alumns lining up to make a Marvel movie seems a bit off.

Then again, the prospects of a Kitty Pryde movie might not be entirely dead.  Page is set to reprise her role as Shadowcat in the upcoming Days of Future Past - so there's always hope that it might kindle enough fan interest to resurrect a Kitty Pryde standalone movie.

If not, well, we'll always have Super to fall back on...