With Marvel and Fox having reached an agreement to allow X-Men TV series, Legion is a surprising star turn. The central role will be taken by Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame), who’ll play the troubled mutant in a series not based within the X-Men continuity. In an exclusive interview, Vanity Fair got showrunner Noah Hawley to talk about his take on Legion. Hawley’s take looks creepy and sophisticated.It’s an approach that was exploited in Simon Spurrier’s tremendous X-Men: Legacy series, which starred Legion. In X-Men: Legacy, aspects of Legion’s psyche began to manifest themselves in the real world, and ultimately Legion’s battle for self-identity happened both internally (in a sort of ‘mindscape’) and externally, in the real world.
Legion’s mind fragments!
Avoiding the superhero action tropes, Hawley adds: Legion is easily one of the most unexpected superhero concepts to be getting attention, and shows real promise. In the vein of more unusual comic-book-inspired films, such as V for Vendetta or Watchmen, it’s an opportunity for the superhero genre to demonstrate its diversity. Given Hawley is clearly intending to exercise all his creativity in this show, I’m getting pretty excited.Are you excited for Legion? Let me know in the comments!