Oliva Munn as Psylocke: Yay or Nay?

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I discovered comic books way back when I discovered Jim Lee, the artist for X-men at the time. There have been other artists since, they shuffle in and out but the characters remain the same. This seems to be standard practice in the comic world. Lee has moved on – to what, I don’t know – I had a short attention span and un underdeveloped sense of loyalty. However, I would probably not have been drawn* in if it weren’t for Lee. And once you’ve been hooked, you stick around. At least for a little while. While I was in this mutant world, I developed loyalties – this character but not that one. This villain, but not the other.

One of my favorite characters was Psylocke, I loved her psychic knife, her ass-kicking skills, and the fact that she was born a blond and then sometime “turned” Asian through Ninja magic (I’m not kidding). She has featured in exactly 0 of all X-Men films. I consoled myself that this was better than being cast badly by an actress I loathed, which would have been a slap in the face.

Now, the day has come. Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke. I don’t know if this is good. I just know her as someone who’s been on the cover of Maxim and has a rabid male following as an object of lust. She also appeared briefly as a correspondent on the Daily Show, and I thought she and the writers were on a different comic wavelength (She wasn’t funny.) But who knows? I honestly have no idea who should have been cast. They would have to be able to project both “altheticism” and “sexy female ninja warrior.” Maybe she’ll be amazing. I want her to be amazing. Correction: I want Psylocke to be amazing.

Source of photo above.
Psylocke, drawn by Jim Lee

*Pun intended

 

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