Psylocke Was Not the Original Fourth Horseman of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Psylocke Was Not the Original Fourth Horseman of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

May 12, 2016

You may have heard that Olivia Munn chose playing a badass evil mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse over the role of the love interest in Deadpool, but what you may not know is that her character in the former almost didn't even exist. According to Cinema Blend, Psylocke, the katana- and psychic-sword-wielding character played by Munn in the upcoming superhero sequel, was only added to the script at the last minute.  

So what other character did she replace as the fourth "Horseman" of the villain Apocalypse? Apparently there wasn't a fourth. Not really. Here's what producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg told the site about an earlier draft:

"I don’t know why we made this decision, but we knew that Professor X was abducted in the middle of the movie, and we thought that almost counted as a fourth Horseman. And so that’s the way we constructed the original draft of the script. There wasn’t going to be a fourth one. The "surprise" was that Xavier was the fourth Horseman. And then when we were working on the script, [director Bryan Singer] and I at one particular point – pretty late in the process – said, "He’s not really a Horseman.""

So Kinberg and Singer took to a list of characters who've been a Horseman in the comics, and as they considered Psylocke, Munn was immediately thought of for the role of the mutant martial artist. Here's more of the story:

"Psylocke was the one we thought was the most intriguing. And, ironically, or as fate would have it, I had just met with Olivia Munn about Deadpool - like a week or two before. And Bryan and I were up in Montreal, and I said, "You know, Olivia Munn could be an interesting Psylocke," so we went on the internet and Googled her images. And one of the first things that popped up was a piece of fan art of Olivia as Psylocke."

Presumably the piece by Ben Wilsonham below is the fan art they saw, as it was a popular circulation following its posting in July 2013:

 

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