Why “Legion” Won’t Include Known X-Men

We know that FX’s just ordered to series “Legion” is tied back to the “X-Men” comic universe. However, a new interview with showrunner Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) indicates fans shouldn’t expect appearances from classic “X-Men” characters. In fact Hawley tells ScreenRant that he sees that lack of a connection as one of the show’s strengths:

“Yeah, it’s none of the iconic characters from the movie franchise. I think that’s a strength on some level, because those characters come with rules. It’s hard. You don’t want to be handcuffed, when you’re trying to explore something. The power of making something unpredictable is really an important thing to preserve.”

A key aspect of Legion’s main character David Haller (played by Dan Stevens) is that he is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men. When asked if Xavier would at least be mentioned in the adaptation, Hawley says it’s possible: “He could be. It’s a different story, but I’m not ruling that out.”

One thing he does make clear is that the show will be quite different in tone from the more recent “X-Men” films:

“It’s a little more of a fable in my mind. If you were to say, ‘Where is it, and when is it?,’ it’s not exactly clear, I think. And a lot of it is because [David Haller’s] not exactly clear. It’s the world as perceived subjectively on some level. The recent X-Men movies, starting with First Class, are rooted in a time period and a world and playing with history in interesting ways. This isn’t doing that.”

FX’s “Legion” is currently targeting an early 2017 premiere.