While out promoting his new series Quantum Leap, Shawn Ashmore, who played Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman in X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, enthusiastically told reporters at IGN that he would love to return to the franchise now that the comic book writers have revealed that the character is gay.
“Obviously the comics and movies are separate. I wonder what the transition would be because we’ve sort of established Bobby as having a love interest in Rogue and having a love interest in sort of Kitty Pryde, but I think it’d be really interesting,” Ashmore said. “I think it’d probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films. If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc. I’d definitely be open to that, but again, I’m not sure if they want to take the character in that direction. I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it’d be very interesting.”
Iceman was one of the original five X-Men in the series’ first issue released in 1963. In the comic book, Uncanny X-Men #600 a young Iceman (through the work of some dimensional twisting) confronts a grown Iceman about his sexuality.