A. I've always been a sucker for a good multiple choice question; but sadly, this one's a little too easy. The Bone Woman (and Dart, for the most part) will be left on the sideline this time around. With 664 pages of glorious graphic novel to condense into a 120-page screenplay, there's plenty of blood on the floor for everyone to be duly peeved. In short, there's very little room for anything in the story that doesn't deal with (or tie in directly to) Cutter's quest. So, indeed, some of my favorite characters, moments and sequences won't make it into the first film. But that, my friend, is why they make sequels...
As a Dart fan I will be sad that he's not going to have much of a role (if he appears at all), but the logic makes sense and I can't say I'm too surprised.
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But... I don't think you should [u:3b6e884a95]cut[/u:3b6e884a95] [i:3b6e884a95]any[/i:3b6e884a95] of the characters... would you like some guy coming and cutting you?[/color:3b6e884a95]
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He provides a great character to create conflict and upheaval as an antagonist. Even years later, his decisions and choices have ripple effects to the story line and key characters.
Dart just doesn't have much of a role until much much much later and doesn't really even begin to help define Strongbow and Moonshade's strong and fierce feelings of family ties and loyalty and sense of pack. It really wouldn't matter so much to the storyline if his birth was moved back. Like Issue 6 was way more pivotal in that way for Strongbow and Moonshade I think. Though it also brought along Woodlock's family devotion a little further as well.
Losing Dart would be MUCH less a deal than say, Rainsong and Woodlock not having Newstar - those two ARE almost wholly defined by being the "producers" in the family sense from the very beginning. Especially when you consider children aren't usually had frequently by even the Wolfriders, and most don't seem to have raised multiple children. And then first image we ever see of any of them it is as a full family unit, with Wing in Rainsong's arms and Newstar in tow.
Although we also see Dart and Moonshade for the first time in the same frame ... we *do* see Strongbow in several frames prior to the evacuation, so he is in part defined as a strong warrior/hunter that is one of those chosen by Cutter to "deal with things" that face or threaten the tribe and not just as a strong father alone, unlike Woodlock where that was practically his entire defination as a character and Wolfrider just about until later in the storyline.
So though Strongbow and Moonshade have a strong family unit as a defining part of who they are in the tribe, it defines them far less than Rainsong and Woodlock in my opinion.
The Bone Woman, though something of a catalyst ... isn't really <i:700ee04165>needed</i:700ee04165> to help the story proceed or develop, IMO. That could easily be written as just the humans overall state of mind when it comes to things that are unusual, unknown, and thus feared as a knee-jerk reaction.
JMO though of course.
Somehow his answer didn't give me the feeling Dart will be left out completely... just rarely around. I'm a huge Strongbow/Moonshade fan too, and sad that there has to be cut so much, but it's necessary. Let's all hope and pray for sequel movies which will star Dart ;)
Dart is really not a key character until much later in the series. Not until book 6 or so, when he starts to grow up. And even later than that, when he has his own hunters. He really isn't an integral part of the original story of the first four books. So I can understand why he would be cut.