The skin pigmentation remains in the present version, although it’s easy to chalk up to age rather than something genetic, evidenced by stills of Boutella with her usual skin tone. Why did not just this aspect, but the gender also, change? Why, the other 2016 superhero film besides Suicide Squad that flirted with ancient cultures, X-Men: Apocalypse – or, to be exact, the post-credits scene to X-Men: Days of Future Past that set up Apocalypse:
“I was going down that road, and then I saw the end of Days of Future Past. And they had the character that Oscar Isaac wound up playing as a boy, and it was, I kid you not, the exact same design. And I was like, ‘Oh, man! That is not good!’ And actually it was the catalyst […] I had had that voice in my head for some time to make it a woman, and that was the moment where, the minute I saw that post-credits scene, I went, ‘We have to start over.’”
Oscar Isaac played En Sabah Nur in Bryan Singer’s latest X-movie this summer after a younger version of the character was teased at the end of Days of Future Past. While that film and its villain wasn’t the best received (Isaac mostly escaped criticism, unlike some of his co-stars), The Mummy looking so similar to the villain for another recent tentpole isn’t the best way to appear fresh and exciting – so you can’t begrudge Kurtzman the change, in that respect.