The X-men franchise has been one of the most successful superhero franchises to date. What started with one movie in 2000 has now extended to an entire universe where superhero movie audiences still cannot get enough of it. But with rival competitors attempting to offer increasingly diverse cinematic universe, Fox seems to be finally riding on the new trend.
Apart from X-Men: Dark Phoenix, another X-Men movie lined up in 2018 is “The New Mutants”. The production is about to be wrapped up and we have’nt seen a single leaked set photo. Well, the official logo has now been released courtesy director Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars). It is a blood splattered image teasing the horror elements which will be on display. It is being described as a first Marvel horror movie and a YA superhero adventure. The villain in the movie is reportedly Demon Bear. But he is just one of the many villains. The director Josh Boone was asked if Demon Bear is the primary villain, he disagreed and said:
“I’d just say it’s very much inspired by that run on the comics.
I wouldn’t want to give away too much. Although I will say there’s stuff you’ll never see in the trailers that are big parts of the movie.”
Recently, the teaser of “The New Mutants” was released and it really scared the hell out of everyone. If we remove the term “Mutants” from the title of the movie, it would seem a straight-up horror flick. The first teaser points to Happy Anderson’s Reverend Craig. Craig was the leader of a mob attempting to kill the Wolfsbane who turned out to be Craig’s daughter. She was the product of an illicit relationship. Craig raised her but claimed she was an orphan so that he gets praise for the compassion he showed in bringing her. He was a religious fundamentalist who raised his daughter feeding her supremacy of organized religion.
The director Josh Boone is planning a one of its kind New Mutants trilogy. Here’s what he had to say:
“We brought it to Fox as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s. These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”
Josh is saying that there are plenty of twists and easter-eggs in the movie and trailer was just to give a feel to the audience. The release date of the movie is April 13, 2018 and it is set in the present day. It will exist in the same timeline as Deadpool.
Here’s what Josh Boone had to say on comic-book storyline and horror elements of the movie:
“Our whole pitch for this series was based on Bill Sienkiewicz run with Chris Claremont [The New Mutants vol. 1 #18-31, 35-38], so it’s very much when New Mutants became dark and surreal and more horror driven. We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.”
The movie is a tribute to classic horror films and the tone of the movie is dark (going by the teasers). Fox has taken huge risks before but they are more confident now as Logan and Deadpool were massive box-office hits. This too seems to have all the ingredients present in a successful X-Men movie.