One of the more interesting superhero television shows that’s been in the pipe for a while is The Gifted, which is set in Fox’s X-Men movie universe… somewhere. I mean, it’s a world where the X-Men and the Brotherhood both existed at some point, but may have gone underground… or gotten wiped out… or something?
Anyway, the show focuses on a couple of parents going (played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) on the run with their mutant children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White). They get involved with a mutant underground while the government hunts them. Frankly, it just looks pretty neat. We got a trailer for the show back in May, but now the network has put out a second.
Last week we talked about how X-Men adjacent television series The Gifted has been picked up to series, and now we have a full trailer for the show. And honestly? It looks pretty decent.
Developed by Bryan Singer, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple of parents going on the run with their mutant children, played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White. The trailer teases out a few things about the character’s reality, like both the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood being both well-known but also pretty much gone. We get to see some robotic sentinels too, even if they’re little spider robots and not giant robot dudes.
The series looks exciting, though a little melodramatic. That’s the only part that worries me, just because shows that take themselves too seriously face a higher bar than ones able to poke fun at their own ridiculousness on occasion. We’ll see how the show ends up walking that line once it comes out though.
We can’t really refer to the series Bryan Singer’s been putting together at Fox as the “still untitled X-Men show” anymore, as it’s now got one — The Gifted. We’re also happy to report that it’s been picked up for a season order.
The network put out a short teaser for the series too, with the promise of a full trailer following next week. For those of you who haven’t been playing along, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple of parents going on the run with their mutant children, played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White. We see said kids pretty clearly in the teaser, even if very little of the plot is given away.
X-Men: Apocalypse is coming out in a couple of weeks, but like always we’re all obsessed with “what’s next” way more than “what’s here.” With that in mind, there’s been a big question about when the follow up to Apocalypse will be set. Well, since First Class was set in the 1960s, Days of Future Past was half-set in the 1970s, and Apocalypse is set in the 1980s — you wouldn’t be wrong if you guessed that the untitled follow up will be set in the 1990s.
Simon Kinberg has confirmed the movie (expected in 2018) will be set in the decade, and honestly I’m a bit worried. I mean, besides the fact that 37 year old James McAvoy is better cast to play 70s-80s Patrick Stewart than 90s Stewart, it also means they’re encroaching on 2000’s X-Men. While the new movies may be in a new continuity… people still age into people, right?
Honestly, I think they should have just stuck to the 1980s, and this sounds like a terrible idea.
So look, before we start posting anything, we always feel the need to remind you that Bryan Singer is (in our opinion) a garbage person. He’s possibly done some really bad stuff, and it’s important to keep that in mind.
Because the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer looks really cool, and I’m probably going to go watch it anyways.
This is, of course, the second trailer for the film (the first debuted several months ago in December). I don’t have a lot of commentary beyond “It looks cool enough to get me to see a movie directed by a garbage person.”
Look, you and I both know that Bryan Singer is potentially the worst sort of garbage person, but if we’re willing to separate the art from the artist, he’s created some pretty amazing films. Several of those films, of course, are a part of the X-Men franchise.
His last foray into the world of Marvel’s Mutants, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was incredibly solid, so there’s been a lot of anticipation for his forthcoming follow up X-Men: Apocalypse. Well, the hype train is primed to keep on rolling, as today we got the first trailer for the film.
And it looks pretty awesome.
So if you can look past one of the key people behind the film being (potentially) kind of awful, X-Men: Apocalypse looks like it might be a really, really good movie. I mean, he’s probably not worse than most people in Hollywood, but maybe I’ve just gotten too cynical. Humans are terrible.
Wow, this got really dark for a post about a trailer I think looks kind of cool…
Hey, remember how Fox once had a roadmap for its Marvel movies? Then remember how Fantastic Four was a complete bomb, and how Deadpool and Gambit got shoved into the schedule? I mean, the studio is (on the whole) doing fine with Marvel movies, but that plan they came out with seems to have been tossed out the window.
That’s why it should come as no surprise that Fox has added a new X-Men film to the schedule.
Details are scarce, but we know Bryan Singer will return to direct the film, and it will film in Montreal. It’s expected to go into principal photography in 2017, with a Summer 2018 release date.
Singer is a controversial director, with some rather awful allegations that have been made about him. All of this is also assuming X-Men: Apocalypse does well… which it probably will. Let’s not kid ourselves here, Singer’s a white guy, and Days of Future Past did just fine in the direct wake of this stuff coming out.
There’s been a lot of casting news around Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and we haven’t commented on all of it… because usually it’s actually not all that interesting. Yesterday though, Singer posted a bit of casting news to his instagram account which actually made me take notice: Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke.
Now, the part where it’s Olivia Munn isn’t what jumps out at me (I mean, I have thoughts, but they’re mostly positive), instead the Psylocke bit is the big deal.
Psylocke is a weird character. I mean, for those of you familiar with the character, have you ever tried to explain her to people? It’s super complicated and kind of messed up, and on that borderline of feeling a little racist without really knowing how to express why it’s racist? And now they want to put that baggage into a movie?
Or maybe she’ll just have the name, and we’ll get no explanation of her backstory. OH PLEASE LET THAT BE WHAT HAPPENS.
Get it? Cast? Because a Nightcrawler (besides being an X-Men character) is also a kind of worm sometimes used as bait when fishing? Get it?
I’m so sorry.
Anyways, it’s true – a young Nightcrawler has been cast for the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Kodi Smit-Mcphee will take over the role originated by Alan Cumming, playing an obviously younger version of the character. Bryan Singer apparently had wanted to bring Nightcrawler into Days of Future Past originally, but felt that it would be just too many mutants.
Smit-Mcphee is best known as the voice of ParaNorman and Tolly on Gallipoli, making him a solid choice for the role.
Variety is reporting that Oscar Isaac has been cast as the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. Best known for his critically acclaimed performance in Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac seems a decent choice for Mr. Extendable-Torso-Action-Figure. The film is expected to be much more of a disaster film (featuring mass destruction), but that’s expected with the choice of Apocalypse as the film’s antagonist.
Of course the annoying thing about this film looking good is my personal distaste for director Bryan Singer as a human being.
X-Men: Apocalypse (and my impending moral dilemma about seeing it) arrives in theaters in May 2016.