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.
The last two main-line X-Men films saw the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise, and while one of them was really good, the second one really… wasn’t. So, when the next installment in the film series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was announced, we weren’t super excited about it. Well, that is until we found out that Singer won’t be in the director’s chair this time around.
It’s now been announced that Simon Kinberg will be taking the reigns of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and we couldn’t be happier. Kinberg has been involved in the franchise as a producer since Last Stand, and served as a writer for both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. Now, we know that it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but we’re choosing to be optimistic on this one.
Jessica Chastain is apparently in talks to play Shi’ar Empress Lilandra in the film as well, but as that’s not locked down yet… we don’t care? Once she signs a contract we’ll start to care about that. I mean, she’d be good in the role, but like all things undecided, we try not to get worked up about it.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently set for a November 2, 2018 release.
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.
The multitalented Donald Glover, along with his brother Stephen Glover, are officially making an animated Deadpool television series for FXX. Donald Glover is, of course, a talented actor, rapper, and writer, and his television series Atlanta has been incredibly well received.
The network has ordered the show straight to series, and will have a ten episode first season. No word yet on voice actors for the show, but it’s still early days for the project. While the show won’t have any continuity ties to the Deadpool film franchise, that’s the tone the network will be aiming for.
The animated Deadpool series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
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.
So it’s official, the rumored Black and White cut of Logan is real, and it’s coming to theaters. The film will apparently be making a one night engagement on theater screens May 16th. Director James Mangold tweeted out the news about the limited rerelease a few days ago:
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
There’s no word on how many screens this release will be on, but don’t expect a lot. Converting the film to black and white was apparently no small task either, as it’s not just a matter of converting the film to grayscale.
In convert to b&w , one must determine which hues go dark/ light, adjust contrast, blacks. Turning down color on tv just makes gray mush.
Converting Logan to black and white, with it’s deep noir and western undertones, will certainly add a new element to the already genius film, and if you’re free that night (and there’s a showing anywhere near you) I can’t imagine anything better to be doing.
One of the big questions about the upcoming sequel to the insanely popular Deadpool movie has been who the heck is going to play Cable. I mean, the first movie teased us at the end, and a number of actors have had their names rumored to be attached to the role — none of them panned out though. The wait seems to be over though, as THR is reporting that the part has finally been filled by none other than Josh Brolin.
Brolin is, of course, currently playing Thanos in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, so we can assume production won’t begin until he completes his commitments there. Honestly, the fact that he’s playing a major supervillain in one cinematic universe based off of Marvel comics and a superhero in the other big cinematic universe based on Marvel comics is kind of hilarious. Now if Sony could just cast him in that Venom movie, he could complete the trifecta.
Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.
A few days ago Indonesian comic readers started pointing out that some controversial political messages had been inserted into an issue of X-Men Gold. Well, calling the messages “controversial” is kind of understating it, but “super bigoted” didn’t quite flow in the headline.
Artist Ardian Syaf inserted into the issue two small references which likely went far over the heads of the American editors of the comic — on one page Colossus wears a shirt saying “QS 5:51” and on another page the number “212” is prominently displayed on a building.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the cast of Deadpool 2, specifically who the actors playing Cable and Domino will be. And while we still don’t know who is going to play the former, we finally have the latter. While a lot of other names were being thrown a round the last couple of weeks, we now know that actress Zazie Beetz will fill the role of Domino.
The world found out about the casting yesterday, when Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted out an image of Zazie Beetz’s name spelled out on an image of, well, dominos.
Like all things related the the Deadpool franchise, doing something conventionally is pretty much out of the question. Zazie Beetz isn’t exactly a household name, but she’s probably best known for playing Van on Donald Glover’s Atlanta. It’s a solid casting decision for sure.
Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.