Let’s be blunt about the matter, Gambit the Movie has had a rough go of it. Originally intended to be the third point of an X-Men spear this year that included Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, it couldn’t even hold on to a director. And if the director drama weren’t enough, 20th Century Fox started to play musical chairs with release dates before shifting it off the calendar entirely. The one constant in this whole thing has been Channing Tatum in the title role, but now there’s doubt that even he’s still invested in the mutant Ragin’ Cajun. Some shrewd social media watchers have noted some unusual moves last week that are highly suggestive.
You’ll recall that last week it was revealed that Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has signed up to direct The Flash for Warner Bros. One of his first moves as director was to follow writer Mark Waid, DC Films’ chief Geoff Johns, and the official accounts for Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman on Twitter, all names associated with the Flash and/or the DC Extended Universe. But then he did something random, and he followed Channing Tatum as well. Does Famuyiwa know something we don’t know?
Well, he probably knows a great many things that we don’t know about the movie version of The Flash, but it is curious that in the midst of following Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and Zack Snyder, that he would also click follow on Tatum. I suppose it’s possible that Tatum was simply recommended as a follow to Famuyiwa by Twitter and he thought, “Hey, why not?” while he was in a following mood, but it’s hard to deny that Tatum doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, especially when you see it graphically…
It’s worth noting that we haven’t heard a lot about Gambit lately, as it seems fallen into development hell and it can’t get up, and while securing Tatum as Gambit seemed like bold strategy on paper a few years ago, let’s not ignore the fact that it’s been very hard for Fox to exploit the X-Men as a property beyond the main X-Men films. Tatum is in his prime right now, and he can’t wait around forever as Fox tries to get its act together, especially when something like The Flash looks like its read to run (pun intended).
So let’s just put this out there right now: Channing Tatum for the Reverse-Flash, anyone? Stay tuned.