As the box office continues in the ‘Age of Superheroes,’ it’s no surprise that X-Men: Apocalypse is the number one movie this weekend. The film opened to $65 million so far this weekend, and with it being Memorial Day Weekend, the film is expected to make $80 million when it’s all said and done. However, it’s not all fine and dandy. As you can see in our review here and the current 48% Rotten Tomatoes score, not everyone likes this movie. This being Brian Singer’s fourth X-Men film, we just were expecting better from such an accomplished director. With Captain America: Civil War having come out a few weeks ago (and knocking it out of the park) and setting the tone, we just have come to expect more from our superhero films nowadays.
Depending on how old you are, Fox’s X-Men: The Animated Series was your comic book bible during the ‘90s. The show premiered on Fox as part of their Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup, you know back when there were cartoons on Saturday mornings. The show gave the most accurate-to-the-comics stories from any adaptations that have come from comic books during that time, and probably since then. The show did an exceptional job capturing the feel of the comics during the Jim Lee era. The show covered all sorts of hugely popular stories from the comics including Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix, Genosha, Mojovision, Weapon X, The Phalanx, and much more. Needless to say, before superhero films exponentially grew, this was the best comic book adaptation we had. I dare you not to hum the theme song!
If you have ever attended San Diego Comic-Con, or know someone who has within the last ten years or so, you have likely heard plenty of Con stories that begin with “I remember when you could buy tickets at the door”, or “Movie studios ruined Comic-Con”, or, on the other side, “I am so glad I waited 37 hours in line just to be the first to see footage of…”, or, “Can you believe what [insert studio name] showed in Hall H??”. SDCC isn’t just a convention – it’s an event, and every year, the event seems to divide attendees as to what the best and worst parts of the convention really are. For many, standing or sleeping in that ridiculous Hall H line on the convention lawn, down the pier, or even over on Hall H Island (that one’s for those in the know) is all part of the experience, while for others, it is the hell they endure just to see what surprises a studio will bring. Today, a report out of The Wrap claims that fans will now have one less movie studio to worry about or get excited for, as the case may be, as 20th Century Fox may be bowing out of the convention, thanks to pesky pirates. (more…)
It’s the rumor that’s been chasing every story about the Fantastic Four movie since last summer when Josh Trank‘s reboot tanked hard: how long until Marvel‘s First Family makes its way back to Marvel Studios. The unmitigated disaster of Fantastic Four 2015, plus the middling ho-hum efforts of the two Tim Story movies have some fans wondering if that’s three strikes and Twentieth Century Fox is out, and as of today, the answer seems to be “Yes.” Breaking news over the weekend seems to indicated that Fox and Marvel have reached a deal to bring the Fantastic Four home in exchange for some rights to two new X-Men-related series. (more…)
There was a time when a film based on a comic book character would get laughed out of Hollywood. Jump to present day and the film industry has become overly saturated with comic book films. Pretty much all of your favorite characters have, or will be racing onto the big screen in way or another as a result of the genre’s current popularity. The X-Men film franchise is partially responsible for the excitement and elevation of films based on comic book properties when the first film debuted in 2000. As soon as one mentions X-Men films, the first character that pops into your head is Wolverine. Not only is he one of comic book’s most popular characters, but he is also one of comic book film’s favorite characters. This is in no small part due to actor Hugh Jackman’s presence as our favorite mutant and that hardened six-pack doesn’t hurt either. His character has existed in pretty much all of the X-Men films (hopefully he’ll be in X-Men: Apocalypse as well) and has always been a crowd pleaser for fans of the films. However, for actor Hugh Jackman keeping in Wolverine-style shape for the 47-year-old can be taxing. Jackman indicated that the next Wolverine film (currently untitled) will be his last film. There are rumors that the film will borrow heavily from the Old Man Logan comic book storyline, and reunite him with Patrick Stewart, so it’ll be the “old school” X-Men characters/universe vs the First Class one. With Jackman bowing out of the franchise, something will be missing for fans. Who will replace the all-around badassery that Jackman had as Wolverine? What character could possibly fill in his shoes?
Let’s get something out of the way first: the New Mutants never had much luck when it came to live-action adaptations. With a blemish like the 90’s cringeworthy Generation X on their resume (one of FOX‘s earlier attempts to bring superheroes into the mainstream), you’d think they wouldn’t really try and bring back that particular team of teenage mutants, despite the considerable nerd-mythos that Chris Claremont has already set up. However, following Deadpool‘s success, the studio seem to be willing to give this mutant reboot another go…
The old adage about the three most important things in real estate – “location, location, location” – is perhaps best applied in these modern times to movie release date schedules. Some studios stake a claim to a date two, three, even five years in advanced, and it’s gotten to be such a game, you don’t even have to announce a specific movie along with the release date anymore. In keeping with that new tradition, Twentieth Century Fox is staking claim to two dates in the not-too-distant future, while quietly giving back one date. Sorry Gambit fans, but it looks like you won’t be seeing the X-Men‘s Ragin’ Cajun this coming October after all. (more…)
FX is certainly pulling in some big talent for their new X-Men related television movie Legion with the announcement that the production has cast Dan Stevens (Downtown Abby), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), and Jean Smart (Fargo). They join Rachel Keller (Fargo) in a growing cast in writer and producer Noah Hawley‘s new project. What roles will they be playing? (more…)
Where to even begin with the solo Wolverine movies? X-Men Origins: Wolverine was supposed to kick off an origin-based franchise for FOX‘s longest running superhero franchise, but it didn’t quite take (we’re blaming it on the lackluster Deadpool presentation). 2013’s Wolverine was supposed to be the grimmest superhero movie ever, directed by sad-master Daren Aronofsky before it was abandoned and left at James Mangold‘s doorstep, for the director to turn it into a satisfying superhuman action flick.
With the franchise’s troubled history, fans have to wonder: what’s Wolverine 3 going to look like? Will it even come out? Thankfully, Hugh Jackman‘s facial hair is here to set the record straight… (more…)
The post-credits scene or tag has become a staple of the comic book film since Nick Fury appeared at the very end of the first Iron Man to tell Tony Stark about a little thing called “the Avengers Initiative.” What began as a way to outwit fans who were expecting a Samuel L. Jackson cameo after it leaked in advance of Iron Man’s release has become a signature of Marvel Studios films, but not necessarily for films merely made in association with Marvel, like the X-Men films at 20th Century Fox. Having said that, with audiences now getting pre-release screenings of Deadpool, we now must ask the question: is there a post-credits scene at the end of Deadpool? (more…)