Ethan Hawke has a varied and eclectic career. He’s been in direct-to-DVD films to blockbuster hits. He has a unique view on film making as an art and as a business. After Hawke commented on superhero movies he left fans divided. Insulting one of the most well-loved superhero movies in recent years, which is saying something with the number of movies the genre has had, put a bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Twitter lit up, both coming to Hawke’s defense and trolling him – hard. Was he right? Or is he too out of touch with the average Joe to know why they like what they like?
Publishers and editors of different comic book companies take different official stances on different topics. Some stand firmly with their creators to prevent harassment and uphold artistic integrity. Some take a ‘middle ground’ approach to maximize the dollars brought in. Which is the better business model? Is the ‘middle ground’ of American politics shifting?
Comics are seeing a battle between Social Justice Warriors and the Politically Incorrect. Though, it isn’t quite as simple as that. Comics are bigger than ever, despite a decline in Marvel’s and DC’s (The Big Two) sales. There are lots of voices, exclaiming to know how to solve the problem. But if we turn to veterans of the medium, they can offer some insight into what’s actually going on.
It’s been a little over a year since the last time the silver screen was graced with the likes of Professor X, Jean Grey, and Cyclops, but we won’t have to wait (too) long for another foray into Fox‘s X-Men Universe because the next big picture: X-Men: New Mutants. The X-Men spinoff will introduce a number of new characters into the X-Universe, and although the plot has yet to be detailed. We know when it’s premiering, but until today, we didn’t have any idea when production would actually begin. According to a recent Tweet, the movie begins filming tomorrow!
The X-Men franchise has been on the big screen since 2000. Some hits, some missed but for the most part, we have been thoroughly entertained by the tales of mutants, the prejudices they have faced and the heroism by the X-Men as they have saved humanity countless times. Recently, Fox has decided to take mutants to the small screen. Earlier this year FX gave us a very adult themed show focusing on Professor’s Xavier’s (possible) son David Haller, a powerful mutant who happened to be going through schizophrenic episodes (courtesy of The Shadow King). The show Legion was a critical and commercial success. Fox realizes that they can tell even more mutant tales on the small screen and they ordered a pilot for a second mutant-centric TV series, Gifted.
We’ve all wondered, and now we know! Once, 20th Century Fox expected to release three X-Men films in the calendar year 2016, but there only ended up being two, and at least one of them was a massive box office success. That was Deadpool of course, and long have we waited on news of when we might actually see it’s sequel. Now, we finally know: 2018! And because this is Fox we’re talking about, not only are we going to get another Deadpool next year, we’re going to be getting two other X-Men movies too, and before you ask, one of them isn’t Gambit. (more…)
Even though Logan is breaking box office records, and Fox has no plans for stopping their mutant-related movies, the X-Men universe is finding a new life on the small screen. The FX show Legion is mind-bendingly good and is receiving acclaim week after week in detailing the adventures of David Haller, as he is figuring out about his powers (as well as dealing with his perceived insanity). Fox is also in the process of making another show centered in the X-Men universe. Fox ordered a pilot for a show surrounding parents who utilize an underground network of mutants to protect their child from government agents as they discover she has powers. Trueblood’s Stephen Moyer and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will headline the series as parents trying to protect their child. Other notable casting has included Emma Dumont, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell and many others to the show. The Matt Nix run show has for the time been called the “Untitled X-Men” show. Now it looks like they have a title.
Logan leaves the X-Men movie universe in an odd place. With it supposedly being Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart‘s swan song, it definitely feels like an important turning point in the history of the franchise, both the end of something, and the opportunity to start something else. But what does the future of the X-Men look like? Well, if only person can know it would be Simon Kinberg, the writer/producer who’s had his hands in every X-Men project for over a decade. We’ve heard all the rumours, but in a new interview Kinberg elaborated on how Deadpool, Cable and others all fit into the big picture going forward in this cinematic universe. (more…)