Throughout decades of comics and films, The X-Men have become an important symbol for not only the LGBTQ+ community, but also the disabled. It’s a group of people that have mutated and changed beyond what’s normal, or have had certain events or experiences change them into what they are now. They band together to help make the world a better place and find a community. That’s a powerful message of acceptance and hope for communities that are oppressed. Both LGBTQ+ and disabled people can feel a modicum of acceptance, but ultimately their differences make them “other”. That can be devastating. Seeing heroes with the same struggles can be really empowering. Furthermore, it can help neurotypical/cis fans understand these other communities better.

Recently, the first full trailer for The Dark Phoenix was released. This follows the infamous tale of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant transformed into something far more dangerous. It’s one of the X-Men’s most popular and interesting story arcs.

But what’s more exciting is that if the trailer plays out like the scenes hint, this could possibly be one of the most important mental health allegory films in recent years. A mainstream, high-budget film having a story analogous to a disability struggle would be exactly what the stigmatized world of mental health needs.


A couple of new on set pictures of Tye Sheridan in costume as Cyclops gives the character a new but familiar look with updated “everyday” visor and casual wear. Sheridan is sporting a new haircut which is very reminisiant of Cyclops look during the Jim Lee run back in the 90’s. Check out Cyclops new look for X-Men: Dark Phoenix below. (more…)


We have information regarding the rumors about a live action X-Men TV series that Fox have been toying with. Initially, the problems with Marvel Studios owning the rights to some of the characters had us believing it was what it was: a rumor. As the pragmatics behind putting a show into production based on characters who are tied in a political ‘who-owns-what’ battle seemed like too steep a hill to climb for the network. However, talks have been had from both sides and it is looking slightly more probable now. (more…)


One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. (more…)

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ABOVE: At first I was like, “Oh this is kind of adorable.” But then, the longer I look at it, the more freaked out I become. Where are this child’s parents!? Why would they let their freakish, cyclops child free from the basement to terrorize us all? WHY!? (Fashionably Geek)


All right, to get that frightening little cyclops girl out of our minds, here’s a top notch Miranda from Mass Effect. Cosplayed Lindze, check out her site for more. (Fashionably Geek)


Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie and news bits that you should know about, but just don’t make a full post on their own. So tighten up your belt, rub some dirt on your hands, and get ready for some fast and furious Superhero news!

Mark Strong (Sinestro) Talks Green Lantern Easter Eggs and the after credits movie scenes:

That was shot speculatively, I think. There was an idea that there would be an introduction of the idea that the yellow ring corrupts him. Perhaps it was felt in the body of the film, it wasn’t the right time to introduce it. So actually the thing to do is introduce everybody to the mythology and the story, and then give them that little taste. Certainly the fanboys who know about it will be excited, and anybody else, at least they have an opportunity of understanding where it could go from here.
I couldn’t do any research on aliens. I don’t know any aliens, so I didn’t know what kind of a guy he was. All I could do was use human characteristics, and it was very obvious to me he’s a kind of military commander-type figure who is very wary of this new Lantern and feels like his priority is the Corps, and if this guy’s going to be the weak link in the Corps, then he’s going to have to do something about it. The way he’s drawn, it’s a muscular drawing, you have to try and bring an element of that to the way you play him. That’s what I tried to do.

What’s interesting about these statements is that they lead me to believe that a major part of the second film in the Green Lantern series will deal with Sinestro turning against the Green Lantern Corps he once loved so much. I would love to see that story unfold. Now on to the probability that there will even be a second Green Lantern film.

Source: Crave Online

According to The New York Times, Green Lantern– after marketing – ended up costing Warner Bros. $300 million and is tracking for about a $60 million opening. Which wouldn’t be particularly good for a film costing that much. The slow economy explains a lot of that number. People just are not spending much money. So could this kill any future Green Lantern movies? No matter how good the film, if it doesn’t make money there is no chance of a second.


X-men: First Class‘- directed by Matthew Vaughn– tells the story of the formation of the X-men through the events of Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) early friendship. 60’s, mutants and mayhem….Blah, blah blah. Y’all know that. The recent trailer did it’s justice in capturing attention. Had a bunch of snappy cuts and a ominous score. We even got some nice characters posters for Magneto and Xavier, but they’re international so they don’t count. Since then however, the US marketing seems to have taken a nose dive. Namely with the domestic character posters for Magneto and Xavier (Above). They are black and white silhouettes with floating heads inside their pants. They’re pretty much the worst movie posters known to man. Unless of course you like crotch posters. You would think/hope a major studio would hire a crack team oh artists to make killer posters for the flick. Maybe something retro looking. Something inspired by 50s illustrator Saul Bass. Which is exactly what user Duckala and posted on the cookdandbombd forum (sample above). They’re awesome and FOX should take notice. You can check out the collection after the jump.

In other First Class coverage, here’s a not-too-revealing look at Lucas Till as Havok standing in a burning hangar. It’s still a mystery on what the heck Havok is doing in this flick in the first place. In Marvel history, Havok is the brother of Cyclops, who doesn’t factor into First Class at all, and who preceded Havok’s involvement with the X-Men. Though, Bryan Singer did say this version of the character is not related to Cyclops. That just makes it all the more dumber.

HIT THE JUMP for the Domestic and International X-Men: First Class character posters, the collection of fan-made posters and a larger look at Lucas Till as Havok


Cyslopse PS

Imagine how much better public school would have been if you had super powers to to help you make your way through it.  Well wonder no more!  Dorkly has given us a string of comic images of what it would be like for the X-Men mutants to go through the public school system.  They are endearing and really made me nostalgic for those public school days.  The one that really stood out and made me chuckle a little was when Storm creates a snow day in August just and the school year begins.  I cannot count how many times I would have wanted to do that! Ah, if life was so simple.  Check out the images after the jump!

Source: Dorkly