You guys, I am so excited about my topic for this post. For today’s Throwback Thursday, I am throwing it way back, about thirty years, to be precise. Join me as I turn back the clock. The year: 1983. The place: Charles Xavier’s mansion in Westchester County, New York. That’s right, the home of… The New Mutants! Did you think I was going to talk about the X-Men again? Not quite; today I will be talking about the original New Mutants, the first spin-off X-title. The new students were the second group of inexperienced teenagers to make their home at the X-Mansion after the original class aged into adulthood and had been joined by even more adult members. It is my duty and my pleasure to make sure everyone knows about this greatly overlooked and under-appreciated team.
X-Fans! I bring glad tidings! We have a lot to be excited about. Of course, you know about The Wolverine, which is coming out in less than two weeks. And certainly you know that X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to be released in less than a year. However, you may not know that Twentieth Century Fox has registered the domain “x-forcemovie.com.” I’d say this indicates a strong possibility that a film is in works to engage that more militant splinter team of the X-Men.
What’s more, it seems that Fox will be using San Diego Comic-Con (less than a week away!) to really sell the big news. That particular panel will be on July 20th at 4:15 PST, and you can tune in over at The Bleeding Cool. It seems that Jeff Wadlow, who wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, has been singled out to write and possibly direct the X-Force film.
Now, if you’re not familiar with X-Force, they are an offshoot team of the X-Men–more violent and more proactive, frankly, than the original team. Technically speaking, the X-Force series was established as a reboot of the original New Mutants comic. So, as I understand it, offshoots, spinoffs, and reboots offer a chance to explore characters who maybe don’t get a ton of ink in previous versions or flagship titles. That right there is your reason to get excited about an X-Force film. The team has prominently featured Bishop, Colossus, Deadpool, Domino, Forge, Tabitha Smith (Boom Boom), and of course, that team’s leader, Cable. There’s not a character in the list that doesn’t deserve an opportunity to shine on the silver screen. They have compelling storylines, long histories, and the powers necessary for a brilliant superhero action flick.
So, get excited. Before I let you go, io9 has it that there may also be a Magneto film coming our way, straight from the mouth of Robert Liefeld, who developed X-Force. Although his statement was something of a warning about not getting too excited about films in their planning stages… so we’ll just have to see where it goes. But I’m certain that with the increasing fan fervor for Marvel films, the numbers are there to support an X-Force film.