Even New York Comic-Con couldn’t lift the veil of secrecy around FX’s X-Men series Legion, only showing attendees a portion of the pilot, but we’re getting closer. Not only is there a new trailer for the Noah Hawley mutant drama, but also a clearer premiere date for early 2017.
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The mystery behind FX’s X-Men adjacent drama Legion only rolls back so far with footage and panels from New York Comic-Con, and now another question mark has joined the cast. FX confirms What We Do in the Shadows star Jemaine Clement will appear in the new 2017 series, but in what capacity remains to be seen.
The X-Men villain Apocalypse is like something out of Darwin’s nightmares. A devout believer in the most twisted form of evolution, he repeatedly tests the mutants of the Marvel Universe. The weak are culled. Only the strong survive.
Every comic book studio has the thing they do that frustrates fans. Marvel refuses to give the Black Widow her own spin-off movie; the DC Cinematic Universe keeps selling us on a version of Superman that breaks necks and gets freaky in bathtubs; 20th Century Fox casts incredible actors and buries them beneath layers of makeup and prosthetics. The last one is particularly frustrating when a great actor all-but shouts that he’s cool with hours in the makeup trailer and they still don’t seem to have a place for him.
It seems fair to say that Noah Hawley’s FX-tinged take on X-Men series Legion will prove a bit more … off … than what we’re used to, and the promos are certainly capturing that. Following that incredible first trailer, drool over some new footage previewed during FX’s Atlanta.
It looks like Fox’s long-developing New Mutants project is picking up a bit of steam, as the studio has hired The Fault in Our Stars duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to write the screenplay for the X-Men spinoff. The pair will reunite with director Josh Boone for the film, which will follow a younger group of mutant outcasts as they cope with newfound powers.
By now, superhero TV fans are more or less used to series not maintaining much connection with their cinematic peers, but FX and FOX’s X-Men two-fer of Legion and an untitled mutant series sparks hope anew. To wit, X-Men director Bryan Singer says Legion could take place in the movie universe after all, while both “will relate to future X-Men movies.”
The upcoming Wolverine sequel has long been hyped as Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the iconic hero, but he may not be the only one preparing to say farewell to the X-Men franchise. In a new interview, Patrick Stewart reveals that Wolverine 3 (or 2, if you’re ignoring X-Men Origins) may very well feature his last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier.
Despite unveiling simultaneously, FOX and FX’s X-Men TV series Hellfire and Legion arrived at vastly different stages of development, to the point Hellfire ended up replaced with a new X-series. Now, FOX explains the decision to cool Hellfire, identifying it as a show that “wanted to live as a feature.”
Noah Hawley’s FX X-Men drama Legion might have skipped out on Comic-Con 2016 itself, but when better to drop a first look? Up is down, cats and dogs are living together, and everything seems bonkers insane in the first full Legion trailer, complete with dance number!