More than The Justice League, Fantastic Four, Justice Society, Teen Titans or even The Avengers, my favorite superhero team of all time is The X-Men.
But I’ve yet to really see them appear on the big screen and since it doesn’t appear that Hollywood will be doing that anytime I decided to do what any self-respecting armchair producer running a blog would do — I’m gonna share how I’d make my own.
My favorite take on the team was when Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and later John Byrne would redefine the scope of a superhero team with epic adventures and story lines so revered they’re still being referenced today.
It’s also why I kinda hate the way the X-Men have been portrayed on the big screen. Specifically in the hands of Bryan Singer who is so enamored with Magneto and Mystique that he barely spends any time developing the actual X-Men not named Wolverine.
And after watching Marvel Studios create a license to print money with its Avengers franchise, 20th Century Fox wants the same thing. The only problem is that’s not gonna happen under this current X-Men movie regime, which is still maintaining the same status quo as the series debut in 2000.
It’s why the license has started to have diminishing returns since 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” generally considered the worst of the franchise by those who care to acknowledge its existence at all. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” only managed $179.8 million (down from “Last Stand’s” $234.3 million haul), and “X-Men: First Class,” fell to $146.4 million in 2011. “The Wolverine” reached $132.5 million last year and now star Hugh Jackman is wondering how many more times he can play the role.
Fox needs a dramatic overhaul of the license and it’s time for a new vision for the X-Men property. Since Singer — barring any actual consequences from this sexual harassment scandal he’s currently in — already has plans for “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016, I doubt any changes are forthcoming, but for fun I decided I’d play producer and relaunch the X-Men franchise.
So this week I’m gonna share how I’d do that. Tomorrow we kick things off with the casting call, which I’m gonna need your help on. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did working on it.