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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Mutants! Another Super-Hero Movie Victim to Horror Trend!

The comic movie news just keeps on rollin' in! Spawn, Hellboy and now New Mutants? I can see Spawn and Hellboy transitioning more towards a horror flick, but New Mutants?

New Mutants is purely a super-hero comic, from the super-hero genre of comics. This trending move from super to horror has recently been reported by director John Boone.

As the director stated recently, "There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different."

No costumes? No super-villains? So it's a movie based off a super-hero comic but stripped of all its super-hero elements.

Basically, it's a horror movie with mutants in it. Well, fans of the comics, you can forget about seeing your favorite characters suit up in the famous black and gold spandex, at least for the New Mutants first outing.

A source close to the project has said this about the premise of the New Mutants movie, “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”

Word is that this horror flick will be based off the Demon Bear Saga beginning with New Mutants #18 and ending somewhere around issue #21. Don't know how much of that is true or relevant anymore considering what the unknown source said about the premise of the flick. 

Okay, as usual, time to talk about some New Mutant key comics.

So beginning with New Mutants #18, we see the debut of the character Warlock who has been a confirmed character for the flick. Most likely the character will be computer generated.

Actually, I don't know about that. Warlock was my favorite character when reading this comics and he is a strange one. 

In the comics, Warlock is an alien and sentient form of "techno-organic" life and can shape-shift. I'm pretty sure this character may be greatly twisted for the film and most likely won't be some organic, alien machine. 

Who knows, though, right?

Warlock's origin is revealed in New Mutants #21 and that issue has more key issue goodness than just that. Issue #21 also sees Dani Moonstar's 1st appearance as Mirage, and it is also the issue where Warlock joins the New Mutants. 

Doug Ramsey as Cypher also joins the team in issue #21 as well. I don't think Doug Ramsey has been confirmed as a character that will show up in the film yet, but just for good measure, his debut is in New Mutants #13. Any questions? Okay, let's move on!

Actor Henry Zaga has been leaked by unknown sources to be announced in the role of Sunspot soon. The character has already appeared in X-Men Days of Future Past and played by Adan Canto.

In the comics, Sunspot is an original member of the New Mutants and first appeared in comics in Marvel Graphic Novel #4. That comic also debuted the New Mutants team as well as original members Sam Guthrie as Cannonball, Dani Moonstar as Psyche, and Rahne Sinclair as Wolfsbane.

Speaking of Rahne Sinclair, Game of Thrones actor  Maisie Williams has been cast in the role and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy will be Illyana Rasputin, otherwise known in the X-Men/New Mutants lore as Magik. Since horror is the route, will Limbo be representing?

The only character not confirmed to be in the flick is Karma and that's creating a small rumble. Karma is not only of Vietnamese heritage and descent, but the character is also one of the few openly gay super-heroes in Marvel Comics.

We have yet to see a gay Marvel super-hero character being fully represented and acknowledged on the big screen yet. There was Rictor in Logan but his sexual preference was not established nor remotely touched on. Didn't really seem like a place or reason to throw that in Logan.

Whether Karma shows up in New Mutants is still up in the air, but if this movie is horror and mainly about the horrors of mutant powers beginning to surface in teenagers that they can't control, I think a character wrestling with her sexual preference while wrestling with psionic abilities could definitely be fitting. Then again, it might be offensive also.

Dunno, so New Mutants is apparently boarding the horror genre train and is the most drastic of super-hero based comics to do so to date. Might be good, and might be a disaster. We'll have to see how it goes.

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