Two years in a row, the folks over at 20th Century Fox have flipped the comic book movie genre on its side with their R-rated films. Last year, it was Deadpool — a movie that, by all accounts should not worked as well as it did — and this year it was Logan — a film that was the long-awaited violent bloodfest that fans have wanted from the characters since he first appeared on screen in X-Men back in 2000.
If you look at those two films and then look at last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, it’s hard not to feel like that latter film feels a bit safe in generic by comparison. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed very many aspects of X-Men: Apocalypse, but that third act really did sort of epitomize everything wrong with the comic book movie clichés in one fell swoop. The villain was boring, and the stakes didn’t have the proper amount of time to build. With Deadpool and Logan both killing it in very different ways, it’s hard not to go into the next X-Men film in the franchise, X-Men: Supernova, a little less excited.
But before we get into what to expect from that film, series producer and writer Simon Kinberg has one small correction (via SlashFilm).
“It’s not called Supernova. One of the things we do when we make these X-Men movies, to be totally candid, is — any of these movies, it’s on Star Wars, too — is you come up with fake names to throw people off the scent and when you’re out making the movie, the signs that show you where the locations are say 'Nova,' or whatever the fake title is, and people figure it out, and I don’t even know why we do it anymore.
“But at any rate, it’s not called Supernova,” he continued. “That was the code name for it. There’s yet another code name now.”
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll keep calling it X-Men: Supernova until they come up with a solid title, but his point is well taken. Now that that’s out of the way, Kinberg went on to give a few extra details on the flick.
“What I can tell you is that we’re in early stages of prep on it, and that it’s something that Hutch [Parker] and I specifically have been talking about, as the producers of it and me as the writer of it, since post-production on Apocalypse, what the story would be and how would do something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well. And that’s where we are with it.”
Admittedly that’s super vague, and it’s unclear what he means by “bold and radical.” I wouldn’t think this has anything to do with the film’s rating — X-Men film will likely continue to be rated PG-13 (though don't quote me on that) — but the fact that he’s saying that is very nice. This is the man who’s been involved with both Deadpool and Logan, and seeing as he knows what those two words actually mean (since he’s been involved with the franchise’s more bold and radical films), here’s hoping this next X-Men film lives up to the words.
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