– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Next year, mainstream audiences will be introduced to the world of The New Mutants. This is a comic book series that’s been around the early 1980s, but with this adaptation, writer-director Josh Boone is taking a distinctly different approach.

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Rather than keep it more in keeping with the source material, and rather than going for the YA approach that was originally pitched to audiences, Boone opted to take the film franchise in a distinctly more horror-focused direction. If you’ve somehow managed not to see the first trailer for the film, I highly recommend you check it out above.

While some may think that these kids may someday want to join up with the X-Men, for the time being, Boone has made it clear that joining Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters is the farthest thing from their minds.

“These kids could care less about being X-Men. They’re so (messed) up and have had such horrible things happen, they’re just trying to figure out how to get out of this situation. We just tried to pull this back and make it performance- and character-driven, and more grounded and credible than X-Men movies ever are.”

As Boone hints at, The New Mutants is more One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest than it is X-Men, and with this batch of teens being held captive in a psych ward, it creates a canvas for some really horrific stuff to happen down the line. Going to some school would be the last thing on my mind as well if I were them.

The New Mutants hits theaters on April 13, 2018.

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    Its funny because none of the most recent X-Men films care about being X-Men either.

  • Smerdyakov

    And we don’t care about the New Mutants.

  • donzai

    none of this matters. soon enough this will all be under marvel’s control. the xmen will be xmen, and they will not be emo anymore. no more flamboyant haircuts or leather outfits lets hope.

    • Brafdorf

      X-Men are always emo

  • capwulf


    The death knell for movies about people that shoot lasers from their eyes.

    These clowns just don’t get it.

    Glad Marvel got it back.

  • Brafdorf

    Fox has made some of the best comic movies and everyone’s so quick to shit on them

    • oh_riginal

      Only because they also made some of the worst. People don’t forget.

      • Brafdorf

        So has Marvel

  • Andy

    Geez, people in the comment section crapping on this film already? Of course, the word ‘grounded’ will piss a lot of people of. What if ‘grounded’ means to the director that making the characters feel real? Of course the story and powers themselves will be unrealistic, but making the characters ‘real’ will make them easy to invest with. We need to care about them and see what happens to them in a story. Superheroes don’t necessarily make good movies, characters and a good story does. Doesn’t make sense for people wanting it to flop so hard, when everyone wants a film to be as good as possible.

    People wanting it to flop hard when the Disney/Fox deal finalises in 12-18 months. If Marvel had their way, it’ll become stylistically bland, convenient busy work to just show off the heroes’ powers with a established mould that’s admittedly safe and works. With so many comic book movies coming out, you might as well do something different. Superhero films evolve every year.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.