Legion won’t be the only X-Men related series on television in the upcoming TV season as Matt Nix’s The Gifted will be arriving at FOX in the fall. True Blood star Stephen Moyer plays one of the main characters, Reed Strucker, whose children are revealed to be mutants. But it’s a tricky situation that Reed will find himself in as he works as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office which is staked to hunt mutants.
Moyer recently appeared on CTV’s etalk as he chatted about joining the X-Men Universe through The Gifted and more. One of the questions that the host brought up the way the X-Gene works and asked Moyer if there is a chance that maybe down the line, his character might demonstrate some mutant abilities.
“That is correct, you have been doing your reading, or were you already a geek before you started this? [laughs] You got your stripes! I think it’s very important that you have an every-man character to attach to the audience in their own way, with myself and Amy Acker’s character, who plays my wife. We are sort of the projection of you, having to deal with what it would be like if you have a kid who display some sort of differences. But as for whether Reed will develop any [powers], I don’t know, but you’re right. The X-Gene can sort of manifest itself in many, many ways, so if I get to wear spandex and run around with a stripe in my hair, for instance, I would be quite happy with that!”
We learned a while back that Marvel legend Stan Lee would be making another one of his famous cameos in the series premiere of The Gifted. When the host brought that up, Moyer told the funny story of how that cameo came to be.
“Stan happened to be in Dallas when we were in Dallas. In fact, I ran into Stan’s assistant in an elevator and they went ‘What are you doing here?’ I told him and he was like ‘You know Stan is here, right?!’ I wasn’t on set when Stan came on board, he is like 93-94 old now, but I have met Stan 2-3 times. I nearly worked with him about two years ago on a British show, it didn’t quite work out time-wise, I had worked on it for quite a long while. He’s just awesome and he turns up when he does his thing, he is still so together.”
It has been stated several times that The Gifted will have somewhat of a connection with the X-Men Cinematic Universe. After the first trailer came out, it was a little unclear where within that timeline the show fits in. When Moyer was asked that, he gave a bit of a cryptic response of where the show fits into the larger cinematic universe.
“Within the X-Men Films, we’re sort of not allied to them or positioned within that. There are obviously mutant characters that have a place in the comic books. Some of them are different, some of them are sort of related in some way. But in terms of timeline, because obviously we just had Logan which was a lot further forward and obviously Legion which is a lot further back. So we definitely slot into a timeline, but as of yet, we’re not allied. I think they have given themselves a lot of leeway in order to be able to go places, but we’ve enough story within our universe to propel us forward without having to do that.”
“THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, “Reign”), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, “Aquarius”) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, “Satisfaction”) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. Written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.”
The Gifted is set to premiere this fall on Monday nights at 9/8c on FOX.
New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018
The current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.
FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.
To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.
Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.