Ahead of tonight’s series premiere of FOX’s The Gifted, show creator Matt Nix and the show’s cast break down what to expect from the motley crew of characters that will be introduced to viewers as they get their first taste of the side of the X-Men universe that has rarely been explored in live-action.
The show takes the focus away from the adventures and exploits of the X-Men and puts it on the families and other mutants that are affected by the growing mutant population and mankind’s hostility towards it.
This also includes the Sentinel Services, a government organization hunting and tracking down mutants that throws central character Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) into the middle of the conflict as he is not only a district attorney working on behalf of the organization but is also the father of children who harbor mutant abilities. The actor delved into the character’s friction between his work and his family:
“He’s been doing what he thinks is right. In our world, it’s not illegal to be a mutant, but it is illegal to use your powers in public. The thing that’s been gnawing away at him — probably for a few years — is brought into focus. He’s devoted to his family, but he’s also been devoted to his work, and he’s never shied away from interrogating mutants for his job. “I have no issue with people finding him unheroic, I enjoy that element.”
Characters Lauren and Andy Strucker (played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White) also gave show creator Matt Nix a chance to explore characters that would have attended Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters if it was still around in the show’s timeline and the challenges they face developing their powers whilst not having the guidance and tutelage of Charles Xavier:
“In reality, if you think about it, if you got mutant powers tomorrow, a mutant fairy doesn’t show up on your shoulder and tell you what you have. Like, you looked at the flowerpot, and it broke. Do you have blinking powers? Do you have flowerpot powers? What do you have? You don’t know that until you develop it.”
The show also introduces viewers to the character of Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale) who also goes by the nickname “Eclipse” as he has the mutant ability to manipulate light and photons as he becomes the leader of an underground movement to usher mutants to safety. Teale explains that his character is a survivor and trying to do what he feels is the most ethical option even if it’s never easy:
“He’s a boy that at a very young age is kicked out of the home, he was from a wealthy family but was forced to live in a cardboard box in Colombia, and to survive, he had to do a lot of things he isn’t proud of… He’s searching for family, he’s searching for a place to belong and for the right to be a mutant. It’s quite hard to find that. He’s trying to do what’s right.”
With so many new and original characters be featured on the show, longtime comic book readers will definitely be acquainted with the slew of X-Men characters making their live-action debut in The Gifted.
Actress Emma Dumont will be portraying Lorna Dane, better known to longtime X-Men fans as Polaris who in this continuity is the daughter of Magneto. Dumont advises that although she too can control magnetism, her character will share the familiar personality traits as her father:
“She’s difficult, and she has some family drama. We’re both passionate and we both think we know what’s right and wrong. And maybe sometimes we can both be a little bit bossy.”
Polaris is not alone as fan-favorite character John Proudstar, better known as Thunderbird will finally make his live-action debut portrayed by actor Blair Redford. Redford teases that there will conflict between his character and the other mutants:
“Thunderbird inherently wants to do good and so does Eclipse, and Polaris to some degree might want to do the emotionally satisfying thing, and Eclipse gets torn between the two of those things.”
The series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Here’s the official synopsis:
“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 premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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.