Josh Boone On How ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Failure Affected ‘The New Mutants’

Director Josh Boone explained how The New Mutants was effected by the failure of X-Men: Apocalypse.

After the poorly received X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the film franchise was revitalized with the release of X-Men: First Class, which transported fans to the 1960s during the younger days Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. While the first sequel to the prequel, Days of Future Past, was generally well-received, the franchise took another turn with the widely-lambasted X-Men: Apocalypse.

Now, director Josh Boone has revealed how the failure of X-Men: Apocalypse resulted in Fox making changes to his upcoming film in the franchise, The New Mutants. As Boone explained during an interview with Screen Rant in 2017, The New Mutants was originally going set during the same time period as Apocalypse before the poor performance of the film prompted Fox to decide against setting future X-Men films in the past:

“You know, it was originally set, when we did the first couple drafts with Simon Kinberg, who’s our producer, he’s off now making his own X-Men movie, so like, he’s still the producer, but Karen’s here because Simon’s got to make that movie. But originally were in the 80s universe with Professor X in it, with Storm in it, and with a bunch of other stuff and, like, basically when they got to Apocalypse, they didn’t want anything set in the past anymore, [lowers voice] like that was the reason it was bad… It’s like, the one before that in the 70s was pretty awesome. And the 60s one was pretty great. They just wanted all this stuff moved up to the present day including the X-Men eventually in some way shape or form. I imagine these will all connect, but it didn’t really matter because they’re in such an isolated location without any Wi-Fi or phones or anything that it might as well be the 80s in terms of the setting. It didn’t change our story very much. It limited who we could use character-wise, but in some ways it made it better because it freed us from, uh – it’s really able to be its own thing. Which I appreciate more now than I did when had to make that decision. But yeah, we’re really excited about it.”

Were you a fan of X-Men: Apocalypse? Should The New Mutants have been allowed to continue as planned before X-Men: Apocalypse performed so poorly? Let us know your thoughts on Apocalypse and the upcoming film The New Mutants below!

Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:

20th Century Fox in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.

Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

The New Mutants will be released in theaters on April 3, 2020.

Source: Screen Rant

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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