That’s right, X-Fans, Fox has confirmed rumors that a live action X-Men TV Show is moving forward, though they haven’t solidified a deal just yet. Fox Network co-chairman Dana Walden revealed during last week’s Television Critics Association Press Tour, the network is actively pursuing a TV series based on Marvel’s team of mutant superheroes.
While the studio has made it clear we aren’t likely to see any of the more established mutants, those who have become well-known to even the most casual fans, there is still a long list of Professor X’s students to pull from.
“The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side, so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney,” said Walden, who speculated on the coming deal. “This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”
Past animated series have focused on the younger generations, students at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters who are just coming to terms with their mutant abilities, a story line that hearkens back to Uncanny X-Men #1. Could we see a more subtle, less explode-y version of the X-Men on the small screen?
Whether it is the renewal of the popularity of comic television shows, or Fox’s desperate attempt to hold tight to their claim on the live action rights to all things Mutant, fans are eager to see just what will become of this new show, which Walden made clear would be a (hopefully) long running series. A more character based drama that happens to star mutants could draw in an audience that just doesn’t get blue hairy scientists.
Agents of SHIELD saw success early on even as the show avoided more action based story lines in favor of the human (or inhuman) angle of the characters, drawing the audience in before bringing out the figurative (and literal) big guns. It could be we will see the same for the mutants.
Past live action series like Heroes (2006-2010), and Fox’s attempt at their own live action mutant drama, Mutant X (2002-2004), which both featured natural-born mutants, met unhappy ends, though largely due to elements out of the show runners control. Other live action comic series’ Arrow and The Flash have found a welcome audience on the CW, while the Netflix original Daredevil has been granted a second season after its popular debut.
The new X-show will find itself in good company at Fox, who’s DC drama Gotham will see the addition of at least two major Batman villains in its coming second season and grabbed itself a decent audience with its more “cop drama” feel. No Bat needed.
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