The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
Kia Motors, which previously partnered with DC Entertainment for a line of Justice League-themed Optimas, is now sinking its claws into Wolverine. Or rather, Wolverine is sinking his claws into a Kia.
The Korean automaker has produced a one-off Sorento that brandishes the popular antihero’s signature claws — and claw marks — to help promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in Australia. The car also will be displayed in January at Melbourne Park for the duration of the Australian Open, which is sponsored by Kia.
This fall has been particularly exceptional television adaptations: The Walking Dead season premiere pulled in more than 17 million viewers, while more than 8 million watched the first episode Gotham, making it Fox’s best fall drama debut in 14 years. More than 6 million raced to see The Flash pilot, giving The CW its highest ratings ever. About 5 million are regularly tuning in for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and nearly 3 million for the third season of Arrow.
It’s not limited to live-action series, either: 2 million people watch Teen Titans Go!, and more than 1 million tune in to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon.
On the big screen, all four feature films starring Marvel characters — X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — each grossed more than $700 million each worldwide. So far, comic book movies have generated more than $3.8 billion dollars this year. While it’s unknown how many of those dollars are from repeat viewings, that’s still a lot of people.
Hot Toys has unveiled its
alarmingly incredibly life-like 1/6th-scale Wolverine collectible action figure from X-Men: Days of Future Past, out now on Blu-ray and DVD (synergy!). As you can see, this is future Wolverine, so if you were hoping for swingin’ ’70s Logan, you may be out of luck.
“The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Hugh Jackman as the future Wolverine in the movie,” the description states, “featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially-tailored future Wolverine battle suit with armor parts and Wolverine’s signature metal claws.”
[Editor’s note: Every Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss “The best in comics from the last seven days” — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
Tired of superhero movies yet? I’m not, since I found that I highly enjoyed X-Men: Days of the Future Past recently. However, announcements of new superhero movies have lost their luster a little, since you sorta expect that there’s going to be two competing Quicksilver movies any day now.
What did surprise me a little was DC’s rumored plans to develop their cinematic universe, and the one that got me most excited was Shazam! I mean… wow… Captain Marvel’s getting a movie? The entire idea of a kid who turns into a superhero with a magic word seems weird and alien in the current superhero movie universes we have these days, especially that somber one being helmed by Zack Snyder.
X-Men: The Last Stand was the last X-Men movie I thought I would ever see. I was so let down that I didn’t even want to watch X-Men: First Class when Fox tried to lure fans back with the promise of a clean slate. X3 was just too far. All the buildup and promise of the first two films was washed away with thoughtlessness and a complete misunderstanding of what made those adaptations great.
It’s easy to forget that the first X-Men movie really kicked off the revival of major comic-book adaptations that continue today. I know, Blade came first and was a big hit and really rekindled Hollywood’s love affair with comic properties, but X-Men was the start of the uniformed team, super-powers and the struggle between good and evil that modern audiences crave. The idea of peace and war for survival, the human-rights angle played as a mutant allegory portrayed by talented actors was all there comfortably next to stabby fight scenes, snarky quips and Halle Berry. From the first movie, we went to what could be debated as the best X-Men movie, X2: X-Men United. Themes were expounded upon, comic morsels were dropped for fans to pick up on, and the special-effects budget improved tenfold. After that, development problems, the wanton destruction of characters and the complete mishandling of the Phoenix storyline all combined to create a movie that nearly killed the franchise.
X-Men: First Class was a chance to get the audience back with a younger, sexier cast of mutant heroes and villains. For the most part it worked, but I didn’t want a new group of X-Men; I wanted the old one back. Everything in the first two X-Men movies still worked, and it didn’t feel right to just jettison it all because of one disaster. To borrow a phrase, just because one stumbles and falls doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.
If only we could go back in time and change X-Men: the Last Stand. ..
WARNING: SPOILERS for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’ll try and remain vague, but I’ll definitely be talking about the final act because — short version — it’s worth the admission price to see if you’re a fan of the original films. For more, continue on, True Believers!
Following a round of X-Men-centric Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercials that attracted widespread criticism, the latest stop on the Days of Future Past promo train is AXE, the male-targeted grooming brand that for for years marketed its body spray with the overt promise that the user would become cartoonishly irresistible to the opposite sex. Like Carl’s Jr., AXE in the past has been accused of sexist marketing — including a 2012 spot centered on disembodied female breasts — but this commercial plays it pretty straight, with the film’s Havok (Lucas Till) outshining two less impressive mutants in a competition administered by an unnamed character unlikely to be found in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
It’s all to promote the “AXE Limited Edition X-Men pack,” which can be found in “Phoenix, Dark Temptation, Apollo and Anarchy” varieties, and comes bundled with an “exclusive” Days of Future Past poster.
It’s not the first time AXE and comics have collided: In 2012, the company launched a digital comic, written by Scott Lobdell, to promote the “Anarchy” fragrance line.
On a day rife with fake announcements and Photoshoppery, this April Fool’s Day prank is real (or, rather, “real”): Wolverhampton Station, in England’s West Midlands, has been renamed Wolverine Station, if only for today. It’s a stunt orchestrated by Virgin Trains and Fox to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past.
London24 explains that the station’s 65 signs underwent the change, which was even reflected in the departure board at London’s Euston Station. Other signs (below) warned travelers about the potential threat posed by mutants. (Local radio station BBC WM even got in on the action, tweeting its opposition with a poster that reads “Mutant And Proud.”)
Given the wounds, both figuratively and literally, left by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, it will probably be a while before anyone invests in another big-budget superhero musical. However, after watching this video of Tony winner Hugh Jackman singing about his Wolverine identity crisis — to the tune of “Who Am I?” from Les Miserables, naturally — on BBC Radio’s Matt Edmondson Show, I’m willing to pitch in on a Kickstarter campaign for Wolverine: The Musical.
And if that’s a success, we’ll move on to Anne Hathaway singing something about when the tigers come at night from Catwoman: The Musical …