Director Josh Boone has teased the X-Men movie New Mutants will differ from other superhero films in multiple respects - including, a lack of proper superhero costumes.
Fox's New Mutants was recently pushed back to 2019, much to the disappointment of fans. There are reports that Fox intends to New Mutants even scarier, and that Boone is turning the superhero film into a full-on horror offering. The success of Deadpool and Logan has given Fox a lot of confidence in terms of creating a diverse range of superhero movies. They clearly want Boone to take advantage of this opportunity, and to create a horror film that will give fans of the franchise nightmares.
The recent announcement doesn't mean the marketing push for New Mutants will be relaxed, of course. Fox was originally planning to release the film in April 2018, which means they had booked a lot of key interviews and promotions. Some of those are still going ahead, and the latest issue of Empire contains an interview with Boone himself. In it, he talks a little about what makes New Mutants unique:
"There are no costumes. That alone makes [New Mutants] different."
It makes sense; New Mutants is essentially a "haunted house" movie, with a group of teenage mutants institutionalized because their powers are too dangerous. As Boone observes, they "can't be with the other kids in the X-Mansion." Given that's the case, the stars of New Mutants are the most unlikely superheroes of all. Their powers are destructive and dangerous, they're mentally scarred and/or socially awkward, and they're as likely to snap under pressure as they are to save the day. It's actually a thrilling concept; these are no larger-than-life superheroes. Instead, they're ordinary people who've gained super-powers, and are now completely out of their depth.
There's definitely an irony to a X-Men spinoff avoiding costumes. When Fox launched the X-Men franchise back in 2000, they chose to ditch the trademark superhero outfits. In one famous scene, Hugh Jackman suited up in a black leather suit and complained; Cyclops responded, "What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" The Fox movies have stayed true to this approach right up to the end of 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. That saw the X-Men don costumes for the first time ever. Jackman has never worn anything remotely resembling a classic yellow Wolverine costume, much to the frustration of fans.
In this case, though, the lack of superhero costumes isn't just an aesthetic choice. It's a deliberate approach, inspired by Josh Boone's unique and creative take on Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz's New Mutants run. It seems to be a wise choice.
Source: Empire Magazine
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