With the U.S. premiere of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse only a few days away, Screen Junkies has targeted the beloved 1990s-era X-Men: The Animated Series for their latest installment of “Honest Trailers”. More than 20 years since its debut in 1992, the classic series remains one of the most faithful and beloved comic book adaptations to hit the small screen, even with all of the absurd and cringe-worthy moments on display in this funny video.
The X-Men: The Animated Series Honest Trailer takes aim at some of the more embarrassing qualities that serve as painful reminders of what it was like to be a kid in the '90s before cutting into some of the show’s more humorous and repetitive offenses. In the center of it all, Screen Junkies also takes a strong but potent jab at Singer’s long-running X-Men live-action movie franchise.
When the original X-Men film opened in 2000, many fans that grew up reading the comic books and watching the animated series were disappointed by the replacement of their favorite characters’ iconic uniforms with black leather jumpsuits. The Honest Trailer video compares Singer’s costumes with the true-to-page versions from the television show, reminding viewers of a choice the director seems to be trying to correct - most recently, by offering more faithful versions of Storm, Jubilee, and Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse.
When Marvel first introduced the X-Men in 1963, they were positioned as a group fighting to end anti-mutant bigotry in a heavy-handed metaphor for the civil rights movement. This clip points out that, while the plot of the animated series often found the mutant heroes facing foes motivated by prejudice, many of the characters embodied racial and cultural stereotypes. Even though the pages of the comic books often featured characters from diverse backgrounds, many of these depictions feel outdated by today’s standards.
As Singer began production on the original X-Men film, it seems like the allegorical message behind the X-Men allowed him to see it as something more than a “comic book movie.” The ridiculous aspects of the classic show highlighted in this clip – from Storm’s bizarre habit of speaking to the weather to the idiotic behavior of the Sentinels – may have been further encouragement as the talented director did everything in his power to distance his film from the television series.
As Apocalypse prepares to take over U.S. theaters this weekend (with Oscar Isaac starring as one of the X-Men’s most fearsome foes), fans have their fingers crossed that Singer and writer/producer Simon Kinberg have delivered a spectacle that fulfills the promise of its source material. In 2016, with colorful, faithful comic book adaptations earning billions of dollars every year, Singer no longer needs to justify his solemn choices. X-Men movies can be about the characters, their snazzy costumes, the super-powers, the conflicts, and the relationships that long-time fans have come to love.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in U.S. theaters May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018 (possible New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.
Source: Screen Junkies