Over the weekend we learned of another new face joining the X-Men film franchise in Adan Canto (The Following). Much like Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy and Boo Boo Stewart, it has yet to be official revealed what characters each are playing, leaving fans to speculate on characters and story arc from Marvel Comics.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past introducing time travel into the franchise there are a few key characters from the books - yet to be introduced in films - that fans see as must-include. And as it turns out, Bryan Singer has done just that.
One of the new faces, Fan Bingbing, is confirmed to be playing the character of Blink - a mutant key in the Age of Apocalypse storyline. We don't know if Singer is going that route with the sequel to both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand, but his reactions to questions on the subject and rumors around the casting additions lend credence to that possibility. If Fox wants to go big with their own mutant-heavy Marvel Universe, Apocalypse is the way to do it.
Similar to Marc Webb's promotion of the production of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Singer has taken to Twitter to use the platform as the the official Days of Future Past marketing device - saving Twentieth Century Fox plenty of dollars - and his most recent tease featuring Halle Berry in a new costume, earned somewhat mixed reactions from readers here on Screen Rant. Perhaps to address the negative and generate plenty of excitement, he's tweeted the following Vine video today, confirming the introduction two important fan-favorite characters from the book by using chairs, literally:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 24, 2013
Lucas Bishop of course, is a mutant form a post-apocalyptic future who travels back through time to meet the current mutants. In recent years of Marvel Comics, Bishop has jumped around quite a bit, not just in time, but with his allegiances. His mutant powers allow him to absorb and redirect energy, which will come in handy should the film's take on the giant mutant-hunting Sentinel robots shoot lasers.
James Proudstar (Warpath) on the other hand, is an Apache Native American with the mutant abilities of strength and speed. He initially took on a villainous role after his brother died as an X-Men, but he joined the light side and became a member of Wolverine's X-Force team.
Both are important characters in X-history and both have personalities, costumes, weapons and abilities that could work wonders on screen in action sequences. The character confirmations also seem to answer the question of who Omar Sy is playing. It's a safe bet he's Bishop, but does that leave the young Booboo Stewart as Warpath? That doesn't quite fit the visual design of the books, but it could be a younger James Proudstar from the '70s we see on screen.
The other infamous time-traveling mutant Cable doesn't seem to be part of the formula, at least not yet in the movies. His inclusion would also serve as an obvious path for Twentieth Century Fox to launch the stuck-in-development Deadpool film. There still however, could be other characters in the film, or as we learned over the weekend with Adan Canto, already part of the cast.
Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing and Adan Canto, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014 and Fantastic Four on March 6, 2015.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who you'd cast as Bishop and Warpath!
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