Thanks to the genre-bending success of Deadpool and Logan, Fox is taking on riskier projects as a result. One of them is Josh Boone's New Mutants, the story of five young mutants who have to learn to deal with their powers while trapped in a secret facility. The film has been shaping up nicely. It boasts a star-studded cast that includes Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Blu Hunt and Charlie Heaton, and its production process has been uneventful.
This doesn't happen often with comic book movies, but New Mutants has managed to remain surrounded in secrecy. Aside from the casting announcements and the plot description, there has been no promotional material from the new mutant adventure. But be hungry no more, my fellow geeks, because we have our very first tease: the official logo.
The New Mutants Are Coming
To celebrate the last week of production (I told you, complete secrecy), #JoshBoone took to Instagram to post a picture of the film's first official logo. This isn't your usual colorful image, though, it's a raw design that separates the movie from any other comic book adaptations. Check it out:
The bloody logo and claw marks reminds me of the movie's rumored main antagonist, Demon Bear and reaffirms the fact that New Mutants will be one creepy superhero adventure. This past May, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Boone revealed the film would be much more of a horror thriller rather than your typically colorful comic book film:
"We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We're trying to do something very, very different."
There have been superhero films that have dabbled with horror elements in the past, such as Blade, Constantine and even 2015's Fantastic Four, but New Mutants will fully commit to that approach. Super-powered teenagers hidden away in a bunker might not immediately scream "scary movie," but there's a lot to mine form that, such as psychological and body horror. Can you imagine just how unique a scary film in the #XMen universe could be?
Hearing that costumes and conventional super villains won't be in the film as a result of the horror treatment may turn some fans off, but those elements are ultimately a small price to pay for a new exploration of the superhero genre.
Is The Film Getting An R-Rating?
The massive blood splatter is probably making you wonder whether #NewMutants will be rated R. Unfortunately for anyone hoping for it, it's most likely not happening. During Boone's aforementioned interview with EW, the site revealed that Fox was aiming for a PG-13 rating.
A toned-down approach is even more likely if we consider the fact that there are plenty of brutal horror movies with a PG-13 rating. With that said, anything can change during the development process, and #Fox has proven its expertise at handling such a rating to serve the story with Deadpool and Logan, so it could happen for all we know.
As someone who doesn't really get excited by an R-rating unless it clearly serves the story, I'd be fine with whichever rating the film gets. Overall, New Mutants sounds like a true unique on the superhero concept, and the more I hear about the film, the more my patience to watch it decreases.
New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13, 2018.
What do you think about this bloody approach to The New Mutants? Could the movie be R-rated? Let me know in the comments!