Marvel and DC have both done an excellent job bringing their properties to television. While it could be argued that Marvel is having some trouble on network TV with series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they have hit a grand slam with their original series on Netflix and this year, we will see Marvel use the cinematic universe formula they used to create The Avengers to create The Defenders.
On the other hand, DC has done a magnificent job on The CW with popular series like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. All four of these shows are constantly crossing over while staying in their own bubble at the same time. However, other shows such as Gotham and Lucifer aren't as successful.
Now, Fox is ready to bring the X-Men to TV with Legion next month. The show will have eight episodes and air on the FX channel. This is the first show that connects to the X-Men film series but it has been hinted at by the producers that the show will be in an alternate reality. We will have to wait until February 8 to figure out exactly what that means. But if you like the sound of one X-Men TV series — it's time to get excited for a second one.
X-Men TV Series Gets Pilot Order From Fox — Directed By Bryan Singer
Variety has reported that Fox has ordered a pilot for an untitled X-Men universe series that will be produced and written by Matt Nix along with producers like X-Men alumni Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jim Chory. We haven't learned much about the project, besides a brief description of what the pilot will be about:
The pilot follows two human parents and their mutant child who are forced to go on the run from the government and end up joining an underground mutant network.
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Perhaps the most interesting part is that Bryan Singer will be directing the pilot. He is the creative genius behind the X-Men franchise all the way from the beginning when he directed X-Men in 2000, along with X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Singer has clearly made some gems along with some stinkers and as a result, many fans are a big supporter of him while others hate what he's done with the franchise.
While I am not swayed to either side, there is no denying that Bryan Singer has left a certain spin on the X-Men films and we've seen that for the past 17 years. While he's definitely made his mark, I believe it's time to let other directors take over this untitled X-Men series and make it vastly different from the movies. If Bryan Singer directed most of the episodes, the TV series would just feel like an extension on the movies rather than its own unique story. Nevertheless, letting him direct the pilot and then handing over the mantle to other creatives isn't the worst thing that could occur.
Along with the little information we have received, we learned that this untitled series will be more connected to the X-Men universe than Legion. Noah Hawley, creator of Legion, has said:
“With the X-Men comics, there are a lot of alt universes, so that has allowed me some leeway. And obviously it’s a sort of origin story for David, but none of the other characters that I’ve surrounded him with are from the comics. It’s sort of an invented world.”
Also, this unnamed series is replacing the Hellfire series that was in development at Fox and was apparently cancelled. This is all the information we have heard thus far and even though it may not seem like there's much here, it still gets me very excited for what's to come.
The description we have received from Fox almost gives off a Stranger Things combined with the X-Men universe vibe. It definitely appears to be a fresh and unique concept that if done correctly, it could turn out to be a really cool series that focuses on a group of characters running away from the government. However, probably the most intriguing part of that description is the fact that these characters run into an "underground mutant network," which might be a huge hint at a certain mutant team — X-Force, a movie currently in development.
What do you guys think about this new X-Men series? What would your dream X-Men series be about? Discuss below!