This is starting to get serious.
Superhero films aren’t going away anytime soon, that much is known. The success of these universes is stabilized enough where even critical flops like BATMAN V SUPERMAN will still take in a ton of dough at the box-office.
The only thing that can really stop these behemoths is time, more specifically the ages of its cast. We still have X-MEN: APOCALYPSE waiting in the wings, but with the contracts up for many of those stars (though it appears Jennifer Lawrence may be having second thoughts about giving up the blue body paint), there will come a time when studios will have to inject a shot of youth into future projects.
That time appears to be now. According to Hitfix, Josh Boone, who last did the sappy THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is now behind THE NEW MUTANTS, and he appears to have already cast three of the students.
Maisie Williams (Arya from GAME OF THRONES) is Wolfsbane, a Scottish girl who can transform into a werewolf; Anna Taylor Joy is Magik, a mystic who has the power to teleport and travel to other dimensions; and Alexandra Shipp who will return (she’s also in APOCALYPSE) to play Storm, who controls the weather. Storm’s an interesting addition; she’s had no prior history with this particular team.
Others left to cast are:
Cannonball: a redneck from Kentucky who creates a propulsion blast from his lower half which allows him to fly and become nearly invulnerable. Basically he’s a human rocket.
Sunspot: a Brazilian who absorbs the energy from the son and uses it to fly and fire concussive force from his hands.
Karma: a Vietnamese girl who can mentally possess others minds and bodies.
Mirage: a Native American who can create illusions.
Check out that diversity! It literally consists of all corners of the globe, so as long as they don’t white wash the roles, this could be a real interesting story to tell. Plus, James McAvoy is back as Professor X! The New Mutants first came about in the 80s–the same decade that APOCALYPSE takes place, and since Shipp is involved, I think it’s safe to say that the film will take place in the timeframe. What’s odd is that Magik is the younger sister of Colossus, but if things stay true to form, then she’ll be technically older. Time travel, ya’ll.
THE NEW MUTANTS is probably going to come out in 2018, but no official word yet.