I am so done with the X-Men movies. They're terrible, they're depressing, they're wasting some of the best characters Marvel Comics ever published. Everybody spends all their time unloading on the failed Fantastic Four films, but it's the X-Men franchise that is the most horrible thing Fox has done, in my opinion. The Fantastic Four movies have only wasted about six great characters, while the X-Men fims have pissed away dozens.
But there is hope! And that hope gets more hopeful by the day. Josh Boone, who directed The Fault In Our Stars, has signed on to direct New Mutants, the spin-off about the next generation of kids at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. And he's bringing along some friends: Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber, who wrote that film as well as The Spectacular Now.
Maybe you haven't given The Fault In Our Stars or The Spectacular Now the time of day (half our staff hasn't, which is why I'm writing this!), but you should. They're both excellent films, and they both get at a certain kind of teenage reality that has been utterly missing from the X films thus far. Boone working with these guys on New Mutants is very exciting, because it means that they're going to bring a humanity to these characters that is based on identifiable human traits. Hell, I'm okay with these guys making New Mutants 90% soap opera and throwing in some action right at the end.
By the way, the Hollywood Reporter article on this lists the team roster, which fits with what we had heard before (Cannonball, Sunspot, Dani Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Magik) but also mentions Warlock. Is that new news? And if Warlock is in this, where's Doug Ramsey, aka Cypher, aka the shape-shifting alien's best pal? Guys, get Doug in here so we can have Douglock in New Mutants 3.