EDITORIAL: Defending The X-MEN Films And Fox In General

EDITORIAL: Defending The X-MEN Films And Fox In General

The X-Men films and Fox get a lot of flack on this site, everything from casting to deviation of source material. But is it really a valid argument? Do the Fox films deserve the amount of flack they get? Hit the jump to read BatmanHeisenberg’s article!


I’m going to say one or two things before I even delve into the article. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING, ESPECIALLY TO TROLL. I have also not seen a few fox films, given the amount of people recommending me not to see them, or just haven’t found them yet. I have yet to see The Wolverine, DareDevil and Elektra. I probably will soon, but that doesn’t dismiss this article.

 

Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?
 

As I said in the teaser, Fox seems to get a lot of flack. Now, I’m not saying they are even close to perfect. I like three x-men films(X-men, X2, X-Men: First Class and I haven’t seen The Wolverine) and either haven’t seen or dislike everything else Fox has done CBM wise. I am going to say I am eagerly excited for the Fantastic Four. Despite a handful of fans, it seems the Fox films are hated by the comic book fan community. It seems to me that the biggest complaints is the constant deviations from the source material, casting and track record. Let diverge into the two most hated things they do:
 

Source Material:
 

I wrote an editorial on this very subject, so I will be brief. (You can check it out here: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BombAsBenAffleck/news/?a=95475)

Yes, it diverges heavily in EVERY film from the comics. But hasn’t every studio? Maybe Marvel Studios and Sony might do it less, sure. But why do the films need to follow the source material so much? If we were to have CBM’s that followed source material exactly as we would want them to, what is the point of the CBM’s? We already have the comic books, so why do we need a CBM to retread that? Now, that isn’t to say I don’t like CBM’s that follow source material
closely, but I do like reinterpretations, because it gives us something fresh, new.




DC, Marvel Studios and Sony have all taken deviations from the comics. To make a list of them would be to damn long. My point? Fox isn’t the only one guilty of deviating from the source material a lot.


Casting:


I guess I wrote on this to. Ha! I’ll diverge into this more, so I don’t have to retread. (Check it out HERE, if you want: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fan_fic/news/?a=94618)


Hugh Jackman and the recent Fantastic Four cast seem to be the most hated when they were cast. The FF cast seems to be universally hated by CBM fans. Why this is is weird to me. The most hated choice is of course Michael B. Jordan. The reason why is usually because he is a black man playing a traditionally white character. I for one welcome the change. Most CBM roles are played by white guys. And I feel this minor change will not dictate the film in general and his relationship with his sister. Kate Mara hasn’t received a lot of flack, which is good, because she is, wait sorry, WAS amazing in House of Cards. People are saying they have to be adopted or some shit. Why can’t they be brother and sister still? There are plenty of siblings who have different skin colors but are full blooded. I will reiterate, it will very unlikely affect their relationship as a whole.




Another problem with the casting choices that people have are Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, mostly because he is younger than usually portrayed. Well, I’ll have you know they are adapting Ultimate Fantastic Four. So in that case, he is perfect for a young Mr. Fantastic. Now, you may not like that they are casting for a more Ultimate influenced film. Which is fine, but your beef isn’t with Teller, it’s with the writing. And the final choice people dislike is Jamie Bell. They feel he is little and can’t play the street tough former gangster. I think he can, and even if he isn’t, I think they might be doing something new and fresh.


Track Record:


I’ll admit, Fox doesn’t have the best track record. The previous FF films, Daredevil, Elektra, X-Men 3 and Origins: Wolverine. Like I said earlier, I haven’t seen The Wolverine YET, BUT, I have loved every other X-Men film to date.


 

So, yes, Fox doesn’t have the best track record. But does that mean they haven’t made quality CBM’s? I don’t think so.

Well, do you still hate Fox with a burning passion, or visa versa? Do you disagree or agree with me strongly? Sound off in the usual place, and watch the new kickass DoFP trailer!

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Filed Under "X-Men" 3/25/2014
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