If like me you wonder when The New Mutants (2020) will finally grace theaters, then the panel discussion for the film at the 2020 San Diego Comic Con is a nice reward. Panelists shared insights into the film and had a good laugh about its long awaited release.
The panel opened with a clip of a hallway in which the planned release dates were scheduled: April 13th, 2018; then February 22nd and August 2nd, 2019; followed by April 3rd, 2020. Contain your amused laughter; the funny is yet to come.
Tags of what are apparently fans voicing their disappointment on this oft-postponed movie then crossed the screen: like “Glad to know New Mutants will be available for my grandkids when they have their own kids”, “Wait, maybe the New Mutants are ACTUALLY stuck in Limbo?” and “I couldn’t even vote when this trailer came out. Now I’m 40 and balding.”
Even director Josh Boone joked that before the release of the movie, there would probably be an asteroid about to hit Earth.
In the IMDb.com description for the film produced by 20th Century Studios and Marvel Entertainment, the story centers on five young mutants held in captivity within a secret facility as they “fight to escape their past sins and save themselves” while discovering their powers.
Boone said the Demon Bear saga from the comics, from which the plot of this movie is based, was a love of his because it mixed dark fantasy and horror with superhero comics which was something he’d never seen anything like before.
Moderator Ira Madison III led the panel with director Boone and the film’s stars: Maisie Williams (Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane), Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie/Cannonball), Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin/Magik), Blu Hunt (Danielle Moonstar/Mirage), Henry Zaga (Roberto Da Costa/Sunspot), and Alice Braga (Dr. Cecilia Reyes). Bill Sienkiewicz — the Eisner award-winning illustrator who helped cement the look of The New Mutants in the 1980’s — briefly joined as a special guest.
Williams delved into the relationship between characters Rahne and Danielle; commenting it was lovely and important to see these two fragile women in a protecting and light-bringing relationship in the otherwise typically masculine world of superheroes. She said “Just from the first audition that we did together, we got on so well. It was really wonderful to be able to see a relationship like this.”
Williams also talked about playing a more reserved character than her more widely-known role of the outgoing Arya Stark of Game of Thrones (2011-2019) fame; citing that Rahne is very uncomfortable in her own skin, wanting to speak up and say what she feels, but constantly treads lightly. “You know, when I play Arya, I’m always like have to command the room and, like, be really brave and strong and-… and like, that’s kind of exhausting and I don’t really feel like that.”
“I guess we’re just all excited for the fans to be able to see it.” said Boone regarding the movie. “Everybody’s been waiting so long, and they’re so enthusiastic online. People have been so responsive to the trailers.”
No kidding, Boone! Bring it on!
The overall feel given for The New Mutants is optimistic that when it finally graces screens the fans will love what they see in this cross between super-heroic and horror genres. For now, panel viewers are rewarded with the opening scene! See the panel video at the 24 minutes and 11 seconds mark for the clip, no spoilers given here; but from what I saw, it looks exciting! The opening scene is followed by a trailer which only adds to the excitement and eerie factor. See the panel also for details about how tweet hash-tagging for The New Mutants can give you cool emojis and enter you for chances to win a poster or see an advanced screening!
See The New Mutants in theaters if you get the chance on August 28, 2020; it’s going to be amazing!