Have you heard that Fox is looking to capitalize on the momentum of television super hero series? They’re investigating if a live-action X-Men series is a doable project. It could be if done right.
Smallville had set a great tone on The CW when it ran for ten seasons, showing that if you kept it more real than fanciful, viewers will stick with a well written series. Then The CW and WB kept it going with more surprisingly decent shows like (Green) Arrow, and now The Flash.
If the writing is there, the viewers will stay, so Fox is looking into this, but they have some great standards to live up to… with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC, then Constantine on NBC. Plus CBS is reportedly toying with the idea of a Supergirl series. And add to that the unsubstantiated rumor of crossovers through the DC characters throughout the television arena, and you have what might be good fun television. Television that genre fans have been patiently waiting for.
If Fox does this X-Men thing, this would not be the first time a team of heroes with mutant powers has been tackled on TV. Syfy had Alphas and that wasn’t a bad show, but Syfy couldn’t seem to deliver on the progressing story as well as fans, or their corporate bosses, would have liked.
An old show that stuck in my head from the 2001 to 2004 time frame was Mutant X. Hmmm. Mutant. X. THe show introduced the world to Victor Webster, Lauren Lee Smith, Victoria Pratt and others. Plus it was created by none other than Avi Arad. Yes, Marvel’s Avi Arad. The show was actually doing well in the television landscape at the time and had promise, but one of the production companies “folded” and the show had to be cancelled, right in the middle of a cliffhanger. (Of course, since Fox has the rights to X-Men, you’ll never guess who sued whom when the show aired? In fact Fox lobbed multiple lawsuits at various parties through the years it was on, attacking the series for potential infringement.)
But that was then and this is now.
Legalities aside, everyone now knows where they stand. Marvel is making billions with the characters they haven’t sold the rights to while Fox is straggling along trying to figure out how to make their X-Men film franchise a billion dollar seller also. And I’m sure Sony would LOVE to make Spider-Man a bigger selling franchise. And to be honest, desperate grabs at reboots that have everything but the kitchen sink in it (for characters) is NOT the best way to go.
Let’s face it, Marvel did things right with what many considered to be second-tier characters while Fox and Sony have done well, but not as well as Marvel has with its own production company.
Of late the rumor news has been that Sony will be allowing Spider-Man to possibly show up in the third Captain America movie, called Captain America: Civil War, while possibly also spinning his webs in the Avengers: Infinity War movie.
For comic fans, this makes perfect sense, considering Spidey is part of that story arc in the comic.
But back on track, and that being maybe it is time to pull the X-Men back into TV. TV is seemingly a great venue for some of the DC/WB titles, while Marvel is still languishing on this front. For now.
But that’s that. We’ll see for sure how things pan out for a possible live-action X-Men TV series.