Fifteen years ago, Brian Singer’s “X-Men” ushered in the modern age of comic book films. Sitting together in their muted, uniform black outfits, Cyclops (James Marsden) scoffed to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) at the notion of wearing “yellow spandex” as a costume. This mindset remained pervasive throughout comic book films for years to come; no matter the source material, film adaptations of comic books sought to strike an aesthetic balance — faithful yet restrained. Fox’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” could represent a shift of that longstanding paradigm.

 

The cast of the 2000 "X-Men" film

Gone are the days of dark, military-style uniforms from the “X-Men” films (geekleagueofamerica.com)

Earlier this month, San Diego Comic-Con provided our first look at the upcoming mutant adventure. Like so many other films shown at the convention — see: “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Deadpool” — anticipation ran high. When fans finally got their first look at the film, shock permeated the hall.

 

Gone are the dark, militaristic outfits of the previous films; “X-Men” movies have always leaned towards a subdued style. Instead, they have been replaced by stylish, fantastical costumes that embrace a wide color palette.

 

Ryan Reynolds poses as Deadpool in front of a fireplace

Ryan Reynolds poses as Deadpool (screenrant.com)

This seems to indicate that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” not only represented a reboot of continuity and character but of aesthetic, as well. Fox’s other upcoming mutant-based project, “Deadpool,” has receive equal praise for its faithful recreation of the titular characters’ red and black attire. This creative decision shows that Fox has started to carve out their niche in the world of comic book films: to embrace a wholly “comic book” style.

 

Cast members from the upcoming "X-Men" film

The acceptance of comic book culture brings the essence of the fantastical nature of comics to the big screen. (denofgeek.us)

The reveal of this new style does not have everyone jumping for joy, however. While Fox did intentionally release many promotional images and stills from the film, the exclusive Comic-Con trailer also leaked due to the ever ubiquitous cell phone camera — a problem that plagued several other films at the convention.

 

Hutch Parker, a producer on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” spoke out regarding the issue:

“The reason you don’t see footage out that far is you run the risk of it getting stale. Generally speaking, and I can’t speak for other studios — I can’t even speak for Fox any more — but I don’t believe their intention is [for footage to be leaked]. I think their intention is to get the most important opinions and opinion-makers in this community engaged in the promise of what’s coming.”

 

Essentially, they do not want us — the general public — to formulate opinions on the film this long before release. The official images released keep us guessing and wanting more, but to see an unpolished trailer this far out can ruin the build-up for a film like this.

 

What did you think of the new aesthetic for the “X-Men” films? Do you think it is a step in the right direction for Fox? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!