Chris Claremont

Oct. 31, 2014 | 4:29 p.m.

Channing Tatum ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘Gambit’ lands ‘RoboCop’ screenwriter

Josh Zetumer has been hired to write the script for Fox’s “X-Men” spinoff, “Gambit.” Zetumer’s script will be based on a treatment written by Chris Claremont, who created the comic book character, a fast-talking former thief whose given name is Remy LeBeau, with artist Jim Lee. Fox confirmed the news Friday afternoon. A Cajun charmer from Louisiana, Gambit has the ability to control kinetic energy, often charging items he touches, turning them into explosives and throwing them as weapons (playing cards are a favorite). The character made his comic book debut in 1990 and has been featured in several “X-Men” animated series and video games; Taylor Kitsch played the rogue in Gavin Hood’s spinoff film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The project is the latest in a series of films for the busy actor. Tatum was recently seen opposite Jonah Hill in […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.

‘X-Men Apocalypse': Bryan Singer announces 2016 mutant sequel

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer appears to have announced, via Twitter, that another installment in the mutant franchise, “X-Men Apocalypse,” is due for release in 2016. The filmmaker on Thursday afternoon sent the following tweet: #Xmen #Apocalypse 2016! — Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013 Few additional details are known — though Fox did confirm later in the afternoon that the movie will be released May 27, 2016 — the tweet implies that the film might involve the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” Singer is already immersed in the world of the Marvel comics mutants, working to finalize his 2014 release, “Days of Future Past,” which arrives in theaters May 23. The upcoming film picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the superheroes’ origins as young […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 4:36 p.m.

‘The Wolverine’ Blu-ray: Hugh Jackman, James Mangold talk Japan [Video]

“The Wolverine,” the most recent X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman as the troubled antihero, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, a prelude to Jackman’s next turn as the character in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and a new stand-alone sequel announced last month. Released this past summer, “The Wolverine” marked a special moment for the Australian actor, who said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired the film when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men.” Jackman said he was  struck back then by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of Logan and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic in a way of anti-authority, anti-tradition, anti-honor, anti-code, is in Japan with all these samurai and ninjas,” Jackman […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 7:26 a.m.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer: Wolverine to the mutants’ rescue

Filmmaker Bryan Singer last week tweeted a link to a new clip from a forthcoming trailer to his anticipated “X-Men” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past. “ Just a few seconds of footage, the teaser featured a number of the most iconic X-Men characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. On Tuesday, fans got a look at the full trailer, which is heavy on Wolverine, who must travel back in time to save the present-day mutants. “Days of Future Past,” due out May 23, 2014, picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from both “First […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 1:02 p.m.

‘X-Men: Gold': New stories from Claremont, Lee, more for mutants’ 50th

"X-Men: Gold" No. 1 (featured image)
The celebration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary continues next month as Marvel releases “X-Men: Gold,” a comic featuring stories from prominent creators in the mutants’ history. The 64-page “X-Men: Gold” No. 1 centers on a feature-length, in-continuity story by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, spotlighting Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops and Nightcrawler. The one-shot also includes a new X-Men story from series co-creator Stan Lee and Louise and Walt Simonson (“X-Factor”), as well as stories from Len Wein, Jorge Molina, Fabian Nicieza, Salvador Larroca, Roy Thomas and Pat Olliffe — all creators who have helped guide X-comics throughout their first 50 years. Thomas had two well-regarded stints on “X-Men” in the ‘60s before its years-long break in original stories, and Nicieza was a major player in ‘90s X-comics. Wein wrote “Giant-Size X-Men” No. 1, which revived the franchise with […]
Sept. 10, 2013 | 4:19 p.m.

X-Men 50th anniversary: Five artists who defined Marvel’s mutant team

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When “The X-Men” debuted 50 years ago, it was part of a wave of Marvel Comics spearheaded by writer/editor Stan Lee, working alongside a stable of artists who were inventing exciting new superheroes at an extraordinary pace. After the phenomenal success of “The Fantastic Four,” Marvel developed a reputation as a publisher with innovative, sophisticated ideas about what heroes could be, eschewing the bland Boy Scout-ery of Superman and Batman in favor of characters who were cranky, vain, pigheaded and sometimes literally monstrous. The X-Men were the apotheosis of the Marvel way: a team of teenaged mutants shunned by society because they’d developed their powers through a freak of evolution and not as a byproduct of any noble scientific endeavor (as was the case with most of the other Marvel front-loners). But it took a while for the concept to […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.

X-Men 50th anniversary: 50 images from the Marvel mutants’ evolution

X-Men: 50 images (featured image)
A correction has been added to this post. See below for details. The X-Men’s 50th anniversary arrives in the inimitable style of Marvel’s uncanny mutants, with a comics crossover event, “Battle of the Atom,” that involves team members from past, present and future. As “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” No. 1 lands today, Hero Complex takes a look back at the first 50 years of the mutant franchise’s evolution, with 50 images and detailed captions (which you can turn on and off) in the gallery above. There are major moments here across multiple media — classic story lines, key introductions, hit movies — but also a few notable false starts. It’s a journey that begins with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s “X-Men” No. 1, dated September 1963, and follows the “Strangest Super-Heroes of All” from their important but low-selling early […]
March 20, 2013 | 4:41 p.m.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Claremont’s tales set uncanny agenda

Comic-book writer Chris Claremont is seen at his Brooklyn home, where he continues to write. Two of his classic Marvel mutant stories are source material for the upcoming movies "The Wolverine" (July 26)  and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014). (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
PERSPECTIVE It’s probably no coincidence that television reached a new level of critical respectability after its most serious shows embraced serialized storytelling, both as a way to hook audiences and a way to develop more novelistic depth. It’s an approach Marvel Comics already had figured out in the 1960s. When writer-editor Stan Lee and his bullpen of artists started introducing cliffhangers, romantic melodrama and long-simmering subplots into superhero comics, Marvel suddenly became hip and popular, and was even written about in mainstream publications, long before the “comics aren’t for kids anymore” headlines of the 1980s. Yet even more than Lee, the Marvel writer who best played to the strengths of serialization was Chris Claremont. In 1975, when Claremont was still in his mid-20s, he took the assignment to write for Marvel’s revival of “The X-Men”: a team of superpowered, socially […]
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