Sure, the New Mutants are technically superheroes, but the upcoming movie about the team will, in fact, be a horror pic set in the X-Men universe. And, the film has highlighted its nature in a small, blood-spattered way.
To signal their last week of shooting, director Josh Boone posted a picture of the film’s production logo to Instagram on Tuesday, which illustrates the fact that New Mutants isn’t supposed to be like any X-Men film we’ve seen before. The logo’s font looks to be taken straight from part of the 1980s run of The New Mutants comics, with a healthy amount of blood thrown in for good measure. Additionally, it features a figure standing by a patch of blood-covered snow under the logo’s “S,” emphasizing a sense of isolation and danger that’s completely unique to Marvel films, not just X-Men ones.
The film will draw on “The Demon Bear Saga” by Bill Sienkiewicz and Chris Claremont, with the Demon Bear as the main antagonist. This makes it likely that the figure featured on the film slate is the mutant Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, as in the comics, she’s terrorized by the Demon Bear in her dreams as well as in real life. She’s also set to appear in the movie, played by Blu Hunt. Other confirmed and cast team members include Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Sunspot (Henry Zaga), and Cannonball (Charlie Heaton).
Obviously, a logo isn’t the same as a teaser or trailer, but it’s awesome to see the film doubling down on its exciting tone. Hopefully, The New Mutants is able to capture the feeling of even this small peek at what the film has to offer.
The New Mutants is scheduled to premiere on April 13, 2018.