Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen
By Thomas J. McLean
Cover by Kevin Colden
Revised second edition, November 2011, 296 pages
Change is coming.
Since X-Men first wowed movie audiences, the film and its sequels have become among the most popular and successful comic-book adaptations in Hollywood history. Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen is the definitive, unauthorized study of the popular movie saga, tracing its origins, history and impact from the very first issue of the comic book through to the final moments of X-Men: The Last Stand and beyond.
Mutant Cinema tells in detail the remarkable story of the X-Men’s rise from a modest comic-book success to a cultural phenomenon. Within these pages, readers will learn:
• The history of X-Men comic books, from their debut during the Silver Age of Marvel Comics through their cancellation and historic revival in the 1970s, to the top of the sales charts in the 1980s and beyond.
• Previous adaptations of the X-Men, including early cartoon appearances, the successful 1990s animated series and the first attempts at bringing them to the big screen.
• The development process for each film in the trilogy, including behind-the-scenes stories, interviews with the screenwriters and details on omitted scenes and storylines.
• Detailed scene-by-scene examinations of each film and the comic-book stories that infuse every aspect of the production.
• How each film was received by critics and fans, as well as each film’s box office performance.
• What the future may hold for the franchise.
• Which out of the hundreds of X-Men comics published in the past 40 years are essential reading for both new and old fans.
Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen is the essential guide to the films for both die-hard fans and newcomers to the series.