This was a bad summer for 20th Century Fox, after not one of their movies crossed the $100 million mark. X-Files: I Want to Believe couldn’t compete with The Dark Knight, The Happening opened to bad reviews and Babylon A.D. hasn’t exactly set the box office alight. One reason for this could be that Fox didn’t have a superhero movie to release. In 2006 they had X-Men: The Last Stand and in 2007 we got Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. 2008 was supposed to be Wolverine’s year however filming got pushed back due to Hugh Jackman filming Australia, so we will now be seeing it next year.
With Marvel now making their own movies Fox need to make use of what they already have, and it seems like they are (kinda). From Variety:
Fox will mull the possibility of more “X-Men” spinoffs, including a young-X-Men project as well as “Deadpool,” based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in “Wolverine.” The studio is even considering reviving the “Daredevil” property.
There has been talk of a young X-Men movie for a while now, with the most recent development being X-Men: First Class appearing in Production Weekly last month. There is a good chance a Deadpool movie could work if he makes a big enough impression in X-Men Origins: Wolverine next May. The only one I am wary of is a Daredevil reboot.
However, at the end of the day this is Fox we’re talking about. They turned the Fantastic Four into popcorn fluff that didn’t garner enough attention for a third film and left X-Men 3 fans disappointed after caring more about getting the Memorial Day release date than making a good movie. If Fox want to get anywhere they need to stop pissing off directors and start taking their superhero properties more seriously by not turning them into hacked-up 90 minute crapfests.