Director Josh Boone did say he was making “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe” with the New Mutants spinoff, but just in case you need more evidence, the filmmaker revealed the first logo — and it’s bloody.
“Last week shooting,” Boone wrote on Instagram, accompanied by an image of the clapboard. The logo on the bottom right reveals blood streaked across the film’s title, The New Mutants, but it’s the slash mark that may hold some secrets.
During an interview with EW, Boone mentioned Bill Sienkiewicz as “one of the most amazing comic book artists ever” and referenced his approach to the New Mutants series as “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before.” He added, “It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
This run began with New Mutants #18 and featured perhaps the most well-known comic book arc for the superhero team, involving a demonic bear. Boone is staying mum on plot details for the film, but with Sienkiewicz’s work serving as inspiration for The New Mutants, it’s hard not to see that slash mark as a reference to the demon bear.
See the logo below.
The New Mutants comics featured a team of mutants assembled by Professor Charles Xavier. These individuals were too young to join the X-Men, but old enough to start learning how to hone their abilities. According to an EW source, the movie is described thusly: “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”
The cast of the film features Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot.
The New Mutants is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2018.