Long-lost TV series from the 90s are now being resurrected and over the last few years, we have seen revivals of The X-Files, Full House, and Gilmore Girls. And in a recent interview with SYFY Wire, Eric Lewald, showrunner of X-Men: The Animated Series had mentioned his desire to give the series another season.
While the revivals of the series have been hit or miss, we support this idea of bringing the classic back again.
The X-Men comics and the movie universes are confused on what to do with X-Men and are throwing everything at the wall. The movie continuity has become tangled, and the X-Men franchise has the honor of being the most faithful comic book adaptation of all.
The X-Men have a depth that other characters/teams do not have since they are a huge and interchangeable ensemble lore and have a long villain lineup to pick from.
The comics manage every year to surprise us with nonsensical developments. Marvel has decimated the mutant population, broken up and mixed all the teams and even attempted to replace the X-Men with the Inhumans.
Eric Lewald’s interest in reviving the X-Men animated series is surely not casual, and he has given it some thought. Here is his pitch:
“Season 6 could open, months later, with the X-Men in disarray – a few gone, the ones remaining at each other’s throats. They miss their leader. Then somehow they are called to – and transported to – an existential crisis on Lilandra’s distant world. The team grudgingly reunites ‘for Charles,’ heads off to space, solves the crisis, and a somehow-healed Charles Xavier is either able to return to Earth with them or, if he can’t, his final heroic sacrifice heals the team’s wounds and they return to Earth as the proper X-Men again.”
It is a simple arc from a writer that understood the X-Men so well that his cartoons are considered to be second to Batman: The Animated Series. Lewald can even return to tell a complicated X-Men story, one that we have not seen since Joss Whedon’s Astonishing run more than 10 years ago.
A revival will give the fans a place to see the classic X-Men of a fan-favorite era. The risk will be tarnishing the legacy of the show if the return does not live up to the hype. The series will look different in 2017 than it did in 1992, which will be to its benefit. X-Men’s animation vacillated between passable and pretty bad. The last season saw a massive shift when the bankrupted Marvel had to switch to a cheaper production company.
The writing seemed to be more miss than hit, although the finale delivered. A return will be a risk but will allow for the series to go out on better terms.
The streaming service is bringing back the fan favorite, Young Justice from DC Comics. Netflix, with the looser content restrictions, will allow the show to turn the volume up a little bit; considering X-Men’s themes, the series will be the perfect example of how X-Men stories may be and should be written in 2017. Margaret Ann Loesch must be brought to produce. She was the Fox Kids president during the series’ original run. She fought for the show to stay true to the stories and pushed for mature themes like racism and death. Lewald and Loesch were the one-two punch of this series.
Netflix is taking a risk with Young Justice, which has a devoted, but smaller fandom than the X-Men. The streaming service might wait to see how the series performs before expressing their interest in another superhero cartoon revival.
The time will allow Lewald to work on scripts and for producers to try to get the old cast back. Everyone is alive, Cedric Smith and Catherine Disher who voice Professor Xavier and Jean Grey in the series were married in real life.
While Lewald was speaking in hypotheticals about the possibility of return, his interest has made big news across nerd sites on the Internet, and this shows that there is a hunger for the old series. There is no better example of this than the X-Men ’92 limited comic series. It had taken place in the series’ old continuity and adapted elements of X-Men stories while telling original ones also. Scott Koblish art updated the show’s art style and preserved the distinctive look which must be used as a measure if the revival were to be produced. Despite being relegated to a digital platform, X-Men ’92 sold gangbusters and may have sparked Lewald’s interest in a return to the X-mansion.