If you’re a fan of comic book movies, then it’s quite the time to be alive. With movies like ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, and ‘Suicide Squad’ on top of TV shows like ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Supergirl,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Agent Carter’ all coming our way, there will certainly be no shortage of superheroes on any of your screens. However, if you’re someone who thinks that the market is saturated and that we’re getting far too much of the genre, your mind may be changed when ‘Gambit’ comes out. At least, that’s what star Channing Tatum seems to think.
While participating in a Reddit AMA to promote his next film ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Tatum talked about his future as beloved X-Men character Gambit. The actor was confirmed to play the suave Remy LeBeau last year and now he’s sharing a bit of information about his version of the Ragin’ Cajun. After revealing that he would not be appearing in Bryan Singer’s sequel to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ Tatum expressed that his upcoming appearance in Fox’s Marvel mutant franchise will change things up in the superhero movie genre:
“We finally found someone that I really do believe wants to make ‘Gambit’, it will be the second standalone character. And I just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there’s a really unique opportunity. Marvel’s done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s always good to figure how to change the form.”
First, it’s important to point out that Gambit will actually be the third “standalone character” being featured in his own movie since ‘Deadpool’ starring Ryan Reynolds will have been released already. Despite that, Tatum sounds like he really believes in the character, the script, and recently announced director Rupert Wyatt, who wowed audiences with films like ‘The Escapist,’ ‘The Gambler,’ and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’
Whether ‘Gambit’ changes the game remains to be seen, but don’t forget how everyone reacted to Heath Ledger’s Joker when he was first cast as the role. For all we know, this film could leave an impact just as ‘The Dark Knight’ did. Or it could be a complete and total wash like ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ Either way, while we wait to find out which outcome plays out, let’s hear what you think about Channing Tatum’s comments below.