Prior to the release of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ a few Easter Eggs were revealed that were meant to appeal to longtime comic book fans. Sadly, a few of these were deleted before the film’s release. Lana Condor‘s role as Jubilee was greatly reduced. And the scene teased above, in which Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) bond over their shared love of singer Dazzler was also cut. What Scott and Jean probably don’t realize is that their favorite vocalist is also a mutant.
Turner posted the picture on Instagram with the comment:
#FlashbackFriday to that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course).
The reference to ‘1989’ got many speculating that not only was Dazzler in the movie, but she would be played by Taylor Swift, whose last album was titled ‘1989’ (the year she was born). (It turned out that Turner and some fellow cast members simply went to a Taylor Swift concert.)
The upcoming installment of the franchise, ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ appears to be bringing Dazzler in for a brief part which should still dazzle fans.
This is the casting call that leads many to believe that Dazzler/Allison Blair may be part of the film:
“[BRITTANY]: Female 18 to play younger (15-17) Caucasian. Very attractive, charismatic and confident. Possibly a bit edgy with a fiery personality, Brittany is a born entertainer. Strong singing skills are a plus, but not mandatory. SUPPORTING”
Dazzler was fittingly introduced during the ‘Dark Phoenix’ storyline in the comics, so it would make sense to bring her into the movies for the film adaptation. (She was briefly introduced on the ‘X-Men’ cartoon of the 90s during the adaptation of that storyline.)
Dazzler is usually depicted as being older than 15-17, but this cast, including Turner and Sheridan are all pretty youthful. So it makes sense to make Dazzler younger too.
Dazzler was originally conceived as a cross-promotion between Marvel and Casablanca Records, the home of such artists as Donna Summer, The Village People and KISS. The plan was for a real singer/actress to play Dazzler in a movie and release records, but the deal collapsed and Casablanca went out of business. But Marvel went ahead and released their ‘Dazzler’ comic books which started out as more straightforward super heroics but eventually shifted focus to Allison Blair’s attempts to succeed in the entertainment industry.
After her solo comic was cancelled, she was added to the X-Men full-time. Most recently, she was a member of the all-female team ‘A-Force’. Over time, her visual style shifted from disco to pop to punk.
“Brittany” is listed as a supporting character, so there’s no guarantee that she’ll make the final cut, but fans can hope.
Would you like to see Dazzler light up the big screen?
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ written and directed by Simon Kinberg stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and (possibly) Jessica Chastain. It is expected to be released on November 2, 2018.
Source: ntertainment Weekly