The X-Men movie franchise is a mixed bag. We've had some good. We've had some bad. We've had some super-bad. While the core series has seen the most attention over the past 17 years, new additions to the universe like Deadpool, genre-defying standalones like Logan, and TV spinoffs like Legion show that Fox may have finally adopted a fan-pleasing strategy that will help it compete with and, in some ways, outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When a New Mutants spinoff movie was announced, the immediate question was, "how will the newbie set itself apart and not just become X-Men Jr.?" This trailer answers that question!
New Mutants is being presented as a horror movie featuring mutants. The adoption of a distinct genre outside of the general "superhero" or "comic-book" trope has been employed successful in the past, but has rarely been fully embraced. Take Logan, for example. It feels like a Western, but it isn't a straight Western. Deadpool is a raunchy comedy, but it is a superhero, raunchy comedy. New Mutants looks like it is thoroughly and unashamedly a horror movie, which could be the solution to "superhero fatigue".
It doesn't hurt that the movie stars Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch and Split, and Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things. This should bring extra attention when New Mutants hits theaters in April, 2018.