Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.
X-Men: First Class rejuvenated the franchise, and as in comics, New Mutants brought something new to the table.
Ed Harris reprises his role as Professor X, and Alyssa Milano appears in a couple scenes to tie it together, but this film, as the comic, was about the New Mutants. But, moving away from the Brat Pack drama of the First Class, this film was more of a horror film, catering to the rejuvenated interest in that genre.
Cannonball- Woody Harrelson
A bit old as an actor, yes, but did the charm thing well.
An established actress, producers wanted someone who woudl be believeable as the leader of the team.
Psyche- Bettina Bush
Primarily a voice actress, but had some on-screen experience.
Rico Suave indeed. Arrogant, handsome, and South American.
Wolfsbane- Dervla Kerwin
Irish stage actress would be making her film debut.
Cypher- Corey Haim
Already a big star, producers were reluctant, but he nailed his audition, showing some of the depth he portrayed in Lucas.
And for the rivals, the Hellions, mentioned by name, paving the way for a sequel. Instead, the enemy in this was Demon Bear, with the Black King and Queen as antagonists.
Black King- Robert Englund
Freddy Krueger himself in a horror film.
Black Queen- Kelly LeBrock