Save for maybe Batman: The Animated Series, it's hard to think of a show that did more for comic book adaptations than X-Men The Animated Series, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The show ran for five seasons on Fox from 1992 to 1997, but there's always been desire by fans to see more episodes. As it happens, showrunner Eric Lewald has revealed a new idea for X-Men: The Animated Series season 6 and it's totally awesome. But can it really happen?
Eric Lewald is currently promoting his new book, Previously on X-Men, The Making of an Animated Series. In a recent interview promoting the book, Lewald was asked about a potential X-Men: The Animated Series season 6. While admitting he hadn't thought about it, he came up with a pitch for a season-long story arc on the spot that sounds really great. Here's what he had to say.
"I had honestly never thought about it for all these years, but now that you mention it, an idea for a season just came to me: The five-season series ends with a dying Charles Xavier being whisked away to space by Lilandra, where she can maintain his fragile body, but where it seems he will be gone forever from his beloved X-Men. It's like a death. Season Six 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 heroic final sacrifice heals the team's wounds and they return to Earth as the proper X-Men again."
That's pretty excellent for an off-the-cuff pitch. X-Men: The Animated Series is one of the things that helped introduce many fans of a certain age to the Marvel team of mutants. They've only gained more popularity, with the live-action movies kicking off in 2000. The first of which helped usher in the modern age of superhero movies as we know it. So another season of the beloved X-Men show would probably do very well. Would Eric Lewald do it?
"If you've got some financing, I know where to find the cast and crew."
So, if someone wants to come in and finance the thing, it sounds like X-Men: The Animated Series season 6 could actually happen. Revivals of once popular TV shows have been all the rage in Hollywood lately, so this idea doesn't sound that crazy. And this pitch Eric Lewald made to SyFy Wire could definitely be fleshed out into something really meaty and satisfying. Fox still owns the rights to the series (for now), so they would have to be the ones to ultimately say yes or no to such a thing. Then again, if Disney does wind up buying Fox, as is reportedly a strong possibility, it would be up to the Mouse House to make this happen. For now, this is just something that sounds cool that we hope could happen. There's no indication currently that it actually will.