It’s taken six X-Men movies — not counting spin-offs — and a near-miss cameo in last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but the mutant songstress known as Dazzler will finally fulfill her destiny and make it to the big screen in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Entertainment Weekly reported that the character, who debuted in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men No. 130, will appear in the 2018 follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse; the character will have a small role in the movie and remains uncast at present.
That Dazzler — whose original name at the development stage was “Disco Dazzler,” wonderfully — will show up in the second cinematic attempt to tell the classic comic book “Dark Phoenix Saga” is only fitting; her comic debut came as part of the comic version of the storyline, after all.
Quite how the movie, which is likely to follow the decade-specific model of the X-Men series since X-Men: First Class and take place in the 1990s, will deal with the roller skate- and disco ball-wearing heroine remains to be seen, but it’s possible she’ll end up getting the kind of dramatic makeover her comic counterpart has suffered through across the years.
When the character does finally make it to the screen, it will mark the culmination of her original purpose. Dazzler was originally intended to be a movie character, created in collaboration between Marvel and Casablanca Records, the label that was home to Kiss, Donna Summer and Parliament in the mid- to late 1970s. The original intent was that the character would feature in Marvel comics, Casablanca records, with a movie to introduce the character to the public.
Surprisingly, the movie project had brief interest from Bo Derek — she and then-husband John Derek appeared on the Feb. 11, 1980, cover of People with a collection of Marvel comics, fresh from a meeting about the project — before collapsing. Casablanca lost interest as a result, leaving Dazzler as “only” a comic book character.
Echoes of her roots remained for some years, however; following a strong launch for her 1981 solo comic book — Marvel’s first-ever series released solely in comic book stores — the character received her own graphic novel in 1984, written by Jim Shooter, the man who had written the original movie treatment that caught Bo Derek’s attention. Its title? Dazzler: The Movie.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled for release Nov. 2, 2018.