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Apparently, Bishop's Look In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Was Inspired By Busta Rhymes & Gary Coleman?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 2, 2014 5:06 PM
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In the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, Omar Sy plays Bishop - the son of Aborigine mutant refugees, whose powers include energy absorption and redirection, as well as superhuman physical attributes, and the ability to instinctively know his present location.

How much screen time, and how involved the character will be in the overall narrative is unknown at this time. I'd be surprised if it's a role with any real weight, even though the character is an interesting one, with intriguing origins, and capabilities to be explored on screen.

The much-anticipated film opens on May 232014, with old favorites like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellenHugh JackmanHalle BerryAnna PaquinEllen Page and others returning to mix things up with those who came after them, in Michael FassbenderJames McAvoyJennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, and more.


I certainly don't envy director Bryan Singer one bit, having to balance all these actors, and their individual character storylines in one single movie. 

X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the mish-mash of the original X-Men from the first trilogy of films, and younger versions of themselves from X-Men: First Class, sees the ensemble fight a war for the survival of the species across two time periods, in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.

Here's the Twitter conversation between Jason Liebig (editor of Bishop: The Last X-Man comic book), artist Leinil F. Yu (who illustrated the title character) and Russ Burlingame (senior staff writer for ComicBook.com). Their twit-chat began when Burlingame read the following on Bishop: The Last X-Man writer, Joe Harris' Facebook page: 

I need to do some more confirming on this… but I was just reminded that Bishop (being played now by Omar Sy in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) first sported dreadlocks in our “Bishop: The Last X-Man” series way back. I believe Leinil Yu did the redesign and remember him basing Bishop’s hair (a departure from the original El DeBarge-style Whilce [Portacio] had introduced the character with) on Busta Rhymes. I am 99.9% sure this is what happened. Once again… you’re welcome, America.

And after that, Burlingame reached out to Yu on Twitter, and this is the conversation that followed, along with editor Jason Liebig:
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3 Comments

  • Jon | April 3, 2014 12:35 AMReply

    That's what he looks like in the comics

  • Baraborn | April 2, 2014 9:27 PMReply

    What's the difference, this is X men and FOX he'll be in that film for 5 minutes at the most.

  • LeonRaymond | April 2, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    I guess those are both references into a White mind that had some form of impact.

    Remember white folk have no Black reference cause they truly don't look at us and pry for us not to exist and cinematically they have no Black Friends and watch no Black Films or TV shows. They exist in a desire to be in a world that is all white, that's why Black music is so explosive to them cause when they hear it or see it they are seeing it all for the first time cause they have no Black friends to show it to them or any access to Black culture unless somebody Black rams it down their throat with the premise that they will be cool afterwards for watching or listening !!

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