The Marvel character Dazzler is a mutant who can convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams. Although she had a brief solo series, Dazzler has never been adapted into a live-action medium. Yet that might change with the upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse.
In a new still from the film, Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) are hanging out at a record store. Scott is holding up an album cover with Dazzler’s image. The cover reads “Dazzler: Sounds of Light and Fury.” Turner posted the image on her Instagram account, writing #FlashbackFriday to that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course).
Ironically, Marvel Comics created Dazzler with the intention of launching a multimedia franchise with Casablanca Records. In the early 1980s, there were plans to adapt the character into a feature film starring Bo Derek, but the project fell through and never got made. Whether she will appear in the movie remains to be seen, but it is a nice Easter egg for X-Men fans. At least the character does exist in the Fox Marvel X-Verse. Since the film is set in 1983, it would be appropriate.
In 2013, director Bryan Singer’s Twitter page hinted at casting singer Lady Gaga as Dazzler in X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, this was revealed to be an April Fools’ Day joke . Last year, it was alleged that Taylor Swift would appear as Dazzler in a cameo for X-Men: Apocalypse, but producer Simon Kinberg said it was not true.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theatres on May 27, 2016.