X-Men: First Class Character Profile: Banshee

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Out of all the mutants set to appear in FIRST CLASS, Banshee looks he’s been changed the most. “How so?” you ask. Isn’t he still a ginger Irishman who can scream at outrageously high decibels and fly at super-sonic speeds?

Well, you all knew he started off as a foe of the X-Men, right?

The adventurer otherwise known as Sean Cassidy debuted in X-MEN #28 as an adult super-villain who battled the still-teenage first class during their feud with the criminal outfit, Factor Three. Don’t count that against him, though. He was using his sonic scream to knock up jewelry stores because Factor Three’s Ogre had slapped a mind-controlling headband on him. Once the “strangest superheroes of them all” broke that headband, he more-or-less stopped what he was doing, apologized and then went on his merry way.

== TEASER ==

Years later, Banshee returned as a member of the famous all-new, all-different X-Men line-up that also brought the likes of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine into the fold. He’d leave the team soon after and return every now and then before taking his most significant role as headmaster of Generation X, the third class of Xavier Institute students. Oddly enough, it was this era that would lead to Banshee's first portrayal in a live-action show. He was played by Jeremy Ratchford in the ’96 made-for-TV GENERATION X movie.

Banshee might’ve been the densest collection of Irish stereotypes in his earliest incarnation. His codename evoked a (female) ghost of Celtic folklore, he was the lord of a magic, shoreline castle and he had a penchant for pipes, bushy red muttonchops and the color green. All he was lacking was a derby hat, a pot of gold and a shillelagh (which would even be the weapon of choice for his evil cousin, Black Tom Cassidy.) Those… national qualities have been toned steadily over the years until now we’ve got this movie’s Banshee, an awkward American teen who isn’t too smooth with girls.

Banshee’s profile teaser shows him getting a lot of one-on-one instruction with Professor X regarding the limits of his power. While Havok's major hurdle involves control, Banshee’s seems to be about him not utilizing his sonic scream to its fullest potential. In the clip, we see Xavier telling the young lad that his mutated larynx is a muscle like any other; something that can grow stronger with purposeful exercise. His training eventually allows him to adjust his scream to specific resonant frequencies and then also create enough blow-back into his manta-ray like cape that he can float and fly at super sonic speeds. Interestingly, this Banshee also seems to be taking advantage of the greater potency of sound through liquid, as we him casually spook fish in aquarium tank and then later attack a submarine underwater.

Banshee’s estranged daughter, Siryn, has actually appeared in these movies already. You might remember her cameo in X2. She’s the young girl who shrieks loud enough to get everybody in Xavier’s mansion covering their ears when Stryker’s commandos’ invasion wakes her in the night. While the timeline easily works out for this young man to eventually be that young girl’s father, I don’t expect any references to a possible connection.

Banshee has a fairly convoluted backstory that includes time spent as an Interpol agent and a NYPD cop that will (wisely) not be alluded to. Interestingly enough, he’s also had a long on-and-off romance with Moira MacTaggert in the comics and I suspect that’s another relationship that (wisely) won’t be alluded to. Considering how she’s one his adult supervisors and is also set up as a love interest for Xavier, anything beyond harmless flirting will get very weird.

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#1 Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme (315 posts) - - Show Bio

i bet azazel and mistyque will have a scene together

#2 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

I did not know that he was originally an enemy...but it was mind control so meh lol 
 
Definitely remember the scene with Siryn screaming during the raid on the mansion.

#3 Posted by Out_of_Space (720 posts) - - Show Bio

This movie will suck badly. Why would they need to screw a good idea for a movie in the future maybe with othe guy making it.
#4 Posted by SleepyDrug (75 posts) - - Show Bio

Each X-Men movie is shifted farther from any resemblence to canon.  This movie will be good if you want to watch characters with nothing in common to the originals except names and powers. 
 
If you want to see a movie that respects the original stories and characters....go see Thor.
#5 Posted by Zaber (263 posts) - - Show Bio

cool. 

#6 Posted by IrishX (2354 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee is awesome and seeing him do his thing is one of the most exciting aspects of this movie.

#7 Posted by dorsk188 (235 posts) - - Show Bio
@SleepyDrug said:
Each X-Men movie is shifted farther from any resemblence to canon.  This movie will be good if you want to watch characters with nothing in common to the originals except names and powers.  If you want to see a movie that respects the original stories and characters....go see Thor.
Except for astrophysicist Jane Foster and clearly extraterrestrial (rather than divine or otherdimensional) asgardians.  Every adaptation makes changes. 
 
First Class, unfortunately, carries the heritage of Singer's continuity.  While it was an interesting take on the mythology, I'm eager for them to reboot (hopefully through / or in conjunction with the Marvel studio).  Although, if Marvel / Disney get's back control of the franchise, they have no incentive to crank out movies every three to five years to keep the rights.  While most of the non-Marvel Studios stuff is crap, I appreciate it keeping the comics in the wider consciousness.
#8 Posted by jubilee042 (1353 posts) - - Show Bio

now is not the time to complain about the film but to watch and then complaain about any problems which you hopefully won't have

#9 Posted by SleepyDrug (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@dorsk188 said:
Except for astrophysicist Jane Foster and clearly extraterrestrial (rather than divine or otherdimensional) asgardians.  Every adaptation makes changes. 
 
First Class, unfortunately, carries the heritage of Singer's continuity.  While it was an interesting take on the mythology, I'm eager for them to reboot (hopefully through / or in conjunction with the Marvel studio).  Although, if Marvel / Disney get's back control of the franchise, they have no incentive to crank out movies every three to five years to keep the rights.  While most of the non-Marvel Studios stuff is crap, I appreciate it keeping the comics in the wider consciousness.  
 
  
This is why I said respects.  Jane's role in Thor has always been love interest.  She was also always a very intelligent woman; shifting from nurse to astro-physicist is fairly minor.  The Asgardians were extra-dimensional; Earth was clearly described as being inaccessable without a dimensional portal, like Bifrost, several times. 
 
But all of the characters relations were intact, their powers were as expected.  There were no major changes.  Singer's X-Men continuity scrambles ages, relationships, status, histories, and more.   
If you are happy watching the film with all of these changes, then you will enjoy it.  I'll probably wait for it to play on HBO.


 

#10 Posted by cattlebattle (12696 posts) - - Show Bio
@SleepyDrug said:
Each X-Men movie is shifted farther from any resemblence to canon.  This movie will be good if you want to watch characters with nothing in common to the originals except names and powers.  If you want to see a movie that respects the original stories and characters....go see Thor.
Yes because god knows The X-Men never battled the Hellfire Club...had Havok, Banshee and others as it's members. Founded By Prof. X and pretty much a load of other things.
 
Wow these movies have nothing to do with the X-Men, who would of thought.
 
Ahh yes and Thor was so respectful to the Original story they made a joke of the Donald Blake identity.
 
This post is silly
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#11 Posted by Dylabaloo (11 posts) - - Show Bio
@Out_of_Space said:
This movie will suck badly. Why would they need to screw a good idea for a movie in the future maybe with othe guy making it.
It has a very high majority of good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes so I have high hopes.
#12 Posted by ironshadow (1470 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee had a cameo in X0 Wolverine, he was in a cage and had tape over his mouth.

#13 Posted by Mr. Dead Pool (2625 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll watch it and then I'll complain to anyone that will listen about how bad it was.

#14 Posted by SleepyDrug (75 posts) - - Show Bio
@cattlebattle said:
@SleepyDrug said:
Yes because god knows The X-Men never battled the Hellfire Club...had Havok, Banshee and others as it's members. Founded By Prof. X and pretty much a load of other things.
 
Wow these movies have nothing to do with the X-Men, who would of thought.
 
Ahh yes and Thor was so respectful to the Original story they made a joke of the Donald Blake identity.  This post is silly


The X-Men movie uses little more than surface details in it.  Or can you show me the comic, where Havok (Cyclop's older brother), Banshee, Beast, Mystique, and Emma Frost were all active as heroes in the 60's?  Or the comic where Magneto and Xavier recruited and trained a team together? Or the one where the Hellfire Club includes Riptide?  The entire point of many of these recent character reviews for the X-Men: First Class movie is how different from the originals they are...or did I mis-read the article?
 
Thor is much more respectful to the original story by comparision.  The original Thor story is that Thor is stripped of his powers for being arrogant, and sent to Earth to learn humility.  If you ignore the Stone Men from Saturn and the mortal Executioner, Loki was Thor's first villain.  Loki has always sought to destroy Thor and claim power in Asgard.  The Destroyer armor was always a tool for Odin or Loki or whoever else obtained control.  The Warrior's Three and Sif always appear as Thor's main allies from Asgard.  Jane Foster was always the love interest in early Thor stories.  The Odin-Sleep was a constant issue in Thor.  Yes, they made a in-joke of Don Blake since they couldn't fit it in otherwise.   
#15 Posted by misternegative (31 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee seems to have a HUGE amount of character development in First Class. Which is great, It's nice to see some B/C/D list mutants get fleshed out, even if it doesn't make sense in comic canon; (I always look at the films as a separate universe anyway.) 
It just a shame he dosen't have the Irish Accent, but i can live without it.

#16 Posted by cattlebattle (12696 posts) - - Show Bio
@SleepyDrug said:
@cattlebattle said:
@SleepyDrug said:
Yes because god knows The X-Men never battled the Hellfire Club...had Havok, Banshee and others as it's members. Founded By Prof. X and pretty much a load of other things.
 
Wow these movies have nothing to do with the X-Men, who would of thought.
 
Ahh yes and Thor was so respectful to the Original story they made a joke of the Donald Blake identity.  This post is silly
The X-Men movie uses little more than surface details in it.  Or can you show me the comic, where Havok (Cyclop's older brother), Banshee, Beast, Mystique, and Emma Frost were all active as heroes in the 60's?  Or the comic where Magneto and Xavier recruited and trained a team together? Or the one where the Hellfire Club includes Riptide?  The entire point of many of these recent character reviews for the X-Men: First Class movie is how different from the originals they are...or did I mis-read the article? Thor is much more respectful to the original story by comparision.  The original Thor story is that Thor is stripped of his powers for being arrogant, and sent to Earth to learn humility.  If you ignore the Stone Men from Saturn and the mortal Executioner, Loki was Thor's first villain.  Loki has always sought to destroy Thor and claim power in Asgard.  The Destroyer armor was always a tool for Odin or Loki or whoever else obtained control.  The Warrior's Three and Sif always appear as Thor's main allies from Asgard.  Jane Foster was always the love interest in early Thor stories.  The Odin-Sleep was a constant issue in Thor.  Yes, they made a in-joke of Don Blake since they couldn't fit it in otherwise.   
If you read the comics most of these characters were around 60's / 70's and were active heroes as some of them had been heroes (Banshee) for a while. As for Riptide being in the Hellfire Club..so what?? In the Batman movies Ra's Al Ghul wasn't Middle Eastern and Scarecrow wasn't his first "super-villain" stuff like this is minor. As For Magneto and Professor recruiting a team together I don't think "they" recruit it, I'm pretty sure Charles does all the locating. Magneto is just along for the ride (not sure as I have not seen it yet)
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#17 Posted by bodine1231 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I had that X-men 28,traded it at a comic convention years ago for 2 boxes of Magic the Gathering Revised Boosters,lol.

#18 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee is one of those dudes whose voice sounds like a little girl..... on Caffine!
#19 Posted by hrdwrkngXsoldier (228 posts) - - Show Bio

@ Bodine 
 
You actually made out in that deal if you still have the boxes sealed.  :)
#20 Posted by tjx_penn (37 posts) - - Show Bio
@SleepyDrug: agreed, i think that they should have just done the real first class team (iceman, cyclops etc.) or xaviers deadly genesis team (vulcan, darwin, etc.) pssh Hollywood. im still down to see it though.
#21 Posted by ricardorubio1974 (18 posts) - - Show Bio

This movie seems better and better despite the cast selection, it will be about concepts more than anything.
 
Excelsior :)

#22 Posted by sa5m (2112 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee is cool I am glad we get to see him =)

#23 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

For quite some time...I didn't even knew Banshee was going to be in this movie (until a ComicVine update last week I think).
Nice!

#24 Posted by SC (12963 posts) - - Show Bio

Banshee! The original badass gangster y'all recognize and respect! Cannaot wait to see the moviee!!!!!!!!

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#25 Posted by Newport1991 (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this doesnt turn out to be power ranger x-men sigh

#26 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio
@marvelunivers said:
i bet azazel and mistyque will have a scene together
Wow! Really?! That's so intuitive! You should solve murders or something!
#27 Posted by Silver Knight75 (1145 posts) - - Show Bio

I was hoping for him to have an Irish accent

#28 Posted by thestepfordcuckoos (147 posts) - - Show Bio
@Silver Knight75: I don't think he does and from what I'm reading he was Americanized for the film, even though he is Irish in the comics.

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