Singer's X-Men: First Class Will Be About Xavier & Magneto
When Bryan Singer announced that he would be directing X-Men: First Class on the Avatar blue carpet, he said that he would be directing "an X-Men First Class Origins picture." The title of the prequel does not contain "Origins", but thanks to an update on Variety, it looks like this will indeed focus on the origins of two mutants we're familiar with - Professor Charles Xavier and Eric Lehnsherr aka Magneto. Singer also said he "thought long and hard about returning to the franchise he launched until he found a storyline that would stand on its own." He even wrote a treatment for Fox, which is what eventually brought him back.
Fox decided to bring him back after reading his treatment. Here's the juicy part with a quote from Singer:
"This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn," Singer said. "There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from X-Men will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."
It's kind of confusing because he's not necessarily confirming that Xavier and Magneto are in it, but he's saying that they're an important part of the story. And for all those who still aren't excited for this movie, if you have any faith in Bryan Singer (I still do), then maybe in time you'll change your mind. "Whether it's Batman, Lord of the Rings or Star Trek, if the characters are good, you want to see them on their journey even if you know their destiny," Singer said. "I put myself in the fan's position, and I think this story is something I would want to see, and so will they." Bold words, but I can admit that I do want to see this.
Variety also says that "Singer hasn't fixed on his next movie," but it's likely he'll direct Jack the Giant Killer before potentially moving on to X-Men First Class Origins. With all this buzz and talk about X-Men in the past few days, I actually really want to see this prequel as soon as possible. Bring on more mutants, Singer!