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Bryan Singer Talks About X-Men: First Class and His Return

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March 18, 2010
Source: Hero Complex

Bryan Singer

Back in December of last year, on the "blue carpet" for Avatar, director Bryan Singer confirmed that he would definitely be returning to the franchise he created for yet another superhero movie - X-Men: First Class. A few days later it was discovered that Singer's First Class would be focusing on younger versions of Professor X and Magneto. But since then we haven't heard much from Singer or 20th Century Fox about what's going on, but Hero Complex has an update. Like that Chris Nolan update from a few weeks back, Geoff Boucher drills down into some in-depth topics with Singer, including his return to the mutant world.

A majority of the article is spent recapping the beginnings of Singer's big screen X-Men franchise, looking at how that first movie even got made. It's a fascinating read and I highly suggest you check it out, but let's get back to what's coming up. One big question is why return, especially following the highly disliked X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine movies. Well, it just sounds like Singer feels more at home working in the X-Men universe and he wants to return to work with those same people again. He explains:

"I genuinely like the people, and my personality meshes more with this universe than it does with other universes, I think; I see that now at this point," Singer said. "I feel a connection to the X-Men characters and also the ensemble nature of the films. If you look at 'Usual Suspects” or my last film, 'Valkyrie,' I feel especially comfortable with ensemble juggling. In the space between all the characters you can disguise a central thought that's hidden in all the discourse. I missed that with the singular relationship story of Superman. And, well, it always gives you something to cut to…"

Although you may think that everyone at Fox and all of the people who worked on X-Men: The Last Stand believe it was a huge hit that everyone in the world loved (it did make $234 million), even producer Lauren Shuler Donner hesitantly admits that it wasn't the best movie. Or at least she admits that she would've rather had Singer back, and that's how we got to where we are today - he's now back. Donner simply says:

"He has an authorship, I feel, and I love all of my directors but with Bryan I would send him e-mails saying 'Where are you? You should be here.'"

One of the most interesting parts of the update is that it mentions that Singer has been offered not one, but three upcoming X-Men-related movies, including what seems like the job of directing the Wolverine sequel set in Japan. The other one is the fourth sequel to the X-Men series that Singer created. Unfortunately, he can't do all of them, and is focused on First Class for now. "Hold that one off for just a little, I'm fixated on the other one right now," Singer said. "I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from First Class] and it will be so interesting for you," Donner responded with. If only he could just direct all three of them, as I wouldn't mind seeing someone like Singer directing instead of other worse directors (e.g. Ratner).

Singer also talks a little bit about what we can expect with First Class. As we mentioned earlier, it will be about the relationship between Professor X and Magneto and focus on "the point where their friendship soured." Well damn, I'm already in. I always thought the relationship between Charles and Eric was one of the best parts of this cinematic series anyway and I always wanted to see more. The movie will also "detail the beginning of the school for mutants and have younger incarnations of some characters with new actors in roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey, the Beast, etc." Hugh Jackman isn't confirmed to return as Wolverine yet, but Singer did just meet with him for lunch, where he was offered to take the Wolverine spin-off sequel.

As was reported previously, Singer wouldn't return "until he found a storyline that would stand on its own." But what is it about the Xavier/Magneto relationship that made him craft a story that focused on that again?

"Just doing younger mutants is not enough. The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends -- to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies."

I'm personally very excited to see Singer return. I know some people really want to see him move on, but I love the X-Men franchise so much, I'd rather have Singer come back, clean it up, and take us back to where things were with X-Men 2, than let in continue to flounder. One of my only concerns is that this franchise is just going to become a mess of disconnected characters, different actors and different stories. We already saw a younger Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and we even saw Professor X in that, too. I just hope that Singer can actually clean up the universe and bring things together again in a way we've all been hoping we'd see. Only time will tell. For now, I'm quite thrilled, I just hope it doesn't take too long to get underway.

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  • monal
    X-Men has alot of stories still left to tell ......just please make sure Brett Ratner never touches the series in any way again!!
  • Voice of Reason
    I dunno, Bryan Singer isnt all that great and i think this movie doesnt seem all too interesting. I'd prefer for him to move on and off the comic genre personally.
  • Pete
    PLEASE take the Wolverine spin-off!!!! The first two X-men were fantastic! Would love to see him bring the maturity and seriousness to the Wolverine Japan storyline!
  • KING
    this is good news for the franchise. cant wait to see it.
  • Loser
    Loved Singer back in the Usual suspects day. I personally think he would be a better fit doing medium sized budget thrillers or dramas. His X-men movies were good but he seems to drown in big budget movies. Loved Apt pupil to and that is where he is great those kinds of movies
  • Jake the snake
    I'm sort of tired of Singer but at least it's not that idiot Ratner.
  • People's Champ
    I honestly dont think what was so bad about the 3rd movie, I didnt love the movie or anything, I think people hate on it because Ratner did the movie, so they think it's cool. At least it didnt revolve around Wolverine again.
  • nuika
    I so cannot wait singer is the best so far in the x universe. I am so glad he feels at home there because I feel at home with him there. I will certainly be looking forward to what he will deliver. And yes please clean up the mess the franchise has gotten itself into.
  • Spider94
    #7 is right,xmen 3 was awesome(at least it was not like spiderman 3"insert cough here")
  • ryderup
    The great chemistry between Xavier and Magneto is because of the actors. Younger actors in the roles could suck. Not intrested in a "high school" prequal to the X-men films.
  • Loser
    High school musical mutants X now that would be something:)
  • anonymous
    Maybe Bryan Singer and Zack Snyder should compare notes.
  • subcelsious5g
    To me he doesn't seem to make his x-men movies accessable to people not really familiar with the universe. I have alota friends and family and i'm the only one who seems to even watch the x-men movies when their on . mostly cause i know the backstories and characters already. The comics and the cartoon where fun back in the day and i think singer goes to serious with the characters and story , Example Superman returns. and having cyclops play a character in that movie lost authenticity to me. They should give Raimi the x-men franchise or some1 else , singers style just isn't interesting to me. I personaly thought The Last Stand was the better of the 3. more mutants, more fun and finally a sentinal.
  • Cody w
    Singer needs to stick to well plotted thrillers.
  • SlashBeast
    The only reason Singer's back is because his non-X-Men projects have been lackluster and he's begging for a hit.
  • Xerxex
    Meh, I don't really care for this film.
  • DoomCanoe
    agree with Xerxex
  • JL
    i really don't care for singer anymore...i feel like when he has too much control, it goes down hill...
  • Twilightisgay.com
    Soo........... the younger years of Xavier and magneto ... who the fuck gonna be the villian?? Xavier and magneto were best of friends in their earlier years so who will be the force to fight?
  • The Man With No Name
    Don't worry... I will be creating a new X-men movie that is for adults. Expect it in about ten years.
  • nelson
    #19 my guess is Mister Sinister and cast mark strong and call it a day
  • CORNBOY
    Mister Sinister would be great, as any true X fan knows , basically Cyclops optic blast is one of the few things that can harm Sinister....so seeing a young Scott Summers assume the leadership role in this movie by taking down Mister Sinister would be very fitting.
  • The Man With No Name
    For the record, my earlier comment was not a response to anyone on this post, but to anyone who does not like where this franchise is going. Just clearing that up.
  • Sounds cool to hear its gonna be kept in a serious tone so I'll be willing to see it now... I'm also glad to hear there are a few more X-Men movies coming down the pipeline. In reference to X3, I didn't think it was bad but it was WAY better than Spiderman 3 or Blade 3. <<I still will not add those two DVDs to my hero collection... It had obvious problems like Juggernaut and Xavier passing one another and not so much as saying a few words which knocked major points off for me... but we got to see Storm Fly and whoop some ass... but they delete a scene where she makes this huge water tornado thing and electrify the bejesus out the opposing mutants... points off for deleting that scene. X2 was great but lacked Brotherhood characters... so hopefully there will be a good balance of characters and action in the up and coming movies.
  • F*** ya, finally. I've been waiting for another one. I was talking about X-Men a week ago. Also been looking at all X-Men cartoons and movies. P.S. When they continue making these movie. Don't put Rouge with Iceman. Seriously she sopuse to be with GAMBIT.
  • NY til I die
    i agree wit 19 its gonna be stupid...
  • fellintoorbit
    Damn horse. Get up! *flog flog flog*
  • Baba ba
    I thought all of the X-men films were terrible. I don't thinkhe should go back to the franchise, i think they should burn all the bridges and ideas they had for it and start again, with characters that have personalities that at least resemble them in the comics.

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