Bryan Singer Confirms X-Men First Class is Silver Age, Hellfire Club as Villains


You would think a Hollywood player like Bryan Singer would have better things to do with his time on a Friday night than call up movie geeks. You know, like going to parties, having sex with supermodels, etc. Apparently not so much, and thank God, because the producer of “X-Men: First Class” put in a call to Harry Knowles over at AICN and spilled some beans about the upcoming movie.

The biggest news is that Singer confirms the villains of “First Class” will indeed be the Hellfire Club, and that Kevin Bacon will indeed be playing the Club’s leader, Sebastian Shaw, aka The Black King. I think most comic book geeks guessed this when Emma Frost aka the White Queen was added to the cast (to be played by January Jones). For whatever reason, the studio had been keeping Bacon’s role hush-hush. Well nuts to that, says Bryan Singer.

Singer also confirms that “First Class” will be a period film set in the ’60s, in the lighter, more hopeful time of JFK and MLK. It’s here that James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier will be plotting unity for humanity and mutant kind with his buddy Magneto (Michael Fassbender). As a sign of the optimism at the start of the movie, the costumes will be “comic bookish” to reflect it.

Of course, all that peace and love eventually goes out the window, eventually splitting Professor X and Magneto onto their separate ways and, one presumes, set up a darker sequel.

Essentially, “X-Men: First Class” will be a Silver Age telling of the “X-Men” universe, and will have a more global flavor. Shooting will take place in the UK and U.S., with stops in Russia and probably other countries as well.

You can read the rest of Knowles’ talk with Singer over at AICN.

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  • THT3000

    The only way that makes sense is if it’s a reboot.

    And I love it.

  • THT3000

    The only way that makes sense is if it’s a reboot.

    And I love it.

  • Brad

    Well, I doubt Bryan Singer is bagging any supermodels on a Friday night…he’s gay.

  • Nix

    You’re killing me, Brad, you’re just killing me, man…

  • ULIK

    This is even sounding worse than X-Men 3. This is absolute BLASPHEMY!!!!

  • ULIK

    They had the chance to do a re-boot and start it over right but they didn’t.

  • Angelskitten82

    *shrugs* I honestly think this is how it should have been done anyway.

  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Wouldn’t say it’s blasphemy, but it isn’t what I woulda liked. I really wish they HAD done this as a reboot with the original five. This IS the movie-verse after all and things were skewed from the first movie with the team that was presented, so I really didn’t expect the original five, but still something that made a better lead in to the first movie. This like Wolverine doesn’t make sense time wise but whatever. If this is a prequel, then what happened to all of these mutants later on. How come we never hear about Scott’s brother who is a very powerful mutant himself, or the White Queen. Fox should’ve rebooted, but their choices have always been questionable. They’re rebooting FF but going backwards with the X-Men, okay why not. *Sigh* I’ve given up on Fox.

  • JP

    Seriously! Why even call this First Class if the real First Class won’t be in it? Every X-Men comicbook fans will think that this is about the original five.

    To make it simple, This movie is a fraud.