The last few days have brought the kind of news that has hailed Bryan Singer as the returning triumphant hero, here to save the X-Men franchise from its malaise. He certainly set the right tone for the franchise while he was in charge of it (although some questioned his take on Superman). Variety spoke to Singer about the X-Men: First Class project and its precocious cast of characters. Article writer Michael Fleming compares the movie to this year’s Star Trek reboot, and Singer kind of echoes those sentiments:
“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.”
“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.”
Though Singer will once again regain creative control, he also made it seem like he was basically in line with the direction of the Josh Schwartz script, and so development should come together quickly. A 2011 release might be likely. But it’s not like X-Men fans aren’t getting their fix, with two or three other films on the horizon.