Singer Has More To Say About First Class

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xmen-first-class-2The 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.

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  • ulik

    The Paradox of time would allow for Angel and Bobby to be apart of the original X-Men team but in the past. Hank,Bobby, and Warren would get dejavu like visions but never really really remember what happend in the future.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Sorry no time traveling to rectify stuff. The original 5 are not the original 5. Get over it. LOL. I don’t like it either, but by doing this you’re going the “Star Trek ’09” route and trying to reboot it. I don’t think making a first class movie is a good idea, but if they do then they should stick with the movie universe cannon and have it be Beast, Cyclops, Jean, Storm, and maybe Emma or something.

      I hated what they did to Juggernaut in X3, the suit looked bad, and the helmet was awful. I never thought he’d look good on screen. Just too much. Unless they went the ultimate route which wouldn’t have looked horrible. Regardless, as good a character as Mystique is, thats part of the “mystique” of the character, not knowing much about her. Hell in the comics we’re still learning about her.

      • ulik

        Well I get what your saying too but rebooting in the way I see it could put them on a fresh start in the way they should have done in the first place. It would at least show that they want to follow closer to the continuity of the comics. If not, all they’re going to do is dig themselves in a deeper hole with having to rearrange a whole lot more than what they wouldn’t have to if they’d just follow the continuity a lot closer. Not 100% but at least start from were it should have. As far as time travel, well that’s done all the time in the X-Men saga. As a matter of fact, much of their greatest stories are based on time travel and time travelers.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          True. I love “Age of Apocolypse” and “Days of Future Past,” but that’s not what you’re doing. you wan’t the original X-men. And rebooting basically wipes all that came before it unless you do a “Star Trek ’09” and have an alternate universe. the thing is though, if you look at every X-men cartoon to ever be made they have never started with the original 5 as the core group. Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, etc. are well knwon and bring in viewers, hence using later iterations of the team or at least the characters. I don;t think a “First Class” film with Singer’s original crew would be bad, ti’d be different and thats not a bad thing at all. I just don’t like the idea of using newbies to change the time line and be part of the original team. But no matter what they do the villain will be the breaking point.

          • ulik

            That’s why I think the Shadow King would be the best character for this movie for many reasons. Here we would see a young Prof.X(that can walk) battling his first nemesis and seeing how bad ass The Prof. can be. I see Forest Whitaker as the best actor for the role as Ahmad Forouk because of his performance as Idi Ameen in “The Last King of Scotland” and he’s just an incredible but still underrated actor. Bringing in the Shadow King will open up a “good can” of worms to smooth out a good transitional story towards Storm and eventually way later Apocalypse. Just like you Dedpool, I’m tired of Magneto being the villain too. Obviously Magneto will be in the movie but as Prof.X’s friend and ally. I think that having the original 5 like in the comics will be the best way to go because everything is already laid out form there and they will be closer to continuity. This way they won’t have to keep making up more crap and digging a deeper hole AGAINST the TRUE cannon. Continuity isn’t everything but it did help Iron Man and The Dark Knight to be the greatest CBMs of all time.

  • ulik

    The Paradox of time would allow for Angel and Bobby to be apart of the original X-Men team but in the past. Hank,Bobby, and Warren would get dejavu like visions but never really really remember what happend in the future.

    • Dedpool

      Sorry no time traveling to rectify stuff. The original 5 are not the original 5. Get over it. LOL. I don’t like it either, but by doing this you’re going the “Star Trek ’09” route and trying to reboot it. I don’t think making a first class movie is a good idea, but if they do then they should stick with the movie universe cannon and have it be Beast, Cyclops, Jean, Storm, and maybe Emma or something.

      I hated what they did to Juggernaut in X3, the suit looked bad, and the helmet was awful. I never thought he’d look good on screen. Just too much. Unless they went the ultimate route which wouldn’t have looked horrible. Regardless, as good a character as Mystique is, thats part of the “mystique” of the character, not knowing much about her. Hell in the comics we’re still learning about her.

      • ulik

        Well I get what your saying too but rebooting in the way I see it could put them on a fresh start in the way they should have done in the first place. It would at least show that they want to follow closer to the continuity of the comics. If not, all they’re going to do is dig themselves in a deeper hole with having to rearrange a whole lot more than what they wouldn’t have to if they’d just follow the continuity a lot closer. Not 100% but at least start from were it should have. As far as time travel, well that’s done all the time in the X-Men saga. As a matter of fact, much of their greatest stories are based on time travel and time travelers.

        • Dedpool

          True. I love “Age of Apocolypse” and “Days of Future Past,” but that’s not what you’re doing. you wan’t the original X-men. And rebooting basically wipes all that came before it unless you do a “Star Trek ’09” and have an alternate universe. the thing is though, if you look at every X-men cartoon to ever be made they have never started with the original 5 as the core group. Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, etc. are well knwon and bring in viewers, hence using later iterations of the team or at least the characters. I don;t think a “First Class” film with Singer’s original crew would be bad, ti’d be different and thats not a bad thing at all. I just don’t like the idea of using newbies to change the time line and be part of the original team. But no matter what they do the villain will be the breaking point.

          • ulik

            That’s why I think the Shadow King would be the best character for this movie for many reasons. Here we would see a young Prof.X(that can walk) battling his first nemesis and seeing how bad ass The Prof. can be. I see Forest Whitaker as the best actor for the role as Ahmad Forouk because of his performance as Idi Ameen in “The Last King of Scotland” and he’s just an incredible but still underrated actor. Bringing in the Shadow King will open up a “good can” of worms to smooth out a good transitional story towards Storm and eventually way later Apocalypse. Just like you Dedpool, I’m tired of Magneto being the villain too. Obviously Magneto will be in the movie but as Prof.X’s friend and ally. I think that having the original 5 like in the comics will be the best way to go because everything is already laid out form there and they will be closer to continuity. This way they won’t have to keep making up more crap and digging a deeper hole AGAINST the TRUE cannon. Continuity isn’t everything but it did help Iron Man and The Dark Knight to be the greatest CBMs of all time.

  • Arthur

    Bryan Singer knows how to make X-Men films. Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand was silly, cheesy and made some big mistakes: relieving Mystique of her powers; a cheesy Juggernaut which wasn’t Vinnie Jones’ fault, Nightcrawler’s disappearance, and many more. The bridge scene in X3 was good as was Shadow Cat played by the talented Ellen Page and Phoenix going berserk. Hopefully Singer and crew give us more information on origins of Mystique, Storm, the “real” Juggernaut, Beast and Colossus among others; especially Mystique. There is so much to discover about her and she is a powerful character within the X-Men universe.

    • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

      I agree with the losing of powers thing, but they clearly reversed it before the movie ended. The cure wasn’t a cure at all and Mags was already getting his powers back.

  • Arthur

    Bryan Singer knows how to make X-Men films. Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand was silly, cheesy and made some big mistakes: relieving Mystique of her powers; a cheesy Juggernaut which wasn’t Vinnie Jones’ fault, Nightcrawler’s disappearance, and many more. The bridge scene in X3 was good as was Shadow Cat played by the talented Ellen Page and Phoenix going berserk. Hopefully Singer and crew give us more information on origins of Mystique, Storm, the “real” Juggernaut, Beast and Colossus among others; especially Mystique. There is so much to discover about her and she is a powerful character within the X-Men universe.

    • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

      I agree with the losing of powers thing, but they clearly reversed it before the movie ended. The cure wasn’t a cure at all and Mags was already getting his powers back.

  • ulik

    Thats true Arthur, although not perfect, X-Men 1 and 2 were good especially part 2. Alan Cumming did such an incredible job its almost eerily spot on. Fox said that they couldn’t get the Juggernaut design done right especially the helmet. Supposedly they wanted him to be able to turn his head too. All they had to do was design it the way it is in the comics. They could have made it were you put the knuckle-shaped helmet on first then the body/chest armor on top over it in a way were the head could still swivle from side to side. But the Juggernaut really doesn’t need to turn his head around, he’s so damn powerful that he doesn’t really have to watch his back!!! Sucker punch him from behind or whatever it won’t matter, only a few can stop him..Temporarily.

  • ulik

    Thats true Arthur, although not perfect, X-Men 1 and 2 were good especially part 2. Alan Cumming did such an incredible job its almost eerily spot on. Fox said that they couldn’t get the Juggernaut design done right especially the helmet. Supposedly they wanted him to be able to turn his head too. All they had to do was design it the way it is in the comics. They could have made it were you put the knuckle-shaped helmet on first then the body/chest armor on top over it in a way were the head could still swivle from side to side. But the Juggernaut really doesn’t need to turn his head around, he’s so damn powerful that he doesn’t really have to watch his back!!! Sucker punch him from behind or whatever it won’t matter, only a few can stop him..Temporarily.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Ulik-I think having a story about young Xavier and Magneto would be great. And the Shadowking, and your casting of Whitaker are also great ideas. But one problem with using Iron Man and Dark Knight as staying true to CANON. They didn’t they stayed true to the essence of the characters but not to the canon of comicbook lore. Dent got his face splashed with acid in the courtroom, not burnt by a plot by the joker. It was Maroni himself I beleive that threw it. Jarvis is Stark’s butler not the A.I. he creates, and he definitely didn’t out himself as IM right away. I know they are small changes compared to the roster change of X-men but I can go on. My point is thesefilms are all stand alone universes. With the exception of graphic novel and specific story adpatations like “Sin City,” “300,” and “Watchmen,” we’re never going to see things unfold in the same way they did in the comic. We may get a little from this story, and a little from that, or just plain original stories that are similar to what we know but take on different scenarios. Spiderman and SPiderman 2 are exmples of this. They were very much like a cross between classic stories, but had alot of liberties taken to make it appealing for a modern audience and newcomers alike. The original 5 X-men just don’t have the appeal that characters like WOlverine, Storm, and others do. The original X-men comic got cancelled, went into hiatus, before finally gaining strength, and it wasn’t till the “All new, all different/Uncanny era” that things really picked up. And that was when Stormm, Wolverine, Colossus, Banshee et al were introduced to the team.

    All I’m saying is I know we have our fanboy dreams (I do too), but that’s really all they are. Believing anything else is only going to disapoint you. I for one am glad that comics and moves are separate as I have two different universes to enjoy.

  • Dedpool

    Ulik-I think having a story about young Xavier and Magneto would be great. And the Shadowking, and your casting of Whitaker are also great ideas. But one problem with using Iron Man and Dark Knight as staying true to CANON. They didn’t they stayed true to the essence of the characters but not to the canon of comicbook lore. Dent got his face splashed with acid in the courtroom, not burnt by a plot by the joker. It was Maroni himself I beleive that threw it. Jarvis is Stark’s butler not the A.I. he creates, and he definitely didn’t out himself as IM right away. I know they are small changes compared to the roster change of X-men but I can go on. My point is thesefilms are all stand alone universes. With the exception of graphic novel and specific story adpatations like “Sin City,” “300,” and “Watchmen,” we’re never going to see things unfold in the same way they did in the comic. We may get a little from this story, and a little from that, or just plain original stories that are similar to what we know but take on different scenarios. Spiderman and SPiderman 2 are exmples of this. They were very much like a cross between classic stories, but had alot of liberties taken to make it appealing for a modern audience and newcomers alike. The original 5 X-men just don’t have the appeal that characters like WOlverine, Storm, and others do. The original X-men comic got cancelled, went into hiatus, before finally gaining strength, and it wasn’t till the “All new, all different/Uncanny era” that things really picked up. And that was when Stormm, Wolverine, Colossus, Banshee et al were introduced to the team.

    All I’m saying is I know we have our fanboy dreams (I do too), but that’s really all they are. Believing anything else is only going to disapoint you. I for one am glad that comics and moves are separate as I have two different universes to enjoy.

  • Stan

    Mr Sinister need to be the main villain in this movie so that main characters like Cyclops will finally have their time to get the main spotlight for once. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Cyclops history and origins on how he became the first X-man and on how he became the leader of the team. The X-men is not all about fighting it has to have romance too and now that Emma Frost has been introduced in X-Men Origins Wolverine, we can now have the love triangle between Scott, Jean & Emma and it would make a great love story. And Bryan Singer should also focus on the fighting scenes because X1 and X2 are lacking when it comes to fighting.

    • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

      Maybe, that’s how I should state it from now on. Singer needs to make payoffs when it comes to the action….Hmmm…I do stand corrected. I think that is what bothered me the most in all his superhero movies so far, and the only thing that was more abundant in the 3rd movie than any of the others. The Action. I definitely felt Superman was lacking, not due to just the fighting but the fact that there was NONE. Superman in 2006 didn’t throw one punch and had no real villain and a misuse of his greatest Foe, though played by a great actor.

      Xmen 1 and 2 had good moments but piss poor action other than Nightcrawler. Yeah, I think thats mostly it. Action doesn’t make a good movie but great movies about people with physical powers have conflict that is actually physical. There was enough deepness to it but just like the first Hulk, When it really came down to the Knuckles, there was no payoff. Hulk should never fight water in a climax, Superman should never fight growable real estate, and X men should be total absolute chaos with a delicate conclusion.

      Meh, Now that I’ve responded 4 times in the same post, Im done with the morning rounds lol!

      Also, its great that these post can be made on this site without people turning into complete a-holes. Keep it elite.

    • ulik

      Hey Stan I think Sinister can be brought in but it would be to early to make him a main villain.Slowly bringing in a sub-story would work but as main villain, not yet not until they get ready to bring on Apocalypse. Sinister should be a “behind the scenes” type of guy, manipulating and pulling strings but subtly not outright. He isn’t that much as confrontational as he is a sneaky individual, always planning things out. He’d make a good sub-story leading up to Apocalypse.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Okay this is why I think they should leave it all alone. OR try and find a way to move FORWARD not back. First Class with Sinister would work, but only with Singer’s coregroup. Otherwise the original 5 meeting Sinister just doesn’t work. Never happened in the comics. Also Cyclops is a lost cause, simply because we know he dies. Had Singer done more with him and made him interesting, maybe going back and seeing the character’s origin would work, but there isn’t much to see. Falls out plane with bro, hits head, found by Xavier. The End. The love triangle, also a bad idea with the boring Cyclops. Works in the comics because recently they’ve made the chacracter less boring, but the movie Cyke was just blah. As for the focus of the movies, yes action should be a priority but a good stroy should bring good action.

  • Stan

    Mr Sinister need to be the main villain in this movie so that main characters like Cyclops will finally have their time to get the main spotlight for once. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Cyclops history and origins on how he became the first X-man and on how he became the leader of the team. The X-men is not all about fighting it has to have romance too and now that Emma Frost has been introduced in X-Men Origins Wolverine, we can now have the love triangle between Scott, Jean & Emma and it would make a great love story. And Bryan Singer should also focus on the fighting scenes because X1 and X2 are lacking when it comes to fighting.

    • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

      Maybe, that’s how I should state it from now on. Singer needs to make payoffs when it comes to the action….Hmmm…I do stand corrected. I think that is what bothered me the most in all his superhero movies so far, and the only thing that was more abundant in the 3rd movie than any of the others. The Action. I definitely felt Superman was lacking, not due to just the fighting but the fact that there was NONE. Superman in 2006 didn’t throw one punch and had no real villain and a misuse of his greatest Foe, though played by a great actor.

      Xmen 1 and 2 had good moments but piss poor action other than Nightcrawler. Yeah, I think thats mostly it. Action doesn’t make a good movie but great movies about people with physical powers have conflict that is actually physical. There was enough deepness to it but just like the first Hulk, When it really came down to the Knuckles, there was no payoff. Hulk should never fight water in a climax, Superman should never fight growable real estate, and X men should be total absolute chaos with a delicate conclusion.

      Meh, Now that I’ve responded 4 times in the same post, Im done with the morning rounds lol!

      Also, its great that these post can be made on this site without people turning into complete a-holes. Keep it elite.

    • ulik

      Hey Stan I think Sinister can be brought in but it would be to early to make him a main villain.Slowly bringing in a sub-story would work but as main villain, not yet not until they get ready to bring on Apocalypse. Sinister should be a “behind the scenes” type of guy, manipulating and pulling strings but subtly not outright. He isn’t that much as confrontational as he is a sneaky individual, always planning things out. He’d make a good sub-story leading up to Apocalypse.

      • Dedpool

        Okay this is why I think they should leave it all alone. OR try and find a way to move FORWARD not back. First Class with Sinister would work, but only with Singer’s coregroup. Otherwise the original 5 meeting Sinister just doesn’t work. Never happened in the comics. Also Cyclops is a lost cause, simply because we know he dies. Had Singer done more with him and made him interesting, maybe going back and seeing the character’s origin would work, but there isn’t much to see. Falls out plane with bro, hits head, found by Xavier. The End. The love triangle, also a bad idea with the boring Cyclops. Works in the comics because recently they’ve made the chacracter less boring, but the movie Cyke was just blah. As for the focus of the movies, yes action should be a priority but a good stroy should bring good action.