Director Bryan Singer's opening up about how he wants to handle his mutant prequel, X-Men: First Class. And it sounds like there's a heavy focus on the Professor Xavier and Magneto origins tale, but what about the other mutants?
Singer chatted with the LA Times about his next X-Men project. The younger mutant characters aren't the focus of the film, according to Singer:
"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."
Here's my issue with this idea — while I feel like Professor X and Magneto are ripe for a film detailing their friendship and eventual fall out, the past films have already hyped this backstory on all cylinders, and we know more or less what happened. I'm much more interested in the journey these younger mutants face, while trying to find a safe haven, and, naturally, learning to cope with their different powers. As the X-Men movie series progressed, characters like Rogue fell to the wayside, and Cyclops and Jean's relationship was never really explored. Can't we have something new, please? Plus the original Jeff Parker comics are more of a coming-of-age story for the young X-Men.
Another interesting moment in this article was the director's explanation of why he's better suited to the X-Men than to the DC Universe, in the wake of Superman Returns:
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, no doubt referring to his defection to the DC Comics universe to make the oddly lifeless 2006 movie "Superman Returns." "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..."
Also in the article, Singer mentions having lunch with Hugh Jackman, but leaves the details off the record — leading to speculation he might direct Wolverine 2, or Wolverine might pop up in X-Men: First Class. Plus Singer explains how, during the filming of the first X-Men film, he tried to get Jackman to have a fight with his wife, to conjure some of Wolverine's famous angst — but Jackman said that would just make him show up to work crying. [L.A. Times]