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After the theatrical train wreck that was X3: The Last Stand, comic fans everywhere were convinced that the franchise’s only salvation would be the return of director, Bryan Singer. Singer previously hinted that he would be interested in taking on another film and today he’s finally come to a decision. He will direct the upcoming X-Men spin-off, X-Men: First Class.

Over at Flickchart, they recently caught up with Singer at the premiere of James Cameron‘s Avatar, where he casually dropped the bomb about his latest project. They went on to tweet thatBryan Singer just leaked that he’s directing the next X-men Origins film on the AVATAR “blue carpet”.” The diligent folks at /Film went a step further and dug up the actual soundbite from the interview. Here’s the transcription of it:

I’m prepping up to do a movie called Jack the Giant Killer [at] Warner Brothers, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men First Class Origins picture, which is kind of cool.

Singer directed the first X-Men film in 2000 followed by the best installment of the trilogy, X2: X-Men United. He was also supposed to helm the third film The Last Stand, but dropped out to take on Superman Returns.

Even though Singer’s two X-Men films were the best of the four produced, they weren’t the greatest adaptations of the comic books. He made a lot of uneccessary changes that could clash with the story of First Class down the line.

The First Class comic centers on the first group of students at Professor Xavier’s school for the gifted. They included Jean Grey, Cyclops, Angel, Beast, and Iceman. In the first X-Men movie, Singer made Iceman a teenager and Beast was nowhere to be found. If you look close enough, he makes a cameo somewhere in his human form but doesn’t have any dialogue. He’ll have to change the entire makeup of the team, which makes me uneasy. Don’t be surprised if they start pulling characters from Generation X for this one.

What do you think about Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise?