Soon after Bryan Singer dropped the bomb that he would be returning to the X-Men franchise he launched nearly ten years ago, details regarding his decision have begun to emerge. Singer may have bigger and brighter plans for this batch of Marvel mutants that we’re not even aware of…
Singer recently spoke to the people over at The Hollywood Reporter and stated that X-Men First Class might supercede the long awaited Magneto spin-off. The story for the film will center on younger versions of both Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnssher, which would utilize some of the Magneto story that would be found in any possible solo project. The timelines cross each other similar to how the flashbacks in X2: X-Men United cross over with some of the weapon X scenes in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
According to Singer, This story would probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto, so it might supersede that because this would explore that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust.
After doing the first two films in the X-Men series, Singer left in 2006 to do Superman Returns over at Warner Bros. The move made many of us wonder if he left the franchise or Fox on good terms. The director stresses that his relationship with the studio isn’t as dark and dreary as the general public would like to think.
A lot of that was comical and exaggerated. When you set up a rather lucrative franchise and produce one of the company’s biggest television shows (“House”), I think there is a lot of good energy on a business level.But also, Tom Rothman and I have a very strong relationship from those early days of “X-Men 1″ when he ascended to the chairmanship and I was involved in this very important movie for the studio. We bonded then.
Hopefully with his return, the lack of good comic book films from Fox will cease and desist. Even though he only has one new X-film under is belt, it could compensate for years of bad blood between fans and the studio. The only thing that concerns me is the correlation between First Class and Magneto. If the stories overlap with one another they better make sure the images they use match up in both films, because that wasn’t the case in Wolverine.
What do you think of Singer’s take on First Class? Do you think Fox should continue with the Magneto spin-off?