Bryan Singer On X-Men: First Class [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

x men bryan singer Bryan Singer On X Men: First Class [Updated]

[UPDATE: Check out Part Two of this feature where Bryan Singer talks possible Wolverine 2 involvement and directing X-Men 4!]

While the media world has been heating up along with the production of several films for both Disney’s Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment, it’s been a little cold on the X-Men news front for Fox Studios. This changes today as the LA Times Blog posted a segment of their lengthy editorial on the X-Men, featuring an interview with Bryan Singer and X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner. The full version will appear in the Sunday Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times.

The article focuses on the history of the X-Men film franchise and how Bryan Singer’s risky (at the time) take on the superhero genre helped re-define what comic book movies could bring to moviegoers, setting the stage for the major franchises we see lighting up the box office today. It’s a definite must-read for any X-Men fan, but we’ll discuss the most interesting bits here – namely, the hints of what we may see from the future of the franchise and Bryan Singer’s possible involvement with X-Men 4 and Wolverine 2, in addition to his helming of the prequel X-Men: First Class.

It’s been no secret that Singer and Donner have a strong working relationship and for quite some time prior to Singer signing back up to direct the First Class prequel, there was no holding back from either side on their desires to work together again for another X-Men movie. Back in October, I said that he would likely be back and if he did, he may direct X-Men 4 which Donner hinted at as one of the projects she really wants to develop. The good news is that from this LA Times post, that may actually happen – more on that later.

For obvious reasons, Singer’s return is beneficial to all parties involved; Fox has a chance to bring back the quality expected from the franchise after the well-received first two installments and redeem themselves for the critical disappointments in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine – in the interview, it’s made clear that Donner realizes this (as we’ve seen before) and on Singer’s side of things, he realizes that he’s better suited for the X-Men and their team dynamics as opposed to the solo hero we saw in Superman Returns – here’s his explanation:

“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… 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…”

Presently, we know Singer is signed to helm X-Men: First Class and that Josh Schwartz, who was picked up to do the script, finished a draft, but is no longer in the picture since Singer came on board with a new writer and his own story ideas. While it’s being kept secret as to what Schwartz was going for with his story, I am very confident with Singer having creative control to bring his own story for the project going forward.

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  1. I stilll think they should go ahead with an AOA trilogy, done right, it would be epic….just sayin!

  2. So Brian lost his way for awhile and has now rediscovered what, as a director, he's really all about. I'm so happy for him. Pity it took wrecking two franchises to find that out. Couldn't he have done right by everybody and did X-3 and then did a smaller movie to explore his ability to showcase and tell a personal individual story?? Really since failing to hit a home run with Superman, just exactly how would he perform with any of the individual hero stories in the Marvel line up? It's about the kind of story he's telling and a Wolverine centered story from that angle is no different than a Superman story! So really Fox still has problems that they have no solutions to and a whole bunch of the fan base ticked off at them for messing up two good franchises. They need to think on this harder…

  3. I am just glad Singer is back on board.. Wow, what a relief !!! He'll bring a depth to the story, the characters, tie it all in, neat and tidy.. and really hit home with the subject matter. OK – I can finally get some sleep now ! LOL

  4. What's the word of the day? Re-boot.

    Go back to the drawing board and start fresh, new actors, new director, and the actual origin. I know comics need to change a great deal in order to translate to the big screen but is it so hard to satisfy the fans AND develop a money-making movie?

    The first two movies are a given! x-men 1:prof. X, iceman, jean, scott, beast and angel
    x-men 2: add colossus, nightcrawler, storm, banshee, wolvy, thunderbird.

    They should've done this from the start but NO…… they had to have wolvy in there. I think the continuity of this franchise was twisted from the beginning. Ratner shouldn't get all the blame for screwing up the story. Singer had his part in that mess too.

  5. First off I just want to say that I think that X-men first class is a bad idea. We all know how everything began (from the comics and from the movies we get a general idea) and we do not need to have that image reiterated on a big screen. Furthermore, Wolverine has been the bread and butter for this franchise and I do not see any way they could include him in this film; automatic drop in box office gross. The only way that this film could slightly work is if it entirely focuses on Prof X and Magneto and that is even a stretch. Nobody cares about these “other miscellaneous “other” characters. I would just continue on with an X-men 4 and throw in Gambit somehow (say he was frozen for a bunch of years and his body was preserved who cares its a comic book movie remember, the boundaries are fairly unlimited) My opinion is worthless though we all know this movie is coming out one way or another.

    Oh yeah and an fyi, Singer sold out on the franchise for Superman a while back, and just because Superman flopped and he was given a boot does not mean we should welcome him back to the x-men universe with open arms….he is a SELL OUT

  6. Im sorry to say my friend but that kind of linear thinking is what ruined the last 2 X-men movies. I am an avid comic book reader and the two things that bother me the most is straying completely off the source material and focusing an entire story on one particular individual on a team demographic. I'm personally sick of the movies focusing on wolverine because in the comics hes not ever the center of attention. Heck he doesn't even spend all his time w the X-men. So a story not focused on wolverine (they all have) is something I'd definitely prefer.

  7. So Brian lost his way for awhile and has now rediscovered what, as a director, he's really all about. I'm so happy for him. Pity it took wrecking two franchises to find that out. Couldn't he have done right by everybody and did X-3 and then did a smaller movie to explore his ability to showcase and tell a personal individual story?? Really since failing to hit a home run with Superman, just exactly how would he perform with any of the individual hero stories in the Marvel line up? It's about the kind of story he's telling and a Wolverine centered story from that angle is no different than a Superman story! So really Fox still has problems that they have no solutions to and a whole bunch of the fan base ticked off at them for messing up two good franchises. They need to think on this harder…

  8. I am just glad Singer is back on board.. Wow, what a relief !!! He'll bring a depth to the story, the characters, tie it all in, neat and tidy.. and really hit home with the subject matter. OK – I can finally get some sleep now ! LOL

  9. What's the word of the day? Re-boot.

    Go back to the drawing board and start fresh, new actors, new director, and the actual origin. I know comics need to change a great deal in order to translate to the big screen but is it so hard to satisfy the fans AND develop a money-making movie?

    The first two movies are a given! x-men 1:prof. X, iceman, jean, scott, beast and angel
    x-men 2: add colossus, nightcrawler, storm, banshee, wolvy, thunderbird.

    They should've done this from the start but NO…… they had to have wolvy in there. I think the continuity of this franchise was twisted from the beginning. Ratner shouldn't get all the blame for screwing up the story. Singer had his part in that mess too.

  10. First off I just want to say that I think that X-men first class is a bad idea. We all know how everything began (from the comics and from the movies we get a general idea) and we do not need to have that image reiterated on a big screen. Furthermore, Wolverine has been the bread and butter for this franchise and I do not see any way they could include him in this film; automatic drop in box office gross. The only way that this film could slightly work is if it entirely focuses on Prof X and Magneto and that is even a stretch. Nobody cares about these “other miscellaneous “other” characters. I would just continue on with an X-men 4 and throw in Gambit somehow (say he was frozen for a bunch of years and his body was preserved who cares its a comic book movie remember, the boundaries are fairly unlimited) My opinion is worthless though we all know this movie is coming out one way or another.

    Oh yeah and an fyi, Singer sold out on the franchise for Superman a while back, and just because Superman flopped and he was given a boot does not mean we should welcome him back to the x-men universe with open arms….he is a SELL OUT

  11. Im sorry to say my friend but that kind of linear thinking is what ruined the last 2 X-men movies. I am an avid comic book reader and the two things that bother me the most is straying completely off the source material and focusing an entire story on one particular individual on a team demographic. I'm personally sick of the movies focusing on wolverine because in the comics hes not ever the center of attention. Heck he doesn't even spend all his time w the X-men. So a story not focused on wolverine (they all have) is something I'd definitely prefer.

  12. I totally agree. Well said.

  13. Really???? IMO Bryan Singer is an extremely over rated director. He has completely ignored MARVEL'S history of the characters, their ages, character development and continuity.

    Adaptations that veer too far from the original source material might as well be called something else because it ain't the X-Men I've been reading for the last 40 years.

    For a storyline with real depth and continuity all tied in we need to have a REBOOT by MARVEL STUDIOS and an experienced director who respects the original source material.

  14. You're absolutely right. I've been reading Marvel comic books since the mid seventies and I'm dismayed at the level of arrogant disrespect and contempt certain film studios, writers and directors have towards the original source material.

    The original source material can be adapted and translated into a realistic dramatic storyline. You can still have ACCURATE, FAITHFUL & AUTHENTIC films based on the books and be a financial success at the box office.

    Deviations that introduce alternatives and saying they are based on the books is just plain LAZY, GREEDY & EGOTISTICAL film making.

    Without the success of these comic books over the last four decades, these movie adaptations could not exist. Certain film makers should not be allowed to take advantage of their work privileges by introducing their own ideas.

    It should be an honor for these people to work with these characters, but they choose to hatch their own self centered plans.

  15. Like I said, I recanted my previous post. You are completely right on all accounts. I liked some of his shooting, angles, action etc.. I wasn't really getting at the story.

    If MARVEL had this in their hands and made it friendly for all peoples, fans and new unaware fans.. that would work for all parties.

    I HOPE that somewhere MARVEL gets control back, somehow and does it right.. Although I did like character castings like Wolvie, Summers.. even Storm (but she needs her accent).. I would like to see Gambit and Rogue back older as more tied in..

    Guess, I'm just ol' school (even if new school !!) LOL

  16. Yeah that would be great if MARVEL did get back the film rights. The sooner the better. :-) Sometimes I may come across as being a bit harsh in my opinions / criticisms but it's more frustration at not seeing these films handled correctly.

    I really can't fathom why the notion of producing an authentic and faithful adaptation of the comic books is so hard for certain film studios, writers and directors to achieve.

    If you look at TDK, IM & to a certain extent TIH, they all did exceptionally well at the box office because they weren't that far removed from the original source material.

    I guess, I'm probably still too much ol' school than new school. :-)

  17. You took the words right out of my mouth !! As a comic artist/pencil'er/color – I can so agree with the work they should be doing with the original source material… I'm with you on the ol' school and new school' . I hope if they do run X4 – they really hit it home… could make for another 2-3 films.. !

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