Bryan Singer, who made comic-book movies cool with the first X-Men movie, is returning to the franchise with the prequel X-Men: First Class, and he's talking about it for the first time.
The movie will deal with the early relationship between Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr/Magneto and the early days of the Xavier Academy, Singer told the Los Angeles Times:
... a prequel to the 2000 film that shares its name with the eight-issue comics series that began in 2006 and was written by Jeff Parker with art by Roger Cruz.
Singer says the film will find its axis in the relationship between Professor X and Magneto and the point where their friendship soured. It will also detail the beginning of the school for mutants and have younger incarnations of some characters with new actors in roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey, the Beast, etc. (He only shrugged when asked if Hugh Jackman might appear as Wolverine, the one character who doesn't age at the same rate as humans.)
The premise has compelling elements to it, Singer said. "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."
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After the debacle that was Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand and the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we're eager to see Singer back at the helm on the franchise he shaped in movie form. Fingers—and adamantium claws—crossed!