Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bryan Singer to Return to X-Men

Out of all the modern day filmmakers, Bryan Singer is one of my favorites. From his work on The Usual Suspects to Valkyrie, all the way to three of the finer superhero films ever made, the first two X-Men films and Superman Returns.

It's been a while since Singer played in the comic book realm. After his attempts with the Man of Steel were met with mixed reaction from fanboys, many thought his comic book days were over. Of course there was always a shimmer of hope for geeks that he'd return to the superhero franchise to which he truly belongs. Now, it's official, Bryan Singer is going to direct X-Men: First Class for 20th Century Fox.

Last night at the LA premiere of Avatar, Singer revealed that he had just signed the deal with Fox to return and helm the new X-Men film based on the graphic novel X-Men: First Class. Like this past summer's Wolverine, First Class will be a prequel to the other three X-Men films, but unlike Wolverine it will all take place at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. The film is said to follow the early days of the very first X-Men, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm, all under Professor Xavier's watchful eye. I cannot stress how pumped I am for this.

While I loved Superman Returns, Bryan Singer was the heart-and-soul of the X-Men film franchise, and when he departed after the second film, the X-Men films just weren't the same. Without Singer the X-Men films lost all the thought and emotion that Singer infused within the first two installments. He made a perfect allegory towards racism through the prejudice against mutants, something that didn't carry over after he left. Hopefully with this announcement, Singer will bring back the magic and put X-Men back on track.

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