Comics 411 reports that Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men films, will direct the next X-Men movie.
Singer spilled the beans while attending the premiere for Avatar. Apparently, the movie will revolve around the teenage “First Class” of X-Men under Xavier’s tutelage.
The details of the movie have not yet been revealed, and that’s why I won’t touch casting with a 39 1/2-foot pole. Like Comics 411 mentions, this news is hardly a surprise–but the First Class theme does create some very interesting questions about Singer’s possible direction.
If you want vintage, the first class includes Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Iceman (see left image). However, Angel and Iceman’s characters were drastically de-aged for the films, so unless Singer deviates from the film continuity, they may not appear at all. On the up-side, their first villains were Magneto, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch–and I would love to see the sibling duo introduced in this film. Singer could also use almighty creative license and include the “second wave” X-Men team, including Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine. Xavier mentions in the first film that Storm was one of his first students, so I can see this happening–and including Wolvie may provide a nice tie-in to his Origins movie as well.
Speaking of origins, I am also holding out that this doesn’t replace a Magneto movie, which could be extremely powerful and political–just like the risk-taking X-Men comics we know and love. However, if First Class already explores that time period, this will probably be the case. (As long as Stewart and McKellan reprise their roles, I will only mildly kvetch about it.)
And hopefully as Singer directs he will be channeling X-Men and X-2, and not Superman Returns. Please, no.