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Can you believe the first X-MEN movie came out 10 years ago? On the one hand it seems like just the other day but stop and think about it and so much has happened since then. I mean, Hugh Jackman was completely unknown and now he's hosting the Oscars. The movie was the first of its kind as an expensive blockbuster predicated on a dedication of its fans (as popular as "X-Men" was, it's not like it was as widely known as BATMAN or SUPERMAN). Now we're so deep into superhero films they've become their own genre.

Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler-Donner sat down with the LA Times to talk about the legacy of X-MEN, which is an interesting read, but the conversation quickly turned to the future. While we've known for a few months now that Singer was set for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the two revealed that Singer could return for X-MEN 4 (a "totally different" movie than FIRST CLASS says Shuler) and possibly even WOLVERINE 2.

Says the LA Times: "Shuler Donner also has pitched Singer on doing a fourth installment of the previously established X-MEN franchise and Jackman had that lunch with Singer to coax him into a project as well, which may or may not be a WOLVERINE film, which Jackman has said will be set in Japan and released in 2011."

Now just because Shuler-Donner pitched Singer on X-MEN 4 and Jackman is trying to coax him into directing a WOLVERINE sequel does not necessarily mean either of those things will happen. FIRST CLASS is the top priority for Fox but even more worrisome than that is that Singer is contracted to direct JACK THE GIANT KILLER for Warner Bros.

When Shuler Donner brought up X-MEN 4, Singer asked her to hold off on that one for now to which she responded, "I will, I will ... I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different and it will be so interesting for you."

Frankly I think Singer's a pretty talented director and while I'd love to have him direct all these X-MEN movies, I'd hate to see the dude hamstrung in the superhero genre. At least Chris Nolan gets to go out and do shit like THE PRESTIGE and INCEPTION in between Batman movies. Frankly I'd love to see what Singer could do with WOLVERINE 2 and possibly X-MEN 4. Even with his involvement, I'm just not all that involved in FIRST CLASS.

If you've got the time today, you should really read the full article at LA Times.

Extra Tidbit: FIRST CLASS, WOLVERINE 2 or X-MEN 4 - which would you rather have Singer direct?
Source: LA Times

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5:11PM on 03/19/2010

Good ass news

I think Singer should definitely start this off by directing Wolverine 2. Wolverine is my all time favorite mutant but that movie was sooooo ass. That way if Singer rediscovers his passion for mutants then he could move onto Xmen4. After X3 came out I came up with a great way for Singer to fix everything that was wrong with the movie. Maybe I should write a script and send it off to him lol.
I think Singer should definitely start this off by directing Wolverine 2. Wolverine is my all time favorite mutant but that movie was sooooo ass. That way if Singer rediscovers his passion for mutants then he could move onto Xmen4. After X3 came out I came up with a great way for Singer to fix everything that was wrong with the movie. Maybe I should write a script and send it off to him lol.
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1:58PM on 03/19/2010

Wolverine 2 A MUST

I say drop First Class and give us what we all really wanted in the first place. A top notch Wolverine movie. I might be in the minority here, but I thought that X-men 2 was the perfect setup to launch a Wolverine spawn-off and I can't think of ANYONE I'd love to see do Wolverine more than Singer. He is the quintessential Wolvie director in my opinion and I think he could do an excellent job with the so source material.

Second on my list would be First Class, just because I think it'd be
I say drop First Class and give us what we all really wanted in the first place. A top notch Wolverine movie. I might be in the minority here, but I thought that X-men 2 was the perfect setup to launch a Wolverine spawn-off and I can't think of ANYONE I'd love to see do Wolverine more than Singer. He is the quintessential Wolvie director in my opinion and I think he could do an excellent job with the so source material.

Second on my list would be First Class, just because I think it'd be interesting after getting my helpful dose of Wolvie action. Honestly, I think it's too much of a stretch to actually think Singer would direct all 3 projects, but I'll be content with a First Class over no Singer movie at all.

Here's hoping for a Singer/Wolverine flick to end all flicks.
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1:39AM on 03/19/2010
'First Class' sounds like ass, Wolvie 2 will probably be a wash. After X3, does anyone think they'll make X4 better, even with Singer?

On one hand it's true that collective fandom will never agree on what it actually wants. On the other hand, Fox is 2 for 4 with these movies now (not even counting other comic properties they crapped on), so I have very little faith they'll suddenly get their act together with more X-movies.
'First Class' sounds like ass, Wolvie 2 will probably be a wash. After X3, does anyone think they'll make X4 better, even with Singer?

On one hand it's true that collective fandom will never agree on what it actually wants. On the other hand, Fox is 2 for 4 with these movies now (not even counting other comic properties they crapped on), so I have very little faith they'll suddenly get their act together with more X-movies.
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12:32AM on 03/19/2010

You see the footage of Kick-Ass

And it makes you wonder what could of been if Matthew Vaughn hadn't walked off of X3.

Tho his arrival also brought Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, so pros and cons I guess!
And it makes you wonder what could of been if Matthew Vaughn hadn't walked off of X3.

Tho his arrival also brought Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, so pros and cons I guess!
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12:21AM on 03/19/2010

I just gotta point out

The movie that kickstarted the modern Marvel adaptions we see today was actually Blade, a good 2 years before X-Men.
X-Men was the greater financial success, but Blade made it possible to take a gamble on X-Men.
The movie that kickstarted the modern Marvel adaptions we see today was actually Blade, a good 2 years before X-Men.
X-Men was the greater financial success, but Blade made it possible to take a gamble on X-Men.
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11:37PM on 03/18/2010

We Need A Classy X4 Not A First Class

Singer's Superman Returns was genius because it served as the corrected Superman III. Now he has an opportunity to do the same for his X-Men franchise. Give us an X4 that follows the events of X1 and X2, but ignores X3. That is what I want to see. Instead of directing First Class, how about Singer direct X4, thereby bringing some class back to the X franchise.
Singer's Superman Returns was genius because it served as the corrected Superman III. Now he has an opportunity to do the same for his X-Men franchise. Give us an X4 that follows the events of X1 and X2, but ignores X3. That is what I want to see. Instead of directing First Class, how about Singer direct X4, thereby bringing some class back to the X franchise.
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7:44PM on 03/18/2010
I'd prefer a straight sequel.And if that were to happen, I'd hope he'd give the other X-Men some shine time instead of making it the goddamned Wolverine Show over and over. He did make two good films and wasn't responsible for the third film, but he was the one responsible for making Cyclops a wimp, casting a joke of a Storm, and having all the other characters pretty much just there to make Wolverine look better by comparison. Bring Cyclops back, focus on other characters for a change, and
I'd prefer a straight sequel.And if that were to happen, I'd hope he'd give the other X-Men some shine time instead of making it the goddamned Wolverine Show over and over. He did make two good films and wasn't responsible for the third film, but he was the one responsible for making Cyclops a wimp, casting a joke of a Storm, and having all the other characters pretty much just there to make Wolverine look better by comparison. Bring Cyclops back, focus on other characters for a change, and STOP MILKING WOLVERINE. There's been four Wolverine movies already.
All the same, I trust him more than that inept hack Brett Ratner.
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6:56PM on 03/18/2010

Singer is just ok

I would say No. Singer needs to lay off the superhero genre altogether but not necessarily the comics to movies genre. I mean he's a more than capable director,but i did enjoy the action sequences in X3 more than the previous two(the 1st two having better story telling of course).And yes, perhaps it's a personal issue since he totally shitted on my main man Superman.
I would say No. Singer needs to lay off the superhero genre altogether but not necessarily the comics to movies genre. I mean he's a more than capable director,but i did enjoy the action sequences in X3 more than the previous two(the 1st two having better story telling of course).And yes, perhaps it's a personal issue since he totally shitted on my main man Superman.
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6:48PM on 03/18/2010

differentiation!!

there needs to be some distinguishable difference between the first class, x4, and wolverine 2 in style/tone/etc. that validates having 3 different x-men series going on at the same time.

i say singer should stick with X4 and keep the same world that he's built.

first class was pitched as a teen-movie. i'm not hating that idea. it needs to be significantly different than x4 (more comedy, hot chicks, ridiculousness, takes itself less seriously)

wolverine series should/could be darker
there needs to be some distinguishable difference between the first class, x4, and wolverine 2 in style/tone/etc. that validates having 3 different x-men series going on at the same time.

i say singer should stick with X4 and keep the same world that he's built.

first class was pitched as a teen-movie. i'm not hating that idea. it needs to be significantly different than x4 (more comedy, hot chicks, ridiculousness, takes itself less seriously)

wolverine series should/could be darker (even R rating!) and more balls to the walls action/gore.

yes/no?


either that, or reboot the entire franchise over (first class would be a good opportunity) and kill the other series.
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5:53PM on 03/18/2010
x-men 4 and wolverine 2
x-men 4 and wolverine 2
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5:53PM on 03/18/2010

Reboot.

They're rebooting Superman after Singer's horrid storyline. May as well reboot this as well and get some fresh blood in on the project.
They're rebooting Superman after Singer's horrid storyline. May as well reboot this as well and get some fresh blood in on the project.
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5:45PM on 03/18/2010

It Was a Dream

I say X-Men 3, just have professor X wake up and have the third movie just be a dream and re-do the Phoenix Saga
I say X-Men 3, just have professor X wake up and have the third movie just be a dream and re-do the Phoenix Saga
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5:32PM on 03/18/2010
The third X-Men is a great action film...it is not however up to par to the other two X-Men's when it comes to telling its story. It sorted of farted off the Dark Pheonix story, decided to entirely replace Rogues role with Kitty Pryde and then killed off two main characters.

I don't think the series is beyond saving at all. X3 is great fluff, and it definitely doesn't murder the series in the way Batman Forever/& Robin did. Ratner was still playing in Singer's world, and with one solid film
The third X-Men is a great action film...it is not however up to par to the other two X-Men's when it comes to telling its story. It sorted of farted off the Dark Pheonix story, decided to entirely replace Rogues role with Kitty Pryde and then killed off two main characters.

I don't think the series is beyond saving at all. X3 is great fluff, and it definitely doesn't murder the series in the way Batman Forever/& Robin did. Ratner was still playing in Singer's world, and with one solid film to go out on the wrongs of X3 could even become important in the series entirety.
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5:14PM on 03/18/2010

sick of singer

For to long now I've sat back and read one glowing review after another for the first 2 X-men, and nothing but insults after insults for X-men 3. No more. I liked the first 2 movies alright but X-men 3 was one of the best action movies I've every seen and dare I say it but I think most of america is with me on this because it made far more money than the first 2. And the more I watch superman returns the more I hate it.
For to long now I've sat back and read one glowing review after another for the first 2 X-men, and nothing but insults after insults for X-men 3. No more. I liked the first 2 movies alright but X-men 3 was one of the best action movies I've every seen and dare I say it but I think most of america is with me on this because it made far more money than the first 2. And the more I watch superman returns the more I hate it.
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3:48PM on 03/18/2010
X4 primarily. Hopefully they'd pretend that the last movie was just a bad dream or something. Wolverine 2 would be cool too though, and probably a helluva lot better than the first one.
X4 primarily. Hopefully they'd pretend that the last movie was just a bad dream or something. Wolverine 2 would be cool too though, and probably a helluva lot better than the first one.
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4:48PM on 03/18/2010
it wouldnt be difficult to be better than origins: wolverine lol
it wouldnt be difficult to be better than origins: wolverine lol
3:37PM on 03/18/2010
Forget First Class and get Wolverine back on track and let us forget that colossal disaster that Fox farted out. Or a new X-Men film with Mr. Sinister or Apocalypse as the only villan.
Forget First Class and get Wolverine back on track and let us forget that colossal disaster that Fox farted out. Or a new X-Men film with Mr. Sinister or Apocalypse as the only villan.
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3:29PM on 03/18/2010
X-Men 4 if Apocolypse is the villain, First Class if Quicksilver is in it, and Wolverine 2 if Silver Samurai is the villain.
X-Men 4 if Apocolypse is the villain, First Class if Quicksilver is in it, and Wolverine 2 if Silver Samurai is the villain.
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3:16PM on 03/18/2010
Personally I'd like to see Singer simply full the main franchise out of the can. Wolverine obviously, bring Cyclops and Xavier back from the dead and introduce Emma Frost to help bring Cyclops back to the hardass status he deserves.
Personally I'd like to see Singer simply full the main franchise out of the can. Wolverine obviously, bring Cyclops and Xavier back from the dead and introduce Emma Frost to help bring Cyclops back to the hardass status he deserves.
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2:42PM on 03/18/2010
There is still so much that one talented director could do with the franchise.. I mean, they have only explore the Magneto and Stryker confrontation.. what about Sinister? Apocalypse?
There is still so much that one talented director could do with the franchise.. I mean, they have only explore the Magneto and Stryker confrontation.. what about Sinister? Apocalypse?
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2:25PM on 03/18/2010
I'd rather that Singer stay out of the superhero genre for a while. Maybe 10-15 years. The superhero genre needs people that can direct action, and we've seen that Singer (much like Kevin Smith) cannot direct action movies. And before someone pulls X2 out of their butt, that was one scene out of two fairly boring movies.
I'd rather that Singer stay out of the superhero genre for a while. Maybe 10-15 years. The superhero genre needs people that can direct action, and we've seen that Singer (much like Kevin Smith) cannot direct action movies. And before someone pulls X2 out of their butt, that was one scene out of two fairly boring movies.
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2:07PM on 03/18/2010
Definitely the fourth X-Men! He can clean up the mess that Bratner left.
Definitely the fourth X-Men! He can clean up the mess that Bratner left.
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2:04PM on 03/18/2010

Nightcrawler

X men 4 then they could bring nightcrawler back!
X men 4 then they could bring nightcrawler back!
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1:32PM on 03/18/2010

Thanks to Bluetuned for the idea

Hi-Five!
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1:31PM on 03/18/2010

Wolverine 2

INT. Japanese restaurant

(Note: All these events are leading up to the main movie which happens as a flashback. Presumably, Wolverine is on his way to Canada, where the events of the first X-men happened.)

WOLVERINE walks around with a script in hang. He chuckles at the title before tossing it into the trash. He takes a swig of the saki next to him, spits it onto the script, and tosses his stoagie into it. The pages burn as we see the title...
X-Men: First Class
A Spike Lee joint
INT. Japanese restaurant

(Note: All these events are leading up to the main movie which happens as a flashback. Presumably, Wolverine is on his way to Canada, where the events of the first X-men happened.)

WOLVERINE walks around with a script in hang. He chuckles at the title before tossing it into the trash. He takes a swig of the saki next to him, spits it onto the script, and tosses his stoagie into it. The pages burn as we see the title...
X-Men: First Class
A Spike Lee joint
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1:19PM on 03/18/2010

X-Men 4

I would want to see X-Men 4 made the most. Singer did an amazing job with the first two and the third one kind of screwed up the first two and did not have the ending all of us X-Men lovers wanted. If there is an X-Men 4, THEY HAVE TO DO SENTINELS in this one. If they have sentinels in this movie and make it the last one, and also bring back Cyclops I will be very very happy.
I would want to see X-Men 4 made the most. Singer did an amazing job with the first two and the third one kind of screwed up the first two and did not have the ending all of us X-Men lovers wanted. If there is an X-Men 4, THEY HAVE TO DO SENTINELS in this one. If they have sentinels in this movie and make it the last one, and also bring back Cyclops I will be very very happy.
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1:15PM on 03/18/2010
BTW I prefer Singer's non-superhero movies.
BTW I prefer Singer's non-superhero movies.
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1:14PM on 03/18/2010
Singer is an overrated filmmaker. The X Men movies were dumb fun, Wolverine was brainless entertainment, I think any future installments can only get progressively worse.
Singer is an overrated filmmaker. The X Men movies were dumb fun, Wolverine was brainless entertainment, I think any future installments can only get progressively worse.
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1:05PM on 03/18/2010
I'm all for Singer returning. But, I don't expect it to be the second coming. Comparing him to Christopher Nolan, though, is not fair to Christopher Nolan. It's not nice to say things behind people's backs like that.
I'm all for Singer returning. But, I don't expect it to be the second coming. Comparing him to Christopher Nolan, though, is not fair to Christopher Nolan. It's not nice to say things behind people's backs like that.
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12:52PM on 03/18/2010
X-men 4 all the way. Forget the Wolverine sequel, unless he directs it and follows the japan story correctly. X-men needs to make a comeback and do it big.
X-men 4 all the way. Forget the Wolverine sequel, unless he directs it and follows the japan story correctly. X-men needs to make a comeback and do it big.
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12:35PM on 03/18/2010

X-4

I'm not interested in a Wolverine sequel, but I am interested in having things resolved in the X-men world. That's all I'm interested in. No first class. No point. We know what happens, and we know who they become. Just get these X-men movies back on track.
I'm not interested in a Wolverine sequel, but I am interested in having things resolved in the X-men world. That's all I'm interested in. No first class. No point. We know what happens, and we know who they become. Just get these X-men movies back on track.
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12:32PM on 03/18/2010

X4 please

INT. Bedroom

WOLVERINE wakes up startled. He looks around. The events of X3 were all just a bad dream...
INT. Bedroom

WOLVERINE wakes up startled. He looks around. The events of X3 were all just a bad dream...
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12:11PM on 03/18/2010
The only great films Singer has made is Usual Suspects and X-Men 2. Valkyrie was good, and Superman Returns and the first X-Men were mediocre at best. I wish he'd just did X-Men 3 and went off to do more 'original' work, but one can only dream. Wolverine 2 needs to redeem itself after the trash of the first, and why waste money and time making a First-Class X-Men movie when you can just make X-Men 4?
The only great films Singer has made is Usual Suspects and X-Men 2. Valkyrie was good, and Superman Returns and the first X-Men were mediocre at best. I wish he'd just did X-Men 3 and went off to do more 'original' work, but one can only dream. Wolverine 2 needs to redeem itself after the trash of the first, and why waste money and time making a First-Class X-Men movie when you can just make X-Men 4?
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11:41AM on 03/18/2010

Singer Sucks

One on my favorite movies is Usual Suspects hands down! But he has never made a single great movie since then. X-men started off great! I loved the cage fight, until Cyclops showed up and toad/storm on stunt wires. Lame effects, lame script. It just was rank with cheese and anyone who casts Tom Cruise in a Nazi movie and it's not a spoof, should have his director license revoked!
One on my favorite movies is Usual Suspects hands down! But he has never made a single great movie since then. X-men started off great! I loved the cage fight, until Cyclops showed up and toad/storm on stunt wires. Lame effects, lame script. It just was rank with cheese and anyone who casts Tom Cruise in a Nazi movie and it's not a spoof, should have his director license revoked!
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12:00PM on 03/18/2010
Thumbs up for using "great" instead of "good"... which makes your comment completely accurate
Thumbs up for using "great" instead of "good"... which makes your comment completely accurate
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11:40AM on 03/18/2010

Singer Back to X!

As long as he directed X4 I wouldn't mind him not directing Wolverine 2 but it would be cool if he was somehow involved, I was one that hated the idea of FIRST CLASS but knowing Singer and seeing what he's done with the X-MEN films I sure wouldn't mind seeing what he brinngs with the origin of the first X-MEN team.
As long as he directed X4 I wouldn't mind him not directing Wolverine 2 but it would be cool if he was somehow involved, I was one that hated the idea of FIRST CLASS but knowing Singer and seeing what he's done with the X-MEN films I sure wouldn't mind seeing what he brinngs with the origin of the first X-MEN team.
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11:38AM on 03/18/2010

First ASS...haha see what I did there...yea

I'm not at all bothered by First Class.

I'd rather have a satisfying ending to the original trilogy as Last Stand sort of leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It's fun at times, but not the definitive ending we were all hoping for.

Wolverine 2 I'd be open too also as I'm one of the minority that enjoyed the original Wolverine on a popcorn level. I'd like it to be more emotionally involving that the original Wolverine, sure, but I think someone else should take a crack at the spin-offs, it's
I'm not at all bothered by First Class.

I'd rather have a satisfying ending to the original trilogy as Last Stand sort of leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It's fun at times, but not the definitive ending we were all hoping for.

Wolverine 2 I'd be open too also as I'm one of the minority that enjoyed the original Wolverine on a popcorn level. I'd like it to be more emotionally involving that the original Wolverine, sure, but I think someone else should take a crack at the spin-offs, it's important to get Singer back on the originals IMO.
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11:37AM on 03/18/2010
I'd like to see SINGER do WOLVERINE 2.Somebody needs to do justice to one of MARVEL'S greatest charachters,after the extremely dissapointing X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE!!
I'd like to see SINGER do WOLVERINE 2.Somebody needs to do justice to one of MARVEL'S greatest charachters,after the extremely dissapointing X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE!!
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