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12.17.2009
A couple of months ago, Bryan Singer himself said he was talking to Fox about possibly returning to the X-Men franchise, one that's fallen in the eyes of fans and critics since the director's departure following X2.

Well, today while at the Los Angeles premiere of AVATAR, Singer confirmed that he has indeed signed on to do X-MEN: FIRST CLASS! Hear it from the man himself in the video below (just click the marker in the timeline to jump straight to Singer's part).
Extra Tidbit: Glad as I am that Singer is back, I'm not entirely sold on the idea behind FIRST CLASS. Though I would've simply preferred an X-MEN 4, I'm happy that the franchise that was so successful for Fox once will now regain its direction.
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2:15PM on 12/19/2009
It will be interesting to see what he can do with what is a relatively new series. If you factor in that it uses Iceman, Angel, Cyclops, Beast and Marvelgirl (Jean Grey) while the previous movies state that Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Beast were the original members. Will it be a step forward or a step backwards in the grand scheme of things? Looking forward to figuring that one out.
It will be interesting to see what he can do with what is a relatively new series. If you factor in that it uses Iceman, Angel, Cyclops, Beast and Marvelgirl (Jean Grey) while the previous movies state that Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Beast were the original members. Will it be a step forward or a step backwards in the grand scheme of things? Looking forward to figuring that one out.
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5:50AM on 12/18/2009

It could work

Cyclops, Jean, Emma Frost, Beast, Storm, Professor Xavier and Magneto. Oh and they should probably have other villains like the Blob, the Toad, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

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Cyclops, Jean, Emma Frost, Beast, Storm, Professor Xavier and Magneto. Oh and they should probably have other villains like the Blob, the Toad, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

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1:17AM on 12/18/2009
I suppose this is good news. In the past week I've finally watched all three X-Men films for the first time. The third one just wasn't as good as the first two. I don't think it was quite the piece of shit that everyone was telling me, but it certainly wasn't as exciting. I'm not sure if Singer's departure had anything to do with it but I'm glad to hear that he's back on board. Too bad it's a prequel though. I'd like to see things move forward, not backward.
I suppose this is good news. In the past week I've finally watched all three X-Men films for the first time. The third one just wasn't as good as the first two. I don't think it was quite the piece of shit that everyone was telling me, but it certainly wasn't as exciting. I'm not sure if Singer's departure had anything to do with it but I'm glad to hear that he's back on board. Too bad it's a prequel though. I'd like to see things move forward, not backward.
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11:27PM on 12/17/2009

X-Men 4!!

X-MEN 4!! WOULD BE WAY BETTER!!
X-MEN 4!! WOULD BE WAY BETTER!!
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11:23PM on 12/17/2009
Singer coming back: Great. Another origin story: Sad. I'll have to deal with it, I suppose. FUCK you, Fox.
Singer coming back: Great. Another origin story: Sad. I'll have to deal with it, I suppose. FUCK you, Fox.
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6:47PM on 12/17/2009

Desperate

Singer is apparently desperate for love after a disappointing couple of years. Something about this feels cheap. And honestly, who cares about X-Men at this point, it had its fun in the sun. Move on Singer.
Singer is apparently desperate for love after a disappointing couple of years. Something about this feels cheap. And honestly, who cares about X-Men at this point, it had its fun in the sun. Move on Singer.
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6:38PM on 12/17/2009
Wow...I never thought this would happen.

There's so many awesome directions they could go with X-Men, I don't see the point in making a prequel. It feels like they're giving up on the franchise, but with Singer back on, it'll be worth checking out. I can't really get excited about First Class, but hopefully this will lead to a real sequel.
Wow...I never thought this would happen.

There's so many awesome directions they could go with X-Men, I don't see the point in making a prequel. It feels like they're giving up on the franchise, but with Singer back on, it'll be worth checking out. I can't really get excited about First Class, but hopefully this will lead to a real sequel.
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4:44PM on 12/17/2009

My thoughts on this...

This is great news, but itís a little upsetting that we have to endure yet another origin story. Iím not disgusted by the idea though, as long as itís handled right and not made to appeal to teens, if you know what Iím saying. I donít need to see Zac Efron as Cyclops and Vanessa Hudgens as Storm going off on some AWESOME adventure together as teenagers. That would hurt.

The people who complain about Bryan Singer as a director need to re-watch THE USUAL SUSPECTS and APT PUPIL.

The man has
This is great news, but itís a little upsetting that we have to endure yet another origin story. Iím not disgusted by the idea though, as long as itís handled right and not made to appeal to teens, if you know what Iím saying. I donít need to see Zac Efron as Cyclops and Vanessa Hudgens as Storm going off on some AWESOME adventure together as teenagers. That would hurt.

The people who complain about Bryan Singer as a director need to re-watch THE USUAL SUSPECTS and APT PUPIL.

The man has immense, immense talent.

I think the first X-MEN film and SUPERMAN RETURNS were less than what they could have been, but not because of Singerís failings as a director. Fox didnít exactly give him a massive budget to work with on the first X-MEN, and I actually really love a lot of what he did with that introductory film Ė especially with regards to Wolverine and his introduction, his first encounter with Professor Xavier, the casting of Patrick Stewart, etc. Singer did a LOT right and people forget that.

A lot of people love the second film, so I donít feel the need to defend that.

As for SUPERMAN RETURNS, the film itself was really well done Ė the problem stemmed from the fact that it was so reverential to Richard Donnerís universe that it felt tame and somewhat cheesy. Itís not what people wanted. Iím not apologizing for the film, because I was the first to walk out saying I really wanted more out of the first SUPERMAN movie of the 21st centuryÖ but it is far from a piece of shit.

Look at DRAGONBALL Z and then look at SUPERMAN RETURNS and you can see the difference between a piece of shit film and a disappointing one.

Sorry for the essay, I just felt this needed to be said.
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5:28PM on 12/17/2009
I completely agree with your thoughts on the first film. It was made with a very low budget, I'm sure the studio didn't really have faith in it since the comic book film was a new thing. But it completely delivered. I was pretty young when it came out but I was obessed with the animated show. I saw the movie opening night in theaters and was blown away. Even now I watch it and still feel that same way. So I never really understood the negative responses Ive seen about it. In my opinion they
I completely agree with your thoughts on the first film. It was made with a very low budget, I'm sure the studio didn't really have faith in it since the comic book film was a new thing. But it completely delivered. I was pretty young when it came out but I was obessed with the animated show. I saw the movie opening night in theaters and was blown away. Even now I watch it and still feel that same way. So I never really understood the negative responses Ive seen about it. In my opinion they translated the story into a realistic setting the best way they could. My only problem with it has always been the way they handled Sabretooth.

As X2 it completely outdid everything that I loved about the first one. I would say that X2 is tied with The Dark Knight for my favorite comic book film.
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4:34PM on 12/17/2009

Singer?

I mean the first two were good and all... I just feel that Marvel Studios raised the bar for Superhero flicks. And after the monstrosity that was Wolverine... Fox need to go new and fresh with the "New Class!"
I mean the first two were good and all... I just feel that Marvel Studios raised the bar for Superhero flicks. And after the monstrosity that was Wolverine... Fox need to go new and fresh with the "New Class!"
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2:59PM on 12/17/2009
So this "First Class" is essentially a prequel and they're re-jumping it?

Glad Singer's on board regardless. No one else has displayed much of a grasp of these characters.
So this "First Class" is essentially a prequel and they're re-jumping it?

Glad Singer's on board regardless. No one else has displayed much of a grasp of these characters.
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2:44PM on 12/17/2009
wow.. nobody can be happy anymore with movie news can they? Everyone and their local neighborhood alcoholic were screaming for Ratner's head and cursing at the gods for not having Singer on X3. Now there's news that he's finally back to the franchise he helped created and people are bitching about the movie before it's even shooting?! Make up your minds! I'm pretty pumped up for more of Singer's X-Men.
wow.. nobody can be happy anymore with movie news can they? Everyone and their local neighborhood alcoholic were screaming for Ratner's head and cursing at the gods for not having Singer on X3. Now there's news that he's finally back to the franchise he helped created and people are bitching about the movie before it's even shooting?! Make up your minds! I'm pretty pumped up for more of Singer's X-Men.
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1:41PM on 12/17/2009
Glad to hear about Singer being back but I hope the script gets retooled.
Glad to hear about Singer being back but I hope the script gets retooled.
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1:25PM on 12/17/2009

Jesus Everyones a Film Critic

It seems everyone is a film critic even before a movie comes out. I for one am very happy Singer is back for the new x-men, he's excellent with those characters. Superman Returns was crap but I see what he was trying to do; he was trying to do Superman 3 for Donner in his light and it didn't work out. Donners Superman was great for its time and still is,especially the new cut for part II, but alas it was a risky decision to go in the direction he did or lazy but I don't think he is lazy, and he
It seems everyone is a film critic even before a movie comes out. I for one am very happy Singer is back for the new x-men, he's excellent with those characters. Superman Returns was crap but I see what he was trying to do; he was trying to do Superman 3 for Donner in his light and it didn't work out. Donners Superman was great for its time and still is,especially the new cut for part II, but alas it was a risky decision to go in the direction he did or lazy but I don't think he is lazy, and he made a mistake and now everyone wants to chastise the poor guy(rich guy!) for one bad film. I know it'll be great and to everyone that doesn't think so, just wait till the movie comes out to turn into a little Gene Siskel please! Everyone else that doesn't like him just go "wank off to some phish records" Please of course
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1:40PM on 12/17/2009
I completely agree with you
I completely agree with you
1:24PM on 12/17/2009
Its awesome Singer's coming back for an XMen movie but Id rather it be Xmen 4 but fuck it hes back
Its awesome Singer's coming back for an XMen movie but Id rather it be Xmen 4 but fuck it hes back
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12:27PM on 12/17/2009

screw singer.....

I was much more interested in listening to Magua!

also superman returns was terrible.
I was much more interested in listening to Magua!

also superman returns was terrible.
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12:06PM on 12/17/2009

Dont know

Never like someone who leaves to do something better on his own and it turns out to be complete crap (Superman) and then he comes back with his hat in his hand. That rubs me wrong, it seems its all about regaining his commercial success so he can try to make another crap movie. And screw First Class bc there cant be a Wolverine bc no one knew him until X-Men 1, so do X-Men4 or wolverine 2.
Never like someone who leaves to do something better on his own and it turns out to be complete crap (Superman) and then he comes back with his hat in his hand. That rubs me wrong, it seems its all about regaining his commercial success so he can try to make another crap movie. And screw First Class bc there cant be a Wolverine bc no one knew him until X-Men 1, so do X-Men4 or wolverine 2.
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11:41AM on 12/17/2009

Just can't get excited.

I want to be excited for this, but the new class idea just has me sort of blah. I don't understand it, so we are getting an origin story after three movies?

Plus, can they even have angel in the team since he was a kid in the third movie? Just doesn't really interest me.
I want to be excited for this, but the new class idea just has me sort of blah. I don't understand it, so we are getting an origin story after three movies?

Plus, can they even have angel in the team since he was a kid in the third movie? Just doesn't really interest me.
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11:34AM on 12/17/2009

great

his xmen might not have been perfect, but they had class and a lot of great moments. i believe singer is the one who started the superhero-film revival.
his xmen might not have been perfect, but they had class and a lot of great moments. i believe singer is the one who started the superhero-film revival.
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11:31AM on 12/17/2009
I'd rather he do it than anyone else, but this just makes it an even bigger shame that he didn't get to finish his X-Men trilogy.
I'd rather he do it than anyone else, but this just makes it an even bigger shame that he didn't get to finish his X-Men trilogy.
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11:27AM on 12/17/2009
i hope we get a young, non-blue Beast, as well as a bigger part for Warren Worthington the third, AKA the Angel.
i hope we get a young, non-blue Beast, as well as a bigger part for Warren Worthington the third, AKA the Angel.
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11:15AM on 12/17/2009

Thank God

Great!!!

After the spidey news today, I thought there would be no upside.

X-men is now Ratnerless. Thank Christ.

I'll be happy to watch Singer do the origin stories. Can't be any worse than Wolverine Origin.

They can't do X men 4. They killed off like everyone. Sure they could do the cure was temporary angle but really??? And ya Xavier is in another body, but Jean Gray and Cyclops are gone. Hallie Berry won't be back and how long can we watch Hugh Jackman as Wolverine before it
Great!!!

After the spidey news today, I thought there would be no upside.

X-men is now Ratnerless. Thank Christ.

I'll be happy to watch Singer do the origin stories. Can't be any worse than Wolverine Origin.

They can't do X men 4. They killed off like everyone. Sure they could do the cure was temporary angle but really??? And ya Xavier is in another body, but Jean Gray and Cyclops are gone. Hallie Berry won't be back and how long can we watch Hugh Jackman as Wolverine before it gets old.
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11:08AM on 12/17/2009

Next X-MEN film

I just hope FIRST CLASS is really code name fo X-MEN 4.
I just hope FIRST CLASS is really code name fo X-MEN 4.
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11:06AM on 12/17/2009

DUUUDE!!!

BEST NEWS EVER!!! FINALLY FOX HAS COME TO THEY'RE SENSES! I GOTTA GO CLEAN THE SHIT FROM MY PANTS...
BEST NEWS EVER!!! FINALLY FOX HAS COME TO THEY'RE SENSES! I GOTTA GO CLEAN THE SHIT FROM MY PANTS...
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10:52AM on 12/17/2009

Uhhh...

Why did they have to hire this moron again.
Why did they have to hire this moron again.
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3:52PM on 12/17/2009
Would you rather have Brett Ratner direct again?
Would you rather have Brett Ratner direct again?
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10:45AM on 12/17/2009

REMAKE

With all the remakes these days why not simply keep part 1 and 2 intact but remake part 3 as if it never happened, just ignore it, its best for everyone that way and its the only good way to go from here, or let someone wake up at the beginning of part 4 realizing that part 3 was just a nightmare
With all the remakes these days why not simply keep part 1 and 2 intact but remake part 3 as if it never happened, just ignore it, its best for everyone that way and its the only good way to go from here, or let someone wake up at the beginning of part 4 realizing that part 3 was just a nightmare
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10:29AM on 12/17/2009

X4!

I'm so glad that Singer is coming back, but why the hell doesn't he make X-Men 4! He can easily undo every poor decision they made. First of all X3 showed that the cure might not be permanent judging by Mags at the end. So have Rogue's power return but stronger than ever. Maybe she accidently touches a mutant with the ability of super strength and flight so she can finally kick some ass. Secondly bring in Mr.Sinister as the big bad. They could definitely make him work if they tone him down a
I'm so glad that Singer is coming back, but why the hell doesn't he make X-Men 4! He can easily undo every poor decision they made. First of all X3 showed that the cure might not be permanent judging by Mags at the end. So have Rogue's power return but stronger than ever. Maybe she accidently touches a mutant with the ability of super strength and flight so she can finally kick some ass. Secondly bring in Mr.Sinister as the big bad. They could definitely make him work if they tone him down a bit. Explain that Jean never actually killed Cyclops and that Mr. Sinister found his body by the lake. All of this time Sinister has been experimenting with Cyclops trying to build the perfect mutant, but one piece is missing: Jean's DNA. So Sinister and his goons mount an attack on the X-mansion to dig up Jean's body. With Singer at the helm again it could actually end the franchise on a good note. Hell he can even have Jean be resurrected and we can finally see the Phoenix we were always meant to see.
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10:41AM on 12/17/2009
Will never see this because I agree this is absolutely how it should be done. Down with Hollywood!
Will never see this because I agree this is absolutely how it should be done. Down with Hollywood!
11:03AM on 12/17/2009
Dude, I had the exact same idea for X-Men 4! We should pen the script, at least we know we'll be better than Zak Penn.
Dude, I had the exact same idea for X-Men 4! We should pen the script, at least we know we'll be better than Zak Penn.
12:24PM on 12/17/2009
I'm down with that!
I'm down with that!
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10:22AM on 12/17/2009
Seriously? I'm happy that the guy's back because he did make X2, which is still a very nice flick, but we all know the only reason he's doing this is because Warner doesn't want him doing the next Superman movie (which isn't happening anytime soon either). Plus, it's because of Singer that we ended up seeing a Ratner version of X-Men that sucked monkey nutsacks. Plus, First Class seems like a dumb-as-f**k idea. Make a proper Wolverine movie first, you morons at Fox!
Seriously? I'm happy that the guy's back because he did make X2, which is still a very nice flick, but we all know the only reason he's doing this is because Warner doesn't want him doing the next Superman movie (which isn't happening anytime soon either). Plus, it's because of Singer that we ended up seeing a Ratner version of X-Men that sucked monkey nutsacks. Plus, First Class seems like a dumb-as-f**k idea. Make a proper Wolverine movie first, you morons at Fox!
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10:08AM on 12/17/2009

Forget the haters Bryan...

You did a fantastic job with the first two X-MEN movies and I can't wait for you to return. Way to go!
You did a fantastic job with the first two X-MEN movies and I can't wait for you to return. Way to go!
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9:51AM on 12/17/2009

CONTINUITY IS FUCKED ON THIS ONE...

...i mean wasn't first class was actually Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast without fur,Angel & Iceman? it could be a good excuse to reboot the series as it was told in the comics but we all know that won't happen.
...i mean wasn't first class was actually Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast without fur,Angel & Iceman? it could be a good excuse to reboot the series as it was told in the comics but we all know that won't happen.
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9:26AM on 12/17/2009

who cares?

that franchise died with x3 and had the nail driven into it's coffin with wolverine. they won't be getting a penny from me. hell, i could direct the movie and i still wouldn't see it.
that franchise died with x3 and had the nail driven into it's coffin with wolverine. they won't be getting a penny from me. hell, i could direct the movie and i still wouldn't see it.
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8:14AM on 12/17/2009

I guess...

...this might work. But I think it's kind of lame to return. I think this should be X-men three if anything. I'm so absolutely tired of prequels and going back to origins to tell stories. We know what happens. We know where they end up. It's not interesting what happens before.

Whatever. Nothing I say matters anyway. Just another angry fan.
...this might work. But I think it's kind of lame to return. I think this should be X-men three if anything. I'm so absolutely tired of prequels and going back to origins to tell stories. We know what happens. We know where they end up. It's not interesting what happens before.

Whatever. Nothing I say matters anyway. Just another angry fan.
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8:08AM on 12/17/2009

HHMMM..

As much as I think Singer will make a good job, the last two terrible x men movies have killed mine and I dare say alot of people's interests. They can only do a prequal as well, seen as Cyclops and Xavier are dead, The X mens founder and leader. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out. They'll be no Nightcrawler though, thumbs down already.
As much as I think Singer will make a good job, the last two terrible x men movies have killed mine and I dare say alot of people's interests. They can only do a prequal as well, seen as Cyclops and Xavier are dead, The X mens founder and leader. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out. They'll be no Nightcrawler though, thumbs down already.
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10:31AM on 12/17/2009
Actually, if you watch the very end of X3, Xavier isn't dead
Actually, if you watch the very end of X3, Xavier isn't dead
7:51AM on 12/17/2009

HOW DARE HE

Singer is responsible for two of the worst comic book movies of all time, X-Men 3 and Superman Returns. He abandoned his child and made a bastard out of another. I don't trust him or want him around my babies.
Singer is responsible for two of the worst comic book movies of all time, X-Men 3 and Superman Returns. He abandoned his child and made a bastard out of another. I don't trust him or want him around my babies.
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11:05AM on 12/17/2009
Brett Ratner directed X3, and if you think Superman Returns is one of the worst cmb's of all time, you clearly haven't watched enough of them.
Brett Ratner directed X3, and if you think Superman Returns is one of the worst cmb's of all time, you clearly haven't watched enough of them.
11:41PM on 12/17/2009
Track, I agree. Because he abandoned the X-Men movies, Last Stand got made, and Superman Returns is, by large and far, one of the top three worst comic book movies of all time!
Track, I agree. Because he abandoned the X-Men movies, Last Stand got made, and Superman Returns is, by large and far, one of the top three worst comic book movies of all time!
7:34AM on 12/17/2009

Hey, Bryan...

....stick closer to the fucking source material this time.

It works.
....stick closer to the fucking source material this time.

It works.
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7:30AM on 12/17/2009

New Direction

X-Men either needs to be over with or start anew. Singer did a good job on the first two, but I would love to see some new blood jump in there. And when I say new blood I mean new blood that has talent in it. No more Ratners.

Also am I the only one that would like to see Singer go back to smaller films like Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil. Enough with the superheros.
X-Men either needs to be over with or start anew. Singer did a good job on the first two, but I would love to see some new blood jump in there. And when I say new blood I mean new blood that has talent in it. No more Ratners.

Also am I the only one that would like to see Singer go back to smaller films like Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil. Enough with the superheros.
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6:54AM on 12/17/2009

SWEET MONKEY JESUS!

Singers Back On The X-men Franchise!
Singers Back On The X-men Franchise!
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