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Singer Talks First Class Characters

Dishes on Azazel, Havok and Mystique

By Chris Beveridge     February 11, 2011
Source: Hero Complex


X-Men: First Class
© Fox

With the trailer having landed for X-Men: First Class, Bryan Singer is out there answering a few questions about the flick that Matthew Vaughn is directing since he's serving as producer on it. The trailer introduced a number of characters in the sixties setting and we've had numerous casting bits over the last year and the first glimpse has certainly divided people about how they feel over it, much as it has since the whole concept was first revealed. Interestingly, Singer says that with all the comic films out this summer, he's never viewed his project here as competing against the Marvel films or the Warner release of Green Lantern.

“You can never think about that,” he says. “That’s just something you can torture yourself with or stress out about, but you can’t do that and sit there and think, ‘What are they doing? We need to do that.’ That’s the worst thing you can do. You have to make your own movie. It needs to exist in its own universe in terms of perception. Your goal is to make a cool movie. You need to stay focused on that goal.”

Singer also expanded on who his favorite characters are, which was shown a bit in the previous films he himself directed. “We have younger versions of Mystique and Beast, so I’m very excited about them and what they bring to the film. Jennifer Lawrence’s work [as Mystique] and Nicholas Hoult’s portrayal of Beast — these are characters that we’ve seen in the earlier films, but then these are very different portrayals and you have to bring a lot of attention to those.”

The one character that he seems particular excited about though is that of Azazel as he goes into length about him by saying, “I’m also excited about Jason Flemyng as Azazel, which is a really cool character. It’s like this sinister alter ego of Nightcrawler in a way, which again brings some of the things that we like about that character but at the same time has a different quality. And I really, really like [Lucas Till as] Havok, who we’re bringing in [to the continuity] at a sort of a different time, relative to the comic book lore. It’s an extremely cool character. What’s great, too, about all of these characters is that they haven’t honed their abilities yet. Havok is a danger to himself and everyone around him. That’s where this movie is at — the recruiting of these mutants and bringing them together.”

The three films combined so far have amassed about 1.2 billion dollars in theatrical revenue before even talking about home video, VOD and other revenue streams. So it's no surprise to see Fox trying to eke out a bit more with it. Though there's differences in ticket prices, even X-Men Origins: Wolverine pulled down just under 400 million worldwide, which put it ahead of the first X-Men movie and made it easy to greenlight the sort of sequel.

For those who are still having timeline issues and disliking the way it's coming together, click on through to the original article to read more about what Singer hints at when it comes to the relationship between the Summers brothers here.


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LocoLobo73 2/11/2011 8:12:24 AM

too bad singer never realized that these are not his toys that hes playing with rather that he is borrowing someone elses toys and crapping all over them

Shasta 2/11/2011 10:44:23 AM

The trailer changed my mind on this one, kinda excited to see it now.

Wiseguy 2/11/2011 11:45:58 AM

I hate to keep repoeating myself but I too hate how Singer has screwed up the continuity and chronology of the X-Men but what's done is done.....

....and now I too am looking forward to this. My guess is that Singer is going to make Alex Scott's father since the timeline  for them to be brothers doesn't fit.

 

 

Hobbs 2/11/2011 11:46:43 AM

Trailer wasn't bad but still not sure about this one.  Not on my must see list right now and I was born and raised and X-Men comic fan.

raa2001 2/11/2011 11:49:10 AM

Although Singer did change a lot in the previous X-Men movies, I still like the tone that he set for them.  I still enjoyed X2 better than the others, but I think First Class may become my new favorite.

ElBaz13 2/11/2011 11:49:35 AM

Good one LocoLobo.

And yes, Singer was the one who knew absolutely nothing of the X-men before X-men 1 was presented to him. I guess today, he's still freakin clueless since he's dipping into a pool of useless characters. Again...Azazel? Created by the worst X-men writer ever = Chuck Austen. Which also means he's ripping something from Austen's run (Mystique Azazel = Nightcrawler)...Seriously, if he's going to rip something from the X-men comics, dig into the Claremont years. sigh....

 

kalkent 2/11/2011 11:51:46 AM

Singer is garbage only decent xmen movie was part 2.. All others were crap!!!!!

Wiseguy 2/11/2011 12:05:57 PM

And that only because it was based on probably the best X graphic novel ever, God Loves Man Kills

InnerSanctum 2/11/2011 12:17:05 PM

 kalkent:  You may not like Singer's X-Men, but he got them made (somthing that no one had achieved in over a decade.)  He is also the man who directed the brilliant The Usual Suspects and the distrubing Apt Pupil.  He is also the producer of one of TV's greatest shows House M.D.  Now, if you don't like his films, that is fine, but to label him as "garbage" is unwarranted.  

They are not going to "reboot" the franchise.  So, move on.  I am personally excited to see this film.  I like the time frame, the tone and it sounds like a very interesting concept.  Maybe some of you have miraculously seen this film already...I have not...I'm going to give it a chance.  And, just FYI, Singer is not directing this film.  It is the fan fave Matthew Vaughn.  Who seems to know a lot about comics.

Look, I think Thor looks like a cheese fest, based on the previews, but I'm still going to go see the film.  Oh, and guess what, even under Marvel's reign, the story deviates from that which was presented in the original comics.  

 

gauleyboy420 2/11/2011 1:06:07 PM

He hasn't destroyed or crapped on anything. He's doing his take on the characters in a whole new universe. You guys should realize that in comics a recurring theme is MULTI-VERSES, this is one of those realitues.

I loved the first 2 X-men movies, and so do the majority of the intended audiences.

Singer changed how superhero movies were made and viewed by the public with these movies and started the trend that is allowing us to see our favorite characters on the silver screen

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