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.