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Live-Action X-Men TV Series Apparently On The Way From Fox

Howdy people of the internet, time for some unexpected TV news that dropped yesterday relating to the Marvel Comics property, X-Men. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Back in October, a rumor popped up that FOX was looking to bring the X-Men to television in some form, and now TV Insider brings word that the network is in fact working to bring them to the small screen, pending the approval of Marvel Entertainment.

“It’s in negotiations,” Fox entertainment chairmen Gary Newman said. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”

Newman went on to reveal he didn’t think the series would be ready to air before the 2016-2017 TV season.

The Hollywood Reporter adds that the network is in preliminary conversations with “24” producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto to develop the live-action series. Screenwriters Patrick McKay and JD Payne will pen the pilot episode with Katz and Coto set to serve as showrunners.

When I read this online yesterday I was like, “Is this real? No way!” But then I checked on 2 other websites and it seemed to be confirming the story. The main thing that this new makes me wonder is how does this relate to the X-Men film universe? Is this going to be a spin-off/side story to the X-Men film universe or will it be a completely separate and fresh entity of its own? Because if it is the latter then that would be frigging cool and would open the door for so many possibilities. One also has to wonder who or what will be the focus of this show, will it be the core X-Men team? Maybe X-Force or Alpha Flight? Who knows? Right now everything is speculation, but I’m just curious to know how this will be tackled. A few years ago if you had asked me whether I would have wanted to see a live-action X-Men TV show I would have said no in disgust and called it a day. However, considering the production value of a lot of TV shows these days and the popularity and quality of shows like Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I could see X-Men joining the world of television because their source material is so rich that they could tell more stories over a longer period of time on the small screen. If this show were to be a clean reboot of the series maybe us fans would finally get to see a more accurate depiction of some the characters and stories from the comics and maybe introduce things that have yet to come to pass in the film series.

Well that’s my two cents on the matter, how about you? Are you interested in an X-Men TV series and if so what would you like to see in there? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Media, Television

 

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X-Men Producer Confirms Channing Tatum as Gambit

Good day to you ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some film news that just dropped a little while ago. The following information comes from superherohype:

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He’s been campaigning for the role since last September, and revealed he had a meeting about playing the character back in April, and now longtime “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirms that Channing Tatum is Gambit. Though no official deal has been put in place, Donner revealed to Total Film that, to her at least, Tatum is the character.

“Well you know he’s a rogue, Channing. He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. He’s got a really good heart, because I know him personally, I did a movie with him. So I think he’ll be great, he’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a southerner too, he’s not from New Orleans but he is a southerner and he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”

So after the interviews, news stories and rumours we finally have confirmation that Gambit is returning to the big screen and we have Mr Tatum taking on the role, and while there’s no official story from 20th Century Fox, it is pretty safe to assume that when someone involved with a film franchise says that someone is cast in a role, you’re gonna take it as fact as most times it ends up being true anyway. Alrighty then, how do I feel about this news? A bit excited and partially concerned. Now the reason I’m in two minds about his casting is because on one hand Tatum has gone from someone I’d never cared about, until I saw films like 21 Jump Street and Side Effects that shows that the guy is talented. But on the other I’m not sure if the guy is a decent fit for the role of Gambit. Now Gambit is a very important a treasured character in the comics and among fans, so seeing this character get the adaptation he deserves is the most important thing. I guess it’ll just be a question of time, we’ll have to see when and how this character gets brought into the current X-Men films before we pass judgement, as for now I’m down with it, though I can see the fan boys raging away at their computer screens too haha.

What do you think of this news? Do you think Channing Tatum is a good fit for the role of Gambit or not? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see on then ext blog post. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Next X-Men Film, X-Men: Apocalypse Set for May 27, 2016

Man, just when I thought the superhero film news would be over and sorted, next thing you know there’s something else in the woodwork. And when you get surprise announcements, that’s when things get interesting and it seems like there’s something is going on in the X-Men film universe. The following information comes from the ever reliable superherohype:

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“In a surprise move, Bryan Singer today revealed the title of the next chapter of 20th Century Fox’s popular X-Men franchise. May 27, 2016 will see the release of X-Men: Apocalypse!

Apocalypse, created by Louise and Walter Simonson, made his debut in X-Factor #6. The world’s first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conquerer, believing whole heartedly in survival of the fittest.

The character’s most popular storyline, “The Age of Apocalypse,” ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, “The Age of Apocalypse” saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants.

Since next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past involves a time travel storyline, it’s likely that a filmic take on “The Age of Apocalypse” could spin out of the new film’s ending. It’s certainly something that 20th Century Fox has considered as ComingSoon.net has learned that domains likeAgeofApocalypsemovie.com have been registered by the studio for years. What’s more, Singer’s new film is set to introduce key “Age of Apocalypse” characters like Bishop (Omar Sy) and Blink (Bingbing Fan).”

Well bloody hell, did not see this coming at all. Check it out, we all know that Days of Future Past is on the horizon and that’s it. Sure there’s the potential of another Wolverine film, but right now we’re waiting on the next X-Men film from Bryan Singer, a film which will really determine whether this franchise can continue on strong or fail under the weight of its hype. DOFP has to first persuade us that 1) Bryan Singer can still handle this franchise, 2) That Bryan Singer can still make GOOD films (because his last set were crap to be honest) and 3) That loads of big comic book characters can occupy the same space and all have equal screen time and relevance. If DOFP can do that, then bring on the next X-Men film, not doubt yo.

Right now I’m just surprised that there’s already a sequel at hand, 20th Century Fox must really believe that they’ve got some good material to show the world when the film hits next year. That or the film is testing really well, though I dunno who would b able to view the film this early prior to the film’s completion.

Well this makes me both intrigued and curious for DOFP and whether it is THAT GOOD that it would allow for a sequel to be set 3 years from now. I guess only time will tell right? So what do you think of there being another X-Men film in 2016? Leave your thoughts below! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: X-Men

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #27 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Today we’re gonna talk about the film that in a lot of ways made comic book films the popular genre they are today, I am of course talking about Bryan Singer’s about X-Men.

Ah X-Men, this is one of the films that really helped comic book films become popular again, so it should be awesome right? Well it is good, but not that great. Funnily enough I actually saw this film after X-Men 2, so yeah after the awesome sequel it was kind of lame to go back to the less impressive prequel. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good elements about X-Men, but each time I’ve watched the film since the mid-2000’s it’s gotten worse and worse. So in 2013 has my opinion changed? Read on and find out.

In terms of the plot the film focuses on the mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier’s X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.

The story for the most part is pretty interesting. I liked the way it started out with Senator Kelly hating on the mutants and trying to get them to get registered so that they can be separated from humans. We also get to see the differing opinions about how mutants feel towards humans from both the good and bad perspective. Charles Xavier thinks that mutants can coexist with the humans, whereas Magneto, due to his past experiences believes that mutants are superior and need to take the humans out. I like all the conflict between humans and mutants and within the mutant groups themselves. I also love the introduction of Wolverine and Rogue, their characters are treated well along with Xavier and Magneto. However this film presents a lot of problems, since there is a great focus on Wolverine and a few select other mutants, other characters don’t get enough screen time to be relevant or just end up being background people. By the end of the film you really want to see what happens next and luckily even though this film isn’t overly amazing, it sets up the groundwork for some really impressive material in the sequel.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Let’s start with Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. In this film Wolverine is drifter, he has no home and gets in fights for money because he beaten because of his mutant abilities. However his life changes when he comes into contact with Rogue and eventually the X-Men and from there he has to adjust to his new surroundings and try to decide where he stands when he unintentionally becomes part of this war. Hugh Jackman was nobody before this film came out, but this is the role that made him the popular star he is today. Jackman maybe a bit pretty for the role, but I think he did a great job portraying all of Wolverine’s mannerisms from his powers to his personality traits.

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Patrick Stewart also makes for a great Professor Charles Xavier. I love how he is a powerful telepathic mutant who believes that humans can coexistence with mutants, there is a nativity to his thinking but you can’t help but rooting for him especially when some things work out. Sir Patrick Stewart is a fabulous talent and even though there wasn’t too much of him in the film he was still awesome regardless. And there’s Ian McKellen who makes for an awesome Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto.You can see that Eric had a difficult life prior to the present time in the film and due to his past experiences and the growing hatred against mutants from people like Senator Kelly, as Magneto he’s got every right to despise the humans and want them to be taken out. Sir Ian McKellen is one of the finest actors ever and he puts his skills to good use as he is classy, assertive and totally badass as this classic mutant villain.

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Then we have Anna Paquin as Marie/Rogue. I liked Paquin in this role, she was a timid character due to her powers and was forced to leave her family after an incident involving her boyfriend at the time. She eventually comes into contact with Wolverine and the two become quite close. I like their relationship, they’re technically friends but I see it more like a father-daughter relationship and that’s wonderfully done. Also Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique was quite impressive. She was Magneto’s loyal second-in-command and due to her ability to transform into anyone she has a lot of freedom to be versatile and do a lot of things. Romijn-Stamos was good in her role even if she didn’t say very much or was that similar to her comic book counterpart. Also Bruce Davison as Senator Robert Kelly was cool, his character was an asshole trying to get mutants exposed and registered under a new act. Davison portrayed his character pretty accurately to what I know from the comics and I thought his character was convincing.

Then you have the people I just can’t stand in this film, so let’s talk about them now. Famke Janssen as Dr. Jean Grey was okay, but I didn’t like how simplified her character was and how even though she was in a relationship with Cyclops was leading Wolverine on. Then we have James Marsden as Scott Summers/Cyclops, my god did his character get butchered. In comics he’s meant be this assertive leader with a great screen presence, but in this film he’s almost silence all of the time, doesn’t really stand out at all and has no epic moments in the film. And then we have Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm. Oh Storm, YOU ALSO GOT BUTCHERED! Storm is a strong, female character with African heritage and has the ability to control and manipulate the weather, but her character is so simplified and nerfed in this film. Berry has barely that many lines of dialogue, is never really at the forefront of the story and her powers aren’t fully utilized. It hurts me so bad! But the worst offenders come next.

Tyler Mane as Sabretooth. Holy crap this guy sucks, I know he’s meant to be a tiger-like person but when compared to the comics he just terrible. He’s just a big, roaring idiot who has very little dialogue and has a pretty stupid-looking expression on his face most of the time. He is not intimidating or scary, he’s just stupid. And then there’s Ray Park as Toad. Honestly he wouldn’t have been my first choice for a villain in these films, he’s really not that interesting of a character and he seems to get the best of the X-Men even though he doesn’t look that strong at all.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Honestly the film from a visual standpoint is decent for its time but has ages terribly. This is the point before cool fight choreography had been made and loads of practical effects were in place with not too much CGI applied. Because of those factors there’s a lot of bad-looking wire work here and lame fight scenes and nothing in the action department screams out “awesome!” to me. As for the soundtrack by Michael Kamen its good and has its moments of epicness especially in the sequence on Liberty Island, but otherwise the score is just there and has other bits of music that just sounds strange and irregular.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve not really read that many X-Men comics, my knowledge is from the cartoon shows, online research and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Most of the basic aspects of the comics are kept intact like characters, names and powers. Though a lot of things were simplified or changed or left out completely. Things that didn’t work was Cyclops non-leader role, the changes to Mystique’s character, and the simplification of characters like Storm, Jean Grey and Sabretooth to name a few.

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So to conclude X-Men is a pretty good starting point for this film franchise as it establishes the basic elements that makes the comics so captivating like the discrimination against mutants from humans, the whole relationship between Charles and Eric and bringing in Wolverine’s origin story. Everything else is just a bit of mess with some stupid decisions made in relations to characters, action sequences and the comic book source material. In the end its a decent film, but is nowhere near as great as some claim.

Rating: 6.5/10 (It is good, but has many issues that prevent it from being awesome)

So there’s my review people, only 3 more to go. So have you seen X-Men and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past

I really wish I had posted about this yesterday but I had a lot of other YouTube-based stuff to take care of, plus there was so much other news I needed to blog about. So the news continues today with info on X-Men: Days of Future Past from the director Bryan Singer with the following article from superherohype:

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“Director Bryan Singer isn’t messing around with the prospects of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film is shaping up to be the most ambitious X-Men film to date. One reason for that is much of both casts from the original X-Men films and the most recent X-Men: First Class are coming together. In an interview with Empire, Singer spoke at length about the film and the prospects of such a big movie.

“It’s epic. I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together. We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible.”

With the inclusion of many characters that are not present in the original comic book storyline, some fans have wondered how close the film will stick to the source material. Singer assures us that, while different, it will honor the original comic.

“It has a lot of aspects of the comic. The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.”

After all of the casting announcements for the film, many have speculated that the film will not acknowledge the events of X-Men: The Last Stand or X-Men Origins: Wolverine due to continuity issues, but Singer says every film in the series is being considered canon.

“I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.”

Since the film’s announcement, Singer has been slowly announcing the cast for the film via his Twitter account, and he doesn’t plan on stopping.

 “I’ll be using Twitter as an avenue. I think Twitter is an amazing thing. Very often something gets out there in the rumour-sphere, and people start building up an impression of something that might not be right. So what I want to do is just little by little drop out whatever information is official.”

Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past features a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

Confirmed cast members for the film include Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman.”

All of this sounds very intriguing and fancy. I like how Bryan Singer consulted James Cameron for information on time travel, as we all know Cameron did a bloody good job with the first two Terminator films so if you were to consult anyone about that kind of thing, James Cameron would be a good choice. The concept of time travel is a very fickle thing and it has to be handled in the right way in order for it to work, Singer seems to know that and I like how he knows there are rules that you have to set up and stick to. It seems like this film will definitely be adapting elements from the source material which is always a good thing, but I find surprising is that he is including the entire chronology of the X-Men film series. This may surprise and anger most fans due to the fact that the continuity between the films is completely messed up, but apparently he’s gonna try to find a way to make it work.

Oh and there’s one other tidbit of information I found from IGN‘s article on Bryan Singer’s interview about this new X-Men film:

“Singer also revealed that the movie will feature yet another PG-13 F-bomb, following up on Hugh Jackman’s memorable cameo line from First Class. “We’re going to have another one in this one. We have another one coming up!””

Yes, yes and yes again. Wolverine’s cameo in First Class was one of the best cameos ever and I was surprised but immensely impressed. While I’m not overly into swearing, it is totally part of Wolverine’s personality and it was well-received by most fans back in 2011 so I’m all for another one in this sequel.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Hugh Jackman Confirmed as Wolverine in New X-Men Film

Alrighty then, here we have some more news on X-Men: Days of Future Past and it seems like we have confirmation of a report we got around 3 weeks ago regarding Hugh Jackman’s involvement as Wolverine in the next X-Men film. Today on IGN I found the following article:

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“Bryan Singer has confirmed that Hugh Jackman is the latest addition to the cast of his X-Men: First Class sequel, Days of Future Past.

Jackman, currently earning Oscar buzz as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Les Miserables, is already set to star as the adamantine-clawed mutant in next year’s The Wolverine, from Copland director James Mangold.

As reported by Den of Geek, Singer verified Jackman’s involvement on his Twitter account, officially welcoming the Aussie to the cast, while promising “more to come”. This will be the seventh time Jackman has worn the claws, including his brief cameo in First Class. Singer, meanwhile, has Matthew Vaughn in the director’s chair.”

Well there you have it, Jackman is back as Wolverine and to be honest I’m not too surprised. Will Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart returning to the film series it would feel strange not to include Wolverine in the fun. As long as Wolverine is relevant to the plot, keeps the character true the comics and has badass fight scenes, and most importantly as long as he doesn’t overshadow the other mutants then I’m game.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Ian McKellen on Returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Just another tidbit of information on X-Men: Days of Future Past from superherohype, this time its an interview from Sir Ian McKellen:

Two days ago, director Bryan Singer let the world know that actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would be returning to the world of X-Men in the respective roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto for his upcoming film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today, The Huffington Post caught up with McKellen to ask him about the return.

“What a gas!‘ said the actor. “I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing “Waiting for Godot” throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but — no, no — we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it — with all the success he’s had in the meantime — it’s wonderful. Wonderful.”

Speaking of Michael Fassbender, what did McKellen think of him as Magneto in X-Men: First Class? “I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent… I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me.”

McKellen is reunited with his X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart along with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult. It was reported yesterday that Hugh Jackman is in talks to return as Wolverine as well.”

Well it’s nice to hear that McKellen has not only kept in contact with Patrick Stewart, but also that he enjoyed Michael Fassbender’s interpretation of the Magneto character in First Class. He seems genuinely interested and happy to be getting back into the groove of his former role and I’m well happy he’s coming back along with Stewart as they were two of my favourite characters in the previous X-Men films. In my eye Sir Ian McKellen is a badass, he’s fine two forms of awesomeness from Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (and soon in The Hobbit too) to Magneto in the X-Men films, so any film involving him and his talents has to be worth everyone’s time in my opinion. I can’t wait for more news on Days of Future Past, things are getting more and more interesting by the day. Just announce the Sentinals and I’ll be happy! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Bryan Singer Officially Set for X-Men: Days of Future Past

I know this news technically came out yesterday, but I thought it’d still be worth me blogging about. And after having information on The Wolverine we get some interesting news about X-Men: Days of Future Past from superherohype:

“As was rumored to be the case last week, SuperHeroHype has now confirmed that X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer is officially locked in to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past following the departure of X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn.

Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past boasts a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

Singer produced First Class alongside Vaughn and Vaughn will remain aboard the new film as producer himself.

In addition to directing the recently-aired “Mockingbird Lane” Halloween special, Singer directed the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer, set for release on March 1, 2013.”

Now while this isn’t too surprising, I can’t say I’m not happy about it. We finally have a new X-Men film back the hands of a very capable director. While I don’t care much for X-Men, X-Men 2 was frigging awesome and is one of my favourite films so the fact that Singer is coming back to the X-Men films doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Obviously times have changed since he made his last X-Men film and the standards for comic book films are much higher and after the success of X-Men: First Class year, Singer has a lot to live up to in my opinion. Obviously I would have liked for Matthew Vaughn to return as director, but since he’s in the producer seat now I don’t feel that gutted about him not being in the directing chair. I just hope that Singer delivers on the directing front.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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