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Bryan Singer Wants Lots Of Magneto And Xavier In ‘X-Men: First Class’

Director Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner gave a lengthy interview to The Los Angeles Times about the current status of the “X-Men” films, particularly Singer’s “X-Men: First Class.” A lot of hate is being heaped on the fact that Singer wants “First Class” to focus mainly on Professor Xavier and Magneto as opposed to the younger mutants.

“Just doing younger mutants is not enough,” said the director. “The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends – to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies.”

Honestly, I’m not that bothered by Singer’s assessment. Xavier is a big part of the “X-Men” story and Magneto is a defining aspect of Xavier. I see this as more of a Dumbledore-Voldemort dynamic, certainly an important relationship in the film but not necessarily the central one. Maybe I’m wrong – in which case, I would be annoyed – but I’m not getting my torch and pitchfork out just yet.

In addition to “First Class” talk, the article also mentions that Hugh Jackman is trying to woo Singer into directing a project that’s most likely “Wolverine 2,” while Donner is attempting to get the filmmaker back for “X-Men 4.” Sounds like Singer and FOX have made nice nice.[Via LA Times]

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