I’m not excited for X-Men: First Class. Every piece of promotional material has done nothing to turn me on, which should be easy, considering what a big comic book fan I am. Still, I liked Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust and Layer Cake, so I suppose there’s always hope. Now, Total Film has an interview with Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer talking up possible sequel plans. Vaughn likens his situation to that of Batman Begins vs. The Dark Knight, “…where you have the fun of introducing the characters and getting to know them, but that takes time…But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time. That’s the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight.” A valid point, indeed, though I still cannot understand why anyone thinks we need to show the origins of characters that are forty to sixty f***ing years old.
At any rate, they discuss a two more sequels, because everything’s got to be a freaking trilogy, each taking place in a different decade, one in the late sixties, early seventies, and the third in the go-go Reganautical eighties. So we’re talking going from the paranoid, Cuban Missile Crisis era of the upcoming movie, to the crazy hippie/Vietnam days, to Margaret Thatcher. One of those things is not like the other. I’m all for this revamping the X-Men origin into a series of period pieces, but considering how poor this first one is looking, I’m not sure I’ll feel that way for long.
Matthew Vaughn, can you go back to doing gritty, British crime dramas? Guy Ritchie’s essentially DOA on those now, so you have a niche you can fill.[Via Total Film]