You may remember 2 weeks ago we wrote about the official Facebook page for X-Men: First Class launching an ‘X-Perts’ section which allows fans to submit questions to director Matthew Vaughn, producer Bryan Singer and the entire cast leading up to the films release on June 3rd.
Today producer and director of X1 and X2 Bryan Singer took questions on the film, and his answers touch upon why they added characters such as Emma Frost (January Jones), how producing an X-Men film compares to directing, and the future of the franchise.
Q: If you were a mutant what kind of power would u want to have and why?
A: I would like the power of Nightcrawler or Azazel; the ability to teleport anywhere.
Q: Who is your favorite x-men character and why?
A: Professor X because he is both powerful and vulnerable.
Q: Was there a character from the old comics you would love to have seen in this movie that hasn’t been in previous movies, and was not able to be put into this movie?
Q: What made you choose Emma Frost to play a part in “X-Men: First Class”? Overall, what do you think of her character in the movie?
A: You can’t have the Hellfire Club without Emma Frost. She is sexy and scary.
Q: Does this movie fall in the category of prequel, reboot or bit of both? Nevertheless, I’m very open-minded for this movie! =)
Q: What are your plans for the X-Men franchise after First Class?
A: I am just focusing on this one at the moment.
Q: Is there less pressure producing this film as opposed to directing it (like X-Men 1 and 2), or are the pressures just different – with different things expected from you?
A: I can absolutely say from my standpoint that there is less pressure. There is no position with more pressure than directing. Hats off to Matthew.
Q: What was the deciding factor on changing the origin story of the X-Men instead of going with the comic book?
A: I felt that to earn the First Class title, it was important to go back to the formation of the X-Men and the beginnings of Xavier and Magneto’s relationship.
Q: What about this period in history intrigued you?
A: It is a time of socio-political upheaval in the world. The height of the cold war period. The birth of the civil rights movement. And the birth time of the X-Men comic book.
Q: Was it a conscious decision by the team to pick and choose which parts of previous movies would be canon to this movie? (White Queen already appearing in other movies, etc.)
A: We did our best to maintain continuity with the other films. But as sometimes happens for the sake of telling the most compelling story possible, we made a few concessions.
Singer was originally set to direct X-Men: First Class, however he was already signed on to direct Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros. so he brought in Matthew Vaughn to replace him. Singer has said previously that he would like to direct another X-Men film in the future, so if Vaughn is busy with Kick-Ass 2 or another project Singer could end up directing a sequel to X-Men: First Class.
Next week the Facebook page will post questions submitted to Nicholas Hoult (Beast).