For a while, X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer was set to return to the cinematic superhero world he had created for X-Men: First Class. Eventually, he was forced to step down from the project due to some previous engagements, leaving the door open for Stardust and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to step in.
Though Singer may have moved out of the director’s chair he did still stay on-board as a producer, and today he decided to share a multitude of details on X-Men: First Class, including many lingering questions fans have had. Questions answered include who exactly the villain that we’ve known Kevin Bacon was playing is (and the group he’s part of), when the movie will be set, and whether or not James McAvoy‘s Professor X will be bald and in his wheelchair or not.
These are just a few of the details revealed just days before the film enters production, and you can read all about them and more by continuing on your quest to the bottom.
The biggest question was what villain Bacon would be playing, of course. Well, Singer revealed that he would be playing none other than Sebastian Shaw, the Black King and infamous member of the Hellfire Club. It was also revealed that the Hellfire Club will be a factor in the movie, and that the recent casting of January Jones as the White Queen, Emma Frost, will also of course come into play here.
Next up came word that the movie will is going old school and will be set in the 1960s, and that it won’t be as much the First Class comic as a new beginning for the X-Men. Hmm, that makes it sound like a rather loose adaptation. As we’ve known, it will tell of when Professor Xavier and Michael Fassbender‘s Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) met, and their dream for a future where mutant and human co-exist. John F. Kennedy is president at the time the movie is set, and figures like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are speaking out loud. This will all give First Class a very alternate-history feel, and just thinking about it makes me think of something like the origins in Watchmen. Singer compares the technologies being used to James Bond’s of the same time period.
This movie will stand out because it will be a total embrace of comic books of old, and not the modernized style of adaptation we’re so used to. This should make true comic fans salivate in delight. Singer also joys at the fact that the movie is being shot in England and America, and that many other areas of the world will be represented, giving it all a very international vibe.
Oh, and as for whether we’ll see McAvoy bald and in the wheelchair: no, you will see Professor X and Magneto in their late-20s, and X will be walking and have hair…for a little wile anyway. Apparently at some point in the movie we do see how he ends up in the chair.
You can head on over to AICN, who Singer personally called and shared all the information with, to check out the whole rundown.