EDITORIAL: Why X-Men: First Class Will Probably Be The Worst CBM Ever!

If like me, you were appalled by the details Bryan Singer revealed yesterday, read on for my in-depth take on why X-Men: First Class will probably be the worst CBM ever! PLUS: Cast your vote on whether you think it'll be a hit or a miss...

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By Josh Wilding - 8/21/2010
I'm not usually someone who rants on about the changes made to our favourite comic book characters during the transition from page to screen. Yes, it annoys me when certain things are altered and yes, sometimes I'll complain until people get bored of me going on about it! (no Hank and Jan in The Avengers!?!) But for the most part, a lot of these changes don't really bother me all that much. In not referring to that watered down version of Doctor Doom we got in Fantastic Four or "Barakapool". I'm thinking more about the smaller things we've seen in the recent offerings from Marvel Studios or even the first two brilliant Spider-Man movies. Because sometimes these changes are necessary. Sometimes, dare I say it, they actually improve upon the source material. And while I can even accept the most extreme of changes if it makes sense, reading Bryan Singer's comments in the article DCMarvelFreshman posted last night left me feeling only one thing: infuriated.

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I know that many if you love the first two X-Men films and I've often caught a bit of flak in the past for saying that I didn't enjoy them. It's not that they're badly directed or poorly acted. It's the fact that they're such a poor adaptation of the comic books. It's clear that Bryan Singer does not give a damn about the source material. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I once read a comment from him where he admitted never even going near a comic book while making the first movie. I don't expect every director who's involved with a CBM to have an encyclopedia-like knowledge of the source material but Bryan Singer went out of his way to make films based off his own beliefs. (anti-mutant feelings reflected from his own experiences of homophobia as he's previously admitted) Now, I have no problem with a director using their own experiences to enrich a film but Singer didn't even combine that with a respectful take on the comic books. Bear in mind that he's the same man who very nearly killed off the movie franchise of a DC icon with 2006's Superman Returns, another movie where he decided to go off in his own direction.

My point? Bryan Singer being producer of X-Men: First Class was the worst possible thing that could of happened especially when combined with a studio like Fox. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be the worst comic book movie the studio has ever released. I'm sure that the critics will love this quirky 1960's set take on the origins of the X-Men and I'm sure that Matthew Vaughn will do a great job as director. However, the information I heard last night is just too much of an insult for me to be able to enjoy the movie regardless of how great the cast are or how good the trailers end up looking. The 1960's setting is actually a pretty good idea. If it maintains the feel of the silver age comics, it'll make perfect sense to see them in the slightly garish black and yellow costumes. This setting would have in fact been the perfect place for a reboot that would have given us the origins of the original five members of the X-Men. However, in terms of continuity, this setting makes no sense. What would made sense if they wanted to keep this movie in with their already fragmented and messy continuity would have been to set it after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, even if that meant a varied cast that didn't include the original five. (a cast of characters I'm now convinced we'll never see together on the big screen)

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I could have lived without the original five but no Scott Summers and Jean Grey is the straw that broke the camels back for me. Cyclops is one of my favourite comic book characters, and after three movies of seeing him portrayed as a whining idiot constantly competing with Wolverine rather than a capable leader, I was really hoping that X-Men: First Class would be his chance to shine. But no, we're getting his younger brother Alex instead. A younger brother who's roughly 10 - 15 years older than Scott. Why exactly was the mutant Scott sitting in high school to be kidnapped by William Stryker when Havok had been a member of Xavier's team years before? And I guess that the Beast we saw in X-Men 3 was roughly about 60 in terms of this continuity. Emma Frost, who was a teenager in a film set years after this one, will be an adult here and an old woman by the time of X-Men 3. Guess Scott has a funny taste in women to eventually hook up with her after Jean's death. Hang on...oh, that's right! Fox killed him off! Finally, let's not forget that both Professor. X and Magneto (roughly 30 in the 1960's) must have been nearly in their 80's by the time of the modern day films. I could probably keep on pointing out things like this for the rest of the article, but I think you get my point. This is not a prequel that makes sense and barely fits in with the continuity set in the other movies. I can't imagine who sat down and decided that this whole concept would be a good idea. Fox clearly care more about quickly churning out another movie that allows them to hold onto the rights rather than looking at the negative response from the fans to the numerous changes they've allowed to be made to the characters in the past. If nothing else, you'd think that the poor reviews their last two mutant related movies got would be a sign for them to start changing things.

In my honest opinion, this movie will be a huge mess. The team of X-Men is a mixed, and largely uninteresting, bunch. Angel Salvador? Banshee? Mystique? Havok? Raven Darkholme? It's not that I don't want to see live action adaptations of these characters, but what a boring and uninspiring team of characters! I'm sorry, but I guess I'm more of a "fanboy" than I ever realised. I really don't give a damn how good, or bad, the reviews end up being. I will not pay to go and see this movie. I've grown up with these characters and although I'm sure we'll hear plenty of more information in the coming weeks and months, what I read last night was enough to make me realise that as a comic book fan, I'll never be able to enjoy it. It's too insulting to both the characters and continuity, while it's not even like they'll get the personalities of them right as their past movies prove. Add in Sebastian Shaw and Azazel and I'm even more convinced this will be a messy, poorly structured film with a plot that leaves a lot to be desired. Then again, what do you expect from Jane Goldman? Kick-Ass was a good film but she managed to write out everything that was interesting about Big Daddy and put a jet-pack in one of the most out of context and idiotic moments in any film I've ever seen.

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So, am I judging this too soon? Am I being too harsh? As I've said above, I don't think so. It might be a great movie. But it wont be a great COMIC BOOK movie which is why I'm so unhappy about yesterday's news. I don't want to see films loosely based on these character. I want films that are faithful, yet realistic, adaptations. Just look at Iron Man or Batman Begins. In a year with Thor, Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens it's hard to give a damn about Fox's latest offering. Oh, and let's not forget about Green Lantern. I'd like to thank those of you who convinced, and advised, me to start reading his comic book adventures. The "Blackest Night" hardcovers arrived yesterday and I'm now nearly right up to date with the current monthly issues and thoroughly looking forward to the movie. In what will surely be an amazing year for CBM's, I'll see X-Men: First Class in the bargain bins along with Fantastic Four and Elektra. Thanks for reading, and please share your thoughts in the usual place! :)









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DaenerysTargaryen - 8/21/2010, 8:52 AM
I doubt it will be worse than this:
Gmoney84 - 8/21/2010, 8:57 AM
AGREED COMPLETELY!!
AshleyWilliams - 8/21/2010, 8:58 AM
You're taking it to an extreme.

I'm waiting to see.
airbeyonder18 - 8/21/2010, 8:59 AM
As John Locke said, "It's a leap of faith." I'm not worried.
SHAZAM171 - 8/21/2010, 9:03 AM
AGREED 100% JOSHW, What are they doing?????? Brian Singer needs to stop his interference with comic book movies. He lost all his privileges with SUPERMAN RETURNS. UUuuuuuuGH!!!!! Enough!!! FOX IS NOW WORSE THAN ANY EVIL VILLAIN MARVEL OR DC CAN THINK UP OF.
superbatspiderman - 8/21/2010, 9:03 AM
This will not be the worst CBM ever it might not be good but I highly doubt it will be as bad as Batman and Robin or Batman Forever, Electra, or Catwoman.
Matador - 8/21/2010, 9:05 AM
He's not doing this to look through a camera he's sizing FOX's asshole to see if his head will fit through.


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CaptainAmerica - 8/21/2010, 9:05 AM
-_- Good job making things worse Josh. Why dont you guys wait till the [frick]ing movie come out yeah?
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 8/21/2010, 9:05 AM
I just sounds bad, I mean it's just in Fox's nature to try and [frick] up our X-Men, give it to Paramount please and let Favereu direct it
antonio - 8/21/2010, 9:06 AM
you coudnt be more right.it will probably make alien vs predator series look like nolans new batman movies and make batman and robin look like the 1st superman movie.ONE THING IS 4 DAMN SUR,THIS...MOVIE....WILL.....[frick]ING.....SUCK....BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nerdygirl - 8/21/2010, 9:09 AM
@JoshW I couldn't agree more with you! Well said.
LEEE777 - 8/21/2010, 9:09 AM
GR8 one @ JOSH!!!

[frick] FOX and all the sell outs with it! : P

jazzman - 8/21/2010, 9:10 AM
@JoshW

nice write up Josh. i dont think it will be the worst comic book movie but its seems like the worst type of movie that follow prequel rules. plus what is Bryan Singer issue with Cyclops i just dont get it the character is a great leader but all the X-Men movies they made him into a laughing joke and a b!tch.
antonio - 8/21/2010, 9:11 AM
dont get me wrong,i love the first 3 x-men films.this just sounds ridculous.
BrandonLi - 8/21/2010, 9:15 AM
Dude... c'mon, how could you NOT like Kick-Ass, the movie was friggin awesome. And how could the jet-pack be out of context with everything you saw in the film ?? There's a mass murdering 12-13 year old for god's sake...
TANKGIRL - 8/21/2010, 9:16 AM
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:16 AM
It is going to take a lot to be worse than Batman & Robin, Elektra, all 3 Fantastic Four live action movies, the theatrical Daredevil, X-Men 3, Spider-Man 3, Jonah Hex and Ghostrider.

But anyway, I do not see the point whatsoever in making a movie that sticks exclusively to the source material. Batman Begins and the Dark Knight are two of the top five comic book movies of all time and they took some pretty serious deviation from the source, and it worked magically. Christopher Nolan has created his own little world for Batman to live in.

But God knows, if someone changes the X-Men story around, a franchise that has been changed and retconned a thousand times as it is, everyone throws their Superman tighty whities in a twist. (or panties, depending on gender)

If the movie is exactly like the source, what the heck is the point of seeing it? Especially a source as popular as the X-Men franchise.

As I said elsewhere, it worked for the Watchmen because the source was standalone material, not the ever changing and imaginative world of a comic book series, with flowing arcs and alternate storylines. It was no different than making a movie based on a novel, and the initial story was so powerful, and more importantly, so unknown to the majority of the world, that no changes were really needed.

But the whole point of the Marvel universe is that anything can and will happen, and things can change all of the time, it's all up to one's imagination. So if a director or producer reimagines a character or franchise for the big screen, it should be looked at initially with optimism.

X-Men 3 wasn't bad because it didn't stick to the comics, it was bad because it had an awful storyline, terrible acting and confusing and unnecessary plot points.

So if X-Men: First Class only shares the name with the first class I know and love as a comic fan, then so what? Is the point of the story going to be there? Confused teens and young adults dealing with a world of mistrust, prejudice anger and hate? It is? Well, then isn't that the MOST important thing about the X-Men, above the characters? If you don't think so, then you truly don't understand the X-Men at all.
Madjestic1 - 8/21/2010, 9:16 AM
Catwoman will always be the worse CBM ever. Unless you want to include Roger Corman's unreleased Fantastic Four movie. Which would push Catwoman to #2. I'll keep an open mind about X-men First Class. Not ready to down it yet. I'll wait for the first trailers.
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:21 AM
and please God stop parallelling the movies with the comics.... they're clearly already established to be in two seperate universes

cyclops is dead, he sure as hell won't be hooking up with emma frost later.

you can keep up the wishful thinking, but you can't seriously believe you have a right to be upset when it doesn't go the way you thought it should
LEEE777 - 8/21/2010, 9:21 AM
adamcawa @ BATMAN's source has had many ZERO HOURS and CRISIS GEEZUZ lol, and was out in the late thirties!

MARVEL characters don't need messing about period!

Without the FIRST CLASS in X-MEN, how the [frick] can it be FIRST CLASS?!? Lmfao! : D

Lets all put our A$$e$ in the air and pray LOL! : P
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:24 AM
oh and one more thing... sorry to have so many posts

if you think banshee is a boring and uninspiring character then you clearly have not read as many comics as you might think you have
MarvelousMarty - 8/21/2010, 9:29 AM
Roger Cormans Fantastic Four is not as bad as Catwoman. I know I have both on DVD!
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:29 AM
@ LEEE777

i don't know what you're saying? my point was that batman begins and the dark knight deviated and/or combined a good deal from the various batman storylines and created its own that was merely loosely based off some popular storylines in the batman contiunity

what are you saying?
StuckInPanels - 8/21/2010, 9:29 AM
@adam....thats a great point...they never said these two separate universes have anything in common....

I think the idea of not having Jean and Scott is kinda of a good idea...they were established in the first film....if they were in this setting they would way too young right?...I'm not the biggest X-men fan but I think whatever is gonna happen with this, lets hope Vaughn can keep his image of this and not let FOX have total control.

@JoshW...great article man, but I think you are taking it to the major extreme...lets get some footage and images before we get judgmental and lighting our torches.lol
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:30 AM
I never saw Catwoman, so I didn't want to list it, even though I've heard countless times it's rediculously bad.
LEEE777 - 8/21/2010, 9:30 AM
I like BANSHEE : P

Just not in FIRST CLASS!

I'm saying theres no source material for BATMAN its been around since 1939 right?

Why would anyone defend FOX or want a crappy watered down movie of an already great X-MEN FIRST CLASS team?!?
jazzman - 8/21/2010, 9:31 AM
@adamcawa

sorry but u dont know what u talking everyone knows X-Men First Class wont be like the comic i even said it too when they started developing the movie. but this movie does not make sense at all cause its a fricking prequel to the previous X-Men movies. people are complaining that this movie does not follow the franchies right.

how the hell they going to explain Emma Frost been in this movie while we seen her in Wolverine as a teenage. Havok is Cyclops younger brother but in the neear future in the X-Men movies his going to be older then Cyclops.
Talontd - 8/21/2010, 9:32 AM
Anyone else hoping VAUGHN backs out of this at the last moment?......Again.

This will be a "TERRIBLE ADAPTATION", but if I hear it's a "GOOD MOVIE", i'll buy a ticket to something else and sneak in. Fox is not getting my money for a "FIRST CLASS" film that does not contain the First Class.


Great Article @Josh!
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:33 AM
Speaking of Corman's Fantastic Four, wouldn't it be hilarious if X-Men: First Class were never released and only made to secure the rights like that movie was?

Also, in that movie, Johnny Storm does absolutely nothing the entire move. Nothing at all.
LEEE777 - 8/21/2010, 9:34 AM
Talontd @ Nor me dude!!!
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:35 AM
@jazzman

Vaughan has already expressed his utter disdain for X3 and Singer wasn't on it, so presumably we should just discount X3 and Wolverine entirely. At least, that's what I believe the point is.

Kinna like Singer did with Superman, albeit to merely moderate success.
m2prod - 8/21/2010, 9:35 AM
"In fact, I'm pretty sure that I once read a comment from him where he admitted never even going near a comic book while making the first movie."

I'm not sure where you read that, but it was pretty well documented at the time that Singer hadn't been familiar with the comics and took it upon himself to read every one of them before beginning the first film.
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:37 AM
@jazzman

Vaughan has already expressed his utter disdain for X3 and Singer wasn't on it, so presumably we should just discount X3 and Wolverine entirely. At least, that's what I believe the point is.

Kinna like Singer did with Superman, albeit to merely moderate success.
marvel72 - 8/21/2010, 9:37 AM
@ joshw

fantastic article,the x-men should be given the respect the comic so rightly deserves.

its the film studio fox,its not just the x-men they f*cked up.

1.the x-men franchise
2.the fantastic four franchise
3.daredevil franchise

all fantastic comic universes,butchered by ceo's who sit round a table saying "i got an idea."

without actually picking up a comic & reading it.

fox can lick my hairy bean bag.
JoshWilding - 8/21/2010, 9:39 AM
Thanks guys! :) Positive or negative, I appreciate your feedback!

Cyke89: Idiot I might be, but I've heard enough about X-Men: First Class to know that it wont be a good comic book movie. I dont need to read scripts or see any footage to work that out, lol!

SHAZAM171: Well said! I'd bet anything that Singer (and that idiot, Lauren Shuler Donner) are behind this decision.

CaptainAmerica: How is sharing my opinion, "making things worse"?

Integrity: Ha, I'm glad to see someone picked up on that! It was very difficult to not let this editorial turn into one big rant about what an awful idea this movie is. Hopefully, I've given a pretty fair and balanced take on it judging by your comment though. :)

LEE: Lol, I'm pretty sure that's actually Bryan Singer's toilet! The bastard...

jazzman: Yeah, I'm pretty sure he must dislike the character because he was handled appallingly by Singer. It's a sad fact that we'll probably never see an interpretation of the character while Fox hold the rights.

adamcawa: I'm sorry but I cant agree with a word you're saying. I dont want to see literal adaptations that are panel for panel identical but I would at least like to see the characters personalities and the storylines done justice. Fox have yet to do that with a single one of their movies and I doubt that this will be any different!

BrandonLi: I loved Kick-Ass. However, that was a ridiculous scene in what was otherwise a story that could have been a real life thing. (even if Hit-Girl was pushing it a little)

Talontd: I'm honestly shocked that Vaughn is still linked to this mess. But well said! I'll watch this online or sneak inside after paying to see something else, lol!

deadpool72: Yeah, I'm yet to see a movie from Fox (regardless of the writers or directors) that is in any way a faithful or well done adaptation. A few of them have had some decent parts - Silver Surfer for example - but that's always been negated by some awful parts - Cloud Galactus for example!
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:40 AM
@ Integrity

I'm a comic book fan and I am (somewhat) excited to see X-Men: First Class, so to say what "fans want to see" isn't fair.

Am I excited about Darwin and Angel at alia, no, not really, but I'm excited about the storyline and finally TRULY getting to see what makes the movie version of Magneto tick. After all, he did try to wipe out the entire human population in X2.
patriautism - 8/21/2010, 9:42 AM
I still have hope, Only because kick-ass was so amazing.
adamcawa - 8/21/2010, 9:42 AM
@ Integrity

I'm a comic book fan and I am (somewhat) excited to see X-Men: First Class, so to say what "fans want to see" isn't fair.

Am I excited about Darwin and Angel at alia, no, not really, but I'm excited about the storyline and finally TRULY getting to see what makes the movie version of Magneto tick. After all, he did try to wipe out the entire human population in X2.
FlashGordon2287 - 8/21/2010, 9:43 AM
I'll just wait til the [frick]ing film comes out to judge it.
jazzman - 8/21/2010, 9:43 AM
@adamcawa

yeah but what Singer did with Superman worked "F@%k No" look what happen to Superman Returns it made money but still failed big time. Now we are getting a planned reboot of Superman cause Mr Singer messed up big time.

u cant really discount X3 and Wolverine the problem is people still got them in their minds. Wolverine was only released last year alot of people seen it when they go in the cinema people will see Emma Frost in the 60s they be like WTF.

the only way to disgard everything if they REBOOT the whole X-Men movie universe. yes i said it REBOOT or just make X-Men 4 for crying out load they could introduce Havok their looking for his older brother Cyclops.
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