We’re still a month and a half away from seeing what Matthew Vaughn has done in rebooting the X-Men franchise with X-Men: First Class, and so far the signs are good. Of all the summer blockbusters this is the one I’m looking forward to most. Vaughn also seems to have confidence in the film and in talking to Total Film he told them that he is interested in doing sequels to developi his world and characters.
He said about setting the tone and character for sequels:
First Class is similar to Batman Begins, 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
Comparing your film to Christopher Nolan and his Batman movies is not going to do you any favours, as both those movies are near perfect. Everyone loves The Dark Knight, but if X-Men: First Class is anywhere near the quality of Batman Begins I will be very happy indeed. He also talked about the setting of the 60’s in the film and how far he would take that in developing sequels:
1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s. I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you’ve got The Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power…
It’s nice to see there are already concepts and ideas in his head for the franchise. He’s a solid filmmaker, Kick-Ass was a wonderful film and his understanding of the superhero genre is extensive. I’d just be careful with these claims, just because he’s talking up sequels doesn’t necessarily mean they will happen. Firstly the film has to come out and be a hit, which no doubt it will be, and secondly the last time he talked up a sequel it was for Kick-Ass and that is now a very long way off. No matter what, I forward to X-Men: First Class when it is released on June 2nd.