X-Men: First Class
Fanboy Fix: X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass 2 and Captain America
20th Century Fox is well on their way to making the next X-Men film after announcing that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) will direct X-Men: First Class, which is set to begin production this summer for a June 3rd, 2011 release. X-Men: First Class will follow Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto) during those early days when they discover their powers and then begin to put together a team of mutants to help squash a global threat. Seems like it's kind of an origins story of the entire X-Men universe, which sounds cool, and might actually be their way of rebooting this franchise.
No word yet on cast or which mutants will be involved, except that there will be some familiar faces and some new. Good news for X-Men fans is that while Bryan Singer won't be directing, he'll still be producing and First Class is based on an idea he conceived (i.e.: this shouldn't suck).
Are you excited for more X-Men? Would you rather see X-Men: First Class or another Wolverine movie?
And speaking of Matthew Vaughn and Kick-Ass, it looks like a sequel is already being planned for the recent, R-Rated superhero film. Though we don't know if Vaughn will be directing again (he probably won't if he'll be busy with X-Men), Kick-Ass comic writer Mark Millar announced via a press release for a new magazine that he's helping to launch that "Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall has been scheduled for production in 2011 for a 2012 cinema release."
Millar has previously said that a Kick-Ass sequel would probably flip the switch on the original, and instead of ordinary people wanting to be good guys, it'd focus on ordinary people who want to become supervillains. Obviously, our gang would return to help stop those supervillains. The first Kick-Ass was financed independently and picked up by Lionsgate, but there's no word yet on whether that will be the case here.
Did you like Kick-Ass enough to want to see a sequel?
Marvel has finally announced that Hugo Weaving will indeed play the villain in Captain America: The First Avenger after reports surfaced earlier in the year that he was in talks to star. Weaving will be playing Captain America nemesis Red Skull, an evil Nazi mastermind.
Weaving, of course, is used to playing the villain in movies. He was the lead villain in the Matrix films and voiced Megatron in the Transformer movies. He's definitely a good choice and one we'll look forward to seeing come to life when the superhero movie hits theaters on July 22, 2011. For those not yet aware, Chris Evans (Human Torch in Fantastic Four movies) has been cast as Captain America.
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.