X-Men: First Class is shaping up to be a better flick that most nerds are giving it credit for. Can’t say we blame the negativity. After all it is an unnecessary prequel. Not to mention FOX’s mishandling of every superhero franchise the’ve laid their fingers on (*ahem- Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, to name a few). But, given they have a good director, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) tight screenwriter Jane Goldman (also Kick-Ass. Note: she is smokin hot and has massive BEWBS check it out) and growing cast of talented actors, FOX has the tools and the talent to give us something good this time.
X-Men: First Class will concentrate on Professor Xavier’s early friendship and rivalry with Eric Lensherr, who later became villain Magneto. Already cast are James McAvoy as Xavier, Mike Fassbender as Magneto ,Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee and just recently Lucas Till as Havok.Now, that’s all well and good but who’s gonna play the big bad villain? Kevin Bacon, of course. Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Bacon is in talks to play the supposed main villain. What villain? No idea. That bit remains to be seen, but it’s sure to be something sinister (perhaps Mr. Sinister?) Regardless, if negotiaons pull through then Bacon will round out the already exciting casting.
All this casting is certainly promising but with so many characters and with the film being an origin story for all players involved it is a bit disconcerting. Lets say the flick is 2 hours long, give or take. How many character can a superhero movie sustain and still give each enough screen time that we get to know and care about them? It just seems like an awful lot of characters to cram into one storyline.