§ Cornered on the AVATAR red carpet, director Bryan Singer announced he’s “signed on” for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the teen-mutants-figure-it-all-out version of the X-Men. You can see the video here for yourself. Or read it here.
Singer hasn’t exactly been the mot in-demand guy since he proved to be kryptonite behind the camera for the Superman franchise. So getting back to Mutant High would be a good move for him AND the franchise.

While budgetary concerns will probably prevent another X-MEN movie from ever being made (the cast is just too expensive), there are surely some cheap TWILIGHT/SCOTT PILGRIM bit players who can be recruited to play young Jean and Scott and so on.


§ In other superhero franchise news, super-cougar Rene Russo has been cast as Thor’s mum, Frigga. Variety reports. She’ll play opposite Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Dean and Hank Venture — oops, we mean THOR AND LOKI.

BTW, Variety’s description of the movie’s plot sounds ghastly:

Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script, which has the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor reigniting an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

WILL there be soaring music as Thor learns to be a true hero after overcoming his arrogance to realize that humans are people too? And WILL he wear a white wifebeater at some point? We’re in total suspense.


  1. Technically, Frigga is Thor’s step-mom, but whatever. I’ll all about Renee Russo though. What a great cast!!!

  2. Rene Russo hasn’t had a good role in years- hope this part revitalizes her career.

    Does anyone out there remember when she was an unknown on a short lived television series based on Sable?



  3. So far Marvel and whatever movie company they’re working with have saved me $18 by making X-Men related movies that look absolutely horrendous so that I won’t see them. Could have saved me $27, but they tricked me with X2.

  4. the plot doesn’t sound bad, unless you dislike any and all plots of the superhero genre, upon which it’s based upon a very generic plot.

    I just wanna see if Thor ever puts on ipod earplugs in front of some pink background!!! ;D

    and it’s good to see Singer and X-Men hook up again, hopefully, it will be good.

  5. It’s curious logic which holds a movie called X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is somehow not an X-MEN movie. Ah, well, never let facts get in the way of snark, I guess.

  6. Well . . . that’s more-or-less the plot of Stan & jack’s initial run on Thor, so i don’t know if I’d call it ghastly.