Matthew Vaughn returns to class

Matthew Vaughn returns to class

Last year’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ was generally well received featuring fantastic performances from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. The film managed a difficult balance with a large number of characters and a script bloated with events and subplots crammed into 130 minutes, and while the film isn’t without its problems it is an achievement that the final result isn’t an incoherent mess. The film restored some much needed credibility to the franchise which while still financial successful, had been lacking in quality with the previous two instalments.

Fox have announced that Matthew Vaughn is indeed set to return for a sequel in the quasi reboot/prequel X-Men franchise, including Bryan Singer back as a producer and with Simon Kinberg developing a script. Kinberg wasn’t involved with First Class and his previous films are somewhat mixed having worked on ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, ‘Jumper’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

News of a sequel is certainly welcomed, however with some reservation, had the promise of at least one more film been a certainty it would have allowed Singer and Vaughn to manage events in the first film a little more patiently. How this might impact Vaughn’s involvement with ‘Kick Ass 2’ also remains to be seen, he is currently attached as a producer to the project but not director, with ‘First Class 2’ seeming almost a sure thing, it’s likely we’ll see that before ‘Kick Ass 2’.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.

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