I'm not particularly enthusiastic to see X-Men going backwards into prequels instead of venturing into a glorious future, but I'm happy to see Bryan Singer return to the franchise. The director sat down with Hero Complex and Lauren Shuler-Donner to discuss the past, the present, and the future of the X-Men franchise. It's a very enjoyable read, but it's also full of maddening off-the-record moments that are going to set the rumor mill churning.

Singer casually mentions he met with Hugh Jackman recently to discuss a project, and drops strong hints that Jackman wants him to direct Wolverine 2. Naturally, they're also trying to find a way to work Wolverine into X-Men: First Class. Continuity holds no weight with Old Canucklehead anymore, so why the heck not? Singer half laments his commitments to Warner Bros and Jack the Giant Killer: "I wish I could be four people," he moans. "I could make everybody happy."

Shuler Donner is also open about having offered X-Men 4 to Singer, and the director is quite determined he'll take the job at some point. During the interview, he tells Donner to "Hold that one off for just a little, I'm fixated on the other one right now", and she agrees. "I will, I will ... I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from 'First Class'] and it will be so interesting for you." At that point, Hero Complex notes the conversation went off record, but hints there's more than just vague ideas being tossed around. It's as if Singer had a taste of the world outside of the X-Men, and didn't like it, so he's selling them his soul. And that's okay by me. I could use another X2 to make me appreciate my favorite superhero team again. Maybe he could even rescue Movie Wolverine.