Will Brett Ratner Return To The Marvel Universe?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:54 am,

rather and the xmen Will Brett Ratner Return To The Marvel Universe?

It would appear that X-Men: The Last Stand didn’t just leave a bad taste in the mouths of fanboys – it also soured the taste buds of director Brett Ratner as he has said that he isn’t particularly interested in returning to helm any new films starring the mutant superhero team.

Although, having said that, there are some films that he might be interested in tackling and they do feature a few of the original X-Men.

Speaking to MTV Ratner said:

“The thing with the X-Men universe is, I feel like I’ve already done it.”

However, the outspoken director did mention a few X-Men spin-offs that he’d like to see:

“I heard a rumor that they were going to do a young X-Men [X-Men: First Class] which would be great. I would love to see a Magneto movie personally, because I love the Holocaust backstory. I’d love to see a Storm movie, too.”

As for whom he’d like to follow in his mutant footsteps? Steven Spielberg.

“I’d love to see Spielberg do it. A Spielberg X-movie would be something I’d love to see.”

Considering that Spielberg is now directing a Harvey remake – anything is possible.

Ratner’s 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand was a much derided installment in the comic book franchise. The film was rushed into production by 20th Century Fox when original X-Men director Bryan Singer jumped ship to helm Superman Returns. Matthew Vaughan (the forthcoming Kick-Ass) was set to direct the film before he too departed at the last minute only to be replaced by Ratner.

Brett Ratner comes under a lot of fire in fanboy circles and his constant attachment to pretty much every film in production doesn’t do much to sooth their fears. However, the main reason that X3 didn’t live up to the first two films in the series was mainly because Fox wanted the film in cinemas for summer 2006. Ratner didn’t have enough prep time and the story wasn’t there because the studio wanted to wave the film in the face of Bryan Singer and his Superman film.

It would also seem that Ratner doesn’t need the X-Men franchise to survive – according to IMDB he currently has 12 projects in development.

So for now, fan boys and girls, you can breathe easy.

Source: MTV

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  1. I wouldnt mind seeing Ratner attached to another Marvel property ,
    as long as it wasnt another rush job .
    The studio played a HUGE role in the failure of X3 .
    It wasnt all Ratners fault.

  2. PLEASE don’t let Ratner do another Marvel film, in fact don’t let him do ANY film.

  3. Ratner did give us Prison Break, and my personal favorite romcom movie The Family Man… X3 wasn’t as good as X2, but everybody seems to forget X1 also had a thin storyline and on top of that was way too short. And I loved Magneto crushing cars with his fingers, and most of all Beast in X3.

  4. Way to go, Rhaemye. Right behind you on that one

  5. But see, X1′s thin storyline still make sense, with a logical story progression. The same cannot be said of X3. However, I agree that neither of them compare to X2.

    Ratner needs to stay away from the X-Franchise because it’s obvious he doesn’t have any push with Fox. Fox makes the movies. Where a guy like Singer could probably convince Fox that adding 72 new characters is probably not the best idea, Ratner can’t.

    So, yeah, X3 isn’t ALL Ratner’s fault, since Fox played a huge part. But it’s obvious the pair doesn’t work.

  6. I’d prefer to never see Ratner attached to another film. Even his non Xmen stuff sucks.

  7. Okay, the studio probably did play a role in X-Men 3 not being a better film, but you can’t say that Ratner doesn’t share the blame. I mean he was the freakin’ direcor, unless they replaced him (they didn’t), or he had massive conflicts with the studio (he didn’t), how is he not responsible for the final product?

    That being said, I’ll agree that from an objective standpoint the film really isn’t terrible. Is it as good as the first two? Of course not, but it’s a pretty decently made action film and everybody seems to ignore the fact that it wasn’t lambasted by critics the way it was my fans (It’s MetaCritic score is 58 compared to the original’s 64). I think the main reason fans were/are so upset with it is because of the sweeping liberities it took with such a beloved storyline, and the fact that they killed off so many key characters. Those are perfectly valid reasons to dislike a movie, but they’re based on personal opinion rather than the quality of the movie. Again, it wasn’t as good as the first two, but it was still a perfectly servicable and reasonably well-made action film.

  8. I would have to disagree Luke it was flat out terrible. I’m usually not a big supporter of strictly sticking to source material and that’s not even my big complain about the film. There were to many characters making it impossible to tell a complete well crafted story. Phoenix stood around for 50 mins of the film doing absolutely nothing and was really only useful to the story in her first 5 mins on screen and her last 3. There was so much going on that you didn’t even get invested in the story before your attention was jerked some where else. You didn’t even get a chance to care that so many characters were dying because they didn’t expect you to have a big enough attention span to stay in to the movie if you were focused on the death. It didn’t even hit you who died until the credits were rolling and your like “Oh crap”

  9. @Daniel F, I tend to agree with you here. The real issue with X-Men III goes back to the script. It contains some totally out-of-character moments, enough that you get the feeling the writers were completely ignoring the characters that the first two films had developed. And then there’s the whole absurdity of the plot itself. Magneto is SOOOOOOO powerful that he can rip the Golden Gate Bridge off its base and give his army access to the facility on Alcatraz Island. If he’s that powerful… why not just throw the stupid bridge at the facility? Seriously. These are obvious plot holes, and these kind of mistakes happen when a film is rushed.

    Ratner does share some of the blame for not fighting for more out of the script, but given how little time the studio gave him (Did he really have ANY time to make major changes to that script before filming began?), it’s no surprise the film was a mess.

    The only positive thing I can say for the film and the writers was that they at least had the courage to try to adapt the Phoenix Saga. That wasn’t going to be easy, because there was no way to be completely faithful to the original story.

  10. I know Rattner was just thrown in to get the X-movie machine rolling, but second chances haven’t worked in the past. Mark Steven Johnson got a second chance after Daredevil, he gave us Ghost Rider. If I were Rattner I would also stay away from any Fox film dealing with the X-franchise or any other Marvel property associated with Fox(bad track record).

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