Bryan Singer Interested In Returning To X-Men

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Those hoping for director Bryan Singer to return to the X-Men franchise can sit up and take notice: Singer has said himself that he would “love” to make a return to the franchise! Those are certainly words that fall gladly on X-Men fan’s ears.

In a recent interview with Total Film, Singer was asked about how he feels looking back on his time making the X-Men movies and if he wished he’d stayed on for the third one. He then revealed his interest in going back to the franchise:

“I’m eternally intertwined with X-Men now… What takes an audience four hours to watch – the first two movies – took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it….It’s a shame.”

“It’s weird for me to watch it [the third movie], because I’m so close to the universe. And also Brett [Ratner] is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe.”

Singer belies the success he’s had as a filmmaker, both with the first two X-Men movies and Superman Returns. He could have one of those “just in it for the money and nothing else” kind of attitudes, but he truly sounds like a passionate director and that’s something we all want from our X-Men helmer.

After Singer’s admission that he’d love to return to the franchise, the question arose of his return taking the shape of directing the Magneto origin movie. He offered a tentative response that suggested the possibility that he might do it, but it was nowhere near any sort of confirmation:

“The only thing that concerns me about Magneto is that if the prequel were to follow the track I used in X-Men, which is Magneto’s history in the concentration camp, then I’ve lived in that world. Apt Pupil, X-Men and now Valkyrie…I’ve lived in that Nazi universe for quite a while. I just might need to take a little break before I do something like that.”

So he’s neither counting in or counting out the idea of doing Magneto. I never actually thought about it until I read what Singer said, but he has been in the world of WWII Nazi concentration camps, cinema-wise, for three of his movies – all that depressing subject matter is bound to take its toll.

Having said that, even with the seriousness of that era and the terrible things that happened (shown at the beginning of the first X-Men when we see Magneto’s childhood in the concentration camp), this is an X-Men movie we’re talking about, so surely it’ll be action-orientated.

As a bonus for Singer fans out there, he made a quick comment about doing another Superman movie. He sounded even less sure about Supes as he did about X-Men:

“I don’t know, I don’t know. There are still issues…I just…I just don’t know. I don’t necessarily…I don’t know. It’s one of those things where…It’s so weird talking about stuff unless I’m about to ramp up and shoot it.”

I know I’m not the only person who’d love to see Singer return to the X-Men universe. Even X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said personally, in an interview with IESB, that, “nothing would please me more than to bring Bryan Singer on for another movie.”

Ah, so it’s not just us fans who want him back, eh?

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Singer did a fantastic job bringing the world and characters of the X-Men universe from the comics to cinematic life. Just think for a minute how tough a job that was to adapt from comic page to screen – Wolverine’s costume change, for example, from the black and yellow to what they had in the movie was an element that was necessary to change, but nonetheless ballsy considering the ravenous comic-book purists that are out there.

Singer then went on and improved upon the first X-Men on pretty much every level imaginable. X2 remains one of the best comic-book movies to date (The Dark Knight came along and knocked it off the top spot, for me), and sadly, when Singer left the franchise, the third movie fell way below the level he had set it at.

After Wolverine, the X-Men movie universe really needs to return to the level it once sat at – in my opinion Singer is the most fitting man to do just that.

Do you think Bryan Singer should return to the X-Men universe? Should he return by directing the upcoming Magneto movie?

Sources: Total Film, Coventry Telegraph (The Geek Files), ComingSoon and IESB

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  1. I like his movies. I wouldn’t mind seeing him do magneto.

  2. Heh. Mr. Singer probably knows that his Superman Returns movie wasn’t very well received. Hence being very uncertain to come back to that franchise. X-Men is by far the better fit for a director of his unique storytelling skills.

    It was a sad, sad day for X-Men movie fans when Singer moved away from the X-Men universe. I still imagine to this day what X3 could have been with him at the helm. :(

    I’d welcome him back gladly. If they are to make any more X-Men movies, and they probably will… he’s the man to direct them.

    I don’t blame him for not really wanting to do the Magneto movie, though.

  3. Id like to see what he can do with the x-men first class movie.

  4. Loved X-men I&II, I didn’t mind the third, but it was ALL over the place, which is Ratner’s style, IMO. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOOOVE to see Singer do another X-Men movie, but not Magneto since he doesn’t seem to be too into that character. He SHOULD, absolutely, POSITIVELY make the Deadpool movie. That is the movie he should be brought back into the fold for.

    @Ross, the original Superman, to me, is still my favorite superhero film. It was totally revolutionary for it’s time, even with the subpar casting of Kidder as Lois. To me it’s:

    1. Superman
    2. X-Men 2
    3. Iron Man
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Superman 2
    6. Spider-Man 2
    7. Batman Begins
    8. Batman (w/Michael Keaton)
    9. Spider-Man
    10. The Incredible Hulk

  5. @Andy S,

    I’m shamed to say I’ve never seen the original Superman movies, and didn’t pay much attention to Superman Returns (I was busy whilst watching it, on in the background, what can I say…). I’m not a fan of the Superman character – I think he has an unfair advantage over other superheroes; it’s like the God mode in video games – it’s fun for a while but it gets boring when you can’t die and have unlimited power/ammo etc.

    Batman is the guy for me; flawed, dark, HUMAN. He’s just a guy who used what he had at his disposal (what happened to him when he was young, plus the little fact of him having billions of dollars in the bank:P) and created himself a character that could take down the bad guys. He has no powers, no supernatural advantage over anyone and that’s what makes him so appealing as a character.

    As for best comic book movies, it may be cliched to say it but I really do think TDK is the best of all time. I would put TDK at the top, followed by X2, then Batman Begins. Not sure what the order is after that.

    But, you putting Iron Man above TDK? You’re going to cause a fight here at Screen Rant!)

  6. I have to agree with Andy…Iron Man wins in my book too. TDK was an excellent movie, but mainly because of The Joker. To me, Batman and Iron Man are almost the same Character…Tony Stark is just more interesting. And in casting Rob Dny Jr is more fun to watch than Chis Bale. But when it comes right down to it…I love all superhero movies, even the not so good ones. ;)

  7. I love this news…X1 and X2 and even “Superman Returns” were brilliant, and would love to see him take on an Xmen film again.

  8. Dear Mr. SInger,

    Please come back. We miss you dearly.



  9. Oh yeah,

    Iron Man was way better than The Dark Knight.

  10. I would love to see Singer come back for X-Men and Superman. Superman Returns had its flaws but I still liked it. I think Singer can make another Supes and correct the mistakes of the previous one.

    Also, I think I have changed my mind about the best comicbook movie; it was tight between TDK and Iron Man, but I think RDJ put IM over the top for me.

  11. See Ross, I’m not the only one! :P

    I highly recommend renting the first 2 Superman movies. They really are that good. Besides, how can you write for a comic book movie website and NOT have seen the first 2 Superman movies? They’re really what started this WHOLE genre of movies!! I really think that Donner not only showed the hero, but also the man in those first 2 films. AS far as I am concerned, the other ones after that don’t exist!!

  12. Hey, maybe we can have a poll for what is the best comic book movie ever made?

  13. @ Ross Miller

    I think that the problem most people have with Superman isn’t really so much his “godly powers” but that he isn’t nearly as “flawed” as some other superheroes, like Batman. Of course, if he WAS “flawed” the world might be in a great deal of trouble… but he’s basically a decent being trying to do his best. To some people, that’s kind of boring. No real dramatic inner conflicts to be had there.

    Still, nobody could top the Christopher Reeve movies in my mind. He WAS the perfect Superman. He had the grace, he had the mannerisms, he had the presence. He evoked a certain amount of passive arrogance that the character SHOULD have… his one main weakness besides magic and kryptonite, that’s vanity. And to boot, he even pulled off a great Clark Kent. I don’t think anybody else could ever do the character justice as he did.

    Brandon Routh tried and did an admirable job, but I don’t think people were ready for Singer’s vision of the next Superman movie. Nobody wanted to see Superman and Lois have a complicated and nearly non-existent relationship like in Superman Returns. The concept of having Superman coming back from space to Earth was a good one, but the rest reminded me of Tom Hanks’ “rude welcome back to civilization” in Castaway. It just ruined the movie experience for some.

    And once again, we got Lex as the villain. Been there, done that. Kevin Spacey did a nice job, but I think everybody wanted to see a different villain, one that could challenge Superman physically as well. Or even mentally, like Brainiac. There’s tons of good Superman rogues in the comics, but they never seem to be as well tapped as Batman’s.

    Anyway, back on topic: Singer’s ambitious visions are probably better suited for X-Men than Superman. Nobody really wants to see Superman’s story change too much, but the X-Men are ever-changing.

    I can somewhat see Bryan Singer on Deadpool as well, but I’m not sure he’s the right man for the job what with all the twisted humor you’d expect in that movie. Would be interesting, though.

  14. @Andy S,

    I haven’t SEEN the movies in their entirety (as I should have said at first) but I still know of them, the impact they had, Reeve’s performance, all of that. I’ve just never sat down and watched them from start to finish.


    I think I fall into the catagory of those who find that kind of thing boring, then. I don’t see the appeal in a man who’s virtually perfect, Batman can be invested in as a real person as well as a superhero. That’s what makes him appealing to me.

  15. First of all… the cooks saying the Iron Man is better than TDK have been taking to many puffs on the cheeba before they wrote that forsure. Batman first of all is way grittier and realistic in general while also being way deeper of a movie. Batman raises moral questions and has more meaning to it than what is viewed. While Iron Man is a great movie, it is shallow in comparison to TDK. I do feel like it was a little overhyped even tho I love Robert Downey and think he is a phenom actor. Also, special effects… very few special FX were loaded into TDK while in Iron Man, the effects were a huge part of the movie. I loved both comics growing up but there really is no comparison to these two movies. Oh and Singer most def needs to return and make X-Men 4 for goodness sake. Screw all these origin stories and just continue the main x-men storyline. I want to see all the characters back together again but these days I’m sure they all want gobs of money to reprise their dwindling roles. X3 is like spidey 3… its still a spider/xmen movie but it is severely outweighed by its 2 previous installments and just not even on the same page. Keeping the director and his vision is key.

  16. TDK takes the honors over iron man.

    My top 8:

    1. TDK
    2. Spiderman 2
    3. Iron man
    4. X2
    5. Batman begins
    6. Spiderman
    7. X-men

  17. As for the whole arguement of which is the best comic book film…I would have to say its a tie between “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man”.

  18. Oh and I vote for TDK since I’m john conner. Can’t vote against my boy bale.

  19. This is what I love about this site, we can all have different opinions on what constitutes a great movie and have a civil discussion about it. I, for one, like to be entertained when watching a superhero flick, and as good as TDK was, it wasn’t as much FUN to watch as Iron Man AND Superman were (IMO). I still thought TDK was a fantastic film, but for ME there was TOO much grit and depression in the movie. The world is depressing enough, I like to have some escapism once in a while!

  20. @Andy S
    Exactamundo! Some people ask me which movie is better and I tell them it depends on what you want. If you want a superhero movie that is based in reality, you want TDK. If you want a superhero movie that is fun, with comedy and special effects, you want IM. Saying that someone is wrong because they like one over the other is rather shallow.

    Now if you liked Battlefield Earth, you may need medication. :-)

  21. My top 10:
    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Spider-Man 2
    3. X2
    4. Iron Man
    5. Blade
    6. Hellboy
    7. V for Vendetta
    8. Batman Begins
    9. Sin City
    10. Spider-Man

    Iron Man would be higher, but it’s fourth act is pretty weak. Watchmen was painfully mediocre, The Incredible Hulk was hacked up in the editor’s room, & the original Superman movies are pretty damn cheesy.

  22. watchmen isn’t really in the same category as these movies. Read the graphic novel then see watchmen and you will have entirely new respect for it. It literally follows it to a tee. Seeing blue dudes dick wasn’t my favorite moment tho.

  23. IP, you have V for Vendetta and Sin City in there, and you say SUPERMAN was cheesy?? Do like Hellboy though, so I want to ammend my list to put Hellboy in at #10.

  24. I very much like Singer’s films, but I will also admit to “Superman Returns” being a let down for me. Could he restore some class and quality to “X-Men,” if he returned? I’m not positive about that. In many respects, I think the script on the third film was the biggest problem. Too much of what happened in that film made no sense and the plot that the writers came up with demonstrated a total lack of faith in their actors and characters. The only way a director could have salvaged X-Men III would have been to demand a better script–period.

  25. @Andy S
    *contemplates* Maybe cheesy isn’t the right word… How about hokey? Corny? Campy, even? Compared to the likes of Ghost Rider, Punisher: War Zone, or Elektra, the Superman movies are fantastic. Put ‘em up against The Dark Knight or Spider-Man 2… not so much. That doesn’t make them bad movies, but not ones I’d put in a top 10 list.

  26. @Iron Patriot…

    I guess I look back at those movies with a certain nostalgia. I grant that the ones that came after Superman 2 were VERY corny and just plain bad. The first 2, however, I think stand the test of time. I thought the first one really did a great job of explaining Superman’s origin and I thought the writing was great. I’d say that the writing for the first 2 Superman movies exceeded the writing for the first Spider-Man AND X-men films.

  27. Everyone has some good solid lists here for best/fav comicbook movies – but there are two that are favs of mine that everyone seems to forget – both were true to the spirit of the books and really well done


    Love ‘em both :-)

  28. Shoot if everyones doing it i’m doing it too…
    Top whichever ones i can remember…

    1. Batman ( with michael keaton)
    2. Batman returns (again with keaton)
    3. TDK
    4. Iron Man
    5. Spawn
    6. Superman 3 ( Richard Pryor Nuff said!!!)
    7. Punisher (with Dolph not jane)

    yup thats about it…

  29. Siger should take the Superman Returns approach again and wipe X3 from continuity. Bring back the original cast and do justice to the Phoenix arc, and more importantly, to Cyclops.

    But if that’s out of the question, get him either behind the First Class film, which would be my first choice, or get him working on a true X4.