Bryan Singer on Wolverine 2 & X-Men 4

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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The LA Times Blog posted a slightly shortened version of their lengthy editorial on the X-Men, featuring an interview with Bryan Singer and X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner. The full version will appear in the Sunday Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times tomorrow.

There was a lot of info to soak in from this piece so on Thursday, we looked at it from the standpoint of the status and plan for X-Men: First Class and now we’ll look at the other X-Men projects that Bryan Singer may be involved with for Fox studios: X-Men 4 and Wolverine 2.

Before we get started, take a look at part one of our Bryan Singer/X-Men discussion where he and producer Lauren Shuler Donner talk about the franchise, its future and X-Men: First Class.

X-Men 4

The LA Times article references at least two points during the interview where they went off the record to discuss the future of the franchise and its this information I wish I was privy to most. But for the part where they talked X-Men 4, director Bryan Singer made no effort to hold back his desire to take on that project as well.

“Hold that one off for just a little, I’m fixated on the other one right now.”

To which X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner acknowledged and replied;

“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.”

After he does First Class and once Hugh Jackman finishes shooting his solo sequel, wouldn’t be epic to see them working together again on X-Men 4? Singer would then be doing the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ of the main series of the franchise and could help introduce some very cool storylines into the franchise, notably the time-traveling character of Cable who I can personally confirm has been a frequent topic in the Fox meetings for the franchise.

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Will Hugh Jackman and Bryan Singer work together again?

X-Crossovers

We all know that Marvel Studios is working to have all of their upcoming superhero flicks cross-over, leading to the epic team-up flick we know as The Avengers. And with Warner Bros. headmaster Alan Horn saying today at ShoWest that DC Comics movies will be the next major franchise to take the place of Harry Potter, combined with the news of Christopher Nolan working on not only Batman 3, but the Superman reboot as well, this essentially confirms they will cross-over leading to the Justice League. Needless to say, Fox will need to keep up with the major superhero franchise they own to play with the big boys.

The obvious difference is that the X-Men started as a team and is now going the other direction with prequels and solo character spin-offs. However, if those movies take advantage of some of X-Men’s most popular time-travel tales from the decades of comics, we can see them all work together and perhaps get to see more than expected in X-Men 4.

On the topic of Cable, we also know Donner has a New Mutants project in early development so fans of the character and the X-Men books will know how Cable can play a part in that, in the Deadpool movie as well as the X-Men prequel and sequel that Singer could find himself directing.

I have an idea. Since the end if the trilogy was titled X-Men: The Last Stand, let’s call the next installment X-Men 3 instead… for obvious reasons.

Excited about the future of the X-Men on screen? If you’re a fan, check out our piece on What We Need From X-Men 4 and on What X-Men 3 Could Have Been.

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  1. Singer shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a super hero. The Wolverine movie is the only X movie which didn't suck and if Singer jumps in there we can count on the second Wolverine being unwatchable crud.

    It's amazing to think that this is the same man who gave us The Usual Suspects, but i guess once you go big in Hollywood you go small in the artistic stakes.

    • Bryan Singer hero films SUCK Any true X-Men fan can see that. It makes me sick to think he is attached to any upcoming hero films. X-Men is in limbo. Not only did the films suck but casting was horrible besides Hugh.

  2. Wolverine didn't suck?

  3. Singer shouldn't be allowed near a superhero film? He gave us two of the greatest ever made or at least X2 is considered to be one of the greatest.

    Wolverine was soo bad that I was laughing at it. I consider that film to be the worst comic book film since “Batman And Robin”(not kidding). Singer being attached to the sequel is like the only thing that could get me interested in it.

  4. HOLY SHMOLY ! I'm totally blown away and already looking forward to these films hitting the theaters !!

  5. X-Men 1 & 2 were awesome, it was the two they didn't direct that sucked. Hence, the desire for his return.

    Good jokes.

  6. Well however they repair “The X-Men” franchise with an “X-4,” or, “3″ or, “3.5″ they've made a segment of the audience mad and they'll have to do something special to apologize and win them back. Prepare to open your wallet Fox and don't play it cheap this time. Since “Avatar” was made under the auspices of Fox I would think that anyone working for them would have first crack at using the “Avatar” technology, although I imagine Cameron would be selling to the highest bidder. Fox did pay J.C. quite a bit of cash for doing “Titanic” even though they technically didn't have to, he gave up his stake in it to foster studio confidence in him. Maybe that exchange will go even further if the clucks can get a clue that the audience supported them when they released these “Story Dogs” and deserve the Full Monte this time. Really all their reputations and lively hoods are on the line, if they don't produce the best product in all ways possible…

  7. My thoughts that Sabertooth should be saved for frist Class. Cuz Once in the comics, Prof.X tried to enlist Creed as an X-Man, but knew he was to dangerous. So, when he does get dangerous Xavier for not enlisting him (You know he'll be pissed by something like that), X has to erase his memory of what just happened, but then when Magneto gets all pissed, Prof. accidentally erases his memories of Wolverine and opening a primal part of Creed's brain, thus Tyler Mane is born.

  8. Ill admit that wolverine wasnt a bad movie but it didnt even compare to X1 and X2, especially with the way they treated Deadpool and the minimal screen time they gave to Gambit. At least Singer is able to give every character good screen time and treat them right.

  9. So Rob you think the fact that Singer did not stick to the original source material, messed with MARVEL'S continuity and character ages, making Cyclops a weak team leader and over emphasizing Wolverine was awesome?

    Don't get me wrong. There are some minor elements of X-Men 1 & 2 that I liked in terms of aesthetics, but overall I was dissapointed with Singer's direction on what is undeniably one of the greatest comic book series.

    I would love to see MARVEL STUDIOS handle the X-Men appropriately. My problem is I tend to compare these movies very closely to the comic books and whilst I appreciate freedom of artistic license by Hollywood studios, I'm not very forgiving with major shifts away from the original source material.

  10. Ah, I understand now. You're judging the movie as if it were a direct translation a specific comic story for which it is not. It's a movie based on the X-Men and a damn good movie at that.

    Cyclops is one of my current fave comic book characters and in my opinion they should of made him the central figure in the second and third films.

    Applying the same logic to another series, how did you feel about Batman Begins and The Dark Knight?

  11. EXACTLY, Rob. Its an adaptation of the comics, not the comics themselves. Thats something people don't seem to understand.

  12. Bingo!

  13. Hi Rob,

    I never said I wanted to see a direct translation of a specific comic book story and hopefully my opinion isn't taken as personal criticism. :-)

    The direct translation idea had never really entered my mind, except for the graphic novel “God Loves, Man Kills” which as you know David Hayter who penned the first X-Men film, and co-wrote the screenplay for the second X-Men film, used aspects of it in X-Men 2.

    My main gripe is that character ages are not the same and this does have a bearing on continuity. Again I can't help but make comparisons using my comic book collection. :-)

    Yes I understand it is only an adaptation and that it is based on the X-Men and therefore it is an alternative storyline outside of MARVEL'S comic book timeline, but hopefully one day rather than an alteration of the original source material, we'll see a slightly more faithful rendition.

    Cyclops has always been a favorite character of mine along with Wolverine, Havok and Banshee. I agree they definitely should have made him the central figure in the second and third films.

    BTW, I loved Tim Burton's “Batman” with Michael Keaton but didn't think much of the rest that followed.

    I really enjoyed both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”. I felt that the Nolan movies were a little closer to the “Legends of the Dark Knight” comic book series than perhaps the other two mainline DC titles, so I do get your point. :-)

  14. So what is wrong with hoping for a faithful and accurate potrayal of a comic book on the silver screen? A film that follows the character ages, interactions and personalities a little closer to the books.

    Surely there is a film studio that can do the books justice and still be a box office success.

    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez did it with “Sin City”, so why is such a notion so hard for some people to understand?

  15. Is it just me or is anyone else sick of wolverine? I am soooooo sick of his character. This is the reason i liked first class cause wolverine was a 1 minute cameo. Who ever produces or directs future X projects i would hope they concentrate on other x men.
    Also….forget magneto, how about Apocalipse!