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?
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?