by Sally Jackson
A lot of fans were really bummed when Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise to go make Superman Returns for Warner Brothers. Fans were even more disappointed when the excellent X-Men and X2: X-Men United were followed up with the rather unfortunate X-Men: The Last Stand. That disappointment didn’t get any better once they actually saw Superman Returns.
Well, in an interview with Total Film Magazine (put on the web via The Geek Files), Singer has said that he wishes he’d stayed on to direct the third X-Men film, and has expressed interest in possibly directing X-Men Origins: Magneto.
When asked if he wished he’d stayed on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, Singer said he had that feeling “before I was watching it, during watching it, after watching it.” The director went on to add “It’s weird for me to watch it, because I’m so close to the universe. And also Brett is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe.”
As far as X-Men Origins: Magneto goes, Singer says “Possibly. 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…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.”
Singer doesn’t seem real certain about trying to do a sequel to Superman Returns, saying “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.”
Personally, I think Singer showed his best handle on the X-Men franchise with the young X-Men. Perhaps Lauren Schuller-Donner should talk to him about possibly directing X-Men: First Class?
(Source: The Geek Files and Total Film Magazine)