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Bryan Singer Says Leaving ‘X-Men’ Was ‘Traumatizing,’ Admits ‘Superman Returns’ Was “Too Reverential”

Bryan Singer Says Leaving 'X-Men' Was 'Traumatizing,' Admits 'Superman Returns' Was "Too Reverential"

Currently on a publicity tour for “Jack the Giant Slayer” and working to bring togetherX-Men: Days of Future Past,” the next leg of the reinvigorated X-Men franchise, Bryan Singer has spoken of how difficult he found it letting them go the first time around, when he departed the franchise (of which he directed the first two installments) in favor of rival superhero picture “Superman Returns.” In an interview with the London-based Metro (via Cinema Blend) newspaper, the 47-year-old director of “The Usual Suspects” and more recently of the Tom Cruise Nazi assassination pic “Valkyrie,” said:

“I’ve never told anybody this, but I found the whole letting go of the characters for ‘X-Men 3‘ so traumatizing that a friend, who shall remain nameless, had to take me to a secret location and show me the reels so far, just so I could make my peace with it.”

While the fairly rote “X-Men: The Last Stand” probably didn’t do much to make him feel better, it’s worth pointing out that it was Singer’s own scheduling conflicts with “Superman Returns” that led to his withdrawal from the project. And Singer has his own regrets there for when it comes to his poorly-received DC Comics picture; he tells Metro, “I really loved the old Richard Donner film and I was too reverential with the material. That, and I tried to put too much in. There wasn’t just a love triangle, there was a love quadrilogy.”

Still, with the filmmaker back with the X-Men, ‘Days of Future Past’ looks to be bringing the franchise full-circle, uniting Singer-era actors like Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry with many of those from Matthew Vaughn’s more youthful cast. It’s currently in pre-production ahead of an anticipated July 18, 2014 release date.

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The first two X-Men movies are slightly over-rated as is the first Spider-Man, but that's probably because they were decent-to-good superhero movies that followed the last big superhero movie which was Batman & Robin. By comparison, they were Citizen Cane.


The first two X-Men movies are okay but really are more incredible for allowing better filmmakers to come along & pave the way with better superhero films. Honestly the only great X-Men movie so far has been FIRST CLASS. Hopefully Singer can bring his A-game & not the level of material he's been putting out for the past few years.


i think both movies were average and maybe even somewhat below but i could still watch them. x-men 3 just ticked me off with killing off characters for no reason. Superman felt a little redundant from previous films, even though spiderman/amazing spiderman sort of did the same thing it worked for me in those films but superman just lacked something for me. I'm just glad Singer is back where he belongs continuing the x-men stories. can't wait till the next film.

Wrath of Colin

I didn't think The Last Stand wasn't too bad. Not as good as the first two, but the end of a trilogy rarely is.

tristan eldritch

I think he's being a bit hard on himself with regard to Superman Returns, which is a bit unwieldy plot-wise, but a far better film than it gets credit for in general.

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