Bryan Singer Reveals Pain Over Leaving ‘X-Men’

Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer has revealed that he still feels pain over the way he initially left the X-Men franchise, just before 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

Singer, who has replaced Matthew Vaughn as the director of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, saw Rush Hour’s Bret Ratner take charge once he departed the franchise, and he was never able to fully let go of the series.

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

Discussing Days Of Future Past, Singer noted, “I’m taking into account every movie [from the franchise], I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that.”

Singer left X-Men so that he could direct Superman Returns, a movie that he hoped would generate into its own franchise. Unfortunately, a disappointing box office return and mixed reviews meant that the film never produced a second or third instalment.

And now Singer himself admits that he made a mistake when creating the film. “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,” noted the filmmaker.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is set to be released in the summer of 2014, and will star Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

Are you excited for X-Men: Days Of Future Past? Do you think Bryan Singer is the perfect director for the franchise?