One of those big “what ifs” in recent geek memory was what if Bryan Singer decided not to have lost his damned mind, hunkered down and finished off the X-Men trilogy properly? I really don’t know what would have happened, but I can guarantee you it would have been leagues better than Ratner’s little opus of suckage and the snore fest that was Superman Returns would not exist. Nothing against Ratner, but Singer’s just a better director. He knows how to handle the intimate human (well, metahuman) moments with the weight necessary to make them believable.
Ratner would have Chris Tucker yelling Asian stereotypes.
So, when a whisper of Singer, even if it’s very feint, emerges that he would be interested in directing another X-Men movie you sit the fuck up and pay attention. In an interview with British film magazine Total Film’s July issue, Singer says, “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.”
Hmm. Could this mean there’s a slight possibility he might direct the upcoming X-Men Origins: Magneto? He does have an extensive background in Nazi movies, after all.
“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.”
Well, there you have it. He misses the franchise, would be open to coming back, but just not right now. Maybe Marvel can wait a bit and give Singer a chance to commit, eh? Oh who the hell am I kidding. They’ll hire the first half decent director to come along and Magneto will be out next summer, filled with explosions, walking away from explosions, and exploding walks.
And hey, what else has Singer got going for him right now? Just some indie movie he could probably hammer out in a few months.