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Bryan Singer regrets not sticking around to direct X-Men: The Last Stand

05.23.2016

Bryan Singer X-Men: The Last Stand

It's probably safe to say that many fans consider X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, with the possible exception of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, to be the low point of the X-MEN franchise, but it's possible that some of the faults found within the film could be blamed on its rushed production schedule. After directing both X-MEN and X2, it was assumed that Bryan Singer would return for X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, but Singer ended up dropping the film in favour of developing SUPERMAN RETURNS. While speaking with Fandango recently, Bryan Singer expressed regret at not sticking around to close out his X-MEN trilogy.

I like finishing things. I like finishing this particular iteration. I know X-Men 3 was quite rushed and I didn't complete it, and I felt a little like it was probably my responsibility to do that as a filmmaker, and I didn't.

Before leaving to develop SUPERMAN RETURNS, Bryan Singer produced a partial story treatment for what would be X-MEN: THE LAST STAND with Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. His take on the film would have centered more on Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) resurrection and fleshed out the Dark Phoenix story-line. After Singer left, taking Harris and Dougherty with him, Matthew Vaughn (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) signed on to replace him. Vaughn soon realized that Fox wasn't going to give him the time to make the movie that he wanted to make and he decided to step down. Fox, anxious to make their release date, hired Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR) to take over. The result was a film which, although it definitely has its moments, clearly would have benefited from a little extra time to get things right. Who knows what the film would have become had Singer stuck with it, but Singer did reveal that he likely wouldn't have killed off the handful of main characters who bit the dust in THE LAST STAND.

I might not have killed all those characters, but that's what was so fun about Days of Future Past. We had a joke on set: 'Hey Brian, you're not only directing Days of Future Past -- you're actually living it!' I was going back and making changes in history. [With X-Men: The Last Stand], I don't fault anyone, including myself. It was just that circumstances didn't allow for it to happen.

The latest installment in the X-MEN franchise, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

The trailer for X-MEN: THE LAST STAND ended up being better than the movie itself.

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9:08AM on 05/25/2016
I regret Bryan Singer sticking around to direct all these other shite 'X-Men' movies.
I regret Bryan Singer sticking around to direct all these other shite 'X-Men' movies.
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7:52AM on 05/24/2016
Such a wasted film. Hints of greatness, but nothing came from those elements in the film. The Juggernaut, Phoenix & just too many other things to complain about. It's a shame Singer left and that Ratner thinks he did a good job because the movie made so much money.
Such a wasted film. Hints of greatness, but nothing came from those elements in the film. The Juggernaut, Phoenix & just too many other things to complain about. It's a shame Singer left and that Ratner thinks he did a good job because the movie made so much money.
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8:08AM on 05/24/2016
Angel was wasted immensely. He was missing out in the entire final battle but just appeared to swoop in and help his dad.
Angel was wasted immensely. He was missing out in the entire final battle but just appeared to swoop in and help his dad.
9:34AM on 05/24/2016
Angel gets no more use in this new one to be honest. Angel was wasted in Last Stand, but his character is the catalyst for the entire story, whereas in Apocalypse he gets more screen time, but has zero motivation, character or purpose.
Angel gets no more use in this new one to be honest. Angel was wasted in Last Stand, but his character is the catalyst for the entire story, whereas in Apocalypse he gets more screen time, but has zero motivation, character or purpose.
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2:21AM on 05/24/2016
And yet he never took the time to explain how Xavier came back to life.
And no I don't believe that the guy who woke from the coma after the credits in Last Stand was another wheelchair bound Patrick Stewart clone.
And yet he never took the time to explain how Xavier came back to life.
And no I don't believe that the guy who woke from the coma after the credits in Last Stand was another wheelchair bound Patrick Stewart clone.
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2:56AM on 05/24/2016
If you paid attention the 'coma guy' was Xavier's twin.
If you paid attention the 'coma guy' was Xavier's twin.
6:07AM on 05/24/2016
And if you'd paid attention you would have read all of my post.
And if you'd paid attention you would have read all of my post.
12:53PM on 05/24/2016
Xavier's got a closet full of paraplegic braindead telepath identical twins, just in case shit ever hits the fan.
Xavier's got a closet full of paraplegic braindead telepath identical twins, just in case shit ever hits the fan.
2:02PM on 05/24/2016
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5:48PM on 05/24/2016
Funny thing is with first class we got to see a young charles so where was this brain dead twin being kept?
I want the deleted scene of mystique going into "that room you're not allowed in" and see her freak out.
Funny thing is with first class we got to see a young charles so where was this brain dead twin being kept?
I want the deleted scene of mystique going into "that room you're not allowed in" and see her freak out.
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12:06AM on 05/24/2016
Unlike the family friendly Disney/MCU, the X-Men franchise has the balls to kill off major characters which brings more weight to the story....sort of. it always bugs me that studios keep certain characters alive just for $$$ reasons. Don't get me wrong, I like the MCU, but it's starting to grow a bit stale.
Unlike the family friendly Disney/MCU, the X-Men franchise has the balls to kill off major characters which brings more weight to the story....sort of. it always bugs me that studios keep certain characters alive just for $$$ reasons. Don't get me wrong, I like the MCU, but it's starting to grow a bit stale.
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2:30AM on 05/24/2016
Who did they kill off in the X-Men franchise who actually stayed dead? Cyclops? No, they retroactively brought him back after the events of Days Of Future Past and cast a younger version of the character in Apocolypse. The Dark Phoenix? Well, she was a villain at that point, and Marvel has no problem killing off villains. Professor X? He managed to return, somehow, through a cop out post credit sequence. Marvel killed off more mutants than the Fox X-Men franchise did (wait, Quicksilver
Who did they kill off in the X-Men franchise who actually stayed dead? Cyclops? No, they retroactively brought him back after the events of Days Of Future Past and cast a younger version of the character in Apocolypse. The Dark Phoenix? Well, she was a villain at that point, and Marvel has no problem killing off villains. Professor X? He managed to return, somehow, through a cop out post credit sequence. Marvel killed off more mutants than the Fox X-Men franchise did (wait, Quicksilver legally isn't a mutant in the MCU; my mistake.)
11:27PM on 05/23/2016
I didn't hate THE LAST STAN. Sure, it was a massive dip from X2 but it came nowhere close to the awfulness of Origins.
I didn't hate THE LAST STAN. Sure, it was a massive dip from X2 but it came nowhere close to the awfulness of Origins.
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9:34PM on 05/23/2016
Having him leave the franchise right after he set up the iconic Dark Phoenix storyline was a huge mistake. Last Stand really screwed up one of the best X-Men storylines and this film is also disappointing in the fact that this was the last ensemble film with the full cast of the old trilogy. Such a shitty way to end after two great films that came before it.

I mean, when they decided to kill off Cyclops (one of my favorite X-Men) after ONLY four minutes of screen time and being screwed over
Having him leave the franchise right after he set up the iconic Dark Phoenix storyline was a huge mistake. Last Stand really screwed up one of the best X-Men storylines and this film is also disappointing in the fact that this was the last ensemble film with the full cast of the old trilogy. Such a shitty way to end after two great films that came before it.

I mean, when they decided to kill off Cyclops (one of my favorite X-Men) after ONLY four minutes of screen time and being screwed over twice before in the first two films, I was done giving a shit about the rest of the film.

At least with Apocalypse, Singer can make up for the stupid decision of leaving. I just wish we could have gotten one more full ensemble film with the original trilogy cast.
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2:20AM on 05/24/2016
Killing off Cyclops was also Bryan Singers fault. He cast James Marsden in Superman Returns, which prevented him from being available for X-Men: The Last Stand.

But, really, based on the mixed reception for X-Men Apocolypse, did he really make up for leaving X-Men 3?
Killing off Cyclops was also Bryan Singers fault. He cast James Marsden in Superman Returns, which prevented him from being available for X-Men: The Last Stand.

But, really, based on the mixed reception for X-Men Apocolypse, did he really make up for leaving X-Men 3?
10:10AM on 05/24/2016
Unless Marsden was only signed for 2 films and had to renegotiate for the third (which is unlikely, since actors are usually signed for at least 2 sequels), then his participation in Superman Returns had nothing to do with it. His X-Men contract would have forced him to turn down Superman since that was the first contract signed.

And all of that is probably moot anyway because his part in Superman is relatively small and I don't remember him being part of any action scenes. I can't see him
Unless Marsden was only signed for 2 films and had to renegotiate for the third (which is unlikely, since actors are usually signed for at least 2 sequels), then his participation in Superman Returns had nothing to do with it. His X-Men contract would have forced him to turn down Superman since that was the first contract signed.

And all of that is probably moot anyway because his part in Superman is relatively small and I don't remember him being part of any action scenes. I can't see him working on that film for more than a week and it would have been super-easy for him to do both films.
7:56AM on 05/26/2016
Actually BrokenDreamer is right AND wrong.
Cyclops was killed in Last Stand because Marsden had a (small) part in Returns:
It was Rothman's retaliation over anyone following Singer after he thrown him away from Fox.
Actually BrokenDreamer is right AND wrong.
Cyclops was killed in Last Stand because Marsden had a (small) part in Returns:
It was Rothman's retaliation over anyone following Singer after he thrown him away from Fox.
9:32PM on 05/23/2016
umm. No.
umm. No.
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9:25PM on 05/23/2016
Well, you did decide to direct Superman Returns, not X3, Mr. Singer.
Well, you did decide to direct Superman Returns, not X3, Mr. Singer.
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