Much was made a few years back about Bryan Singer, who kickstarted Marvel’s string of blockbuster films after decades of frustration with his first two X-Men films, leaving the franchise to try his hand at competitor DC’s flagship hero, leaving the third installment in the hands of Brett Ratner. X3 may suck, people thought, but at least we’ll get a fantastic Superman movie. Alas, that was not to be the case. X-Men: The Last Stand was reviled, and Superman Returns left fans cool. Does Singer wish he would have directed X3? He admits he had the feeling “before I was watching it, during watching it, after watching it. 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. 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.”
“Of course, I would love to return to that universe,” he added. Would he consider the Magneto prequel currently in development? “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.” That would be his breakthrough film Apt Pupil, also starring Ian McKellen of Magneto fame, and Valkyrie, to a lesser extent. If that’s his concern, isn’t it up to him to come up with a new and interesting track? Do you think he can do it? Don’t you remember how cool X2: X-Men United was?