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Bryan Singer Returns To X-MEN!

Nordling here.

Yes, I realize we’re late on this one, as it was announced yesterday, but due to the juggernaut (bitch) that was the STAR WARS announcement, and real life concerns, I wasn’t able to get to this until now.  Deadline reports that Bryan Singer has signed on the line that is dotted for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, bringing him back into the franchise that he made such a mark on.

Singer making the next X-MEN movie is definitely welcome news – many fans still consider X2 to be the best of the franchise, although I’m pretty partial now to FIRST CLASS and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be continuing that story arc began in the last movie.  It’s expected that Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy to return, and this movie will likely link the prequels to Singer’s and Brett Ratner’s movies.

I’m even more curious now about THE WOLVERINE based on some of the news coming from that set, and the teaser poster looks like something Mondo would do, so I think this franchise is definitely back on track.  I’m pleased that Singer is returning to the franchise that has treated him so well, and I’m very excited to see this very popular story come to the screen in a way that should make fans happy.

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  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by JonJonB9

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Not quick enough, I saw it

    by JonJonB9

    and so did the world

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The cast from the original trilogy will be back.

    by travis

    This will be awesome.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    And while we're here...

    by JonJonB9

    Ben Affleck for Star Wars director? What the hell were you injecting between your toes?

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    He would be great for one of the new Star Wars films..

    by Righteous Brother

    sorry, didn't want to turn an X-Men movie talkback to a Star Wars one - but couldn't help it.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    There better be HUGE FUCKING sentinels ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Especially now that Tom fucking Rothman is out of FOX ... ...And I hope FOX gives Singer a gigantic budget because need an epic X-Men movie.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by Sigmar25

    would be stupid, but then again... the prequels... not that great either

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Now they can fix the timeline that Brett Ratter SCREWED-UP

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    ...leading the way to a REAL Phoenix storyline!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I think Terminator size sentinels would be more realistic...

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    ...but the best news is that this could be a multi-movie event!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    if this is as good as superman returns i will be happy

    by Stephen

    i liked superman returns quite a bit.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    WAY Happier about this than Disney/Lucas!

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    Seriously...does Disney give MORE of a crap than Lucas did about his trilogy?...not really kids. but Singer's 2nd X-men film really hit the nail on the head when it came to being tonally connected to the comics! Cannot WAIT for Days of Future Past now!!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Singer can't direct action........

    by simongarth2001

    But maybe he will do ok..........all I can say is there BETTER be big ass Sentinals in this thing, or you can keep it.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    How is this good news?

    by smallfry

    Singer is not a good director. X1 & 2 and Superman Returns are directed with all the verve of a dead fish. They are leaden to say the least. Usual Suspects is good but that comes down largely to the script and the performances. I could watch a Singer film and have to idea who had directed it. He has nothing unique about him, aside from occassionally saying a few things that fan boys like to hear. First Class was by no means a masterpiece, but Vaughn is by far the more talented man.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Cue obligitory gay-bashing...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Nordling: I’m even more curious now about THE WOLVERINE based on some of the news coming from that set, and the teaser poster looks like something Mondo would do, so I think this franchise is definitely back on track. ...So based on a poster, this movie looks to be good? Righhhtttt... The first Wolverine was a shit stain ... the sequel has LOTS of ground to make up.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Amazing news!!

    by nesta1975

    Bryan Singer is a real fan of the Xmen. He did an amazing job on X2 and you have to have in mind that he directed X1 before the comic hero boom ... his budget was limited and still he was spot on picking Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine. I agree that the sentinels would be more menacing if they where smaller ... maybe not T800 size but certainly not skyscraper huge ... anyway that´s not going to be a technical problem after the introduction of the transformers franchise. To those of you who say Singer can´t direct action ... action isn´t the problem with actionfilms ... so I´m quite happy we have a director who cares about making it a complete film not just a string of actionscenes held together by godawfull dialoge. Days of future past has to introduce the real dark phonenix not what we saw in X3 (which was lawnmover man bad). Can´t wait!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    So it'll be dreary and a little bit gay

    by buttsniffertown

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    But Singer can't direct action!!

    by Fico

    Um, did you SEE the opening of X2? Nightcrawler vs. the Secret Service? He'll be just fine.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    singer = days of future whatevs.

    by iampain

    have never found anything singer has done to be visually exciting.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    This will resemble Days of Future Past

    by grendel69

    About as much as The Last Stand resembled the DarkPheonix storyline... Cyclops,Jean and Storm haven't been introduced yet. The XMen team in First Class were mostly uninteresting with Beast and Havok being the highlight. They said they weren't adding mutants to the team,so that's a problem. Are they going to attempt this story without wolverine...are any of the original cast returning? I'm betting on Jean Grey cameo in Wolverine to tie together with this, with Jean taking over Kitty Prydes role in the story with afamke playing a older Jean who comes back to contact her younger self.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Hey buttsniffertown. So in otherwords it'll be just like you!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    Crystal houses and all that.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Noooooo! Singer was awful the first time around!

    by Wes_Reviews_

    Give the job to someone who will celebrate the fantastical elements of the series and not excise them to be easily digestible for audiences not familiar with the comics. Singer made dull X-Men movies and an even more dull Superman. This is horrible. :(

  • Go Bryan Singer!!!

  • ...Hard to do a story involving aliens and such proper justice when the universe set up by Singer's two movies tried to desperately ground the series, placing too much emphasis on realism. The trainwreck of 3 was set up by Singer. And 3 is EASILY the most fun and X-Men feeling of the three. However, First Class was the single best X-Men movie we've ever gotten. Looks like it'll be the only good one we'll get, now. Ugh.

  • Look I loved First Class even more so than X2. So if they simply use this to wipe away the garbage that was X3 & X-Men Origins Wolverine than I'm a happy camper. Even if it means you'd have to lose X2 continuity I'm ok with it. Because even the first X-Men upon rewatching really wasn't that great.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Singer aint doing too well of late

    by D o o d

    he's looking for work to get back in the game. His career has been on a downward spiral since he ruined superman.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Ratner didnt kill Xmen

    by grendel69

    The ridiculous script requirements the studio gave the writters did. They admit to making mistakes with how thaT story treated certain characters. Vaughn hightailed it out of there when he saw what a mess it all was. I think Ratner did a decent job with the material and the severe time constraints he had. I actually enjoyed the Cure plotline,its the stories focus on wolverine, the love triangle and the treatment of Cyclops that kills that movie for me. The thing is wolverine and pheonix are the weakest parts of the film. They should have focused on the cure story.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Yes, I am one that loved X-Men 2...

    by bubcus

    and even though I liked aspects of X-Men 3, I'd like an X-Men 4 to fix where we were left. Anyway, this is still good news.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    It wasn't Ratners fault X3 sucked

    by Stephen

    while this statement is true, please do not try to commend Ratner for anything other than the ability to direct a Wu Tang video. The guy has a terrible sense of pace.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Yes, I realize we’re late on this one...

    by CountOrlok

    Lol "this one?" I can't even remember the last time you guys were first to report on something.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    This is Cool News

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    X-Men First Class was the BEST X-Men movie made.

    by magazoid

    Singer will fuck this up. I promise you.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    People think X2 is good only 'cause X1 and X3....

    by DadeOrAlive

    ...SUCKED MAJOR BALLS. You could put anything between those turds and it would look good by comparison.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    vaughn's best movie is kick ass

    by Stephen

    only comic movie better than the book

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Vaughn isn't QUITE doing a Bond movie, but you're close...

    by Royston Lodge

    He may be directing Mark Millar's The Secret Service, a comic book that I'm heavily addicted to, which is a huge homage to James Bond. It means we might FINALLY get a James Bond parody on the big screen that plays it straight instead of going too campy. And if they sign Mark Hamill for the opening pre-credits sequence, that's all the better.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I really want Chris Nolan for the next Bond movie ...

    by Judge Briggs

    The dude has earned it!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Will Days of Future Past include Cable and/or Bishop?

    by Royston Lodge

    I really, really hope so.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    There was one human-sized Sentinel....

    by Nice Marmot

    Nimrod. Although he was in present day. But if they added it & still had the giant-sized Sentinels I'd be happy. SQUAAAARRK!!!!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Why Ben Affleck is perfect for new Star Wars films

    by Raptor Jesus

    He makes GOOD MOVIES. Above all else the new SW film needs to be a GOOD MOVIE. He won't just throw a ton of CGI crap at the screen. After the unrelenting crap that was the prequels we need a GOOD MOVIE ABOVE ALL ELSE.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Really great news. Singer has made one of the best super-hero

    by frank

    comic-book movies with X2. Now with Rothman away from FOX and Singer back, the future of the XMEN franchise looks promising.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Singer is back of the First Class ...SHITE

    by ShakaLaka Lambo

    As I said yesterday First Class is total Shite. What people see in Fassbender I'll never know. He really didn't impress me as Magneto. He was ok in Prometheus but i suspect him playing a soul-less android wasn't much of a stretch for him. Somebody please tell Singer to ditch this crappy cast and just get on with the REAL X-MEN PLEASE! Just when they could have gotten into some really kickass storylines with the original cast they screw it up with First Crap. I just don't get it....hell I would take X3 over that first crap anyday (and X3 had alot of problems true enough). I'm sorry but James McAvoy and Fassbender aren't in the same ballpark as Patrick and Ian, they aren't in the same league...hell they ain't even in the same SPORT. But let's be honest here, with Avengers 2 (THANOS BABY!!), Captain America 2, Iron Man 3 (MANDARIN BABY!!), Amazing Spider-Man 2 (hopefully titled Web of Spider-Man or Spectacular ), Man of Steel, THE 3 HOBBITS , AND STAR WARS EPISODES 7, 8, 9 coming does anyone give a rat's cock of muthafuckin huntch about First Crap 2? Yeah me neither.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    I was hoping for a clean break from the old movies and a full reboot.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    You know, after Avengers and Transformers proved that

    by frank

    embracing the pulpy nature of the comic-book genre and giant robots kicking ass can turn into hugely profitable franchises, not having giant Sentinels in the next X-Men movie would have been the most idiotic thing to do from a business perspective.

  • and Magneto... Then fuck off ... This movie MUST include them.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    d o o d

    by brad negrotto

    Correction: Singer can't direct anything! This is a bad move for a franchise that was finally getting better.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Affleck for President!

    by Anthony Torchia

    Look, suggesting Uncle Ben for anything pre-Town would have made no sense, Affleck was strictly second string until that film showed what he can do. Argo showed it even more. Five years ago he would have been a stupid choice, now he's a man on the move, upward. He is a better director than Lucas. So shut up.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Affleck for President!

    by Anthony Torchia

    Look, suggesting Uncle Ben for anything pre-Town would have made no sense, Affleck was strictly second string until that film showed what he can do. Argo showed it even more. Five years ago he would have been a stupid choice, now he's a man on the move, upward. He is a better director than Lucas. So shut up.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Don't know why anyone would think this is good news

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Maybe a lot of people never read the comics, I don't know. Singer didn't make BAD movies exactly. But they didn't resemble the comics at ALL. Horrible terrible casting choices, dull, 'reality' based settings, the premise was meh. And through it all, Singer very clearly intended the X-Men movies to be an allegory for how hard it was to grow up being gay and trying to be accepted because of so much gayness. Dude, just go make an endless stream of movies about your angsty gayness. You already did it to Superman, and two X-Men movies. Leave the comic book movies to people who actually care about the comics, someone who can bring to this franchise the same kind of passion and fidelity that Whedon brought to Avengers.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    booger_t - I'm guessing you're kidding

    by The StarWolf

    SUPERMAN RETURNS (a.k.a. THE MONOLITH MONSTERS II) was simply dreadful! 1 - Is Luthor a frustrated Century 21 agent? This is the second time he's come up with a real estate deal as his major plot. This is the best a super genius can come up with? He's just pilfered Kryptonian tech, he can manufacture things which will make him so rich he can use Morcrosoft/Apple stock for toilet paper. And what's this about hiring thugs who would be hard pressed to set up a convenience store robbery as underlings? 2 - Superman is standing on an island of Kryptonite which has him so weak he's punched out by a common thug - and he doesn't notice?! 3 - Kryptonian crystals take on the properties of the matter next to them? So why hasn't Supe's Fortress collapsed under its own weight? By that logic it's made of snow, after all. 4 - Perry White (black?! Whose idea of a joke was that?!) makes editorial decisions which are demonstrably so bad he should be immediately replaced as Editor-in-Chief. 5 - Lois taking her kid to the site of an inherently dangerous assignment??? 6 - Speaking of Kryptonian tech, how does Luthor just waltz in the Fortress and walk out with stuff. Haven't the super advanced Kryptonians ever hears of locks or biometrics? And on and on. Just one dumb movie. Oh and did I mention a building full of investigative reporters who don't put two and two together when both Supes AND Clark wind up missing for the exact same number of years?

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I really don't know what to say.

    by adeceasedfan

    My brain has been fried since about 3:30 yesterday. But yay for Singer...yay for X-mens. yay.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    starwolf if u thought i was kidding why did u explain all that

    by Stephen

    like it would change my mind if i wasnt

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    Agreed. Those movies are full of missed opportunities, miscasting and lack a certain something - I think the sense of fun and adventure that permeates the other Marvel movies. This is a huge mistake. This is going 12 years in the past and mining stale ideas. We need new blood and a fresh perspective. I thought Vaughn was a breath of fresh air, this project just lost my interest until I see some reviews.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    He can't direct action?X2 had awesome action and pacing.

    by Randy

    The Nightcrawler sequence is a standout, and pretty much every other fight scene delivers because of it's mix with practical stunts and cgi. Don't get me wrong, Vaughn is one of the more creative action directors working today, I love what he did with Stardust and Kick-Ass. However, Singer is a decent action director, and I'm more concerned with the story then anything else.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    I agree he is a competent director, I just question the casting decisions he made - Halle Berry? Also Black Motor Cross suits as the costumes, and the gun-metal grey cinematography. I have no doubt he'll turn in a decent movie, I was just hoping for a completely fresh take on all the favorite characters. They admittedly could do far worse then Singer.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Singer can't direct action? You did see the first 10 minutes of X2, yes?

    by Darth Macchio

    Cause I think that may be the best 10 minutes of Xmen on screen material out of all the non-animtated Xmen movies that currently exist. No..what we've gotten are brilliant scenes/set-pieces in great to good/decent to workable/mediocre to crap films (read: great - x2, good/decent - xmen & xm:fc, workable/mediocre - x3, crap - wolvie:origins) What we need is someone to come in and keep the crap scenes out and keep the "good" scenes in. If they're not sure, it's a rather simple formula, for the most part, beyond its inherent subjectivity, of course... Magneto nazi hunting? Great scenes. Wolverine blubbering about the death of Jean Gray? Bad scene. Nightstalker attacking the white house? BRILLIANT scene (and great use of 'Dies Irae' too). Hippy-hippy shake dance party scene from FC? Bad scene. Magneto "rearranging" the SF bridge? Great scene. So there's a lot of "there" there if they just keep themselves in check. Watch the movies again in a "scene" context, not a "movie" context and you'll see many great scenes in even the bad movies and bad scenes in even the good movies. I think Singer has shown the most self-restraint with these movies. Plus, Singer was nothing if not utterly serious throughout his presentation of Xmen and Xmen2. I think this bodes very well, personally.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    What happened to Harry?

    by Jones Jonez

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Singer's action: lots of wire-fu and quick-cut shots

    by Chris

  • I really liked X2 however. Watched a bit of Valkerie the other night and that was silly. Who knows what all of this means...

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 2 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    Singer just needs to get over his gayness and make a good fun movie. The problem with all his films is that they're loaded down so heavily with gay subtext. Superman Returns: Gay Superman fights against gay Kevin Spacey Luthor and spends most of his time dour and on the outside of society looking in longingly. X-Men 1 and 2 - Gay superheroes are persecuted for being being...I mean muntants. Apt Pupil : Gay Nazi befriends an underage boy and teaches him about stuff and then commits suicide after being persecuted for being outed as a gay...I mean Nazi. Usual Suspects : Gay Kevin Spacey misleads his heterosexual friends by pretending to be someone he's not and then stabs them all in the back. Jack the Giant Killer: Gay Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk plants his seeds and they grow into a giant stalk...obviously symbolic of a giant cock. He's then chased around by giants with giant cocks throughout the whole movie. Singer is a talented film maker, but he really needs to get passed his obsession with gayness.

  • So much for a decent reboot. This bitch is just crawling back for a check because he's shown his hand as a two dimensional hack. Bryan Singer hates superheroes he just knows how to play the game and say the right things so that some of you short sighted imagination deprived rubes actually buy into his lazy, pedestrian "realistic" storytelling. Maybe this will bomb and Fox will give it back to Marvel so someone who actually gives a shit can take the helm. I officially don't give fuck all about this franchise...again.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Will Wolverine be in this? Btw...

    by quicksilver80

    Has anyone played X-men Origins Wolverine? Remember the intro and the ending? Well, I want that in film...

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    ^ Rage

    by grendel69

    You need to read up on what Rothman was doing at the time... I dont blame Singer for leaving.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I would kill to see Joss Whedon take over the X films.

    by squirtloaf

    His run on the comic was superb...seems like a no brainer (aside from scheduling). He has done a hugely successful superhero ensmble cast movie, *gets* the Xmen *very* well and has already written a run of their stories... Personally, I thought X1 and X2 weren't very good, so I couldn't give a fart about Singer coming back. At best, he can offer a return to past mediocrity.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Whedon...yes! and we'd finally get actual female badass mutants too

    by Darth Macchio

    He's known for that and people even got all lippy about "Black Widow saving all the actual superheroes" or some such nonsense. But have we really gotten true characterizations of the Xmen female badasses? I haven't read probably even 20% of the Xmen comics but I did watch the old animated series (which was excellent) extensively back in the day...certainly enough to know that all of the females portrayed in these movies are not remotely like they are in the comics. Storm was worshipped as a Goddess, not some meek and quiet girl with all her rage bound up inside her. Rogue wasn't a shy and demure girl unsure of herself or her abilities. She was a "riot gyrl" in the truest sense of the word (I was hoping shed'd have her epi with Ms Marvel and get her super-strength and flight abilities permanently). Mystique? While she fares a little better under Singer's guidance, she's still kinda hell-n-gone from being what she is in the comic. As I understand it, there were entire series of Xmen stories that her as the main baddie akin to someone like Magneto. Not sure why she's in permanent "thug" status. The White Queen? Probably First Class's biggest character fault. I'm the first to insist big boobs are always great and always welcome in anything. But as a replacement for the personality of one of the more sheer badass female villains (and occasional good guy)? Not gonna cut it. Shameful what they did to the White Queen. And this leads us, inevitably, to Jean Gray and Dark Phoenix. Such possibility hinted at the end of X2 and such possiblity wasted on yet another mute female "goon". If Whedon ever even got near a script for this new outing, the females would exponentially grow in cinematic badassery almost instantly and it would be a very welcome improvement. He probably can't for scheduling...but perhaps one day...

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    another Singer snooooooozefest ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    by HoLottaMo

    fuck it - singer should make a reboot of All That Jazz or something classically gay - then we'd all be content.

  • can't tell me you'd rather have Ratner back. I'm good with this news.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I'm disappointed to be losing Matthew Vaughn

    by photoboy

    But Singer is probably the second best choice.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Re-cast Wolverine with....

    by DarthLizardKing

    Scott Caan. Has anyone ever been a better fit vs. what they looked like in the comic books? Jackman is great in his own way, but is a weird re-imagining of the character. And, Jackman should have been Jack Reacher!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I've never said to myself:

    by brad negrotto

    Hmm, I should pop in one the X-Men movies. While the fourth was huge leap forward, SInger has did nothing but mishandle this franchise. Of course they made some money. It's freakin X-Men! If they actually put some love into the true essence of the X-Men characters this film be a huge return. Look at Batman and what Marvel has been doing. Singer is not the answer.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    "Singer can't direct action"... what???

    by Kremzeek

    The whole opening to X2 in the white house is some serious directing bad-assery. Can't believe someone would say Singer can't direct action. Go watch X2 again.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    He's got a lot to live up to

    by Kakii

    X3 was ok but destroyed our dream of having the Phoenix saga done right. Singer needs to nail DOFP and defo have the Wolverine kill money shot to make it work. The problem is Singer isnt a real comic book fan, he knew nothing about the XMen when he did the 1st 2 movies so he needs to man up and do the story the justice it deserves. As for casting IM was good as Magneto and did go to school in my home town, but the actor who should have been Magneto is Rutger Hauer as he resembles the character like SLJ resembles Nick Fury. For fucks sake Fox, Rothman has gone, look to what Marvel and Disney have done, its a fucking no brainer!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratner ruined the Pheonix Saga???

    by FuckOffChristopherNolanNutHuggers

    Did you guys even watch X2? It's pretty fucking obvious that Singer and Co. set up the Pheonix/Split Personality angle from the get go. Ratner was only a last minute replacement director hired a few weeks before principal photgraphy. I seriously doubt he had any say.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by brad negrotto

    Look I dono't like the guy. But X3 was way better than the first two. And I know X3 killed the Phoenix Saga, but this had nothing to do with Ratner. Granted they all suck. And yes, I understand the opening of two was amazing, but the rest sucked. Vaughn was a step in the right direction, but the man is better equipped for comedy/drama then action. I would have liked to see Rupert Wyatt brought on for this.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I want jennifer lawrence

    by Stephen

    I want her. Her ass is amazing.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    hmmm. Read paperback collection of Uncanny X-Men

    by james

    loved those. like the first at the time (grade 7 or 8 when it came out), loved the second, hated the third. Now, after the glut of super hero films, they all are forgotten, never rewatched. first class I've seen twice. Have to say it's 2/3rds of a good movie but horribly truncates the relationship of- fuck it everyone knows this. Point is, this film doesn't have to jerkoff the fanboy in me, it has to be a good time at the movies. The original three x-men films haven't aged well at all for my sensibilities.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Can't forgive Singer for giving Cyclops the shaft...

    by sonnyfern

    Most wasted character EVER and it's a shame because Cyclops rocks. He was a wimp in the first one, not in the second one and then they kill him off 5 minutes into 3. Nope. Screw Singer.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Can't forgive Singer for giving Cyclops the shaft...

    by sonnyfern

    Most wasted character EVER and it's a shame because Cyclops rocks. He was a wimp in the first one, not in the second one and then they kill him off 5 minutes into 3. Nope. Screw Singer.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    people who say that X3 is better than X1 and X2

    by frank

    are the same people who say that Nu Trek is one of the best trek movies, that Bayformers is awesome entertainment, that TDKR is a masterpiece, that the Star Wars prequels are better that the originals, that Indy 5 is underappreciated, the same people who have truned Hollywood to the current corporate movie garbage bin that it is.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Singer can't direct action? ROFL. have you seen X2 at all?

    by frank

    the White House is one of the best action scenes ever put in a super-hero movie. period. Or what about the airplane sequence in Superman Returns? Don't tell that scene didn't give goosebumps when Superman was trying to save that plane. Singer unlike Nolan, does know how to make cool action scenes. His weakness (or strength for some others) is that he doesnt rely on the action aspect of the movie too much. He prefers to focus more on the characters and the story than having the super-heroes kicking ass for two hours.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Singer is basically doing what Peter Jackson did

    by vetepalapinga

    He thought he was hot shit after making some successful fantasy movies, then fucked it by making an overbloated one, then a serious one that nobody cared for, and then seeing he really doesnt have anything else going for himself and accepts hes become a one trick pony, goes back to his one trick to be loved by the public once more.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Pablo

    Bullshit. Singer will always have "vision" which is more than can be said about the vast majority of directors working in Hollywood. Don't put him down and bag him just because you're jealous and KNOW for a FACT that you could NEVER do better were you in the same position...

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    X-3 was just fine

    by brobdingnag

    All three are the same quality.

  • Think of what I said more as me stating "some of these fools in the talkbacks have some retarded double standards" a very sarcastic fashion. And don't take shit written by total strangers on the Internet too seriously. It's not worth it...even if you're Singer himself. And if you are him all I would say to you is "thank you for House. I really enjoyed that show".

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    oasiswerebetterthanthebeatles just needs to get over his gayness

    by oisin5199

    oasiswerebetterthanthebeatles just needs to get over his gayness and make a good post. The problem with all his posts are that they're loaded down so heavily with gay subtext. Seriously, dude. Get over yourself. Anyone who thinks Superman Returns was gay subtext is bothered by the idea of a guy wearing tights in the first place.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Superman returns was the gay version of Superman

    by Jeff

    That costume. Kevin Spacey. Gay writers. Gay producer.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Singer back? Should be promising!

    by Jay

    Sheesh, fans are divided on these boards!! Thats expected. X1 was ok, X2 blew it outta the water! Great fucking film! It had it all action & story. Fuck Ratner and X3. The only thing good about that was Kelsey Grammer's take on The Beast. No way is that a good X-Men movie, NO WAY. Vaughn's FC was meh. Good, nothing spectacular. I would like to see Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine and teaming up with the cast from FC doing DOFP. Simply gold!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    X2 was legit

    by cgih8r

    and Wolverines intro in X1 was spot-on. Wish Singer handled X3 it would have been a smarter film and even if it would have had less action it would have had better quality all around. My only concern is I've heard that Singer is not the easiest Director to get along with for actors. Halle Barry apparently hated him.

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    @judge briggs : AGREED..Chris Nolan for the next Bond

    by cgih8r

    He loves Bond. He does shit real and large and loves exotic locations. Let's see a Chris Nolan directed Bond film in 2014!

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    X-Men's a very clever vehicle to accelerate Israeli propoganda

    by AllThosePowers

  • They we're all okay, being that they're the only available X-Men movies. I'm still waiting for that good X-Men movie that's going to wow me. Singer's movies doesn't undulate fluidly from point a to b and have terrible action scenes (sans from the Nightcrawler fight). First Class, (aside form 3 main characters) have flat characters with a bad ending.

  • ...Unlike other mutants it affected her. Dumbass

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Singer did not give Cyclops the shaft...

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    He was under orders to keep expanding the wolverine story at the expense of other characters.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    heh heh give cyclops the shaft

    by Stephen

    but he wanted to heh heheh

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Singer Started the big budget superhero film craze....

    by rumpledforeskin

    and he seems determined to end it with his unimaginative limp xturds and superman retards attempts. ...he doesn't have enough pizzaz to make the movies pop...thumbs down

  • i'll give him credit, he had the balls to do X men 1 and 2 when superhero movies were not in vogue. 1 was terrible (watch it again), and 2 was much better, but still a very stiff movie with terrible wire work/ action and dialogue. just a bad movie- try watching with people who dont care about the x men/ comics... its embarrassing. I'm sorry, but these movies can only be "good" if marvel gets the rights back. Fox just DOES NOT GET IT. First class was a step in the right direction, for sure, but it was still not an X men movie. Wolverine was a huge disappointment. just bad leadership at fox.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 8 p.m. CST

    Yeah... it croaks.

    by animatronicmojo

    Everyone talks about how great the opening to X2 is...and it was- really tapped into something at the time- and it was just a terrific introduction to Nightcrawler, who was always one of my favorite characters. ("Excalibur" anyone?) Too bad, they didn't really do anything with Nightcrawler after that. <BR> OK, so in five X-Men/Wolverine flicks, there has been all of one memorable action scene. I guess you could throw in Magneto's prison break and the super stabby Wolverine v. Deathstrike bout in X2 if you wanted, but, nothing else really stands out for me, certainly not the limp endings to X-Men, X2, X3 or First Class.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    lens flares out the butthole