Bryan Singer Plans On Stepping Away From ‘X-Men’ But Not Forever

Bryan Singer

X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has been a staple within the X-Men universe since he helmed the first film back in 2000. Now after completing Apocalypse it seems that Singer will be taking a break from the franchise but isn’t ruling out his returning all together.

Singer spoke with the LA Times and opened up about his future with the franchise and how much working in this universe means to him.

“I recently met [Oscar-winning director] Danny Boyle — he and I have known of each other for many years but never met. He was prepping ‘Steve Jobs’ at the time and I was doing this and he said, ‘Are you going to be doing ‘X-Men’ movies forever?’ And I didn’t actually say no. The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don’t see myself abandoning them forever. Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.”

While this was a successful outing for Singer, Apocalypse is not the most successful within the franchise. Apocalypse has already earned $65 million for the three-day weekend. When the four-day gross is added in, the film will be coming in at a reported $80 million from 4,150 theaters.

Even with these numbers, Apocalypse won’t be beating out its other X-Men competition. Memorial Day weekend has been popular for X-Men. 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand made $122.9M and X-Men: Days of Future Past earned $110.6M.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Source: LA Times 

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  • Chris W

    Thank god. Someone do these characters justice please.

    • G-Man

      He does the characters just fine. I loved all of the X-Men in the film, but the stories are too cramped. This isn’t really his fault entirely, I don’t think Simon Kinberg should be writing all of these scripts. Fant4stic was his script too. But the tone unbalances in the film could be leveled at Singer as well as the CGI mess that was the final act.

      • Chris W

        That’s your opinion. Mine is that he botches these characters horribly. I’m surprised he didn’t have cyclops rocking out to Menudo in this one. And the fact he botched Phoenix not once, but twice, irks me to no end.

        X1/2 were fine for the time. This is 2016. The general audience is ready to embrace comic book characters. And his sense of humour is so eye rolling, ugh. It’s honestly worst than Michael Bay’s humour.

        • Carl

          I mostly agree but how did he botch the Phoenix stuff again? Seemed fine to me.

          • Chris W

            Because they continue to dumb down the phoenix as Jeans inner darkness.

          • Chris Aytes

            The Phoenix Force is actually a sentient cosmic force that chooses Jean as a host, resurrecting her after she heroically dies saving her teammates.

            2nd time at bat with Phoenix, second time there’s been nothing cosmic about the story, it’s just her latent power. That’s not Phoenix.

            As someone who grew up on and loves these characters from the source material, the only X-Universe characters that have had great portrayals are Deadpool and Colossus, in the Deadpool film. They’ve both been portrayed terribly before that.

            There are actors doing great work, but the scripts fail the characters.

          • Carl

            Yeah I know that the Phoenix Force is of cosmic origin but I never expected them to go in that direction. It’s a pretty off the wall concept, maybe they can work in a cosmic angle next movie.

            I do agree that Deadpool and Colossus in the Deadpool movie are the best characterized X-Men characters throughout all the films. Although young Xavier and Magneto in 1st Class were great as well. Bring back Vaughn!

          • Chris Aytes

            Singer has a long history of being embarrassed by the source material. I’m shocked he directed a movie with Apocalypse in it at all. A proper Pheonix would work just fine in the right hands. Millions of people embrace movies featuring Asguardian characters and Galaxy-conquering aliens. In fact, those movies are not only a better quality, but perform better at the box office.

            More respect for the source material would make better X-films AND be more profitable for Fox. Shying away from how characters should look, how powerful they are, and the cosmic nature of some storylines creates weak movies.

            Pheonix, Starjammers, The Brood, The Shi’ar, Clairemont’s legendary run with Uncanny X-Men from the mid-70’s through the early 90’s had huge ties to the cosmos. 16 years and 9 X-universe films in and nary a connection to space, despite seeing Phoenix twice now? Weak sauce.

          • Carl

            Sure, I’d love to see them do some of that stuff. Singer certainly isn’t the guy to do it.

            I’d love for them to go cosmic with this core young group of X-Men and then have them return home in the present day of Deadpool’s timeline.

            Yeah those costumes in the end that were supposed to be comic book ones were mostly awful.

      • WarrenWII

        did he do Cyclops, Rogue or Colossus justice in your opinion?

        • G-Man

          I loved Cyclops in Apocalypse. And I was thinking more about this incarnation than the films from the early 2000’s.

  • AlphaBlu

    Why can’t topic read “Zack Snyder Plans On Stepping Away From DC, And Yes, Forever.”

  • Carl

    Yes! Thank You. The guy can make decent films but he doesn’t do character development well.

    They should either hand X-Men over to Tim Miller or get Matthew Vaughn to come back.

    Next I want to hear that Kinberg will no longer produce any superhero properties.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Please let this be true. Singer never got the tone right since X1.

  • Dan Di Cicco

    He’s found another source of twinks

  • Joseph

    Bryan Singer has such a pedoph¡Le face.

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