Bryan Singer Regrets Not Finishing What He Started & Directing ‘X-Men 3’

phoenix-1While the film may have featured a few cool elements here and there, X-Men: The Last Stand is widely considered one of the most disappointing entries in the X-Men franchise only ahead of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Initially, Bryan Singer was set to return for the third installment and finish the story that he had started. However, things changed and the director went off to make Superman Returns for Warner Bros. which led to the studio lining up Matthew Vaughn for the film before he walked away from the project and was replaced by Brett Ratner.

While speaking with Fandango, Singer commented on how he likes to see things to completion and that response to the film might be partially his fault due to not doing such this time around.

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.

Singer has revealed before that he would have done a more “faithful” adaptation of The Dark Phoenix storyline and it seems that X-Men: Apocalypse could be setting that one up for them to explore next. While he wasn’t able to travel back in time and fix the errors of The Last Stand, he was able to right some of the wrongs with 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Singer added the following in regards to that matter.

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.

I think we all can agree that the third X-Men film would have likely been much better with Singer in the the director’s chair. I’ll forever be curious regarding exactly what he had planned for the film though. Let us know what you think about the above comments in the section below.

Source: Fandango

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  • Daniel

    How many film series feel incomplete today because of short-sighted, near-term studio decision-making that drove off the series director before the final chapter could be completed?

    — X-Men 3 (what if Bryan Singer had been allowed to direct it?)

    — Son of Frankenstein (what if James Whale had been allowed to direct it?)

    — Batman 3 (what if Tim Burton had been allowed to direct it?)

    That’s why I’m so concerned about WB interfering in the DCEU too much and driving off Zach Snyder before the full Justice League story is complete (despite the vocal critics online, both of the first two DCEU movies were extremely financially successful and there is a sizable audience of people like me who like the direction it’s going in).

    • beane2099

      I feel your pain – even though I’m in the camp that’s happy to see these movies veering away from Zack Snyder’s vision. I loved John Carter but I was in a very small minority on that one (much smaller than the folks who liked BvS of course) and I’ll always wonder what if on that franchise.

      • xxjinzaxx

        Well I’be. . .
        I too found John Carter enjoyable and disappointed to hear that no more movies would be produced.

        I get the financials, but to end a series, event, story, franchise or saga because a boisterous minority thinks they could have done a better job is borderline criminal.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    “‘Hey Brian, you’re not only directing Days of Future Past — you’re actually living it!’” LOL… That’s a funny joke

  • Derek Wiles

    So instead of making x-men 3, whcih was bad, he made Superman returns which was horrible. hmmm I’m noticing a trend of bad movies.

    • Peter James

      And X-Men 3 was HIS story and his Script.
      Ratner had nothing to do with writing it.
      He was just hired to direct it – a “yes” man and hatchet guy for the studio to hammer it out.

      • Shawn Micheal Madden

        False. Singer has a story outline which was drastically changed. The script was Penn & Kinberg.

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  • Peter James

    >>>>”I think we all can agree that the third X-Men film would have likely been much better with Singer in the the director’s chair.”

    Um…this is BS!

    The notion that a Bryan Singer directed X-Men : Last Stand would have been any different than the one Bret Ratner did, in anything other than tone and/or atmospherics is pure unfiltered nonsense.

    Brett Ratner didn’t make any changes to the script and was essentially hired as a hatchet man by the Studio to punch out a movie from essentially the SAME script and story that Singer was all set to direct before WB offered him the opportunity to do Superman Returns.

    And as we all know the problem with X-Men 3 :The Last Stand, wasn’t tone.
    It was primarily the story and the script.

    A story I might add, that he (Singer) had a hand in crafting and which Ratner had almost nothing to do with the creation of, even though he got most of the flack for how terrible the movie was (not that it wasn’t mostly deserved in certain respects).

    A story that killed Cyclops early on in the movie, followed shortly by Professor X and then turned Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix into a wooden appendage of Magneto’s cockamanee evil plan.

    I mean geeez..

  • beane2099

    If my memory serves me I recall there being talk that Singer wanted the Phoenix saga to take place over X Men 3 & 4. The story that we got in X3 was a chopped up version of Singer’s idea and I don’t know if the mutant cure was part of that original story either. The mutant cure irked me in that movie. Essentially X1-3 were all about a weapon that could wipe out all mutants/humans. You had the mutant machine, dark cerebro, and the mutant cure. Sure each one had different dressing and the execution was a little different each time but all three movies revolved around the same plot device.

  • RCJ

    Bryan Singer is my personal Zack Snyder. I think he’s over rated and generally doesn’t make good comic films.

    At the time I liked X1 and 2, mainly because they existed. But it didn’t take long before I realized that I didn’t really like them . . . that they weren’t good. X3 was worse, but I didn’t particularly care considering I didn’t like the first 2.

    Then he goes off and makes a Superman film that’s supposed to be an abstract sequel to the Christopher Reeve films? Who does that? He had a great cast and generally got the look and feel right. But he did a bloated redo of the story from the first Reeve film and it was supposed to be a sequel.

    The studio decides to go back and do a fresh X film but not a real reboot and it goes over well . . . so what does Singer do? Jumps back in now that X Men isn’t toxic.

    Now, I liked DOFP. But watching it I realize that there are some logical flaws. And of course with DOFP and now with Apocalypse he’s continuing on with the blatant disregard for continuity.

    And with a mega ton of hindsight he wants to tell us that “Oh yeah, I’d have done a much better take on the Dark Phoenix”. Uh huh.


    If Bryan Singer had directed X3 it would’ve been as mediocre as X1 and X2.

  • Cody Travers

    Is all in the past now. But Bryan if you want to redeem yourself, convince Fox to let you make a sequel to X-Men Apocalypse and to the Dark Phoenix Saga.