If you can recall, Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2 were solid-to-great entries into the pantheon of superhero films. Then, Singer left the franchise to helm the continuation of the Superman franchise (give us the water-logged Superman Returns), leaving Brett Ratner to direct the third film of the trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, with his typical lack of authorial style or vision. And now that Singer is returning to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past after the successful X-Men: First Class, he’s also going to right some of Ratner’s mistakes.
If you’ll recall, The Last Stand managed to kill off both Jean Grey and Cyclops, as well as turn Professor X into a total prick before killing him off, too (though he apparently invaded a comatose man’s body with his mind following his death, or something). And now that Singer’s Days of Future Past, via a time travel/alternate timelines storyline, will be bridging the original trilogy with the rebooted First Class franchise, he’s also going to do some Ratner housecleaning.
In an interview with IGN, Singer, when asked if he’ll be willing to “fix s**t” that Ratner did, he stated:
“There’s going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.”
He also noted that fans will appreciate his changes. Further, he was asked if he would find a way to bring back Cyclops and Jean Grey:
“Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can say.”
He also spoke of his general vision for the film:
The majority of it…or that part of it, takes place in the early 70’s, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven’t seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there’s some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven’t had quite yet. So we’re exploring that, which will be fun. And there’s an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you’ve ever seen, emotionally, and it’s about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!
What do you think of the X-Men news?