Could Bryan Singer Return for More Superhero Movies?
Don't get your hopes up. After the dismal debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I started to think back to the older X-Men movies, and I realized the only reason they were as great as they were is because Bryan Singer had directed them. I know Valkyrie wasn't as widely appreciated as most of his past movies, but I love Singer, he's an amazing director who just gets better as time goes on. Anyway, when Total Film talked with Singer recently (via The Geek Files blog), they asked him about his thoughts on X-Men 3 and if he might ever return to the comic book movie world to direct something like, say, X-Men Origins: Magneto.
Singer was asked if he wished he had directed X-Men 3, and he admitted that he had that feeling "before I was watching it, during watching it, after watching it." He continues: "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. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe." It's sort of the same reason why Sam Raimi decided to return to direct Spider-Man 4 - it's so much a part of who he is. "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."
So how about coming back to help save the franchise and directing X-Men Origins: Magneto, Mr. Singer? "Possibly," he says, getting our hopes up just a bit. "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." He adds: "Apt Pupil, X-Men and now Valkyrie… I've lived in that Nazi universe for quite a while. I just might need to take a little break before I do something like that." Like I said, don't get your hopes up. So other than that, what other superhero projects could Bryan Singer direct?
We last heard that Singer was interested in Prisoners starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale or an adaptation of Radical Publishing's Freedom Formula comic series. Personally, I'd like to see him do the Freedom Formula movie, but if he ends up getting attached to direct another superhero movie, then I'm in, either way. Whatever he ends up directing next, I'm already excited for it, as I always love his movies.