Director Bryan Singer Talks Regretting Not Directing 'X-Men: The Last Stand'


By Matt O.

We all remember the uproar from fans and movie-goers back in the day, when it was announced that Director Bryan Singer was leaving the X-Men franchise to helm Superman Returns and director Brett Ratner was stepping in to direct X-Men 3.

Now in a recent conversation with Fandango, Bryan Singer has revealed that he takes full responsibility for what happened with the third film and regrets not getting to do a more "faithful" adaptation The Dark Phoenix Saga storyline.

"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. "

Even though what was done, was done with The Last Stand. Singer did get to retcon (change/fix/erase)  many of the events that occurred in the film with his time traveling classic X-Men: Days of Futures Past. Singer also spoke a little about that, saying:

"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. "

While I'm not a fan by any means to director Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand. There are a couple of really cool "X-Men" scenes in the film and some good performances by Hugh Jackman and a couple of others, like the highly underused Multiple Man. I'm glad that the film has been mostly retconed, and I'm looking forward to the possible redo of The Dark Phoenix story-line down the road.

What about you X-Men fans? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on the future of X-Men films.