Bryan Singer: The Mutant Messiah?

Bryan Singer: The Mutant Messiah?

Will Bryan Singer's return to the X-men franchise finally give us, the people what we wanted all along?

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By Ruddman - 12/1/2012
After X-men: The last stand I was always going to be sceptical about any film that followed in the franchise, and because of the massive popularity of the X-men, there would of course be another film. The Last Stand came after X2, arguably one of the best superhero movies ever made and but for Bryan Singer’s wish to direct Superman Returns we could have had a fantastic ending to what would have been a remarkable trilogy of films, each surpassing the last, and potentially rivalling other outstanding trilogies of films such as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. But alas, it was not to be, and 20th Century Fox rushed the production of a film that was thematically and emotionally unconnected to its predecessors.

X-men: First class was a different horse altogether, giving the audience a better insight into the background of some of the finer characters of the X-men spectrum that were shunned or forgotten altogether in the 3 previous films. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy gave solid performances as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in a way that made them easily recognisable as the same characters Patrick Stewert and Ian McKellen brought to life, while also obviously showing us a youth and energy that was missing from the ageing mutants of the original movies. With a worldwide box office gross of over $350 million the possibility of a sequel was never in doubt, and fans of the X-men were eagerly awaiting more adventures from Matthew Vaughn and the First Class team.

Now if there were only some way to link the brilliance of X-men and X2, to the sophistication of X-men: First Class. Hmmm…

X-men: Days of future past. When the movie’s title was released it brought up some pretty interesting questions regarding the path the franchise was taking. I mean it’s pretty clear that time travel will be involved, but exactly how much would they be allowed to mess with the time/space continuum of the original trilogy? Then the big news came out, that Vaughn was out, and Singer was back on the job, and perhaps, hopefully, this time it’s personal.

More and more of the cast from X-men are being announced, many of whom are dead in the progression of the films they were in, so if they are going to make another appearance, could the entire future of the series be changed irreversibly? Imagine, if you will, that Bryan Singer has returned to right the wrong he once did us all by leaving The Last Stand to be bastardised into a money machine by the studio.

If Singer could go back in time to not make that mistake I’m sure he would, but in a way he can. By altering the timeline of the X-men universe with Days of Future past, he can quite possibly make it so that the events of The Last Stand never actually play out, instead existing solely as an inferior, alternative timeline to a re-unblemished series that has been restored to its former glory.

Bryan Singer can return all that was once good of the X-men films, he can be the hero that we need and make the film we deserve right now…A man can hope, can't I?
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johnblake - 12/1/2012, 7:10 PM
off topic but why do people like X2 so much. it was so lame to me. my favorite parts were the weird seen where professor X got his legs, and willam stryker. someone please tell me what they see in this movie.
sikwon - 12/1/2012, 10:06 PM
I loce xmen comics. Havent really enjoyed any of the movies. High hopes but very low expectations for Futures Past.
sikwon - 12/1/2012, 10:06 PM
*Love*
Tainted87 - 12/2/2012, 7:39 AM
The Last Stand was entertaining - I think people forget that. It was spectacular enough that I had to call my ex up and tell her all about it, and we weren't on the best speaking terms.

Between "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!", to Bobby head-butting Pyro, to Xavier's thematic death and Erik's visible fear... it had energy, it had excitement. The trouble was that it acted like a movie trailer. You enter a two-minute scene with three characters who won't be seen again for at least a half hour, go back to Wolverine as a balance, then back to three other characters who you won't see again for half an hour... there just wasn't enough focus or adequate direction for any of us to get invested in the characters that weren't already established.



I made that video shortly after the DVD came out, and I enjoyed it enough to watch the material enough times to be able to edit it down.

Now with Days of Future Past... I won't lie, I am a little excited about it. The trouble, however, is a center of some kind - finding that, and running with it.

The story focuses on Kitty Pride, a character who only really appears (with dialogue) in the Last Stand. I think we can all agree that Ellen Page rocked the character, and despite her powers appearing "lame", fans want to see more of her.

Another point to consider - Days of Future Past takes place DIRECTLY after the conclusion of the Dark Phoenix Saga, which is what the Last Stand was loosely based off of. Cyclops has left the team, and we see nothing of Jean, obviously. I think it would be best if the story took place AFTER the Last Stand, rather than before it. One would have a larger palette to choose from in bringing characters back who have been either depowered or disintegrated already.

And then for story purposes - with all the destruction Phoenix had caused, and Magneto publicly declaring war on humankind - tensions are going to be at an all-time high. They just need one spark to lead to the creation of the Sentinels.
johnblake - 12/2/2012, 1:38 PM
SotoJuiceMan - yea was really cool the first time you see it. but after seeing last stand and first class. even the first X-men. it was just the weakest. People praise that movie, but i just wanted so much more action. Bolivar Trask sentienel story that movie shouldve been. Just like the comics. yea i think first class was way better. more action.cooler story.
talokalo - 12/2/2012, 2:12 PM
I think the continuity from all previous films should be kept, we already have a professor X on a whealchair at the end of first class, yet we see him standing at the end of wolverine and the last stand, we have a moira mactaggert looking the same age as charles in first class, and then looking young again in the last stand, we have 2 versions of emma frost. I think x-men DOFP should try to explain all these discrepancies so we have a coherent franchise. I'd like to see cyclops return after the last stand as the Age of Apocalypse version perhaps
BANE5000 - 12/2/2012, 3:17 PM
When Singer was still attached to do X3, his idea for the Dark Phoenix saga was way better and emotional than wat we ended up getting from Ratner...Especially for the fact that it would be Cyclops that would kill Jean at the end, but not by choice. Jean/Phoenix, out of knowing what horrors and damage she could do,forcibly take off Cyc's visor and uses her powers to take control of his optic beams and kills herself while Scott screams in horror as he helplessly watches the woman he loves die.

Also we would've gotten the Hellfire club as in the comics for this story and Singer already wanting at the time to hire Sigourney Weaver as Emma Frost.

If anything, maybe this is his loophole to want to go back and re-film a third movie with the ideas he had to end HIS X-Men trilogy
AshleyWilliams - 12/2/2012, 6:21 PM
^That sounds like the X3 we deserved.
ChadSuplee - 12/6/2012, 6:37 PM
^I second that.

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