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?
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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