Bryan Singer Wishes He Had Rebooted Superman; Wanted 'Darkseid' For RETURNS Sequel

X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer reveals what he would do differently if he could go back and remake Superman Returns, going on to reveal that 'Darkseid' would have been the main villain in a "pretty world-destroying" sequel. Hit the jump for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/1/2014

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was asked to share his thoughts on how the reaction to Superman Returns has evolved over the years, with many now hailing it as one of the worst comic book movies ever. "Half of that I understand and half of it I never will," Singer told them. "It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don'y know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it."

So, that's how the director would change Superman Returns, but what of the sequel that was set to follow the movie? As it turns out, that too was meant to be called Man of Steel ("That was the title. Actually, my buddy, one of my two best friends, came up with that."), while Darkseid would have been the villain. "We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually." We'll now never know what that movie would have looked like, but why exactly did Singer decide to not make it? "I ended up having the opportunity to go and make Valkyrie, and I think the studio lost interest at that point," he reveals. "I can't say it was all the studio's fault and I can't say it was all my fault. It just fizzled out." What do you guys think?
Source: Empire Magazine
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TheGoddamnPeel - 2/1/2014, 4:59 AM
I'm glad this movie never happened; if it was true that this was the director who banned his X Men actors from bringing comicbooks on set to suggest changes to the script because Singer wasn't using any storyline inspirations at all, then I'm definitely glad he wasn't allowed to make the sequel. Synder's reboot is much better.
savag3410 - 2/1/2014, 5:04 AM
It wasn't the best movie and it wasn't the worst meh
McNyagano - 2/1/2014, 5:07 AM
.....

Batman4Life55 - 2/1/2014, 5:11 AM
if he had done that supes would be doomed
SudsMerrick - 2/1/2014, 5:13 AM
Superman Returns is definitely a great movie for what it is. It's exactly as he says tho it didn't seem to resonate with the right audience. It's not better than the original I put it in a tie with Superman II, and Man of Steel. I look at Man of Steel as a Bizarro Superman Returns it's flawed and strengthened in almost all the exact opposite ways.
COREYxYEROC - 2/1/2014, 5:13 AM
lmao... this just proved singer has never picked up a comic book if he thinks his friend came up with man of steel hahahahaha.

i dont think it would have been that great. but returns should have been a reboot. they should not have tried to take too much inspiration from the old movies because they have not aged well
AlibiBreakfast - 2/1/2014, 5:14 AM
It was the kid! Giving Superman a child was just about worst move Singer could've made.
McNyagano - 2/1/2014, 5:16 AM
Didn't he say Zod was going to be the villain for the sequel a while ago?
COREYxYEROC - 2/1/2014, 5:18 AM
@McNyagano

lol... looks like he might be trying to get people wishing the sequel would happen. i know a lot more people would have wanted darkseid over zod. this is probably just him trying to get support
superotherside - 2/1/2014, 5:18 AM
...



I have nothing to say except this.

People still have faith in DOFP with this guy directing? And Fox hired this guy?...

Ok I'm out.
Liverpool4life - 2/1/2014, 5:19 AM
Watch what you say Dildo-nis!
CherryBomb - 2/1/2014, 5:21 AM
@dildonis

You're completely out of order.
No need for the homophobia.
carrowsboy - 2/1/2014, 5:21 AM
"Well tough shit you rubber face faggot."

^Is this really necessary?
REPOMAN - 2/1/2014, 5:23 AM






And after D.O.F.P.– everyone else will wish he hadn't made it.




CherryBomb - 2/1/2014, 5:23 AM
Yeah, reported @Dildonis
No matter what you think of Bryan Singer, it's disgusting to use language like that.
Magnus66 - 2/1/2014, 5:24 AM
BennyFromTheBronx - 2/1/2014, 5:28 AM
GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH.
McNyagano - 2/1/2014, 5:28 AM
@Enphlieuwince

All you need to know is his friend came up with the name 'Man Of Steel. That says it all. He would have butchered Darkseid. I can guarantee that.

@COREYxYEROC

lol I remember him saying Zod would be the villain and the fight scenes would be like in MOS or some shit like that.
sameoldthing - 2/1/2014, 5:31 AM
It was wrong to try & keep going with the Donner vibe..those should stay in the 70's.
They were cool but Rerurns needed a modern take.

No kid..Lex shouldn't be campy..Supes must punch something!
TheDpool - 2/1/2014, 5:32 AM
It was just terrible its hard to watch because its boring and I really felt the characters were just talking to each other in a manner that they didn't want us to k ow what it was they were on about.
ImnotDaredevil - 2/1/2014, 5:33 AM
@Magnus66 Damn straight!
QuestiontheAnswer - 2/1/2014, 5:34 AM
No thanks, we would never have witnessed a BvS movie then.
duncboy - 2/1/2014, 5:36 AM
Bryan Singer sucks until proven otherwise. Last time he spoke about his Superman Returns sequel, he said it was going to have 3 Kryptonians in it. This guys just says what he thinks will make him look good while flinging shit to the wall with the hopes that it will stick.
duncboy - 2/1/2014, 5:37 AM
this guy*
supermarioworldE - 2/1/2014, 5:40 AM
This page is split in half and I don't know why.
sintzu - 2/1/2014, 5:41 AM
making a sequle to superman 2 would be like nolan making batman begins a prequle to batman 89 or a sequel to batman returns

it dosen't make sence why waste time and money on something like that when you could have rebooted the whole franchise wich should have been what we got in man of steel

TheBlackNerd - 2/1/2014, 5:42 AM
That teaser for superman returns still gives me chills. Hearing Jor-El's voice just automatically sets the tone. I'll give the film a 7/10 but I wouldn't say that it was anything close to "X-Men: Origins", "Electra", "Steel" or "Blankman" type of "worse". The main quote "it was made for a certain type of audience. Perhaps a female audience." Is what messed him up. I enjoyed the "Son becomes the father and the father becomes the son." line. I actually found it pretty moving to be honest. But yeah, I agree Superman having a son is what jerked this film around and finding ways to develop his character in "possible" future sequels would've been a headache! The only reasonable way I would've seen more character growth in Supes would be to have his first son killed off by Darkseid in the sequel. All in all people will accept this film for what it was or just not dig it because of the potential they know it had.
JossWeedOnMe - 2/1/2014, 5:43 AM
Is it dark"side" or dark"seed"
sintzu - 2/1/2014, 5:46 AM
@SudsMerrick

a movie about nothing with superman as a side charecter is on the same level as man of steel wich is THE superman movie ?
DrunkenPirateNukem - 2/1/2014, 5:51 AM
How dare you to talk about Superman Mr. Singer...you are the worst thing that ever happened to DC....not Schumacher not Bruce Campbell ...you Mr. Singer..was not even an original movie ...it was a bad copy..no...a shit copy of the Donner films...and missed a great oportunity to give us an awsome Lex Luthor by Kevin Spacey if was done well...but no...you failed ...and i hope i never get to see you in a DC movie again...you pretencious hipocrital diva...yeah yeah a "true" superman fan you are Singer....a kid Clark running around with glasses???? did you even read Superman comics???

Brandon Routh..despite this shit movie..he did a good job as Clark/Superman
QuestiontheAnswer - 2/1/2014, 5:53 AM
It's Dark Side, Joss. Haven't you watch Justice League?
McNyagano - 2/1/2014, 5:53 AM
@Enphlieuwince

Wait that was Sabretooth in X-1? LOL
sintzu - 2/1/2014, 5:53 AM
the studio didn't lose any interest and were going to make it but the reason they didn't is because the writers left then there was some writer strike and like he said he left as well and if it wern't for those reasons we would have gotten another one

i read in a post here that the plan was to connect the singer movies to nolan's batman is that true ? if yes then another reason to be happy that a sequel didn't happen
newhire13 - 2/1/2014, 5:54 AM
@COREYxYEROC he's not saying his friend came up with that phrase he's saying his friend came up with the idea of the sequel being called Man of Steel.

And I love how everyone is hating on Singer knowing damn well they are going to go out and pay to see the next X-Men movie. And don't front and try to say that you won't because you're kidding yourselves.

Nymphadora - 2/1/2014, 5:54 AM
The dude just doesn't know when to quit. He can't write an exciting comic book movie. He just gets the characters and does what he wants with them.

He said it was was made for more of a "female audience"?! Are you [frick]ing kidding me? Just admit you made [frick]ing bad movie and don't pin a part of it's failure on my [frick]ing gender. The movie was more appealing to him so he could make his shotty Superman fanfiction.
DrunkenPirateNukem - 2/1/2014, 5:55 AM
Oh so now you had the idea of MOS title too..just like having Quicksilver in your movie was your idea before the Avengers 2 announced him ....

Nobody believes that shit
Nomis1800 - 2/1/2014, 5:56 AM
Superman Returns sucked immensely. Singer has no idea how to bring Superman to the big screen. Character wise, setting wise, design, action: none of it. X-Men he can do but absolutely NOT Superman.

I love Snyder/Cavill Superman. I've never liked Supes and never thought I would but I love Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman. I hope we get to see more than enough of his Clark Kent persona in the Daily Planet and if he manages to find a balance between being human and Superman. I can't wait to see him return in the suit. Very excited to see him opposite and next to Ben Affleck/Batman!
revloveR - 2/1/2014, 5:56 AM
yeah no. we're thankful that he did not. stick the x-men. that's what you know.
vinnyhunk - 2/1/2014, 5:56 AM
Hi guys and gals... Iv been a comic book fan for over 30years im now 34 ... We live in 2014 so is there any need to call any body a fag.queer etc yes I'm gay no i don't get on like a girl .... I work and own a construction biz and in my spar time im a body billder ... Stop this homophonic shit and grow up
SudsMerrick - 2/1/2014, 5:57 AM
@sintzu

One was a movie about emotion with a little action thrown in. The other was a movie about action with some emotion thrown in. The parallels go of course a lot further than that. I'm not going to beat a dead horse. If you think Man Of Steel was "THE superman movie" that's cool though, more power to you.
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