Bryan Singer Signs Up For Another Comic Book Movie

Bryan Singer Signs Up For Another Comic Book Movie

Will Bryan Singer direct Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse? That remains to be seen, pending the outcome of his teen sexual assault lawsuit. But if Fox chooses a new director, is Singer eyeing a 90's Image Comics series as a secondary option?

20th Century Fox is enjoying a pretty lucrative and critically acclaimed summer. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first X-Men film to cross the $500M USD global box office benchmark and currently sits at $726M USD. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently enjoying very positive reviews from film critics and weekend box office estimates have the film earning as much as $70M USD. But the proverbial dark cloud, hanging over the studios' success, is Singer's teen sex abuse scandal, which is currently still under investigation. A few weeks back, Fox President of Production Emma Watts told The Hollywood Reporter, "Right now we are totally at the outlining phase [on X-Men: Apocalypse]. But nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It's always been the intention for [Bryan] to do it." Reading between the lines, "if it all worked out", means if Singer is found innocent. As the weeks have gone by, there's been some pretty damning evidence submitted by Singer's lawyers which have poked some substantial holes in the Michael Egan case. Still, there's always the court of public opinion, which has led many to make kneejerk reactions without learning all the facts.

The outcome of the lawsuits could impact not only Singer's X-Men future but also the news from The Tracking Board, which says that Singer and his production company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, have secured the rights to the '90s Image Comics series The Age of Heroes and have hired Alex Hollister to write the script. With X-Men: Apocalypse set for May 27,2016, that would ideally be Singer's next film. However, if Singer's legal troubles take a turn for the worse, perhaps he helms Age of Heroes next instead?


AGE OF HEROES SYNOPSIS: When the gods were born, they remade the world in the image of their dreams. This was known as the Age of Gods. When man was created along with other races of beings, fantastic cities were raised, insane magics were forged and unimaginable wars were fought, as the gods battled for supremacy over all creation. This was known as the Age of Wonders. When the gods fled and man was left to make his way in a world full of monsters and arcane magic, some rose up to right wrongs and create justice. This was known as The Age of Heroes.

Seven misfits and outcasts were brought together by fate. They are presented with a problem the gods themselves can't solve. For the gods are no longer in the world. They are Drake, the blind bard. Conor, a one-armed sell sword. Glinda the weaver. Mael, knight of the burning crystal. Wex, a Dalen monk. Luko and Aerwyn, clever thieves. The actions of these seven will usher in a new age. The Age of Heroes.

"James Hudnall has been years ahead of his time for the entire time he's been writing. There are a handful of people today taking credit for things that James Hudnall did decades ago. By buying this book you are supporting a true comic futurist." ---Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spiderman, Marvel Comics)

The Age of Heroes comic book series was published by Image and written by James Hudnall and illustrated by John Ridgway in January 1996. The series lasted five issues, ending in January 1997. Three, stand-alone, special edition volumes were published in 1997 and 1998. Hundnall also converted the comic into a novel, which was recently published last October.

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Pasto - 7/11/2014, 6:29 AM
There better be costumes.
case - 7/11/2014, 6:31 AM
That sounds awesome. It sounds like Dragonlance. Why won't someone just make Dragonlance?
m0th3r - 7/11/2014, 6:33 AM
@case Dragonlance is damn near perfect for a movies series..


Also the Drizz't D'Urden series of books are right up his ally...THe Crystal Shard is written in almost screenplay format too..
m0th3r - 7/11/2014, 6:34 AM
BTW....If i was Singer..stick to Xmen...his track recording between X2 and DOFP was very(VERY) mixed...and DoFP was pretty damn good and a full redemption. I hope we dont see a replay of X2 into X3 were we have SInger lined up and he quits at last moment..
mcminnjb1990 - 7/11/2014, 6:34 AM
As long as we dont get a repeat of Superman Returns then im ok with it I loved Days of Future Past and X men and X men 2
GiantNerd - 7/11/2014, 6:34 AM
Get the snorkels out, there's gonna be a party.
Enphlieuwince - 7/11/2014, 6:36 AM
I know nothing about this title so maybe I'll be able to employ some of this blissful ignorance and enjoy one of Singer's CBMs finally.
fettastic - 7/11/2014, 6:37 AM
A 5 issue run eh? Not saying it wasn't good (I have no idea), but THAT'S the property he wants to make a film out of?

After DOFP he could do pretty much anything he wants. Seems odd.
Jollem - 7/11/2014, 6:38 AM
shadearts - 7/11/2014, 6:39 AM
Ahh why give us a synopsis he just gonna tell the cast to not read the book for source material so you probably want even get what was initially there
EpitomeofAwesome - 7/11/2014, 6:40 AM
I don't get why people don't like him. Sure, he's not almost the most faithful to the comics, but he
gave us three of the best damn CBM's of all time, so he's earned my respect
ckal - 7/11/2014, 6:42 AM
Singer hasn't made a single good CBM to date, and he never will. He just doesn't understand comics or what actually makes the characters so loved.
SuperCat - 7/11/2014, 6:43 AM
yossarian - 7/11/2014, 6:45 AM
I thought they were giving him the Predator franchise?
Lozzy - 7/11/2014, 6:47 AM
@yossarian

LOL, you win the internet.

Jollem - 7/11/2014, 6:48 AM
christopher nolan didn't want the cast to read the book for the prestige when he was making the movie. i don't see the problem there. the directors make the movie the way they make it
arsonjack - 7/11/2014, 6:49 AM
but didnt bryan just release the opening page of x men apocalyse
SuperCat - 7/11/2014, 6:50 AM
Danbojohnj - 7/11/2014, 6:53 AM
I won't be watching anything of Singers until the allegation regarding his sexual conduct have been answered.
I hope they are lies but until it's straightened out I'm saying away.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/11/2014, 6:55 AM
" Bryan singer hasn't made a good CBM to date" HAHAHAHA
Jollem - 7/11/2014, 6:55 AM
"Singer hasn't made a single good CBM to date, and he never will. He just doesn't understand comics or what actually makes the characters so loved."

entirely untrue. from the very first scene of the first x-men movie where erik is at the camp you can tell that singer has a great understanding of the x-men

most people just complain about the costumes
YeezusWept - 7/11/2014, 6:55 AM
@SuperCat

campblood - 7/11/2014, 6:56 AM
loved DOFP and I will check this out as well
Niklander - 7/11/2014, 6:56 AM
OK I guess and @MantiniumMan learn to write English dammit
EhMaybeSays - 7/11/2014, 6:58 AM
Singer is a decent director and his name will probably be cleared even though IDGAF about personal matters so he'll be helming both.
McNyagano - 7/11/2014, 6:59 AM
McNyagano - 7/11/2014, 7:02 AM
"I don't get why people don't like him"

He took this....


And turned it into this...

Nomis - 7/11/2014, 7:03 AM
I was about to get all pissed about this because they might be letting this hack destroy another of my favorite comic book titles, but it's an 90's IMAGE title... so I don't care.
Nomis - 7/11/2014, 7:05 AM
Still...



For those of you who had any interest in this comic book... get ready for Singer to sodomized everything you loved about it on the big screen!
sintzu - 7/11/2014, 7:05 AM
we all know what happend the last time he left x-men for another comic movie so lets hope it doesn't happen again
TheRationalNerd - 7/11/2014, 7:05 AM
Man forget the Age of Heroes we want Age of Apocalypse !!
TheRationalNerd - 7/11/2014, 7:08 AM
@ckal

(JJJ Voice) "You're serious?!

McNyagano - 7/11/2014, 7:09 AM
"from the very first scene of the first x-men movie where erik is at the camp you can tell that singer has a great understanding of the x-men."


Jollem - 7/11/2014, 7:12 AM
singer made great x-men movies. if you wanted to see their more colorful costumes, well, too bad. he kind of cleared that up in the first movie 14 years ago
MarkJulian - 7/11/2014, 7:13 AM
Singer gave us the best X-Men films in the franchise. About the only thing I can truly fault him for is pushing Cyclops to the background in favor of Wolverine. But Jackman's days are numbered...
Jollem - 7/11/2014, 7:15 AM
@McNyagano - yes. it went into why erik chose the path he did in a way the comics never really did. it's too bad that there weren't any poop or pee jokes like in the iron man movies. sucks, i know
slickrickdesigns - 7/11/2014, 7:16 AM
Yeah... Ummmm.... Singer... Xmen.... boy predator... youalreadyknowdoh!
slickrickdesigns - 7/11/2014, 7:18 AM
@Jollem
I take it you like the leather look? It never grew on me. I would rather see the xmen in Gap apparel than the leather fetish suits. You would've thought he would eventually introduce some kind of true to comic costumes.
Jollem - 7/11/2014, 7:18 AM
there's so many things about the x-men movies that are great. the part where rogue asks logan if the claws hurt when they come out. he says "everytime". things like that show you how thoughtful singer was for these movies
slickrickdesigns - 7/11/2014, 7:19 AM
@Jollem
Lol... thats what makes Singer good for xmen movies?
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