Bryan Singer Officially Signs On To Direct 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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Last week it was reported that Matthew Vaughn walked away from directing X-Men: Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer was rumored to possibly step into the role. That turns out to be the case as Singer has just closed the deal to return to the director's chair.

Matthew Vaughn may still be producing the film along with writer Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

FOX is still targeting July 18, 2014 for release.

We know that Mark Millar is involved as a consultant for the Marvel movies at FOX. What does he think about this news?

The director one of the best superhero movies ever returning to the franchise he started? Me likey.
#1 Posted by Scott757 (55 posts) - - Show Bio

still interested in this film, as long as they didn't get Brett Ratner to return to X-Men, we are all good!

#2 Posted by dreamfall31 (573 posts) - - Show Bio

Hope it doesn't turn out to be a Superman Returns!

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33892 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good

#4 Posted by Master_Thief (774 posts) - - Show Bio

Luke Skywalker and Professor x team up vs Darth Vader and Magneto Team Up....... YES

#5 Posted by The Impersonator (5555 posts) - - Show Bio

I assume this movie won't have a connection to the X-Men trilogy since this takes place in an alternate future or reality. Right?

#6 Posted by ccraft (5384 posts) - - Show Bio

I sort of like the X Men movies, but I hated they didnt wear there actual costume :(

#7 Edited by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio

For a company that has pretty much crapped on the X-Men franchise they've managed to get a lot of people interested in one way or another. If the movie is the same tone and action as the X-Men:First Class then I will be interested. That is the ONE movie Fox managed to squeak out that was relatively decent; not great but a decent enough rendition.

I just don't get Singer, though, I mean, what the F was he thinking with Superman Returns? I have to agree, please don't go that route with the next X-Men movie.

Yes another typical old fanboy griping but it'd be nice to see a decent take on the X-Men again. And yes...please let the x-Men rights revert back to Marvel/Disney soon...just like all the other properties which have been leased out...please.......

#8 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33892 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decept-O said:

For a company that has pretty much crapped on the X-Men franchise they've managed to get a lot of people interested in one way or another. If the movie is the same tone and action as the X-Men:First Class then I will be interested. That is the ONE movie Fox managed to squeak out that was relatively decent; not great but a decent enough rendition.

I just don't get Singer, though, I mean, what the F was he thinking with Superman Returns? I have to agree, please don't go that route with the next X-Men movie.

Yes another typical old fanboy griping but it'd be nice to see a decent take on the X-Men again. And yes...please let the x-Men rights revert back to Marvel/Disney soon...just like all the other properties which have been leased out...please.......

What, so they can turn it in to Avengers now with extra Mutants, no thanks!

#9 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

No Brett Ratner? Yay!

#10 Posted by LoganRogue24 (1187 posts) - - Show Bio

yay x-men can finaly get back on track x-3 and wolverine failed to me x-1 2 and fc are the only x-men films that matter.

#11 Posted by TheGodofThunder (599 posts) - - Show Bio

X-men 1 and 2 are horrendous. Jennifer Lawrence is now my only hope for this movie.

#12 Posted by HexThis (902 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Bryan Singer. We literally wouldn't have superhero movies at all without him. Him, Raimi (at first), and Nolan were the first to convincingly bring superheroes to life.

It's not his fault that Marvel was frivolous with the rights to their own intellectual property and sold it to Fox.

#13 Posted by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Marvel Studios at least should get the licensing back that, is what I am saying. At least the movie studio end has done a very good job with the Marvel properties. Iron Man, Thor, Avengers, Captain America.

I can't say with any definitive facts but my assumption would be they'd stray away from any current comic story lines for any potential X-Men movies IF Marvel ever got the properties back.

#14 Posted by Inverno (13315 posts) - - Show Bio

That is just amazing news!!!

#15 Posted by Danial79 (2351 posts) - - Show Bio

X2 is my favourite X-Men film, so I'm pretty excited for this news. Besides Charles and Eric's chemistry, First Class just didn't do anything for me.

#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33892 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decept-O: My point is there is simply no way they would put as much effort in to X-Men films as they are the Avengers, Qusada even said he was a huge fan of the Avengers and he was shifting Marvels focus away from the X-Men to build up the Avengers franchise so if they did get back the rights Marvel would just use it for a few mutant cameos in Avengers films

#17 Posted by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio

Yikes. The first 2 X-men movies were the best so far imo, but thats not really saying much and Superman Returns is one of the worst movies ever. I was hoping with such a cool storyline to go off of that this movie could save the X-men movie universe, but now I'm jsut going to be apprehensive.

#18 Posted by SlickyMike88 (226 posts) - - Show Bio

But Matthew Vaugh did such a good job at first class......why? I'm not a big fan of thoose previous movies from Singer , they were just meh in my oppinion:P

#19 Posted by Mr_Athrilla (83 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes lets give the rights back to the man that abandoned the franchise, resulting in the abysmal X-men 3, to make the even more abysmal Superman returns. I can't wait for unnecessary changes to all my favorite characters personalities.

#20 Posted by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Hm. Hadn't realized any of that. Thanks for giving me that info.

Even if that is the case, I really wish all of the Marvel characters licensing and everything else associated would just go back to Marvel.

#21 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3908 posts) - - Show Bio
#22 Posted by jpblair88 (45 posts) - - Show Bio

damn it! the man needs to seriously just go away!

#23 Posted by antemiusenteri (240 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decept-O: come down buddy they don't need your F*cking approval

#24 Posted by Venoval (13 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously?

There really are people who think Bryan Singer is a good director? I mean to say that First Class is worse than any of the first three movies completely baffles me.

#25 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3078 posts) - - Show Bio

@dreamfall31 said:

Hope it doesn't turn out to be a Superman Returns!

#26 Posted by hunter5024 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

I think a lot of people place Superman Returns blame unfairly at Bryan Singers feet. That was not an execution of poor directing, it was bad writing, bad concept, and generally pretty poor casting and acting (excepting Lex), but bad directing it was not. If anyone is still unconvinced that Singer is a worse man for the job just compare the Nightcrawler scene at the beginning of X2, with any use of Azazel throughout the entirety of First Class.

#27 Posted by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio

@antemiusenteri: I love you too. Jesus loves you. Its a love fest.

#28 Posted by SpitfireINK (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Bryan Singer = Magneto making Mutant Machine.

Really do I have to say more? Unfathomable Reaches of Crap!

The movie was good up to a point but the aforementioned Magneto Mutant Maker ...

Anyone that thinks that was good seriously perpetuates stupidity to level they should just forget to stop breathing and do the world a favor.

On that note though - I will say 2 was better -

The Last Stand - well - even some directors can't raise the bar enough to put paper on the roll or remember to flush.

#29 Posted by Pokeysteve (8412 posts) - - Show Bio

BOOOOOO!..............on second though, whatever keeps him away from Superman.

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#30 Posted by nakobass (49 posts) - - Show Bio

If Cable, Apocalypse, Original X-men are in it, I'll go see it. If it's just going to be a bunch of B-list Mutants with a lame villian like First Class, I'll pass.

#31 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Well it looks like this film is doomed to fail now :/ Ah well, good while it lasted I suppose. ::shrugs::

#32 Posted by ScreamingGhost (80 posts) - - Show Bio

Mixed on this. Never connected with Signers X-Men films I did enjoy X2 though and regardless he's the best alternative.

#33 Posted by Dunstan1992 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

me no likey

the first x-men trilogy were alright but butchered the comics and were poorly cast. lately comic movies have been bringing their A game so hopefully the next x-men movie lives up to First Class, Watchmen and Avengers; but I can't help but think how much the directors were responsible for tarnishing the first 3, so will it be another lack-lustier performance?

#34 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

Singer did a good job with the X-Men. Not a great job, but a good job. We'll see what happens. Vauhgn did a better job then singer ever did. Singer did show that comic movies could be made more then anyone. If not for him we wouldn't be bombarded with the amount of comic films that are being made. I'm not a huge complainer of continuity in movies. Not when it comes to the X franchise. Not after what Singer did.

#35 Posted by Iron Fist Angel (230 posts) - - Show Bio

Well my interest in First Class 2 just officially went to zero. This blows.

#36 Posted by ThomasElliot (362 posts) - - Show Bio

@hunter5024 said:

I think a lot of people place Superman Returns blame unfairly at Bryan Singers feet. That was not an execution of poor directing, it was bad writing, bad concept, and generally pretty poor casting and acting (excepting Lex), but bad directing it was not. If anyone is still unconvinced that Singer is a worse man for the job just compare the Nightcrawler scene at the beginning of X2, with any use of Azazel throughout the entirety of First Class.

Nice try, but totally wrong.

1. Singer handpicks his screen writers. So at the end of the day, if you hate the script...well, who was that hired them? BRYAN SINGER (and for the record, the scipters for Superman Returns were the guys Singer worked with on X2). Not to mention, writers just don't hand over a script and say "Here, take it or leave it". The producers and director all go over it and have to approve.

2. Story credits INCLUDE Bryan Singer on Superman Returns.

So your argument is invalid.

Bryan Singer sucks and hasn't made a decent movie, comic based or otherwise, since X1.

And I don't particularly HATE Superman Returns or X2 either by the way. I own them all on DVD actually.

Xmen needs a reboot in a bad way and the Singer-verse needs to end.

#37 Posted by *Dark Phoenix* (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Mr Singer did an amazing job with the X-Men films, particularly X2 culminating with a teaser set-up for the "Dark Phoenix saga" (not to mention that the casting of Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen was superlative. Halle Berry, not so much!). And then, he went & piked out to go make the total abortion that was Superman Returns! Truth be told, I don't know whether I've quite forgiven him....

#38 Posted by davelecave (1113 posts) - - Show Bio
The director one of the best superhero movies ever returning to the franchise he started? Me likey.

Can someone enlighten me as to what the hell he's talking about? Because I don't remember such a movie.

#39 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Singer: F%&K it I'm directing this shindig!

Way to go Singer!

#40 Posted by Green ankh (998 posts) - - Show Bio

Not good news.

#41 Posted by ShadowsofBirds (60 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll have to revisit the first three x-men movies. I've still never seen the wolverine movie.

I thought First Class was brilliant.. probably my favorite super-hero movie.. but that rested entirely on the shoulders of Macavoy and Fassbender. If the script is decent and they can get the two of them back..

#42 Posted by ravisher (694 posts) - - Show Bio

i guess i will not be seeing this one

#43 Posted by AmazingWebHead (3421 posts) - - Show Bio

Psyche! There were 2 sequels & a prequel to Singer's original for a reason, y'know.

Still, I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see "X-Men 4".

#44 Posted by cattlebattle (12977 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know. In my opinion I think Bryan Singer innovated  the super hero movie franchise beyond what anyone even thinks of. He brought practicality and "realism" that has been imitated in almost every comic movie since then. I think he is perfect to continue what he started...after all, a ton of Syngers ideas were used in First Class.
 
This thread is also revealing a ton of ignorance seeing as how a ton of ideas in X-Men mythology were lifted from the X-Men films...whether it was in the comics or a television show, making Bryan Singer a contributor to X-men lore along with other writers.
 
I am also curious to why people always claim "the X-Men films are nothing like the comics!!"....what comic film is exactly like the comics?? Watchmen is the only one as far as I have seen.

#45 Posted by guardiandevil (38 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: This is true to a certain extent. I completely agree with you about Singer bringing realism to the franchise and even expectations to what a X-men movie could even be. However looking back, I still think Vaughn should have stayed as director and Singer as producer. His work on Superman frightens me and gives me nightmares to this day. Does anyone know why Vaughn stepped down in the first place?

#46 Posted by cattlebattle (12977 posts) - - Show Bio
@guardiandevil said:

@cattlebattle: This is true to a certain extent. I completely agree with you about Singer bringing realism to the franchise and even expectations to what a X-men movie could even be. However looking back, I still think Vaughn should have stayed as director and Singer as producer. His work on Superman frightens me and gives me nightmares to this day. Does anyone know why Vaughn stepped down in the first place?

Vaughn is an excellent director. I just believe Singer is too. IMO Superman Returns was  fine. As far as all the technicalities go like cinematography, acting, set design and so on,  the movie was well received by critics think the reason comic fans hate it is because Superman wasn't flying around punching robots the entire time.
#47 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

It was only a matter of time. Singer's a decent director. X-Men was fine, X2 was pretty damn awesome, and Superman Returns was garbage (although it wasn't entirely his fault). Days of Future Past seems like it's on the same level of storytelling as X2, so I'm not worried about the final decision.

I do feel for some reason, however, that if Singer had directed First Class, I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much as I liked Vaughn's direction for it.

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