Bryan Singer is set to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past. It will mark his return to the X-Men franchise and hopefully a redemption of his geek cred after the disappointment of Superman Returns.
Singer has always been one of my favorite filmmakers. His early movies, The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil, were impressive, and he helped launch the current superhero movie golden age with his critically acclaimed blockbusters X-Men and its sequel X2. He also produced and directed a few episodes of the popular television series House MD.
He abandoned the X-Men series to try to relaunch Superman. The result, while not a complete disaster, was a letdown. In his place, Brett Ratner delivered X-Men: The Last Stand, Gavin Hood directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Matthew Vaughn spearheaded the surprisingly excellent X-Men: First Class.
During that time, Singer has given us the Tom Cruise motion picture Valkyrie and the Web series H+, as well as the recent lackluster Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane.
Now, Singer has his chance for cinematic glory oce again. Coming soon will be his fairytale action flick Jack the Giant Slayer and now his return to X-Men. Allegedly based on the comic book storyline of the same title, this latest chapter in the big screen adventures of the worlds greatest mutant heroes and villains could show an amazing alternate future that would turn the franchise on its ear.
Singer had dabbled with rebooting Battlestar Galactica and other projects. It will be interesting to see him return to the movie characters that helped take him to the upper tier of Hollywood directors.
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