I was somewhat saddened when Matthew Vaughn dropped directing duties on X-Men: Days Of Future Past (much like I was when he dropped out of Kick Ass 2), it looked like the good work he put into X-Men: First Class might go to waste if 20th Century Fox hired a director that couldn’t match his vision. I’m now relieved that the studio has tapped Bryan Singer to direct the film, a move which sees him return to the X-Men world (directing-wise, he had a producing and story credit on First Class).
I’m a fan of Singer’s work. The Usual Suspects is a great movie and his little seen Stephen King adaptation, Apt Pupil has much to recommend. His work on the first two X-Men films helped launch this golden age of comic book adaptations, while I think his Superman Returns is criminally under-rated. I do have to admit that Jack The Giant Killer…sorry, Jack The Giant Slayer looks terrible.
I also don’t hate Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand like many do, it’s a film with many flaws, but Ratner came on to the film at the last minute, after Singer and (ironically) Vaughn jumped ship. Sure, it’s the weakest film in the X-Men series, but it is also the most successful!
Let’s hoping Singer can match the work that Vaughn did on First Class and deliver another stylish super hero movie.
X-Men: Days of Future Past starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence should open on July 18, 2014.