Bryan Singer says leaving X-Men was “traumatising”

And admits Superman Returns was “too reverential”

Ever since taking over from Matthew Vaughn as director of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Bryan Singer has thrown himself back into the world of mutants with real gusto, an attitude that is at least partly motivated by the way he left the franchise previously.

According to Singer, leaving the characters he had helped steer onto the big screen was a real wrench, and letting go of the series was no easy task.

“I’ve never told anybody this,” he begins, “but I found the whole letting go of the characters for X-Men 3 so traumatising that a friend, who shall remain nameless, had to take me to a secret location and show me the reels so far, just so I could make my peace with it.”

His departure had come about as a result of the chance to direct Superman Returns, a film he goes on to describe as “too reverential”.

“I really loved the old Richard Donner film and I was too reverential with the material,” admits Singer. “That, and I tried to put too much in. There wasn’t just a love triangle, there was a love quadrilogy.”

X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in the UK on 18 July 2014.

Should Singer have stayed on to finish his X-Men trilogy? Tell us, below!


    • mattburgess

      Mar 25th 2013, 9:05

      "Quadrangle" ? Either that, or I missed the four-part love film in the middle of Superman Returns.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 25th 2013, 10:38

      Someone showed him the reels after leaving? Talk about adding insult to injury!

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 25th 2013, 18:29

      “traumatising” really Bryan ? Go down to the local woman's shelter and tell them about your traumatising experience, I am sure that will go down a storm.

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    • FBJRider

      Mar 25th 2013, 19:50

      If it was that bad why didn't he just stay? Him leaving X-Men lead to two of the worst comic book films ever. If he'd have stayed however X-Men could've gone on to be one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

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