Good going, Singer. The first step to fixing a problem with your franchise is admitting there is one.
In an interview with IGN, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was asked whether he’d be “revisiting” any of the, er, less good stuff from The Last Stand in his upcoming return to the X-franchise, which involves the retcon-enabling plot device that is time travel.
Responded Singer to the very tactfully worded question:
You mean, what you’re politely saying is, “fix s**t.” Is that what you’re saying? That’s what I’m hearing. [Laughing]… There’s going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.
Singer understandably didn’t get into details on what exactly those things are, but asked whether fans would be pleased with his revisions he said “I think so, I think so, yes.”
That sent my brain right to bringing Cyclops and Jean Grey back from the dead (or retconning their deaths, whatever). And apparently IGN’s Roth Cornet felt the same, because he asked whether Singer, as a fan, would want to see the duo return. His response?
Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can say… The good news is that we’re all on the same page!
Singer also had a few words to say on why he ducked out of the X-Franchise after directing the first two movies in the trilogy to helm Superman Returns—the culprit was, at least in part, contract negotiation problems—and the “awkward” experience of seeing The Last Stand for the first time:
In fact I was so emotionally nervous about it that a person—who shall remain nameless—brought me to a building in the middle of the night in Los Angeles and sat me in front of the computer and showed me the movie. Completely against the law, long before it was finished, just so I could be prepared. And I watched it reel by reel on the computer. You know [Last Stand director] Brett [Ratner] and I are good friends, I actually saw him in London last week, and I don’t know if I’ve ever told him that frankly, because I just kept it to myself. But I just needed to see the movie so that when I actually went to the theatre and saw it, it wasn’t shocking to me or disturbing.
A+ tactfulness yourself there, Singer. Oh to have been a fly on that wall…
What, if anything, from The Last Stand would you want to see Singer fix? “Everything” is an acceptable response.