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Brett Ratner Bashes Matthew Vaughn Over X-Men: First Class, Might Be Jealous

Looks like someone is a little bitterpants this morning. Brett Ratner, who directed the X-Men: The Last Stand, took to Twitter this morning to post a series of links comparing the box office numbers of his movie to those of Matthew Vaughn‘s just-opened X-Men: First Class. You may recall that Ratner’s movie, which he would love to remind us all was successful at the box office, got pretty awful reviews. Meanwhile, X-Men: First Class has been getting mostly positive reviews. (Right now, it has an 87% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. X-Men: The Last Stand boasts a comparatively sad 57%.) So, the moral of the story according to Brett Ratner: His craptastic movie is superior to that good movie because it made more money. So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

So, those all-important numbers: X-Men: First Class brought in $56 million over the weekend. X-Men: The Last Stand opened with $102 million. Congratulations, Brett Ratner. You had a financial success. And no one liked your movie. You’re a popular jerk. Or a Queen Bee. Here are the Tweets in question:

This is, at the very least, immature of Ratner. But what it definitely is is bitter. Why bother with this? Is he so consumed with his creative failure that he has to take his self-loathing out on someone trying to enjoy their own success? (Not that Matthew Vaughn cares what Ratner thinks, but anyway …) Ratner admits that he doesn’t care too much about “using his brain” the way his predecessor Bryan Singer did.

“Mine was the one that made the most narrative sense. And I’m not knocking Bryan’s movie but he just does a certain thing; Bryan uses his brain and I use my eye and my instincts more. It’s a whole different approach to making a movie. I’m not saying my movie wasn’t smart; I just wasn’t intellectualizing it.”

And this gem:

“I didn’t read the comic books but it doesn’t matter, the cartoon is the same f*cking thing.”

So, he cops to making a stupid, blow-em-up movie without any consideration for the story, characters, or quality of the franchise he’d taken on. That’s nice. Pajiba also points out that not only is $56 million nothing to sneeze at, but First Class doesn’t feature any huge box office stars in the cast like Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. Also consider the other competing movies: Hangover II, Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Carribbean 4 … all of them with their own built-in audiences to spread the box office wealth. Maybe it’s wrong to suspect that Ratner poisoned the franchise with his movie that there was less confidence in a new X-Men movie, but we’re just putting it out there.

Ratner is being a baby. There. We said it.


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  • Anonymous

    Origins : Wolverine poisoned the franchise more, I’d say …

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  Ratner’s comments quoted above piss me right the fuck off.  The cartoon = the comics???  Good grief.  May he never again be within 50 feet of another comic book based script.  What an arse.  /vent

  • Abel Undercity

    Hmm.  Maybe… just maybe… First Class didn’t do so well at the box office because The Last Stand so badly wounded the franchise?

  • Anonymous

    He may have made more money, but Vaughn is probably going to be allowed to make more movies. So…there’s that. 

  • Anonymous

    I grew up on two cartoon shows (Animated Series and Evolution) and while I consider myself a fan of X Men in general and have a pretty good understanding of the main players and history, I haven’t read that many of the comics (they are hard to get into and it’s my understanding that now is not a good time to jump in). Because of this, I call myself a fan but would never, ever get into in sort of serious discussion with the comics fans because I understand that they would own me.

  • Anonymous

    Two words for X-Men 3 sucked: Phoenix Saga. I haven’t read the comics and only watched the cartoons but I know the Phoenix Saga took an entire season in the cartoon to get through so why would make it a the minor plot in the movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I just got into X-Men comics because of Cable. Baby Hope and Nanny Cable were to squee worthy not to pick up. However, I have the same issues with the X-Men lines as I do with every other major comic line in history. It’s the same characters, fighting essentially the same battles, over and over into infinity. The world refuses to stay saved an end in a coherent storyline with a conclusive ending. But I digress, I won’t discuss the merit of concise storylines with definitive conclusions in 30 minutes or less in animated form for fans who refuse to read 500+ comics worth of the same story in different forms because I haven’t read the comics. Having said that, I wouldn’t make a movie about anything not purely original without researching every possible incarnation of the plot and characters because it isn’t mine and it isn’t fair to fans.

    tl;dr don’t mess with the source if you don’t know jack about it. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually did read all of that. And it was filled with good points.

  • Anonymous

    I actually did read all of that. And it was filled with good points.

  • Joanna Moylan

    Bwahahaha! What a sore loser.

  • TDF Pamela

    I love that Brett Ratner gets pissed off at fans for calling him a douche and trashing his movie, and then he turns around and proves that he is, in fact, an enormous douchecanoe.  WTG, Ratner.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I wonder if the smaller opening has to do with Ratner riding the wave of two excellent movies by Singer, while Vaughn has to clean up the good will-destroying mess left by Ratner and Gavin Hood.

    And by I wonder, I mean I am positive