BySteven Belknap, writer at
Over the decade my interest in films has grown to where I would like to express how movies are an influence and a reflection of our society
Steven Belknap

Bryan Singer, the director who has given us some of the better X-Men films including X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the awaited X-Men: Apocalypse. He has also given us some decent non X-Men films which includeThe Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and Jack the Giant Slayer.

Singer seems to get a decent amount of hate for his films and I ask why? He has a decent list of films and yes not all of his films, but most of the hate that I have seen is due to two things.

Superman Returns was relatively quiet
Superman Returns was relatively quiet

Superman Returns gets a lot of flack mostly due in part because of its lack of action and a missed opportunity of using good actors at a fuller potential. I am of course referring to Kevin Spacey, who is a phenomenal actor. At the time though, not everyone knew about Spacey's awesome potential as a great actor. His popularity has only risen recently due to the critically acclaimed House of Cards on Netflix. Before the show though, Spacey had been in some good dramatic roles like The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential, and American Beauty.

Overall though, Superman Returns had potential but it fell short causing one of the bigger reasons why to hate Bryan Singer.

The second reason for the hate truly is puzzling.

The X-Men Movie Series
The X-Men Movie Series

X-Men was not the first superhero film, but it is widely considered the film that popularized the comic book movie genre until the mid 2000's when Iron Man andThe Dark Knight came onto the scene and re-popularized it again. X-Men has also pretty much been consistent under Singer's direction. It is true the series did hit some bumps in the form of X3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but those two films were not directed by Singer, but others instead. X-Men was revitalized with First Class and The Wolverine and really came back with Days of Future Past.

But people still hate on these X-Men films considering them not comic book accurate or other similar excuses. It makes me question why do they hate them or him for making the films. I have heard excuses for the hate like..."Oh there costumes aren't accurate to the comics." or something like that. If I remember correctly the black costume for the X-Men is meant to from the Ultimates Run in Marvel which occurred from the early 2000's to the mid 2000's. On a side note, The MCU is also basing some of their films on the Ultimates as well. So I wonder why the hate.

Singer has also been the most consistent X-Men movie director, more than any director and even though his accuracy could be desired, he is still the best man for the job. So I ask why the hate. Would you rather have Brett Ratner? I wouldn't.


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