Back when Bryan Singer, gay wunderkind director/screenwriter extraordinaire (“The Usual Suspects”, “Apt Pupil”), had fulfilled his superhero-fan artistic promise with “X-Men 2”, fans of the Marvel comics stalwarts hoped for great things ahead. They never came. Singer sat out directing chores on “X-Men 3” and it showed substantially. He went on to pay homage to Superman in the lackluster reboot, “Superman Returns”, and, since that poor performer left screens everywhere, he has directed one mega-bomb (“Jack The Giant Slayer”) and stuck to being a producer of television ventures for the most part. Now Mr. Singer returns to the helm directing the sequel to 2011’s excellent “X-Men: First Class” (which he also provided the story for) and hope springs anew that he might deliver the X-Men film fans feel is in him with “X-Men: Days Of Future Past“. Come May we will know if he’s done a real hat trick or something minor instead. What with the recent announcement that he will be directing “X-Men: Apocalypse” for 2016 release, we can only pray it is the former option.
Well there’s always the wonderfully visceral Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Just his sexual charisma alone might keep this boat afloat.
Plus there’s Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. This is one cast that knows how to deliver fine acting chops.
So our hopes might be rightly placed. “X-Men: First Class” and “The Wolverine” have led to this pay off. Let’s hope 20th Century Fox Studios and Marvel are on a roll and Bryan Singer has returned to form. Too much to expect? With all this talent and money investment it’s too much not to expect great things.