Following X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2006), director Bryan Singer intended to jump behind the camera for the third instalment in the X-Men franchise.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The film would have focused on the ‘resurrection’ of Jean Grey and her subsequent transformation into the powerful Phoenix, following her ‘death’ in X-Men 2.Mutant psychic Emma Frost would have been introduced into the series and she would have undertaken a spot of mental manipulation on Jean, whilst Magneto would have set his sights on using Jean as a weapon in his war against humanity.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
Bryan Singer left the project to direct Superman Returns (2006) and keen to press on, movie studio Fox decided to push forward with the X-sequel in Singer’s absence as the X-Men series had become a nice little cash cow.Eventually (via director Matthew Vaughn) director Brett Ratner took control of the project to ensure that X-Men: The Last Stand (as it became known) hit its pre-arranged summer 2006 release date. Emma Frost never made it into the film (although she later cropped up in both X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and X-Men: First Class (2011) and a storyline involving a cure for mutants was introduced into the film.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Yes, if you happen to have been a fan of Bryan Singer’s X-Men films.Due to Fox’s insistence that X-Men: The Last Stand hit its locked-in release date, the project went through a few upheavals and so some of the cast members were only available for a limited period of time (James Marsden, Anna Paquin).The resulting film was a bit of a mishmash of different ideas that saw established cast members shafted when it came to screen time and an uneasy mix of two storylines crept in, when one would have sufficed.There was also a strange insistence that the film conclude the X-Men saga, when clearly more films could have been made. BUT WHAT IF?
Well if Bryan Singer had made X-Men 3....then it would have been better.Simple as that.