Considering the buttload of money (nearly $700 million to-date) that the recently released X-Men: Days of Future Past made, it’s only natural that Fox would be looking to repeat their success. Of course, that requires that they get the formula right once more. We saw what happened when Brett Ratner took over and made X-Men: The Last Stand – pure dookie. With X-Men: Apocalypse looming on the horizon, they’ll need a strong director in the chair, so who else but Bryan Singer? But, given the director’s negative press, is that the right move?
The big problem here is that Singer got caught up in a bit of a scandal while involved with Days of Future Past. There were sex abuse charges leveled at him and, naturally, that prompted Fox to get a little nervous. Rumors flew that they would be pulling him from X-Men: Apocalypse in order to keep away from the potential fallout. Now, it seems as if they are taking Singer’s side in the matter and he’ll be continuing on to direct the new X-Men flick just as planned.
Of course, this was going to cause a wave of Internet backlash no matter what Fox decided. Some people are going to side with Singer and others are going to scream bloody murder. Even if Singer has his day in court and is proven innocent, there will still be people ready to boycott any project that he’s directly involved in. It’s a sign of faith (and perhaps a bit of greed?) that Fox is keeping Singer on the payroll. And if he can repeat the excellent job he did with Days of Future Past, there will be few complaints from me.
What do the Nerd Readers think of all this? Are you with Singer or against him? And is he the perfect man to keep the X-Men franchise from sinking into the toilet?