After directing the first two successful X-Men films, Bryan Singer then infamously passed the baton of the third film, X-Men: The Last Stand, to Brett Ratner and left the franchise to take on Superman Returns.
The upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past director and X-Men: First Class producer and writer looks back on this particular time and calls it "traumatizing."
So how did he deal with it?
Singer said in an interview with Metro that:
"I've never told anybody this, but I found the whole letting go of the characters for X-Men 3 so traumatising that a friend, who shall remain nameless, had to take me to a secret location and show me the reels so far. Just so I could make my peace with it."
Considering how abysmal was Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (yeah, we still pretty much hate most of the film), and how Superman Returns, too, did rather poorly, we wonder how much at peace Singer actually was after seeing reels from The Last Stand.
Perhaps that’s why Singer returned to the franchise with First Class and the upcoming Days of Future Past? Food for thought.