Surprising no one, Bryan Singer admits he has regrets about Superman Returns

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Feb 3, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

If you're still frustrated about the last Superman reboot, you're not alone. Even its director has regrets about it.

Let's get this out of the way -- there are far worse films than Superman Returns. Hell, there are worse Superman films. But Returns usually gets knocked less because of the quality of the movie itself and more because Bryan Singer jumped ship from the X-Men franchise to do it, which led to X-Men: The Last Stand. The less said about that, the better.

But if you do still harbor some negative feelings toward the awkwardly paced Returns all these years later, know that Bryan Singer does, too. In an interview, he looked back on his time with everyone's favorite alien boy scout and revealed how he might have done things differently.

It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don'y know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it.

Now, for me, that addresses zero of the problems I personally had with the film. But in fairness, I'm just over origin stories, especially when it comes to a character that people pop out of the womb knowing, like Superman. So, your mileage may vary.

More interesting to me, though, is that Singer had some notions for a sequel planned out which, believe it or not, would have been called Man of Steel.

We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually.

A Darkseid movie that assumes we already get who Superman is? I could live with that.

How about you?

(via Comic Book Movie)