Bryan Singer Regrets Leaving 'X-Men' For 'Superman'

Bryan SingerBryan Singer's decision to leave the "X-Men" franchise to direct "Superman Returns" was met with mixed results from both a creative and commercial standpoint. General disappointment with the "Superman" sequel has caused Warner Bros. to reboot the franchise, leaving Singer without a superhero project to call his own -- so naturally, the director is looking to go back home.

The Geek Files has posted excerpts from a Total Film magazine interview with Singer, in which the filmmaker says that he'd like to return to the "X-Men" franchise -- in fact, he regrets ever leaving in the first place.

"I'm eternally intertwined with 'X-Men' now," Singer said. "What takes an audience four hours to watch -- the first two movies -- took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it... it's a shame."

When asked whether or not he regretted passing on "X-Men: The Last Stand," Singer admitted that he'd had that feeling from before the film's production to even after he finished watching the movie.

"It's weird for me to watch it, because I'm so close to the universe," said Singer. "And also Brett [Ratner] is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe."

One film that Singer might not be keen to direct is "X-Men Origins: Magneto," the long-rumored spin-off penned by David S. Goyer. Given Singer's previous experience with Nazi-driven stories, the director said he might need to film something else before diving into that world again.

While there are plenty of "X-Men" films that Singer could choose from -- including the announced "Wolverine 2," "Deadpool" and "X-Men: First Class" films -- he might have a harder time getting back in the air with the Superman franchise.

"I don't know, I don't know. There are still issues," the director said. "It's one of those things where... it's so weird talking about stuff unless I'm about to ramp up and shoot it."

Would you like to see Singer back on the "X-Men" franchise? What film would he be best suited for?