Hugh Jackman Credits Bryan Singer With Creating Modern Superhero Genre

by Brett White

With the surprisingly solid “The Wolverine” out of the way, all eyes are on now focused on next year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past“—the first superhero film with the potential to rival “Marvel’s the Avengers” in terms of scale and scope. The film bridges the gap between the original X-Men films and the recent, retro “X-Men: First Class,” with original stars like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appearing alongside their younger counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

The film also marks original director Bryan Singer’s return to the fray after a decade away following 2003’s “X2: X-Men United.” This bodes well for the film—at least Hugh Jackman thinks so. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Jackman praised Singer for pretty much creating the modern day superhero genre—and even indirectly inspired Christopher Nolan to begin the Dark Knight trilogy!

“Few people credit Bryan for what he deserves credit for, which is really inventing that genre,” said Jackman during his interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “There wasn’t really a superhero genre before ’X-Men’ came out [in 2000]. Funny enough, I remember catching a plane while we were promoting ’The Prestige’ with Chris Nolan [who] said to me that he’d always had the Batman in his mind. Even way back before 2000, he had the version of Batman that he ended up making in his head. He said, ’When I went into the cinema and saw ’X-Men,’ I said, ’Damn, that’s my idea.’ The idea that you could really dive in to the emotional life, to the vulnerability of these characters and that, as well as being fantastical, amazing and [full of] action, is what’s going to hook people and make them care. That’s what Bryan did, he had a lot of courage to do that.”

You can check out the rest of the interview in the video below.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits theaters on May 24th, 2014.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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