Bryan Singer is an American filmmaker whose body of work has been split between low-budget psychological thrillers and high-budget superhero movies. He is an avid fan of the moviegoing experience, and is especially fond of science fiction and Star Trek in particular, and with every film has tried to aim for a different genre; alienation is a recurring theme across many of his films. He has admitted on many occasions that he looks to his favourite films of the past, especially those by Stanley Kubrick, for inspiration and then adds his own style to it. He is the head of Bad Hat Harry productions, named from a line in his favorite movie Jaws.His first major break was directing The Usual Suspects, which made him a very popular independent filmmaker. After his second film, Apt Pupil, he was offered the job that would make him go mainstream, directing X-Men. The film's success started a new trend of hiring low-key filmmakers to helm the big budget movies. His attention to the characters and goals of making their world plausible became the source of the second age of superhero movies, which is still ongoing.After the second X-Men film, X2: X-Men United, Singer jumped at the chance to direct the next Superman film, which resulted in the third X-Men film being made without him. While it made money, Superman Returns did not have the box office ratio the studio was hoping for and the series has since been rebooted.He returned to the X-Men universe with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Its follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse was announced along with another reboot of Battlestar Galactica (1978).
- The Usual Suspects (1995)
- Apt Pupil (1998)
- Several films in the X-Men series:
- Superman Returns (2006)
- Valkyrie (2008)
- Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
- House (Bad Hat Harry is the production company and he directed a few episodes, including a cameo in one of them.)
- Star Trek: Nemesis (A lifelong Star Trek fan, his new friendship with Patrick Stewart in the X-Men films allowed him a cameo as a bridge officer.)
- H+ (Produced the web series.)
- Trick 'r Treat (Bad Hat Harry produced the movie. It also helps that director Michael Dougherty co-wrote X2 and Superman Returns.)
- The Cameo: He briefly appeared as a security officer in Star Trek: Nemesis because he's a big Trekkie.
- Creator Cameo: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, immediately after Past Magneto uses his power to throw several Parisian police officers backwards, Singer can be seen as a bystander filming him.
- Creator's Favorite: He has admitted at both the X-Men: Days of Future Past SDCC panel and the "X-Men Unguarded" group discussion on The Rogue Cut Blu-Ray/DVD that Professor X is his favourite X-Men character (he even got a Cerebro helmet tattoo with Patrick Stewart providing him moral support after this movie broke the $700 million mark). This is why the younger Xavier gets to be the central figure of Days of Future Past instead of the younger Magneto for the second time in a row as Matthew Vaughn had originally planned. (Erik is Vaughn's favourite.)
- If he has a second favorite, it's apparently Nightcrawler. Singer has been very public about his love for the elf and has been trying to find some way to bring him back to the films. He's finally succeeded with X-Men: Apocalypse.
- Only the Creator Does It Right: The first two X-Men films were directed by him, while the third one, X-Men: The Last Stand, was helmed by Brett Ratner, and is considered by many fans to be a huge step down in quality. The next X-Men movie which didn't divide opinions was produced and co-written by Singer, and he hand-picked Matthew Vaughn to replace him in the director's chair. Singer then returned for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was not only a critical and commercial smash, but also undid all the plot damage done by X3 via the plot's Set Right What Once Went Wrong Alternate Timeline, including reviving Cyclops and Jean from the dead. Days of Future Past's success has reinforced the sentiment among a lot of fans that Singer is the Team Dad of the team X-Men movies (with Vaughn as the Cool Uncle and Ratner as the Babysitter from Hell). With the sharply divided reactions to X-Men: Apocalypse, however, this sentiment is beginning to fracture.
- What Could Have Been: He was the first choice for the director's chair of X-Men: First Class, but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Jack the Giant Slayer. Considering the success of the follow-up X-Men: Days of Future Past, it makes you wonder what his vision of First Class would've been like.