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Creator: Bryan Singer

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 (Classic).

Selected productions:


Other work:

  • 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.)

Associated Tropes:

  • One of Us/Trekkie: Is a big science fiction fan, and especially loves Star Trek.
  • Straight Gay: Open about his sexuality, and an advocate for gay rights. This likely is a factor in the positive response his X-Men films receive - critics note Singer's deep understanding of the concepts of isolation and alienation, prejudice and intolerance, and the price payed by both sides of the conflict; it can safely be said that his own experiences inform the manner in which he constructs the plotlines.
    • His insight has also been noted and commended by his colleagues, with special note to actors Ian McKellan (also Straight Gay, who portrayed Magneto) and Alam Cummings (Bi the Way, who portrayed Nightcrawler). When Singer left work on the 3rd film due to Executive Meddling preventing his intended vision (he wanted to film two films back-to-back and create a quadrilogy; they demanded a stand-alone film to "complete the trilogy"), Cummings also refused to return - it's noted that although he found the make-up process highly uncomfortable, he would have endured it if Singer had returned because he trusted his vision to do the product justice.
Takashi ShimizuDirectorsDouglas Sirk
David SimonProducersAaron Sorkin

alternative title(s): Bryan Singer
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