Brett Ratner Approves of Matthew Vaughn as X-Men: First Class Director
05.19.10 by Ryan
In a terrible twist of fate, comic book fans lost on a possibly incredible "what could have been" when director Matthew Vaughn dropped out on the third X-Men movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, two weeks before production began. Director Brett Ratner replaced Vaughn, and the results left disappointed fanboys across the nation in its wake. With Vaughn recently on board to direct the prequel X-Men: First Class, Ratner told MTV that he was pleased with the choice of director.
I think he's brilliant. I thought his last movie [Kick-Ass] was fantastic. I'm a fan. I think this one is probably even more right for him because it's the younger X-Men, the beginning, and he's great, obviously, with kids. He has an incredible visual style and he's a great filmmaker. I think every X-Men should be directed by a different director, just like Alien. Why does it have to be one filmmaker?
In another example of cruel irony, Ratner also admitted he "would have loved to see The Last Stand directed by" Vaughn. Ratner is taking the high road, since Vaughn claimed in 2007 that he would have made "something a hundred times better" than Ratner's X-Men 3 despite departing the pic because he "didn't have the time to make the movie" the wanted to make. Meanwhile, Ratner admits he's beyond making another X-Men movie.
When I say I'm not going to do another X-Men, it's because they're doing all these spin-offs. It doesn't make sense for me to do Wolverine if I did X-Men. It's just a different scope. For me, it would just be going backwards.
Some fans might argue that Ratner's return to the X-Men might set the franchise "backwards" as well. Ratner, however, isn't done entirely with comic book movies. The director is still working on bringing Image Comics' Youngblood to the big screen.