Will these filmmakers ever have time to shift gears again?
Franchises: "X-Men," "Superman"
Mode he seems to be stuck in: Low-budget thrillers like "The Usual Suspects" and "Apt Pupil" put Singer on the map, but since hitting the commercial goldmine with 2000's "X-Men" he's deviated from the franchise game only once (with the 2008 Tom Cruise WWII thriller "Valkyrie"). After false starts with both "Superman Returns" and "Jack the Giant Slayer," he just scored his biggest hit yet with, yes, the latest "X-Men" installment "Days of Future Past."
What's next: "X-Men: Apocalypse" appears to be in the cards for Singer - particularly now that the sexual abuse lawsuit that kept him off the "Days of Future Past" promotional tour appears to be fizzling out a bit in the public imagination - meaning his time will likely be monopolized by the superhero franchise for the foreseeable future. In other words: don't expect him to return to more character-driven fare anytime soon. That said, it's debatable whether anyone particularly cares at this point.
- Chris Eggertsen