After eight films and almost 16 years, the "X-Men" film franchise shows no signs of slowing down. "Deadpool" broke records with it's massive box office haul in February and the next X-movie, "X-Men: Apocalypse," arrives in May.Variety spoke with "Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer about the state of the X-Men universe, touching on whether or not Deadpool could find himself in an "X-Men" film.
"If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently," said Singer. "When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there's plenty of room to do it."
The superhero movie field has also gotten more crowded since the first "X-Men" film was released in 2000, as both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. have launched their own massive franchises. But the X-Men can still compete, Singer says. "It's every bit as large," said Singer of the growing X-Men film franchise, which has a second "Deadpool" film, third solo "Wolverine" film, "New Mutants" and "Gambit" in various stages of production. "And now that we've altered the timeline [with 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'], there are endless possibilities."
Singer's also not entirely ready to part ways with the franchise. "When you spend nearly two decades in a universe, to simply say, 'I'm done,' or, 'I'm going to abandon it,' just wouldn't make sense to me," said Singer. "I'm very connected to this universe and a lot of these actors, and also the characters, whomever plays them. So never say never."
"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens on May 27.