Geeks owe a lot to Bryan Singer. In the wake of campy, bloated superhero disasters like Batman & Robin, Singer almost single-handedly saved comic-book film adaptations with his serious take on the X-Men in 2000. The success of that film led to a resurgance in dark, faithful superhero flicks like Singer’s own X-2, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and the current spate of Marvel comics heroes like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. But Singer’s reputation took a hit with the less than action-packed, “emo” Superman Returns in 2006, and he’s been trying to rebuild his cache as a geek-favorite genre director ever since. He’s recently completed work on an epic re-telling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale called Jack The Giant Killer, and now that his Excalibur remake has been shitcanned by Warner Brothers, he’s turned his attention back full-time to making a feature film version of…well…let’s just hear it from Singer himself:
When the Sci-Fi Channel announced they were developing a remake of Battlestar Galactica back in 2003, I laughed it off. BSG was a cheesey Star Wars rip-off that I enjoyed as a very young child in the late 1970’s, and I simply couldn’t see how it could be cool. I was dead wrong though, as the Battlestar Galactica miniseries in 2004 delivered some brutal, dark, and compelling television; eventually spawning an ongoing series that had me riveted until the finale two years ago.