Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.
After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, The Usual Suspects (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the film – as well as its submergence into the cultural zeitgeist – gave Singer the proverbial keys to the kingdom, allowing him unfettered access to some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Though he followed The Usual Suspects with the lesser appreciated Apt Pupil (1998), Singer directed what many considered to be two of the better comic book adaptations of recent memory – X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003), confirming that his previous success was no fleeting matter. Because both films garnered considerable critical acclaim and were big hits at the box office, he was a natural fit to make Superman Returns (2006), a reboot of the once popular, but fallen franchise, which propelled Singer into the upper tier of working directors, as well as making him a popular figure among comic book and science fiction aficionados. Singer is also the founder of Bad Hat Productions.