In an interview with MTV, Brett Ratner spoke about taking over the reins of the "X-Men" franchise and the difficulties of getting it all done with the very limited timetable he's got. "It's not going to be easy, but we're definitely going to hit it" says Ratner who claims "Bryan Singer left ['X-Men 3'] because he didn't like the material" and insists "I don't think this movie is tainted; I think it is fantastic and the script is amazing"
Not everyone, however, considers Ratner quite so blessed. "[They think] I'm the antichrist!" he laughed when asked about what many diehard fans are posting on popular movie-discussion Web sites. "I don't think about it." Ratner acknowledges that comic-movie heroes including Superman and Batman both went horribly wrong after new directors took over the franchise for the third installment.
"I'm not Joel Schumacher. I'm Brett and all I know is what I know, what I can do and what I have to work with...I want to stay true to the franchise and true to the characters, but I think it's elevated ... I don't want to be pompous and say I'm going to take it to the next level. I think the script that Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn wrote gives me a tremendous amount of confidence."
Ratner insists that the "X-Men 3" script is up to snuff, that production will commence in Vancouver, British Columbia, in eight weeks, and that series stars Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden and Rebecca Romijn will return.