Roughly this time 16 years ago, Bryan Singer was spearheading a new era for blockbuster cinema. His 2000 movie X-Men was the largest-scale Marvel Comics adaptation ever to make the big screen at that point; and its success helped ensure that a great many more comic book movies would follow.
Fast-forward to the present day, and the X-Men series is still going strong, with Singer back on board for his fourth outing. However, the film in question hasn't been met with such universal praise this time around. C'est la vie.
However, while exactly 50% of Singer's directorial filmography to date has been devoted to comic book movies, there's a bit more variety to him than that. One of the exciting young directors to emerge in the early 1990s (around the same time as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater), Singer started out with more intimate, personal, character-based films with a considerably harder edge than the blockbusters he's done since.
So which version is the best? Dark, small-scale indie Bryan Singer, or big-budget superhero movie Bryan Singer? Or is there even necessarily that great a divide between the two?
Here's a look back over the 10 films he's directed to date, ranked in order of preference.