Opinions on X-Men: The Last Stand are fairly mixed, with only a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 5.9/10. Audiences were divided on the movie as well, but from what I’ve seen, people are generally more likely to enjoy it if they don’t read the comics. That’s certainly true for me at least.
I first saw The Last Stand in one of the auditoriums in college, when I probably should have been in class instead. I eventually dropped out of that program (computer programming), but still. Back then I was disappointed by the movie, but I still enjoyed it for what it essentially is – a mindless action movie. Since I got into comics in early 2011 though, I’ve learned to really not like this movie. It’s not quite hate mind you, but it’s a strong dislike.
Before we get into what went wrong, let’s look into The Last Stand’s complex history. Bryan Singer, the director for the first two X-Men movies, started pre-production for the third not long after X2 released. However, he didn’t have a clear picture in his mind for the movie yet, and left the project to work on Superman Returns instead. At the time, he only created a partial story treatment along with the two X2 writers, Dan Harris and Michael Doughery, who also left with him to make Superman Returns. If I ever do a Superman/Batman blogathon, we’ll look at that one too.