Sophie Turner has stated that her experience working with Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse was not a pleasant one. Best known for portraying Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, the actress made her Marvel debut as Jean Grey in Singer’s 2016 X-Men movie. She’ll reprise the role when Dark Phoenix hits theaters this summer.
Singer has been embroiled in controversy for quite some time, notably including a 2017 lawsuit alleging that he raped an underage boy back in 2003. This actually wasn’t the first such claim made against Singer. There was a similar case in 2014, which was later dropped. These allegations are troubling enough, but that wasn’t the end of the accusations against the director. He was also the focus of a piece published by The Atlantic a few months back that provided detailed accounts from four different men all of whom claim that they were assaulted or harassed by Singer. The 2017 suit came hot on the heels of his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody after a long absence and reportedly erratic behaviour.
Singer is largely responsible for shaping Fox’s successful X-Men franchise, having launched the team to fame with his 2000 big screen adaptation. X2, the next in the series that he helmed is widely regarded as the best X-Men movieand Days of Future Past is also considered one of the better films centering on the team. Despite this, his time with Marvel’s Marvelous Mutants has clearly reached its end. X-Men: Apocalypse was a bloated mess that was neither a hit with critics or fans. Singer was replaced by longtime X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg for the final Fox installment, Dark Phoenix. After the massacre that was The Last Stand.